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For year round fun at Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, use the link below to access our Partner Discounts.  Discounts are available for admission, season passes, accommodations and more.  Although cabana discounts are not currently available through our Partner Program, we have provided a rental link for your convenience.

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 2015 promotional code: 215005409

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6/26/2015 - Membership Update

Brother and Sister Firefighters,

On Wednesday, June 24th the AFA held an appreciation BBQ dinner to honor our friends on the City Council. The event was a huge success. Mayor Adler and 8 other council members attended along with approximately 125 firefighters and family. This is a remarkable showing considering Council's busy schedule requirements.

A big thank you goes out to all the firefighters who attended, you made the event great! Events like this help us to further build our relationships with City Council members. Nurturing and growing these relationships are key to our future success.

There is no place for politics on the fireground, however, over the last several years, it has become painfully obvious that local and state politics have a profound effect on the firefighters' pay, benefits and working conditions as well as our professional standards.

The AFA bargaining team did a magnificent job of negotiating a very favorable CBA, but our leverage to achieve this agreement was built by growing our political and legal might. Specifically, our relationships with council which produced the hiring and training standards council resolutions and the two active consent decree appeals pending with the 5th Circuit changed the nature of our struggle. AFA was able to reach a favorable CBA without ceding our principles.

Now, looking forward, we must to build upon on our successes by growing our PAC, both the regular Pac and the Pension Protection PAC. Myself and PAC and Eboard members will be initiating a PAC membership drive soon so please have your questions ready.

Finally, I want to express my appreciation for all the tremendous membership support over the last several years. Quite simply, it would have been unbearable if not for the understanding and support of the membership. For the firefighters to forego pay raises and contractual benefits for multiple years to make a stand for our important principles makes me proud to be your AFA President. Thank you!

Bob Nicks
President, Austin Firefighters Association



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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.

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8th Annual Boots vs Badges Blood Drive

We compete for a trophy and of course bragging rights against the APD and the Austin Travis County EMS!!  I know our firefighters can win this year!!  Let's do this!!!  ~ Kristen

Drives will be held at the following locations:

  • Monday, July 6th

City of Austin, City Hall:   8:30am - 11:00am

City of Austin, Rutherford:   1:30pm - 4:00pm

Austin Travis County EMS HQ:  7:00am - 11:30am

  • Tuesday, July 7th

City of Austin, Waller Creek:   8:00am -10:00am

Safety Training Academy, Shaw Lane:   12:30pm - 4:00pm

City of Austin, One Texas Center:   8:00am - 11:00am

City of Austin, Ed Bluestein:   1:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Wednesday, July 8th

Travis County Sheriff's Office, Airport Blvd.:   9:00am - 1:00pm

Austin Police Association, Wilcab Rd.:  12:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Thursday, July 9th

 City of Austin, Ed Bluestein:   11:00am - 3:00pm

Safety Training Academy, Shaw Lane:   9:00am - 12:00pm

  • Friday, July 10th

Austin Travis County EMS HQ:   7:00am - 11:30am:

  • SATURDAY, July 11th BIG AWARDS CEREMONY!!!!! At the North Lamar Blood center location 12 pm-3pm

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Brother and Sister Firefighters,


The motion to include AFA into the consent decree was filed with US District Judge Yeagel last Friday. We received word yesterday that Judge Yeagel has approved our motion without edits. After a 5 day waiting period the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is active and enforceable.

The next COA pay period begins this Saturday and the 1% wage increase and increased staff pay should be seen on July 3rd pay check if my calculates are correct. I will verify and let you know. For other CBA items such as Kelly Day preference and other CBA issues, I will let you know when this starts as soon as we get it worked out.


Once more, please remember to thank the members of the bargaining teams over the last three cycles for all their hard work to bring forth a good contract.


Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association 



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Annual Fishing Break June 26-27, 2015

22nd Annual Fishing Break - June 26-27, 2015


It's that time of the year!  Let get ready for the 2015 Fishing Tournament benefiting the Austin Firefighters Relief & Outreach Fund.

When:  June 26 & 27 2015

Where:  Port Aransas, TX

Click the link to register your team: 

Click here to buy your Boat Raffle tickets on line.  Remember 1 ticket for $20 or 6 for $100.


