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MEMBER UPDATE

MSOC 2017 at FDNY

Local 2507 has available seating for The MSOC
(Medical Special Operations Conference)
May 6, & 7, 2017 at Randall's Island.

If you are interested in attending MSOC, please call the Local 2507 Union office at (718) 371-0310 by close of business on April 27, 2017. Seating is limited.

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MEMBER UPDATE

 

On Monday April 17, 2017 the members from Sta-26 will be Honoring M.T.A Police Officer Daniel McDade for his Heroic efforts in apprehending the individual responsible in the killing of our Sister EMT Yadira Arroyo.

The presentation will start at 11am at Station 26. Members are encouraged to attend.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda
Donald Faeth

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EMT Yadira Arroyo Memorial Hockey Game

May 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Aviator Sports
3159 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn,NY

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Murdered EMT’s Family To Get Year’s Salary

The Chief Leader

By Bob Hennelly
April 10, 2017

a1sx2_YadiraArroyoTN_Arroyo.pngThe murder of an Emergency Medical Technician after she attempted to stop a street robbery in The Bronx last month has prompted a groundswell of support from City Hall to Albany to end the longstanding wage-and-benefit disparity between the Emergency Medical Service and fellow first-responders at the Police and Fire Departments.

EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, left behind five sons aged 7 to 24. She had 14 years on the job.

Line-of-Duty Pay Granted

THE CHIEF-LEADER has confirmed that Mayor de Blasio has decided to confer the line-of-duty death benefit, which is equal to one year’s pay, to Ms. Arroyo’s family. Under existing law, such a payout is automatically granted only to cops and firefighters. “We are very grateful for the Mayor giving this benefit to the Arroyo family, but it should not be discretionary,” said Israel Miranda, president of District Council 37’s Local 3621. “It should be for every member going forward. We are not talking about a lot of money.”

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, chair of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, said in an interview that parity for EMS officers with other first-responders was long overdue. “I believe they are underpaid and not respected as a uniformed agency, as they need to be,” Ms. Crowley said. “If you just look after five years of what a uniformed Sanitation Officer makes, it is nearly $70,000. Here, this women who was killed in the line of duty, after working 15 years and a ton of overtime, and she did not make what a Sanitation Officer makes after five years on the job.”

Members of the FDNY’s EMS are denied the uniformed-services pay and benefit level enjoyed by firefightrs and uniformed workers in the Police, Sanitation and Correction Departments, despite Council legislation passed during the Bloomberg administration granting them uniformed status.

In a phone interview, Mr. Miranda confirmed that Assemblyman Peter Abbate and State Sen. Martin Golden were drafting legislation to include the city’s EMS service in the ranks of first-responders, whose families are entitled to the line-of-duty death benefit.

According to union officials, more than 40 percent of EMS workers are women, and more than 50 percent are people of color. “Our people are working second and third jobs every bit of every time and still can’t afford to live in the city they serve,” said Mr. Miranda.

Created Turnover Problem

Both Mr. Miranda and Vincent Variale, president of DC 37’s Local 3621, which covers EMS Officers, maintain that the low salaries paid to the medical-services division have caused excessive turnover and prompted their members to look to the fire side of the FDNY for career advancement.

Mr. Miranda said that over the years, EMS workers have had some success getting elected leaders to move towards equity for his members, including the passage of the Council legislation. “But Mayor Bloomberg challenged it in court, and even though we prevailed there, our compensation continues to lag seriously behind the other services,” he said.

“People may not realize it but we are frequently the victims of assault, because some of the people we are trying to help are very hostile,” said Mr. Variale. “We deal with everything, so we are social workers and emergency workers, yet to this day the Mayor has not recognized us as a uniformed emergency service.”

In a City Hall interview last week, Council Member Laurie Cumbo added her voice to a growing chorus of elected officials calling for EMS parity. She had introduced Equal Employment Opportunity legislation requiring the collection and public release of gender-wage data for all city agencies, as well as contractors doing work for the city. She believes that the current “second-class” status in pay and benefits for the EMS is rooted in longstanding gender bias.

Systematically Underpaid

“We can look at certain professions that are systemically underpaid, particularly in child care, senior care and in so many other agencies as well,” Ms. Cumbo said. “They are what’s known as professions that are traditionally male-dominated and professions that are traditionally women-dominated. But the pay scale in those is very different. We have to not only look at where the exact titles line up, but we also have to look at the type of work that is being done. While it may be called something different, it is still very valid and equal work.”

Last week Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that Ms. Arroyo’s alleged attacker, Jose Gonzalez, 25, had been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of second-degree murder, and first-degree manslaughter, among other charges. If convicted on the top charge, he faces up to life in prison.

According to prosecutors, the suspect had been joy-riding on the back of Ms. Arroyo’s rig and then jumped off and attempted to steal a backpack from a pedestrian. Ms. Arroyo and her partner, Monique Williams, tried to intervene.

Mr. Gonzalez forced his way into the ambulance after a struggle with Ms. Arroyo and put the vehicle in reverse and then quickly accelerated forward, running her over and killing her. Her body was dragged 15 feet until the ambulance jumped a curb and hit a parked car. An MTA Police Officer, Daniel McCabe, who was passing by, tackled Mr. Gonzalez with the help of some civilians.

Toxicology tests on the suspect were positive for PCP and marijuana.

