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BREAKING NEWS: 9/11 FUND EXTENDS COMPENSATION
DEADLINE FOR CANCER VICTIMS

Active and Retired EMTs, Paramedics and Inspectors, and Officers who worked at WTC site or south of Canal Street are eligible to receive compensation

The U.S. Department of Justice has made an extremely important change to the 9/11 Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). As a result, thousands of cancer victims who missed prior deadlines to register may do so now.  Congress has set aside $7.3 billion for those who are now or might become sick.

Doctors have linked 68 cancers to the WTC toxic dust.  There is a presumption that these cancers were caused by exposure to toxins at the WTC site.  Active and retired Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Inspectors, and Officers are all eligible for health care and significant compensation. This includes everyone who worked at the WTC site and/or south of Canal Street from 9/11/01-5/30/02.

Spread the word about this new regulation, especially to retirees.

If you know anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and/or pulmonary illnesses in the past 15 years, they should register with the WTC Health Program (or LHI, if they live out of NY State) in order to have their cancer certified. The date that a cancer is certified starts the 2-year period to register a VCF claim.  And, if a retired or active EMT, paramedic or inspector passes away due to cancer, their families may assert a claim within two years of their death.

We suggest you call the Barasch McGarry law firm at 212-385-8000, or visit their website at www.wtclawyers.com to learn more about your legal rights. Their law firm proudly represented NYPD Det. Jimmy Zadroga and they have recovered over $1 billion for thousands of responders with WTC-linked illnesses. We are grateful that many more responders will now be able to get the compensation that they deserve.

Fraternally,

Israel Miranda, President     Vincent Variale, President

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Member Update

2017 Local 2507 Parking Placard Applications

 

Members are reminded that the first phase of distribution of parking placards are to be done through their station delegates.
Applications will be distributed and collected by their delegates. The timeline for delegates is thru May 15, 2017.

Members should NOT come to the union office during this phase of distribution.

 

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LABOR LIAISON – February 2017

Labor Needs Single Payer

The reality is that all multiemployer union plans are facing a crisis of sustainability, The basic health and prescription coverage has become a gigantic liability, using more resources and providing less care., we lose wages in order to maintain health care benefits.

The AFL -CIO Building and Construction Trades Department listed core reasons for National health care reform:

  • Provide Universal coverage
  • Distribute costs fairly
  • Control cost and preserve benefits
  • Improve quality and delivery of care

Single Payer is the health reform solution that does the above and provides the coverage long-term value of the multiemployer plans.

Labor must embrace this vision of healthcare as a right not a privilege, and its Historic mission to fight for social and economic justice for all working people.

REFERENCES:
www.laborforsinglepayer.org

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Member Update

February 14, 2017

Dear Member:
As you may or may not know, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services has scheduled a promotional examination for the Supervising Emergency Medical Specialist title. The exam date is Saturday, April 1st, 2017.
The Education Fund is planning on giving a test prep for this exam, if there is sufficient interest. To register for this test prep, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to www.dc37.net
  2. Click on 'Benefits'
  3. Click on 'Education Benefits'
  4. Click on the 'Supervising Emergency Medical Specialist' link and fill out the form.

The schedule of the test prep is as follows:

Saturday, March 4th, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 6th, 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8th, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

(NOTE: You can only select one date during registration but you may attend as many sessions as you like. All sessions will be held at 47-09 30th Street in Long Island City, Queens)

Once you have registered, your eligibility will be verified to make sure that only eligible Local 2507 members attend this test prep. Without registering, we would not be able to verify your eligibility. Please keep in mind while registering to use a personal e-mail address not your job e-mail address. Also be sure to check the spam folder of your email account as e-mail correspondence from the DC 37 Education Fund may go to your spam or trash folder instead of your in box.

If you have previously passed a Supervising Emergency Medical Specialist civil service exam and are now permanent in the title, you may disregard this letter.

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Stephen Johnson
Assistant Director
DC 37 Education Fund

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Local 2507 President Israel Miranda at press conference against Right to Work Bill introduced by Congress
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MEMBER UPDATE

Brothers and Sisters,

We regret to inform you of the passing of our sister EMT Rose Scott who had been stricken with illness due to her exposure at W.T.C.

