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Brother and Sister Firefighters,

Two announcements and a cadet hiring process update.

The nomination period for one of the Austin Firefighters Relief and Outreach Fund Director's position opens today and will extend through February 5th. Any AFA member can nominate an active or retired member of AFA. An on-line vote will be conducted February 9th (8:00am) through the 11th (5:00pm) to select the person to fill the open director's position.

http://austinfirefightersfund.org

The Austin Firefighters Relief Fund Directors normally meet once per month.

The Austin Firefighters Fund help firefighters, other public safety employees and members of the community who have suffered from a catastrophe or a major injury and/or illness. 50K in contributions were distributed to first responders and community members in need last year alone, including (4) $1,000 checks to Bastrop County firefighters who lost their homes during the last major Bastrop wildfire. Most of the contributions of the Austin Firefighters Relief Fund stay in Central Texas.

Please reply to this email to send your nomination.




This Sunday, from 2:30 - 7:00p, AFA is hosting a candidate forum for Travis Country Precinct One, Texas Senate District 24 (West Austin to Abilene) and Texas House District 25 (Central Austin). The event will be held at AFA Hall at 7537 Cameron Road.

AFA members and members of the community are welcome to attend.

Each candidate forum will consist of a question and answer period followed by a short, informal meet and greet with the candidates.

  • The Precinct One candidate forum will start at 2:30p and will last until 4:00p
  • Texas Senate District 24 will begin at 4:00p and will last until 5:30p
  • Texas House District 49 candidates will start at 5:30p and will go until 7:00p





Cadet Hiring Process Update: All of the scored test data was transmitted to the DOJ in early January. This should have set forth the two week period for the DOJ to review and put forward objections to the cadet selection procedures. The DOJ is not agreeable that two week period has started and has requested additional data relating to the process.

Once the two week period of DOJ review is concluded and IF no objections are lodged, then the COA can begin cadet hiring. This outcome could result in cadet hiring occurring soon.

I feel a more likely consequence is the DOJ does raise objections and calls for a meeting with the COA and AFA to resolve their concerns. As to may remember, for AFA's agreement to drop our 5th Circuit appeal of the consent decree, AFA is now a full party (along with the COA and DOJ) in the dispute resolution part of the consent decree.

If the COA AND the AFA are agreeable to changing the selection procedures to address the DOJ concerns, then the hiring process would continue at this point.  This outcome would probably add an additional 1 -2 months to the hiring process.

If the COA and/or the AFA are NOT agreeable to the DOJ's proposed changes AND the DOJ wishes to challenge our position before a judge, then we go to court. AFA is well prepared for this eventuality should it happen. I estimate that this outcome would add 2 - 4 months to the process.

Welcome to the wacky world of consent decrees! I realize this can be confusing, if you have further questions, please respond to this email and I will get you an answer as soon as possible.


Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association

Cell (512) 217-3474



 

 

 


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Vote Results on the 3 Motions listed below

Thank you to all who voted;

All 3 Motions passed, please click link to view results:http://www.iafflocal975.org/index.cfm?Section=14&PageNum=69 

The following 3 Motions are being voted on:

1.  Motion 15-7: Motion to transfer year end budget surplus to City Council Super PAC savings.  Year-end budget surplus previously funded the Legal Defense Fund (LDF).  

2.  Motion 15-8Motion to move the Austin Firefighters Association (AFA) store profits to AFA General Fund.  This change is primarily to fund the Super PAC.  Store profits previously funded LDF.

3.  Motion 15-9: Motion to ratify the 2016 Austin Firefighters Association budget.

Motions made by Bob Nicks, 2nd by Greg Pope

 

 


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Brother and Sister Firefighters,

911 responder health care benefits are in serious trouble. By the end of next week, Congress must reauthorize and extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 or those sickened by Ground Zero toxins will stop getting the health care and compensation they need and deserve. 

Jon Stewart has come out of retirement and has done solid work shaming Americans worst responders, the US Congress, into doing the right thing and supporting the reauthorization of the 911 Zadroga Act. 

These first responders need and deserve our support. Here is what you can do to help, it's as simple as going to the link below and either calling or emailing a Representative or Senator.

 

http://www.renew911health.org/take-action/take-action-contact-your-members-of-congress/?xrs=synd_facebook_120715_tds_38

 

Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association 


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11/19/2015

Dear Brother and Sister Firefighters,

I have received many calls from firefighters who were unaware that action must be taken during the open enrollment  period to avoid a $12.50 per pay period fee increase to your health insurance contribution. The COA open enrollment period is officially closed BUT they have agreed to reopen for a short period of time to help fix this issue if you act ASAP.

This would only affect you if you:               

  • are covering your partner/spouse on your COA health insurance policy.
  • have a partner/spouse who is NOT a smoker.
  • did NOT declare during the regular COA open enrollment period that your partner/spouse is NOT a smoker.

To correct this issue, contact COA HR at (512) 974-3284 during normal business hours ASAP! Inform them that you would like to declare that your partner/spouse is NOT a smoke and that you wish to change you open enrollment criteria. They will be able to handle this over the phone.

Please let me know if this does not fix your issue at bob_nicks@yahoo.com

Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association

Cell (512) 217-3474


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Results of AFA 2015 Officer Elections

Thank you to all who voted.  

Trustee Election Results:

Mark Schultz has been elected Trustee to serve a 3 year term.

Click here to view Vote results.

The Following positions individuals have won by acclimation:

President  - Bob Nicks
VP A-Shift - Christine Jones
VP B-Shift - Geoff Mitchell
VP C-Shift - Lynn Eichler


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Colin Camp Fundraising Campaign

Colin Camp was a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department for 7 years until June 18th 2013 when he was struck by a large SUV.  Since that date, Colin has been unable to speak, walk or eat. He receives his food through a feed tube.  Colin has requires 24 hour care.

 Health insurance no longer covers the stay at the facility he is at, and now that has to be paid out of pocket, which is about $9,000 a month, not including the physical, occupational and speech therapy that he receives on a daily basis.  For this very reason a GO FundMe account has been created.  Please click on the link and donate.

http://www.gofundme.com/222m8uy8  


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AFA formal request to ATCEMS

Click on the image below to view entire Letter from AFA to ATCEMS as a formal request to begin discussions regarding consolidation.


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