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Event Review - Geppert Family Fundraiser

On Sunday, August 21st a fund raiser for the Geppert family was held at the Knights of Columbus hall in West Allis. The Aux. to Local 215 was asked to assist in this fundraiser by baking items for their bake sale. Some of you dropped off at Local 215, others dropped off at the fundraiser. A generous cash donation was made by members Kathie Polacheck and Dolores Engel. Brother Joe Vanderhoef won the 50/50 $436.00-ish and donated it ALL back to the family!!

We had wonderful baked goods submitted by Marsha Voeltner, Barb Franken, Alice Zyniecki, Noelle Matkovich, Cat Zyniecki and Ann Gallo. All monies raised were donated to the Geppert Family. Several other members of the Auxiliary were also present at the fundraiser to help the family out. This is what we do - take time off of our busy schedules to help others in need. Thank you again to all the participated.

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Local 215 Retirees Picnic - Tomorrow!

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Local 215 Executive Board Member Al Jansen Honored at IAFF Convention

This union is effective and respected across two great nations because of the hard work and the talent of our affiliate leadership. At the IAFF 53rd Convention, 16 outstanding affiliate leaders, one from each of our districts, were honored for their accomplishments in serving their locals and this union.

“Each of the honorees showed leadership qualities from the earliest days of their fire service careers, committing to the union, getting involved, working on behalf of and standing up for our members at every opportunity,” said General President Harold Schaitberger.

The award recognizes and honors active and active-retired local officers who have dedicated more than 15 years to their local. Awards are given to one local leader from each of the IAFF's 16 districts. Candidates were nominated by their affiliates and winners were chosen by the IAFF Executive Board.

6th District Vice Presidents Lorne West and 8th District Vice President Paul Hufnagel presented the awards Tuesday during the IAFF 53rd Convention.

The 2016 Local Leadership Award winners are:

District 1 – Jersey City Fire Fighters Local 1066 President Joseph Krajnik
District 2 – Ames, IA Local 625 Past President Mike Bryant
District 3 – Rhode Island Professional Fire Fighters President Emeritus Frank Montanaro
District 4 – Baltimore County Fire Fighters Local 1311 Vice President Michael Crosby
District 5 – Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Local 215 Executive Board Member Al Jansen
District 6 – Saskatoon Local 80 Past President Bruce Siemens
District 7 – Boise, ID Local 149 President Gregory Womack
District 8 – Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union Secretary-Treasurer Terrence Chesney
?District 9 – Professional Fire Fighters of Utah 4th District Vice President Dave Dumas
District 10 – Hawaii Fire Fighters Association Local 1463 President Robert Lee
District 11 – Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters Local 972 Past President Jay Watson
District 12 – Jacksonville, FL Local 122 Secretary-Treasurer James Croft
District 13 – Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association ?IAFF Service Representative Jeff Nester (Toronto Local 3888)
District 14 – Professional Fire Fighters of Mississippi Secretary-Treasurer Allen Sandifer (Jackson, MS Local 87)
District 15 – St. Johns, New Brunswick Local 771 Secretary-Treasurer and 15th District Field Service Representative Larry Cook
District 16 – 16th District Field Service Representative and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Local F-88 President Emeritus Roy Colbrunn

The Local Leadership Award was created by Convention resolution to champion the standard of leadership set by Dennis J. Murray, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri Local 2665 and one of the longest-serving local presidents in IAFF history and the first recipient of the award at the 2008 IAFF Convention.

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City of Milwaukee 15 Mile Residency Requirement Map

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Workers Compensation Disclosure of Healthcare Information Form

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Interest Arbitration Decision

Brothers and Sisters,

Ms. Mahwinney has rendered her decision this morning. Regrettably, she has decided to award the City of Milwaukee their offer. The following is the attachment of her decision. We will be in contact with the membership with more information to follow as soon as possible.

To view the decision look for "Interest Arbitration Decision 2016" under Contracts in the Resource Library.


We are convening a Special Meeting of the membership scheduled for 0900 hours each day on August 3rd, 4th and 5th to disseminate the Arbitration decision.

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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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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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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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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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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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