Arrangements are as follows:

Viewing
Tuesday February 21. 2017
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Service 7:30 pm

Grace Funeral Home
607 Conduit Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11208

Funeral
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Line Up at 10:00 am

Internment
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Wellwood Ave.
Farmingdale, NY 11735

We encourage all off duty members to pay their respects in Class A Uniform

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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From The Chief Leader
February 6, 2017

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Courtesy of COBA
INCREASING THE PENALTIES: State legislators and law-enforcement-union leaders at a press conference announcing a bill that would classify any crime against a first-responder performing his or her duty as a hate crime. From left, State Sen. J. Martin Golden; Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association; Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Alonzo West, president of Westchester COBA; and Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr.

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ISRAEL MIRANDA: 'Unacceptable' to target them.

Leaders of first-responders’ unions last week praised a bill introduced in the State Legislature that would make offenses committed against their members hate crimes, thereby increasing the maximum sentences.

Its key sponsors are State Sens. Martin J. Golden of Brooklyn, Fred Akshar of Binghamton and Patrick Gallivan of the Buffalo area, and Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr. of Brooklyn. All three Senators are Republicans and law-enforcement veterans; Mr. Abbate is a Democrat.

‘Targeted Due to Uniform’

“Men and women who voluntarily put the uniform on every day are being targeted specifically because of that uniform that they wear,” Mr. Akshar, a former Sheriff’s Deputy in Broome and Che­nango counties, said at a press conference Jan. 30.

“That’s the exact reason behind the Community Heroes Protection Act. It’s one which would designate any crime that targets anyone who has a job to protect the community as a punishable hate crime.”

“Although there will always be danger, I am confident that the Community Heroes Protection Act will help protect New York State,” said Mr. Golden, who left the NYPD after being seriously injured making an arrest.

“It’s common sense to protect those who keep us safe every day,” Mr. Abbate said.

Current Protected Classes

The state hate-crimes law says it covers victims “intentionally selected, in whole or in part, because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation.”

The bill would add police officers and other first-responders to that list. Responders would be included if they were targeted because of their uniforms or activities.

Such crimes that are C, D or E felonies would be bumped up one level for sentencing purposes. For example, a C-level assault that normally would have a maximum sentence of 7 years could be upgraded to a B felony, worth as much as 15 years. Other C felonies include manslaughter and several firearms violations.

Union leaders speaking at the press conference and interviewed later were positive about the legislation.

“New York State is sending a clear message that it stands with law enforcement and other emergency personnel who put their lives on the line to keep the public and our local communities safe,” said Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

“We support the concept that any assault against a police officer, firefighter, fire officer, a member of the Emergency Medical Services, every first-responder should have an additional penalty come with it and be seen as an aggravating factor,” said Jake Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Daily Risks

“Our Firefighters and so many other first-responders put their lives at risk every single day to rescue others,” said James Slevin, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “To know that criminal acts—against our heroes—are on the rise is a serious concern…This bill will help ensure that crimes targeted against our brave emergency-service workers will be punishable as hate crimes.”

Israel Miranda, who heads the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507 of District Council 37, said assaults are the leading cause of injury among first-responders nationwide.

“But this is not about your normal assault,” he said. “This is about any first-responder and any uniformed employee who is assaulted or killed because of the uniform they wear and the job they do. This is unacceptable.”

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Member Update

State of the Union

Brothers and Sisters:

As we enter 2017 we expect to be very active politically in Albany and New York City:

Albany

We continue to have a very aggressive agenda in Albany. In 2012, Governor Cuomo created a new pension Tier (Tier 6) that did not carry over many of the special benefits many uniformed groups may have previously had. With our strong advocacy, we were able to negotiate and retain these special benefits for all new employees. These include our "25 and Out" pension, ¾ Disability Benefit, the Heart Bill, Widows and Orphan benefits, and the H.A.T (Hepatitis, Aids and Tuberculosis) Bill for all new employees hired in 2012 and beyond.

The current Tier 6 pension does not allow a three percent reduction in contributions for the members after ten (10) years of service to mirror our Tier 4 members. This year, we have introduced legislation that focuses on reducing Tier 6 member's contributions rates so they mirror the contributions made by our Tier 4 members. This bill is very important to many current members and all future members.

