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Early Intervention PT Clinic Expanding to Mondays

Due to increased demand, the City’s Early Intervention Physical Therapy Clinic is expanding! Starting Monday, July 11th the Clinic will be open two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This service is FREE to employees and spouses/partners. You do not need to be enrolled in the City’s health insurance to utilize this valuable benefit.

The Physical Therapist offers the following services:

Perform screening, consultation, and education services to prevent and treat potential musculoskeletal injuries.
Address pains, strains and potential issues that occur at work or home before it becomes a health care claim or injury.
Plan interventions, including specific stretching, strengthening and/or conditioning exercises.
Make recommendations for self-management of symptoms or provide education in proper postures and body mechanics for performing tasks safely.
Call 414-777-3413 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome but calling ahead is recommended to ensure there are clinic openings.

The Early Intervention PT Clinic is located in the City’s Wellness Center in the Zeidler Municipal Building at 841 N. Broadway (enter through Market St.).

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Residency Decision Press Release

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WI State Supreme Court Decision Case Review

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Three Boston Firefighters Recall Colleagues Who Died From Occupational Cancer

Three city firefighters painted a grim portrait as they sat in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades. These colleagues did not perish in a raging fire or after falling into a collapsing building. They all succumbed to cancer.

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Hot Off The Press! June 2016 Edition of The Register !

A reminder to all that PDF copies of The MFD
Historical Society's "The Register" are available on our web site!
This is a great, fun tradition and these retirees put a lot
of time and effort into producing a quality newsletter.
Take a few minutes to have a look at it!

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Local 215 Membership and Retiree Side Jobs Listing

[6/22/2016 update - response to this has been... underwhelming. I'll leave this idea open to your input for a bit longer, but as of now it looks like there's no point in making this directory. Disappointed, ~HEOJKM]

I would like to create an "Angie's List" of our members "side jobs"! Anyone (Local 215 Retirees too!) who would like to be included in this list should please send your name, specialty or service offering (for instance, deck building, plumbing, electrical work, band for hire,...) and your contact information. Indicate if you would like your submission to be available to the general public or our membership only. If there is a good response to this request, I'll make a new page just for this listing. I know there's a lot of talent out there. I personally have hired a few of you. If you think this is a good idea, please spread the word about this. Please submit your listing to heojkm@aol.com or director@local215.com

OR fill out this PDF and return it to me.


To fill the form out, download it, open it, click on "Tools", select "Fill & Sign", enter your info, save it, and send it. If you can't figure out how to do that, print it and send it to Alice. Thank you!

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On Purpose Journey Upcoming Events

The non profit charity group "On Purpose Journey Inc." is partnering with the Milwaukee Fire Dept. for the second annual BOOKS FOR BRAVERY and STANDING FOR THE FALLEN 9/11 Tribute Events. They are also hosting a BEER FOR BRAVERY 9/11 Fundraising Event on 5/22/16 at the Lakefront Brewery, from 6-9pm. Look for the flyers under our "Upcoming Events". More information about their upcoming events for this year and media coverage from last year can be found on their web site:

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Accrued Time-Off Donor Program

Copy and paste to go to the "gofundme" page for Derek and his family: https://www.gofundme.com/2fukd48s

Sisters and brothers,

This message comes to you as one of our own needs ALL of our help.

Brother Derek Geppert has been approved for the Accrued Time-Off Donor Program through the DER. This program allows his brothers and sisters of the MFD, as well as the entire city workforce, to donate earned off time to him to keep him on the payroll and secure his health insurance benefits for a total of 1 year.

Many of you know of Brother Geppert's situation. He has just over five years with the MFD and does not have much of his own earned off time left. Brother Geppert and his family face many obstacles and challenges and this Donor Program will allow his extended family of the MFD to help him in his greatest time of need.

The form is available on our web site in the Resource Library under "Forms and Applications". It is titled "Accrued_Time-Off_Donor". Click on the link below to download the form. This form is to be filled out and submitted to DER. It is self explanatory in so much as what can be donated and where to submit the form.

More details about Derek and paper copies of the donation form will be available at the union meetings next Monday and Tuesday.

