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September 21, 2018
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The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held on December 11, 2018

Attention All Members:

Nominations for the 2018 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 13, 2018 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 8, 2018.

In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Section 4. Elected Officer Terms all ‘Even Year’ positions will be up for election in 2018There will also be one ‘Odd Year’ position up for election, which will be for a one (1) year term due to a previous vacancy. See detailed listing below.

Please refer to the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Sections 1-13 for additional information including Eligibility Requirements. 

GENERAL TREASURER

SERGEANT AT ARMS

COUNTY VICE PRESIDENT

COUNTY 1ST  STEWARD (1-YEAR TERM)

COUNTY 2ND   STEWARD

COUNTY 4TH STEWARD

COUNTY 2ND   TRUSTEE

CITY CHIEF STEWARD

CITY 2ND   STEWARD

CITY 4TH   STEWARD

CITY 2ND   TRUSTEE

Additional details related to absentee voting, early voting and poll sites will be provided in mid-November 2018. If anyone is interested in assisting with the poll sites please contact the Election Committee Chair Steve Lopez at (505) 336-0336.

IAFF Local 244 Per-Capita Dues Increase

The 54th IAFF Biennial Convention took place August 2018 in Seattle Washington. Some of the resolutions passed do require an expense that is passed on to us at the local and State levels. As an end result, the Resolutions which passed carrying an expense will increase in our monthly Per Capita dues to the International (our monthly dues to the International). The overall increase will amount to .44¢ per pay period, which will go into effect on the first paycheck in October 2018; this Per Capita increase is in accordance with our Bylaws, Article IV, Section 5.

If you would like to view the Convention Resolutions please log in as a member on the IAFF website: www.iaff.org.

Chisolm Trail RV

Attention IAFF Local 244 Members:

The New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association and Chisolm Trail RV have partnered to bring exclusive pricing to IAFF members statewide for their Travel Trailer, RV or service needs. Owner Erin Chisolm can be reached at (619) 410-2440 for more info. Erin has also graciously donated a travel trailer for us to raffle-off to benefit the NMPFFA Benevolent Fund. Tickets are $50 and only 350 will be sold. The raffle will take place at the NMPFFA Fly Fishing Tournament at Abe’s Fly Shop at the San Juan River on August 31, 2018. For tickets visit the IAFF Local 244 Union Hall or Chisholm Trail RV (12020 Central Ave. SE). Buy your tickets now because they are going fast…

Benevolent Fund & TV Fund Deductions

Attention Members:

Be advised, deductions for Benevolent and TV Fund will be deducted this month (July 2018) 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 during the first pay period in July 2018. These deductions should occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 7/06/18 with a pay date of 7/13/18.

County Chapter Members:

Please be advised that the deduction for Benevolent Fund will be taken out the first full pay period in July 2017. These deductions should occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 7/20/18 with a pay date of 7/27/18.

Brother Nathan Urbany
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to announce the untimely passing of one of our own. Fire Fighter Nathan Urbany (Son of retired AFD brother Rex Urbany and nephew of BCFD Fire Chief Greg Perez) was involved in a tragic off-duty motor vehicle accident. We are working closely with the Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue Department in accommodating members, family and friends to provide support and condolences. Points of contact will be Lieutenant David Lujan as department liaison and all public information, Lt. Lujan can be reached at 505-270-5459. Please contact IAFF Union Steward Charles Luera to be scheduled for IAFF member shifts to maintain a “watch” over Brother Urbany until his services. Please contact Brother Luera at 505-453-4398. More information reference escorts and organization for the services will be provided as soon as information is available. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time and use the points of contacts established.
City Chapter Special Meeting to Approve MOU, July 6, 2018
Attn: City Chapter Members
June 29, 2018, An MOU has been executed with the City of Albuquerque to clarify and define the intent of Section 2.10 of the contract, Paramedic Pay Plan. A Special Meeting will be called for Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00am in accordance with Article II, Section 4 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws. The amendment is simply spelling out the Paramedic Pay Plan percentages that were negotiated and does not change the intent of the article. To review the MOU log-in and click on the "contracts" tab on the left. 
IAFF/BCFD CBA Ratification Vote
The CBA between the IAFF Local 244 and the County of Bernalillo has been ratified by the County Chapter membership with 85% approval. Log on to the website and click the 'Contracts' link to view the official tally. Read More...
IAFF/AFR CBA Ratification Vote
The CBA between the IAFF Local 244 and the City of Albuquerque has been ratified by the City Chapter membership with 95% approval. Log on to the website and click the 'Contracts' link to view the official tally. Special thanks to the negotiating team, poll workers and ballot counters. Strong work!
2018 Swing for Survivors Golf Tournament

The 7th Annual IAFF Local 244 ‘Swing for Survivors’ Golf Tournament  was a great success raising over $4,900 for our Firefighter Survivors Fund.  A special thank you to Capt. Martin Salazar for organizing the event and all the members who helped out! We could not have done it without our awesome sponsors: Anthem Financial, Motorola, Desert Valley Brewing, Farmers Insurance, Nationwide, Chisolm Trail RVs, Black Box, 1-800-Board Up, Jersey Jacks and Otero & Sons Roofing.

IAFF/BCFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification – June 21, 2018

The IAFF Local 244 County Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd) with the County of Bernalillo. The ratification vote will take place on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 1, 2 & 5 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 into the website and click on the 'Contracts' section and you will find it in the County Chapter folder.

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 Sergeant at Arms Miguel Tittmann and schedule a time to complete an Absentee Ballot at the Union Hall prior to June 21, 2018.

Informational meetings for review and discussion are scheduled for June 19 & 20 beginning promptly at 5:30pm at the Union Hall.

The Executive Board would like to recognize the diligent work of both negotiating teams, IAFF Local 244: Vice-President Robert Sanchez, General Secretary Steve Lopez, Commander Zach Lardy, Steward Jeremy Polk and Lieutenant Percy Ortiz- Bernalillo County/BCFD: Chief Greg Perez, Division Chief Danny Valenzuela, HR Director Virgina Chavez, Budget Director Pam Moon as well as a special thanks to Leona Martinez for their leadership in representing our collective interests. A job well done!
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