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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!
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.

2018 NM Fire Muster & 5K Race

Attention Members,

IAFF Local 244 will be hosting the 2nd Annual New Mexico Fire Muster and 5k on June 16, 2018 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The NM Fire Muster & 5K event was created to support and raise money for the IAFF Local 244 Survivor’s Fund and Membership Assistance Program. Unfortunately, the number of firefighters being diagnosed with cancer and other illnesses has risen and gratefully, the Survivor’s fund has been there to help. Now we need your help to continue to support and raise money to take care of these unfortunate circumstances!

There will be a 5K race along with a 1-mile family fun run in the morning, which are open to the public. Firefighters will be able to compete in a modified combat challenge with either a team of 3 or individually. This event will also feature live bands, food trucks, fire truck show, and a beer garden supplied by Desert Valley Brewery featuring the official “244 RED”. This event is open to the public, and has no admission charge! We just ask that you make a donation at the event.

Please view the event poster for additional event information. For registration, information or to make a donation please email: NMFIREMUSTER5K@GMAIL.COM 

Download: Musterand5k_2018.pdf
City and County Chapter Informational Meetings Scheduled for March 22, 2018

City and County Chapter Informational Meetings are scheduled for March 22, 2018 at the Union Hall. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss concerns, answer questions and accept recommendations for upcoming Collective Bargaining negotiations.

The City Chapter Informational Meeting to discuss upcoming CBA negotiations will begin promptly at 10:00a.m. on March 22, 2018.

The County Chapter Informational Meeting to discuss upcoming CBA negotiations will begin promptly at 1:00p.m. on March 22, 2018.

If you are unable to attend these meetings but would like to give your input to the negotiation committees to review, please feel free to submit an email to President Arencón at:

IAFF/CABQ Settlement Approval
The settlement between the IAFF Local 244 and the City of  Albuquerque has been accepted by the membership with 97% approval of eligible participating members. 
IAFF/ABQ Settlement Update

The negotiated damage restoration for lost wages from the 2008 CBA is 8 million dollars that will be paid to IAFF Local 244 in a lump sum. After several meetings with Local and IAFF Counsel, we have determined the rank specific disbursement amounts that will compensate non-probationary IAFF members and retirees active during June 19, 2010 through July 1, 2011. The rank specific calculations are based on contractual hourly rates that were unilaterally cut/reduced by the Berry Administration. We applied a multiplier that will more than compensate for slight variances that may include paid leave, overtime, holidays and shift assignments. Disbursement categories will be as follows: Firefighter, Driver, Paramedic Driver, Lieutenant, Paramedic Lieutenant, Captain, Paramedic Captain, CMDR, and Paramedic CMDR. Members who were promoted or retired during the time period will have their disbursements adjusted accordingly. We will follow all Federal and State Law regarding applicable tax withholdings from members’ settlement checks.

Informational Special Meetings are scheduled for February 8, 2018 at 5:30pm and February 9, 2018 at 10:00am.

The Ballot Vote to approve the settlement will be on February 12, 2018 from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Poll sites will be the Union Hall, Station 17 and Station 8. Only current IAFF Local 244 members in good standing that were in a non-probationary status from June 19, 2010 through July 1, 2011 will be allowed to vote.

County Chapter E-Board Vacancies
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for County Trustee 2 for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint members to serve in these positions at the Executive Board meeting on February 15, 2018 until the next General Election; in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5. Read More...
Benevolent & TV Fund Deductions Update

Attention County Chapter Members:

We were just advised by County Payroll, that due to a calendar error on their side this deduction will now occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 2/2/18 with a pay date of 2/9/18.

Call any of your Executive Board Officers with questions. 

AFD/IAFF Settlement Update
In full appreciation of all members current and retired that fall within the 2008-2011 CBA, we are actively meeting with Local & IAFF Counsel to get clear direction on options and limitations to include voting and proper disbursement of settlement funds. We want to take our time to do this right and ask that members be patient. Proper announcement for the informational special meetings, prior to the ballot vote, will be posted on February 2, 2018
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