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.
Resource Library (click on Transcripts)
Diverse coalition voices support for Alderman Hamilton as Council President
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From the President's Desk
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From the Presidents Desk
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.
Watch the IAFF Century of Service video
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!
CMERS Login Page
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.
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
City of Milwaukee Employee Retirement System
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!
Director of Web Communications
Milwaukee Fire Local 215
MacGillis Wiemer, LLC web site
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.
Reserve Your Site for the MFD Campout NOW!
ATTENTION MFD CAMPERS! The Annual MFD Campout will be held at a new campground next year!...River Bend RV Resort!
Retirees, new campers, and campout regulars are all welcome. River Bend gave us exclusive access to book early before the general public at the 2015 Rates, but you missed that. On January 1st all sites opened to the public, so if you want to be near the action, reserve now. Maybe you'll still get a good spot.
Early registration will also give you a chance at an EARLY BIRD drawing for FREE registration! CALL ASAP for reservations!!
Our sites are 19-40 and 66-79. The Big Top Tent and Command Post will sit on Site 27. There will be lots of FUN for the whole family! Call River Bend at (920)261-7505
Campout dates are July 10-17th, 2016. Come out for the whole week, or test run a long weekend, just don't miss out on this great family event!
River Bend is a popular campground and will book up fast after reservations open up to the public on January 1st.
12 person Double Sites are now available! DON'T WORRY, RESERVE NOW! No need to worry about losing your money. They are allowing us a special FULL REFUND option if you call at least 10 DAYS BEFORE event and have your receipt. You MUST have your receipt!
Call your Campout Committee with any questions: Jennie Schaefer, Aaron Kreil, Tony Gallo, Jim Casarez and Russ Rivard
Please visit the MFD Family Campout FaceBook page (copy and paste):
Please visit the River Bend RV Resort web site (copy and paste):
After you reserve your site with River Bend, fill out this (click here) MFD registration form and send it in!
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/
CBS 58 News Story
I-Team reveals threat to firefighters after fire
Posted on Nov 4, 2015
Read the whole story by clicking the link below.
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.
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.
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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.
Log in to Facebook and click here to view
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.
Click Here to View the Amicus Briefs
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."
Click to view the YouTube Video about the Summer Camp!
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.
Watch YouTube Video "Sell T-Shirts, Fight Breast Cancer" starring our very own Local 215 Members!
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.
Read the Full Article Here