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AFA Membership CBA Vote Update:

The AFA membership vote is now complete and the final CBA vote tally is 594  "yes" votes and  35  "no" votes and  3  "abstain".

Click here to view Vote Results.



Membership Update 5-11-2015

Brother and Sister Firefighters,

Today the AFA bargaining team met with the city to continue to try to reach an agreement on the sole remaining issue. Your bargaining team is happy to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement...therefore the on-line vote starts tomorrow with all the wording finalized.

Before I go further into the details of the vote, I ask that everyone join with me in offering a humongous THANK YOU to all members of the AFA Bargaining Team. When the going got tough your team truly showed their resolve, held the line and delivered a good contract.

Instead of including only the word "multiple" in the hiring article to describe the number of cognitive components to be utilized in the Cadet hiring selection procedures the following wording was been agreed to:

"(b)      The cognitive test shall be constructed by the vendor, with the assistance of the HPOC and the Fire Chief, and shall test for multiple cognitive components as determined by the vendor. The cognitive test will be at least 20% of the total composite grade.  The cognitive test will have a demonstrable criterion-related validity, using a Pearson correlation coefficient, of at least .28 (corrected using only predictor range restriction and criterion unreliability) with overall job performance as the criterion used to validate the test.  One accepted validation approach is a local criterion-related validation study. The vendor will decide which and how many cognitive components to include. In doing so, the vendor must:

                                                (i) Use cognitive components that have been deemed to be important for successful performance as an Austin fire fighter (non-exclusive examples: Verbal Comprehension, Verbal Expression, Problem Sensitivity, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Information Ordering, Numeric Facility, Mathematical Reasoning, Mechanical Aptitude, and Spatial Orientation); and

                                                (ii) Make reasonable efforts to explore the availability of, and if available, use cognitive components which have been shown to reduce or eliminate disparate impact upon African-Americans, Hispanics and women without diminution of job-relatedness as set out in this subsection."

This wording does meet the objectives of the AFA bargaining Team by requiring that "the hiring vendor will decide which and how many cognitive components to include", and not the Fire Chief. This wording closes a loophole that was ripe for manipulation.  

The online CBA membership vote will begin May 12th, 2015 (starting at 8:00am) and conclude on May 14th, 2015 (ending at 5:00pm).  We will email you the day before the vote with a link to the vote.

Here is the link to the AFA CBA Educational Page

Here is the link to the on-line vote. It will be active starting tomorrow at 8:00 am.

Please make it a point to educate yourself and vote. 


Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association


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2015 Bargaining Resources Member Page


Important update. AFA will return to the table to bargain for one more session and attempt to resolve the single remaining issue. This bargaining meeting MAY occur as earlier as next Monday. 

If bargaining does occur Monday then we will adhere to the on-line vote CBA ratification time-line which will start Tuesday May 12th at 8:00pm and end Thursday May 14th at 5:00pm. If the next bargaining session does NOT occur Monday AFA will push the on-line vote start date back and inform the membership ASAP of the new dates. 

Also - Please remember to attend one of the four face-to-face CBA information sessions. Your Bargaining Team will host 4 membership information sessions at AFA Hall:

  • May 6,2015  9:30am - 11:30am & 1:00pm - 3:00pm

     •   May 7,2015     9:30am - 11:30am & 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Click below to enter the Bargaining Resource Page to learn about the new CBA.





AFA is still determined to complete the approval of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in spite of last week's impasse. Please review the educational materials, involve yourselves with the member-only online discussion board, attend the face-to-face CBA discussion at the AFA Hall and most importantly vote.

Click here to ENTER the Bargaining Resources Page


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AFA Membership Update


Brother and Sister Firefighters,


Only three words separate the city and AFA from an agreement. Other than these three words, the entire CBA agreement is complete and the entire consent decree agreement wording is approved by all sides. This is really nuts: too much excellent work on both sides of the table has been accomplished to give up on this deal now.

AFA is not ready to throw in the towel yet. AFA will be moving forward with membership education on the CBA and, if necessary, a unilateral AFA membership ratification of the contract.  Concurrent with the membership ratification process, I have instructed the AFA legal team to continue a dialogue with city legal; I have reached out to CM Ott to discuss our differences directly; and we are educating City Council on the remaining differences and seeking their support. The timeline for this ratification plan will allow plenty of time for an early June City Council approval of the CBA. Early June is the date both the city and AFA have always been shooting for to meet all necessary consent decree timelines.