Pending NYS Legislation

  • Fire Inspectors "25 and Out" Pension Bill, which did not receive a "home rule" message from our City Council last year, has been reintroduced and awaits a fiscal note from our New York City Actuary's Office.
  • The previously introduced Chapter 96 Refund Bill has received a Bill Number and has been sent to our City's Actuary's Office.
  • Our Latest legislative bill, drafted with the help of Sponsor Senator Martin Golden, will help address the many problems our members encounter with NYCERS process and denials of both World Trade Center (W.T.C) Disability claims and non-WTC claims. This bill has been fast tracked by its sponsor in the New York State Senate and will be forwarded to the appropriate committees in Albany.

Say No to NYS Constitutional Convention

The State Constitution requires a ballot referendum every 20 years to debate changes to our State Constitution. New York voters must consider the question of whether or not to convene a constitutional convention. The next referendum, which is mandatory, will be on the ballot on Tuesday November 7, 2017. If it passes, a constitutional convention would be scheduled. Once convened, the convention has broad powers to make any constitutional changes it views as necessary. A majority floor vote is necessary for any changes to be put forth by the convention.

Public sector unions must be ready to protect against corporate and anti-union interest advocating for changes to collective bargaining rights and pension language. The protection of our pensions lies in Article V, Section 7 of the NYS Constitution. This section states membership in any pension or retirement system of state or of a civil division thereof shall be a contractual relationship, "the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired". A state constitution could alter or remove this clause.

New York City

  • In New York City, most if the City Council will be term limited and all other major elected positions will be strongly contested. We must engage and support people in City Government who understand the challenges we face locally and nationally.
  • Locally, the City Councils Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, which is chaired by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, has introduced a bill to create a replacement policy for our current ballistic body armor. This is long overdue.
  • Recently we were informed that F.D.N.Y Operations has approved an improved female combo type vest. Survival Armor has developed a certified "Structure Female" model that provides a custom fit for various female sizes while providing the same protection as the current armor.
  • The City Council is also introducing an initiative for Fire Inspectors to receive points if they are interested in taking the Fire Departments open competitive exam for firefighters.
  • FDNY Demonstration Project : On January 17th the Department went to Albany and proposed to the SEMSCO Committee a demonstration project, which would allow CFRD to administer aspirin, nebulized albuterol and epipens. Our team, led by Secretary Treasurer Don Faeth, testified against the proposal. We must continue to protect our profession and not allow lesser trained providers to dilute the established nationally recognized standards.
  • Standard of Care: If the FDNY has a desire to raise the level of care this must be accomplished with more FDNY ambulances staffed with EMS professionals. As the Department and the Local share that aforementioned goal we have opened discussions to upgrade current personnel to EMT-CC. We also continue to advocate with the Department, the City Council and the Mayors Office for re-opening the Supervisors titles to EMT's.
  • Alternative Work Schedule: The A WS has been in place for four months. There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback from management on its operational impact, as well as positive feedback from members of a personal nature. Therefore a meeting has been scheduled to expand the A WS pilot by at least 5 locations. However, there have been payroll issues associated with this programs roll out. While most issues have been resolved we continue to work with FDNY Payroll, the Office of Labor Relations and the Office of Payroll Administration to resolve the remaining issues.

We will face many challenges in the future but we have faced many challenges in the past. We must continue in solidarity to protect the benefits we have acquired and pursue the quality of life we deserve.

In closing, "Let us not seek the Republican answer or Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future". -J.F.K

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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MEMBER UPDATE

Local 2507 has received notification that The Bureau of Health Services will be closed tomorrow February 9, 2017. All EMS Annual examinations, WTC Medicals, and Clinic Appointments are also cancelled.

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Member Update

Brothers and Sisters:

Our Brother William DiPietra from Station 46 unfortunately has had a relapse of a very aggressive form of cancer. He was previously diagnosed with a stage 4-brain tumor. His previous neuro surgery had removed the tumor and with chemotherapy we expected a positive outcome. Recent CT' s have discovered another malignant tumor.

Our brother needs your help. We are asking members to donate time if possible using a leave donation form.

For more information, please call the union office at
(718) 371-0310

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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