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March 03, 2021
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What's New at IAFF 244
IAFF/BCFD HAZARD PAY MOU APPROVAL VOTE

Attention County Chapter Members:

In accordance with Article II, Section 4 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws membership approval of the Memorandum of Understanding between the IAFF Local 244 and Bernalillo County is scheduled for the next General Membership Meeting on February 11, 2021 at 7:00pm via ‘Zoom Online Video Meeting’

Please log into the members area and click on the "contracts" link on the left column to review the MOU. Please call Vice-President Angel Alvarado with any questions.

A separate and more detailed announcement will be emailed out to all email addresses on file with the zoom registaration information. Please review the MOU and the instructions prior to the General Meeting. 

County Chapter 4th Steward Vacancy

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for County Chapter 4th Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position on March 4, 2021 until the next General Election in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5. All letters of interest can be turned in to the Union Hall or emailed to iafflocal244@qwestoffice.net on or before February 18, 2021. This vacancy resulted from Brother Jeremy Polks’s appointment to the position of County Chapter Chief Steward.

IAFF Local 244 Per-Capita Dues Increase

Pursuant to previous action taken at the IAFF Convention in 2018, IAFF per capita dues for each active and retired-active member is adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (our monthly dues to the International).

In addition to the CPI increase, delegates at the 55th IAFF Virtual Convention held January 29, 2021 adopted a resolution to add additional increases to the per capita dues for this year.

As a result, there is an overall dues increase in the amount of .17¢ per pay period, which will go into effect the pay period ending February 26, 2021; this Per Capita increase is in accordance with our Bylaws, Article IV, Section 5.

If you have any questions, please reach out to an Executive Board Officer.

City Chapter 4th Steward Vacancy

 The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for City 4th Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position on February 4, 2021 until the next General Election in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5. All letters of interest can be turned in to the Union Hall or emailed to iafflocal244@qwestoffice.net on or before January 29, 2021. 

2020 Officer Election Results
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board would like to thank all candidates and voting members who participated in the General Election. Very special thanks to the Election Committee and volunteers that helped make this a successful election. Congratulations to the new Executive Officers. Read More...
Download: Official Officer Election Results.pdf
Benevolent Fund & TV Fund Deductions

Attention Members:

Be advised, deductions for Benevolent and TV Fund will be deducted during the month of (January 2021) in accordance with Article IV, Section 6 and Section 10 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws. 

City Chapter Members:

Please be advised that deductions for Benevolent Fund and TV Fund are scheduled to come out on the next scheduled pay period. These deductions should occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 1/15/21 with a pay date of 1/22/21.

County Chapter Members:

Please be advised that the deduction for Benevolent Fund will be taken out the first full pay period in January 2021-the next scheduled pay period. This deduction should occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 1/15/21 with a pay date of 1/22/21.

Updated Election Date/Info

December 16, 2020

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

As Chair of the election committee, I was apprehensive about holding our annual general election during the NM “shut down” that was ordered by Governor Lujan-Grisham Monday, November 16th, and scheduled to last at least 2 weeks. Not knowing whether the shutdown would last beyond the 2 weeks, I felt it was irresponsible to risk continuing as planned, thus leading to the motion and direction to postpone our election.

The shutdown ended after the two weeks and the Governor issued the red-yellow-green plan for occupancy guidelines. Though we are in the “red” currently and look to be that way for a while, it is the opinion of the Executive Board that we must facilitate our election as soon as possible-with as many necessary safety precautions as possible.

Therefore, the Executive Board, with direction from the Election committee, has agreed to proceed with having our postponed general election on January 13th, 2021. Early voting will be schedule for January 5-7, 2021 and absentee voting will also be available with additional accommodations for any members in quarantine.   

To accommodate the election in the safest possible manner the following modifications will be implemented, please review & familiarize yourselves with the guidelines below.

  1. Only allow 3 people inside voting locations at one time, making it necessary for all others waiting to vote, to wait outside ensuring as much possible distance (minimum of 6 feet) between members.

  1. Provide an entrance that is different from the exit to ensure the traffic is minimized. Members must enter & exit through the specified doors.

  1. Entry to non-poll site/election specific designated areas within fire stations or Union Hall is prohibited.

  1. Require all who enter the voting locations as well as the poll workers, to wear face coverings at all times.

  1. Ensure all surfaces in voting sites are wiped down and disinfected throughout the day.

  1. We ask/encourage all members to bring and use their own pens to cast their ballots and sign the roster.

  1. We request all members who have any symptoms of Covid to stay home.

  1. Any member who is in quarantine (weather exposed, or sick) will have the option for an election committee member to facilitate bringing the absentee ballot box to them so that they may also cast their ballot from quarantine, consistent with Article XI, section 3, Absentee voting. Please see the flyer for dates & details.

Thank you,

Fraternally,

Miguel Tittmann

Sergeant at Arms

IAFF Local 244

City Chapter 'ZOOM' Special Meeting Announcement

A City Chapter Special Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:00a.m. via ‘Zoom Online Video Meeting’ in accordance with Article II, Section 4 & Article V, Section 6 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be for final membership approval of the AFR ADDITIONAL LEGAL HOLIDAYS MOU. The special meeting will start promptly at 11:00a.m.

*Please note-a separate and more detailed announcement will be emailed out to all email addresses on file. Please review the MOU and the instructions prior to the scheduled Special Meeting. 

The 2020 IAFF/BCFD Contract is Officially Ratified

74% of eligible members within the IAFF Local 244 County Chapter have officially ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement with 57% approval. (94 Yes, 71 No).

The Executive Board would like to acknowledge the IAFF negotiating team for their leadership, dedication & hard work during these trying times. Special thanks to the membership on the frontlines for their commitment to our great union and the community we serve.

IAFF/BCFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification Vote

The IAFF Local 244 County Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd). The ratification vote will take place on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 2, 3 & 6 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws.  The designated poll sites will be: Union Hall, Station 33 and Station 40. To review the strike-and-delete version of the TA’d agreement, log in and click on the Contracts section under main menu. For additional information on this year’s negotiations process please see the attached letter from County VP Pittarelli.

Absentee voting shall be provided for members unable to attend the ballot vote in the event that the member is on leave, departmental trip, training status, or on paid status at the time of the vote, in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws Article XI, Section 3. Members who meet the requirements for Absentee voting may contact the Sergeant at Arms, or designee, and complete an Absentee Ballot at the Union Hall. Members must contact the Sergeant at Arms between 0900 to 1500 hours on the following dates, per the Election Committee: Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 & Friday, Oct 30, 2020.

The Executive Board would like to acknowledge the County Chapter Negotiating Team for their diligent work and leadership in representing our collective interests. A job well done!


Download: Local 244 County negotiations from Vice President Pittarelli.pdf
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