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President's Report

June 7, 2017

Legislation - On May 10, I along with our lobbyist Robert Ungar met with legislators to seek support for the Line of duty Death Benefit that's currently available to Uniform members but not including EMS The Law was written well before Local 2507 gained Uniformed Status, this Bill will add our titles to the Law. The Bill is currently at Senate Committee.

12 Hour Tours - On May 16, both local 2507 & 3621 met with the Office of labor relations to discuss the expansion of the program. The dept presented some concerns with in-service times of the 12 hour units, a decrease of in-service times. We challenged the dept on some of the times they tabulated into their studies/formula. The dept also wanted to set back the start dates on station 46 and 14 by a few weeks due to payroll/Schedule issues. We countered that all members and schedules were prepared, after a brief caucus. The dept agreed to start both stations as initially scheduled. We also requested that additional stations be added each month following the station 14 start.

Station 39 - While we are aware that many stations are in dire needs, station 39 is in dire conditions that needs immediate attention. On May 30, I met with the dept to discuss this long overdue health and safety issue.

The office received a written response that a major overhaul is scheduled this summer lasting 18 months.

Units will be relocated to surrounding stations within proximity of their csl.

An inconvenient but a necessary step to protect the health and safety of our members.

We will keep you informed on the scheduled start date.

10-99 Initiative -After a long discussion with COD, I expressed the necessity and importance of taking our members off street comers. Our members should be able to sit at their stations (member's discretion) or nearby facilities that are owned by the dept. There are many reasons we need to move away from the current model of sitting at street comers. Health & Safety being the top reason. Some suggestions were made by both parties, I will notify the rank and file once we reach an agreement. In closing, I want to assure the membership that I am well aware of the situation this local and the members face everyday. My thoughts are always of my brothers and sisters of EMS, how to make things better for each one of us. I do not take this tremendous responsibility lightly, I am focused on moving us forward where we need to be, and together we can do it.

Be well and look out for each other!

Oren Barzilay
President

 


Vice President's Report June 2017

Vice President's Report

 

June 7, 2017

Pay equality: Recently we secured the services of the Kurland Group, a law firm we are . using to explore future litigation towards pay equality. Today we held our first focus group involving EMT's. They are going to take all the feedback and start drafting more detailed question sheets that members will be able to fill out. This is the first of about 6 focus groups we will be holding. Fire inspectors will be planned next followed by paramedics and EMD. LT's and Captains will also be involved. Member involvement is going to be crucial during every phase of this litigation. I implore everyone to get involved. Reach out to me at the office or cell phone with any questions regarding how you can help.

Bits: As we all know bits is a sore spot for many members. I'm starting to bring a lot more stuff to our lawyers before allowing any member to sign a penalty. Stipulations have gotten way to high and we are working on bringing it down. We have also reached out to a criminal defense lawyer who might be willing to consult with us on more severe and higher profile cases. More information will be available as we have it.

Parking placards: I want to remind you that our parking placard is a privilege and doesn't authorize you to violate any parking laws. They are for your use only and may not be given to anyone else. Four times this month the NYPD has called this office to confirm ownership of a placard. Not all were being used properly. Our current Mayor has made unauthorized use of parking placards a hot item recently. Please don't get caught up in this.

Delegate replacements: Currently we have about 10 stations without delegates. We are in process of filling those positions. Please be patient and we will get every station represented properly.

Michael Greco,
Vice President