February 3, 2016
Contract Negotiations: On January 19, 2016 the Union met at the Office of Labor Relations with the City of New York and the Fire Department. We believe that the aspects of the Alternative Work Schedules have been agreed on. The City is interested in constructing all aspects of the AWS in a document. The Union had a initial in house costing meeting at DC 37 on January 25, 2016. On February 4, 2016 we will meet with the City’s payroll department to discuss other aspects related to a contract agreement. Our next contract negotiations meeting will be held on February 8, 2016. We will keep you advised.
Legislative: We continue to await our fiscal notes on our 25 and Out Pension Bill for Fire Inspectors and our Chapter 96 Refund Bill. Once this is accomplished we will work with the City Council again to ascertain possible Home Rule Messages. We will keep you advised.
Preliminary Budget: The union was informed on January 20, 2016 that our Mayor has included in his budget 1.9 M in FY16 and 1.4 M in FY17 for two EMS pilot initiatives both in the Bronx. First is a fly car model that consists of two Paramedics, one being a supervisor (LT). This is expected to bring down response times to segments 1-3 calls. Second will be five additional BLS ambulances that would run 12 hours each. This will help address the neighborhoods experiencing the heaviest call volume.
Additional Tours: In the Preliminary Budget the Mayor is adding 3.2 M in FY16, 3.9 M in FY17, 3.6 M in FY18, 3.7M in FY19 and 4.1M in FY20 for ambulance tours.
(15 Additional Ambulance Tours)
9 ALS tours to replace services that were privately operated in Queens. 3 New (BLS) and 3 new ALS tours for Rikers Island.
Last February the Preliminary Budget contained 45 New Ambulance tours for targeted area. In addition, 149 positions were added to EMD. Official Budget address will be on February 4, 2016. We will keep advised.
F.P.I: On Tuesday January 26, 2016 our Local was honored to participate in the Fire Protection Inspectors Graduation Ceremony held at 9 Metro Tech. Congratulations to the new 28 members of our Fire Protection group.