I am extending the deepest appreciation for all of your consideration on behalf of Derek and Melissa in advance. We will continue to provide any and all assistance to the Geppert's in whatever capacity we can meet.

David R. Seager
President Local 215

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Workplace Clinic Expanded Hours

Due to increased demand, the City’s onsite Workplace Clinic is adding additional hours and will be open 40 hours a week beginning Monday, May 2nd.

The clinic is located in the Zeidler Municipal Building and services are available to City employees and their spouses/partners, regardless of whether employees are enrolled in the City’s Health Insurance coverage. Services offered at the Workplace Clinic continue to be FREE for City of Milwaukee employees/spouses.

New Expanded Workplace Clinic Hours:

Monday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday – 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Friday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Calling 414-777-3413 to schedule an appointment is recommended. The clinic will take walk-in appointments if there are openings or will schedule walk-ins for the next available open time slot.

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Transcripts from 2016 Arbitration Hearings

This is the full week of transcripts of Arbitration week of April 11th through April 15th.
It is difficult reading at times only because it is purely words on paper and does not allow for the environment that occurred.

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Diverse coalition voices support for Alderman Hamilton as Council President

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From the President's Desk

Click the link below, log in, and read information and memos from President Seager to the membership.

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What's The IAFF Doing For Me?

From the International Association of Fire Fighters Facebook page ·Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Members ask all the time … “What’s the IAFF doing for me?” And while our union leaders don’t always take credit for the work they do for their members - just as fire fighters never want to brag about the job they do every day assisting the public – the question deserves an answer.
So we plan on using this space to answer that question over and over again.
Those asking the question generally want to know what their union is doing for them right now, but we are going to begin with the tremendous successes of those who came before us – because their sacrifices and efforts have created the incredible profession our members are a part of today.
This video chronicles our union’s great history. From the safety standards that protect your lives on the job every day to the progression from a 24/7 job with very little pay or benefits to scheduled duty days with fair pay. From health and pension benefits that reflect your sacrifice to studies linking cancer to the job of firefighting … this video shows the power of our united voice.
The simple fact is, this union – at all levels, with all of us working together – is still the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire service and one of the strongest unions in the world. So keep coming back to find out why.

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ERS Retirement Calculator

Did you know that you can see your contributions to date into the Employee Retirement System and your current Service Credit? Did you know that you can also create a benefit estimate any time you want to?

Go to the ERS Login page (below). If you do not remember your login information, click on the "Forgot User Name and / or Password" link to retrieve it.

After you log in, click on "Member Account Summary". Your numbers will pop up. Look for a link called "Benefit Estimates". Click on that.

The Pension Benefit Calculator page will then appear. Read about what can and cannot be done with this tool. Then scroll down to click on the "I Agree" tab.

You're finally there! Fill in the blanks and see what your future holds!

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Discussion Topics

You know how we all sit around the kitchen table every morning and solve all of the world's problems? There might be complaints or criticism about our union or our leadership. But then we get to work and all is forgotten and nothing gets done.

Well here is your chance to make a difference. Vice President John Barmore, at this month's Steward meeting, presented us with these questions for break-out discussions:
*What are some of the challenges facing Local 215 and the MFD today?
*What is Local 215 good at?
*What programs do the members like?
*What suggestions and ideas should the Executive Board consider implementing?

Please, if you have opinions on these matters or others, communicate them! Talk to your Steward or click on the link below to leave us a message! Thank you.

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John Barmore Elected ERS Chairman

Sisters and brothers,

I am pleased to announce that our Local 215 Vice President, John Barmore, was elected yet again to serve as the Chairman of our valuable Employee Retirement System.

Thank you Mr. Vice President for your continued efforts serving on this vital committee ensuring that our members, active, retired and duty disability, will be comforted knowing that you're at the helm.

