and a cadet hiring process update.
nomination period for one of the Austin Firefighters Relief and Outreach Fund Director's
position opens today
and will extend through February 5th. Any AFA member can nominate an
active or retired member of AFA. An on-line vote will be conducted February 9th
(8:00am) through the 11th (5:00pm) to select the person to fill the open director's
Firefighters Relief Fund Directors normally meet once per month.
Firefighters Fund help firefighters, other public safety employees and members
of the community who have suffered from a catastrophe or a major injury and/or
illness. 50K in contributions were distributed to first responders and
community members in need last year alone, including (4) $1,000 checks to
Bastrop County firefighters who lost their homes during the last major Bastrop
wildfire. Most of the contributions of the Austin Firefighters Relief Fund stay
in Central Texas.
Please reply to this email to send
Sunday, from 2:30 - 7:00p, AFA is hosting a candidate forum for Travis Country Precinct
One, Texas Senate District 24 (West Austin to Abilene) and Texas House District
25 (Central Austin). The event will be held at AFA Hall at 7537 Cameron Road.
AFA members and members of the
community are welcome to attend.
candidate forum will consist of a question and answer period followed by a short,
informal meet and greet with the candidates.
Precinct One candidate forum will start at 2:30p and will last until 4:00p
Senate District 24 will begin at 4:00p and will last until 5:30p
House District 49 candidates will start at 5:30p and will go until 7:00p
Hiring Process Update: All of the scored test data was transmitted to the DOJ in early January.
This should have set forth the two week period for the DOJ to review and put forward objections to the cadet selection procedures. The DOJ is not agreeable
that two week period has started and has requested additional data relating to
Once the two
week period of DOJ review is concluded and IF no objections are lodged, then
the COA can begin cadet hiring. This outcome could result in cadet hiring occurring
I feel a
more likely consequence is the DOJ does raise objections and calls for a
meeting with the COA and AFA to resolve their concerns. As to may remember, for
AFA's agreement to drop our 5th Circuit appeal of the consent
decree, AFA is now a full party (along with the COA and DOJ) in the dispute
resolution part of the consent decree.
If the COA AND the AFA are agreeable to changing the selection procedures to address the
DOJ concerns, then the hiring process would continue at this point. This outcome would probably add an additional 1
-2 months to the hiring process.
If the COA
and/or the AFA are NOT agreeable to the DOJ's proposed changes AND the DOJ wishes
to challenge our position before a judge, then we go to court. AFA is well prepared for this eventuality should it happen. I estimate that this outcome would add 2
- 4 months to the process.
the wacky world of consent decrees! I realize this can be confusing, if you
have further questions, please respond to this email and I will get you an
answer as soon as possible.
Austin Firefighters Association
Vote Results on the 3 Motions listed below
Thank you to all who voted;
All 3 Motions passed, please click link to view results:http://www.iafflocal975.org/index.cfm?Section=14&PageNum=69
The following 3 Motions are being voted on:
1. Motion 15-7: Motion to transfer year end budget surplus to City Council Super PAC savings. Year-end budget surplus previously funded the Legal Defense Fund (LDF).
2. Motion 15-8: Motion to move the Austin Firefighters Association (AFA) store profits to AFA General Fund. This change is primarily to fund the Super PAC. Store profits previously funded LDF.
3. Motion 15-9: Motion to ratify the 2016 Austin Firefighters Association budget.
Motions made by Bob Nicks, 2nd by Greg Pope
Brother and Sister Firefighters,
911 responder health care benefits are in serious trouble. By the end of next week, Congress must reauthorize and extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 or those sickened by Ground Zero toxins will stop getting the health care and compensation they need and deserve.
Jon Stewart has come out of retirement and has done solid work shaming Americans worst responders, the US Congress, into doing the right thing and supporting the reauthorization of the 911 Zadroga Act.
These first responders need and deserve our support. Here is what you can do to help, it's
as simple as going to the link below and either calling or emailing a Representative
President, Austin Firefighters Association
Dear Brother and Sister Firefighters,
I have received many calls from firefighters who were
unaware that action must be taken during the open enrollment period to
avoid a $12.50 per pay period fee increase to your health insurance
contribution. The COA open enrollment period is officially closed BUT they
have agreed to reopen for a short period of time to help fix this issue if you act ASAP.
This would only affect you if
- are covering your partner/spouse on your COA
health insurance policy.
have a partner/spouse who is NOT a smoker.
did NOT declare during the regular COA open
enrollment period that your partner/spouse is NOT a smoker.
To correct this issue, contact COA HR at (512) 974-3284
during normal business hours ASAP! Inform them that you would like to
declare that your partner/spouse is NOT a smoke and that you wish to change you
open enrollment criteria. They will be able to handle this over the phone.
Please let me know if this does not fix your issue at email@example.com
President, Austin Firefighters Association
Cell (512) 217-3474
Results of AFA 2015 Officer Elections
Thank you to all who voted.
Trustee Election Results:
Mark Schultz has been elected Trustee to serve a 3 year term.
Click here to view Vote results.
The Following positions individuals have won by acclimation:
President - Bob Nicks
VP A-Shift - Christine Jones
VP B-Shift - Geoff Mitchell
VP C-Shift - Lynn Eichler
Colin Camp Fundraising Campaign
Colin Camp was a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department for 7 years until June 18th 2013 when he was struck by a large SUV. Since that date, Colin has been unable to speak, walk or eat. He receives his food through a feed tube. Colin has requires 24 hour care.
Health insurance no longer covers the stay at the facility he is at, and now that has to be paid out of pocket, which is about $9,000 a month, not including the physical, occupational and speech therapy that he receives on a daily basis. For this very reason a GO FundMe account has been created. Please click on the link and donate.
AFA formal request to ATCEMS
Click on the image below to view entire Letter from AFA to ATCEMS as a formal request to begin discussions regarding consolidation.
Click on grey question mark and follow simple instructions to get your forgotten username and password sent to you within 3 minutes (times many vary).