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Member Update

2017 Tax Return

Any member that was on LODI during the year ending 2017.

DO NOT file for your tax return till further notice.

The ESS W2 form is wrong

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Member Update

Student Debt Workshop
January 22
5:30 PM


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Thank you

Paramedic Corey Romanowski

for 36 years of service.

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Member Update

Weather Contingency Update

We are currently in Phase A

Tour 3 units that run on Tour 1, staffing is %100

Extra units for Tour 1 are on a voluntary basis

Use due regard and obey all traffic rules while driving.

Protect yourself and your partner.


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Member Update

 Contract extension

At our September General membership meeting, the executive director of DC 37 along with his staff did a presentation regarding our benefits.
It was explained to the membership that our dental and prescription drug plan is facing a financial shortfall due to the out of control price gauging pharmaceutical companies are charging for their products.
Currently there are no laws prohibiting this practice. Our parent union is working with legislators to fix this problem, which is a tough battle with all the special interest groups fighting against it, but that’s another story.

With that being said, the city contributes $1500 a year to DC 37 for each member towards their benefits, the current cost to maintain this benefit is $1700.
In order for us to maintain our current benefits, our contract needs to extend by 2 months and 23 days to cover the shortfall.

This past Friday, triple AAA/ DC 37 sent out ballots for our members to vote yes or no on this proposal.

All other locals within DC 37 have already voted in favor of this proposal with the exceptions to the EMS unions.

While I can't tell you how to vote, we recommend a yes vote, or a second tier of lower benefits will be implemented to our members until our share of contributions are caught up.

DC 37 is currently in negotiations with the city on this issue, as this rate is subject to increase in the future as well.
Our demand is for higher contributions by the city towards our benefits.

Hope this helps.

Stay safe and happy holidays.

Oren Barzilay

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With Deepest Regrets We Announce the Passing Of

EMT Bill DiPietra
Station 46


Tuesday, November 28,2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm & 7:00pm – 9:00pm

James Romanelli- Stephen Funeral Home
89-01 Rockaway Blvd. Ozone Park, NY 11416

Funeral Mass
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

St. Helen Roman Catholic Church
157-10 83rd Street
Howard Beach, NY 11414

St. Charles Cemetery Farmingdale

Class A Uniform

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Office Closed Due to Thanksgiving


Please be advised that the Union Office will be closed on Thursday November 23th, 2017 and Friday November 24th2017. We will reopen Monday November 27th, 2017. If you need to reach someone specific please check out the Union directory for further assistance please call On call members

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Member Update We Regret to Announce The Passing Of Deputy Chief Inspector Verant Johnson (VJ) Public Assembly Unit Arrangements Are As Follows: Viewing: Monday, November 20, 2017 5pm till 7pm Service: Monday, November 20, 2017 7pm till 9pm Repast: Monday, November 20, 2017 9pm till 10pm Dunamis Seventh Day Adventist Church  461 Montauk Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11208 All at the above address. May our Brother Rest in Peace. ...
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New York Daily News

EMT unions sue city in push for parity with cops, FDNY after securing line-of-duty death benefits

By Ginger Adams Otis

November 12, 2017

When EMT Yadira Arroyo was killed March 16 by a crazed man who stole her ambulance and ran her down, she didn’t qualify for line-of-duty death benefit.

Arroyo, 44, a veteran of 14 years, left behind the five boys she was supporting on her Emergency Medical Service salary: $48,000 base pay, $66,000 with overtime.

After her tragic death, Mayor de Blasio used his discretion to confer a death benefit on Arroyo’s family, equal to one year’s pay for her five boys.

The generous gesture reinvigorated a longstanding debate between City Hall and the Fire Department’s two EMS unions about line-of-duty death benefits, which are automatically granted to cops and firefighters.

Give thanks to EMTs for their dedication to a dangerous job

After Arroyo’s death, EMS Locals 2507 and 3621 picked up the fight again — part of an ongoing battle to get City Hall to recognize their members as uniformed first responders, not civilian workers.

Last month, the two unions secured state legislation that now gives EMS members line-of-duty death benefits so workers no longer have to rely on mayoral discretion, said Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507.

“This law is one more example of how we are recognized by the state as a uniformed service, yet the city refuses to acknowledge that,” Barzilay said.


But that step forward is still not enough for Locals 3621 and 2507, which last week filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court accusing the city and the Fire Department of ignoring or wrongfully denying multiple Freedom of Information Law requests.

FDNY veteran Tonya Boyd to become first black female deputy chief

The EMS unions — which represent city emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire inspectors and EMS officers — want information on the pay, rank, gender, race and discipline history on employees across several different uniformed agencies.

They also want the same information — especially the disciplinary records — for the members of their own unions.

Barzilay said the unions’ quest for parity was not to disparage the FDNY and other uniformed agencies, but to convince the city that it’s time to “level the playing field” for fire inspectors and EMS

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