David R. Seager

President Local 215

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MacGillis Wiemer, LLC

Did you know that if you are injured on the job as a result of someone else's negligence that you can pursue legal action against them? I didn't either! Then Chris MacGillis came to the union hall and spoke with our stewards a few months ago. Chris explained what he does and offered his services to Local 215 members. Hopefully your steward told you about this.
I spoke with Mr. MacGillis and he took my case. Chris was able to get me a better settlement than the at-fault driver's Insurance company offered. The City was reimbursed for their financial loses for my accident. And all costs were covered by the settlement that Mr. MacGillis obtained. All I had to do was sign some papers!
If you'd like more information, feel free to contact me! I encourage anyone who thinks that they might find themselves in a situation similar to mine to CALL CHRIS MACGILLIS!

Jay McInnes
Director of Web Communications
Milwaukee Fire Local 215

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Burmese Immigrants Need Some Help

Captain Bill Nowak requests donations for Burmese Immigrants.

Several social service agencies are assisting with moving these people to Milwaukee. They are extremely poor and come here with nothing. They are being put up in sub-standard housing in very dangerous neighborhoods.

E-7 Captain Bill Nowak's brother Mike, (no relation to Lt. Mike at T-6) has been involved with helping these people secure basic needs. They literally have nothing!

He is asking for some help. If any members of Local 215 have any of the following items that they could donate, it would go to a good cause. Any good condition lamps, tables, couches, chairs, dressers, dishes, pans, blankets, and pillows are badly needed along with winter clothing, school supplies etc...

Only gently used items, please; no junk. No mattresses either. He can pick up but asks - if you can bring any of these items, he has a storage locker on 84th across from State Fair Park.

Lastly, these kids have no toys. So any good toys would bring real joy to some kids in need.

Share your good fortune. It feels good. Contact, Mike Nowak 414-975-4371 Thank you.

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Milwaukee Fire Dept. to provide 8,250 brand new coats to students

To learn more about "Warm Up Winter" or to make a donation, go to http://www.warmupwinter.org/

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I-Team reveals threat to firefighters after fire

Posted on Nov 4, 2015
Read the whole story by clicking the link below.

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Keeping firefighters safe in Milwaukee

Published on Oct 14, 2015
Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing is kicking off an effort to keep firefighters safer from the threat of cancer since they breathe in so many carcinogens.

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Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

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IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Our very own union brother Brent R. Jones with IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger at the 2015 Wall of Honor ceremony. The names of fallen IAFF members that were added to the wall and honored on September 19, 2015 at the 29th Annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance can be found on the IAFF site. Copy and paste the link below to view the names.


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Two Amicus Briefs Filed

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel's submission to the State Supreme Court in the form of an Amicus Brief has been posted in our Resource Library. This Amicus Brief identifies the erroneous decision of the appellate court in the 1st district. President Seager would like to thank AG Schimel for recognizing this and penning this brief.

Another Amicus Brief penned by the Wisconsin Law and Liberty Group has also been posted in our Resource Library. President Seager personally knows many of the individuals that work with this organization from his many hours spent in the Capitol. President Seager wishes to publicly thank them as well.

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Summer Camp - Burn Center Golf Invitational

Battalion Chief Snyder would like to "...personally thank all who purchased a square on one of the 50/50 raffle boards that the Battalion Chiefs have been bringing around the last few weeks. The funds raised go directly to Columbia-St. Mary's Burn Center and the Burn Camp.

This is the 27th year of this event and we have raised over $2 million dollars in that time. These two organizations have brought healing and relief to many people for many years. We would like to see a day when neither entity is necessary, but until then, it's events like this that help give support to people who have experienced a horrible tragedy.

Please take the time to look at this video link and see exactly how much our efforts are appreciated. It's five minutes of your time that you won't regret giving up."

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MFD Supports Susan G. Komen of SE WI

The Milwaukee Fire Department not only fights fires, but also fights breast cancer. How? By selling t-shirts. This simple act helped people like Milwaukee native Tiffany Dotson, 35. Due to her rigorous treatment, she was unable to work for six months, which meant she would not have a steady income to help pay the bills.

It is because of people like these firefighters who raise money for Susan G. Komen that Tiffany was able to get help on her copays and other payments so she could focus on winning the fight with breast cancer rather than worrying about how she will pay for it all financially.

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Assistance To Firefighters Grants Success Stories

Read the story of how the Milwaukee Fire Department successfully applied for a 2012 AFG Grant for Wellness & Fitness activities.

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