Judge’s Odd Choice

Before this incident, Mr. Gonzalez, 25, was a habitual criminal who was arrested 31 times, but he was released by Bronx Criminal Court Judge David Kirschner after he robbed someone, then resisted arrest and kicked out the window of a police van. The New York Times reported he lived in a “supportive” homeless shelter. He is reportedly schizophrenic and dangerous anytime he goes off his medication.

“The defendant horrifically ended the life of someone who exemplified bravery, compassion and caring. Yadira Arroyo died a hero on the streets of The Bronx,” said Ms. Clark in a statement after the indictment.

He pled not guilty as more than 100 of Ms. Arroyo’s colleagues looked on. He is due back in court on Aug. 25.

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Member Update

Union workers' dues will be fully tax-deductible thanks to Cuomo

New York’s highest-paid union workers will be the chief beneficiaries of a tax break slipped into the state budget that makes their dues fully tax-deductible, an analysis has found.

The deduction, believed to be the first write-off of its kind in the nation, will cost $35 million and was put into the budget by Gov. Cuomo without any public debate, critics complained.

“It’s unbelievable Albany could even come up with another way to pay off politically powerful unions, but they did,” said Doug Kellogg of Reclaim New York.

But New York AFL-CIO president Mario Cilento said, “We are very grateful to the governor and legislators.”

The provision will benefit high-income union employees — such as downstate construction workers, and police officers, firefighters and teachers in the suburbs — who make more than $100,000 a year and itemize deductions on their state tax returns, according to E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

The average tax savings was estimated at $67.

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MEMBER UPDATE

With Deepest Regrets We Announce The Passing Of

Alan Cooke

Station 58 / Division 3 Coordinator

Viewing
Wednesday April 12, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Funeral Mass
Wednesday April 12, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

First Baptist Church
100-10 Astoria Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
(718) 446-0200

Funeral Line Up
Thursday April 13, 2017
9:30 AM

At the Above Location

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Member Update

Subject: NYS Budget Package
Workers Compensation Language (New)

Part NNN, Subpart l(b). Where a Police Officer or Firefighter subject to Section thirty of this article, or Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic or other person certified to provide medical care in emergencies, or emergency dispatcher files a claim for mental injury premised upon extraordinary work ­related stress incurred in a work related emergency, the board may not disallow the claim, upon a factual finding that the stress was not greater than that which usually occurs in the normal work environment.

Although we were the first to add this type of language to our ¾ Disability Bill, this language will help many of our members going forward with Workers Compensation stress related claims.

 

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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MEMBER UPDATE

Join us on Sunday, May 21 when the Mets play the LA Angels at Citi Field

Game starts at 1:10 PM


A portion of the ticket proceeds benefits the National EMS Memorial Fund and the EMT Yadira Arroyo's Children Fund

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President's Report

April 5, 2017

On March 16, 2017 we lost our sister Yadira Arroyo to a senseless act of murder by a defendant with 31 prior arrests. As we continue to deal with our sadness and anger, we must continue to support her family.

I would personally like to state how proud I am of being a member of our EMS family. The support, which members from all over our city have shown during this terrible incident, has been unbelievable. Although the family has received much financial support, nothing can replace a mother to these five young men. A parent does not expect to leave our world before they are sure their children are prepared and have the support and tools to realize a future in our society. The family asked me to thank you on their behalf and all the other agencies and first responders from other states and every citizen who attended the funeral to show there love and respect.

Alternative Work Schedule: On April 19, 2017 we will be meeting at the Office of Labor Relations to discuss the expansion of the 12 Hour Tours. We hope to have a commitment from the City moving forward. We have not received any negative feedback from the City or the Department. We will keep you advised.

Compensation: On the week of March 24, 2017 every member should have received a 3% increase in salary. This should have also been reflected in your meal allowance and recurring increment payment (RIP). The next scheduled increase will be on September 5, 2017 for 3.03 %.

On September 6, 2017 all members who have completed their third year will receive a new longevity of $1,171.00 annually until retirement.

On September 6, 2017 the Haz-Tac assignment differential for EMT’s and Paramedics assigned to Haz-Tac units will begin. A 3% added to base salary for the first year of assignment, additional 3% after one year of assignment for a total of 6%.

Legislation: On March 16, 2017 we held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to introduce our NYCERS Article 78 Legislation. Thank you to all who came out. This bill is moving fast through the N.Y.S Senate and we expect the same in the Assembly. Our 25 and Out Pension Bill and Chapter 96 Bill are still awaiting a fiscal note so we can lobby for the home rule messages. Our Tier 6 legislation is still in committee and we expect a Bill number shortly.

On March 28, 2017 members from Station 26 and myself went to Albany for the introduction of an Anti-Gang Bill, which would provide for extended criminal penalties for acts performed as part of a criminal gang organization, which could have kept Jose Gonzalez off the streets. An act, which may have prevented the tragic murder of our sister. This bill also expands education and intervention to prevent the growth of criminal street gangs in our communities and establishing an ongoing system of tracking criminal gang activity.

On Monday April 3, 2017 we met with the Chief of Staff of the City Council and Council woman Elizabeth Crowley to discuss our Ballistic Armor replacement initiative, F.P.I proposal for points on the Firefighters open competitive exam and discussions on Home Rule messages. We will keep you advised.

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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Fundraiser for the family of
EMT Yadira Arroyo

Thursday, May 4, 2017

For Tickets and Information contact
Chazz Perry 718-839-3224;
Manny 917-560-7700;
Hector 646-773-6515

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