Below are the five videos from the last day of bargaining (4/23/2015). All five videos watched back to back are only 22 minutes long. I am asking that each and every AFA member watch these videos. Watching and discussing together at the fire station would be even better. My belief is that after watching these videos you will have an excellent understanding of how little separates both sides from reaching a deal. 

04/23/15 Bargaining Videos



Here is the ratification plan:

4/29/15 - Release CBA educational materials and begin AFA membership online discussion board

5/6/15 to 5/7/15 - Membership Q&A at AFA Hall 0930- 1130 and 13:00 - 1500

5/12/2015 - 5/14/2015 - AFA Membership ratification vote of CBA.


Important considerations:

  • I am back at the fire station as of today and there is no bargaining time off for the bargaining team. We will do our best to get all the education materials out by 4/29/2015. If we have difficultly they will be out as soon as possible.

  • In order to get a CBA only one relatively minor issue remains. As soon as this issue is resolved the final wording will be provided to the membership. At the very latest, by the time the ratification vote occurs the membership will have the exact CBA wording.

It is very important that the membership stay unified during this ratification period. Your bargaining team absolutely wants to finish the deal and are still working very hard on your behalf to accomplish this. There will be ample time in the future to assess the performance and decisions of the bargaining team, but during this critical period I am asking that we pull together and support your bargaining team during this challenging period.  


Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighter Association


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Brother and Sister Firefighters;


Jason Paez and Count are starting a classic car club for any current and former Austin Fire Firefighters that have a passion for classic cars. We are looking at any firefighter that owns a car pre 1980 (exceptions will be made for newer cars) that would be interested in meeting once a month at the Union Hall and caravanning to Top Notch Burgers on Burnet Rd afterwards.  We would like to try and organize an annual car show at the Union Hall once a year to raise money for different organizations in the community and to raise funds to fully and professionally restore our old Fire Engine that is down at shops. We would also like to try and get a group together to go to the annual car show at the Expo Center each year in April. Anyone with a "classic car" that is interested in joining the club please contact us. The club's name will be Austin Skull Draggerz Car Club.


SD President Jason Paez Station 22A

512 897-8103

SD VP Count Station 8A




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The vote results are in for the elected members of the bargaining team AND for the vote for the letter of support for suggested pension legislative changes.

The motion for AFA to send a letter of support to Austin Fire Fighters Relief and Retirement Fund for their proposed list of legislative changes to our pension statute passed with 87% of the members voting registering a "Yes" vote.

The 5 elected bargaining team members are:

Mike Klepac

Bob Nicks

Les McKay

James "JR" Rae

Donnie Watson

5 of the candidates had very close vote totals. Tony Haden and Les Mc Kay tied for 5th/6th place. Both Les and Tony initially offered to concede to each other. Both Tony and Les were offered appointments to the bargaining committee by me. After much thought Tony Haden decided to bow out of a bargaining team position and work as our training standards chair. It is an honour to work with two such exceptional people who are so willingly to put the good of the bargaining team before themselves.

The 4 appointed bargaining team members that I will be recommending for Eboard ratification are:

Christine Jones

David Neal

Matt Heck

Mike Williams


I thank each and every person for running for these positions and for their dedication to bettering the issues of our great membership. The bargaining team has  a tremendous amount of work ahead of us but I feel very confident heading into negotiations with such an amazing group of individuals.

For more information on the votes please go to:


Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association






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Upcoming Nomination for Bargaining Team

The following individuals have accepted the nomination to run for the Collective Bargaining.  According to the Local 975 By-Laws, the Bargaining Team will consist of 9 members, 5 members are elected byActive Members.  The on-line vote will begin at 0800 on Tuesday Feb 17th and conclude at 1700 on Thursday Feb 19th, 2015.  

Click here to view Candidate Bios.

Jeff Mears James Rae Les McKay

Mike Williams Mike Klepac Bob Nicks

Matt Heck Tony Haden Donnie Watson

Click here to enter Voting Center

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CBA Vote Results


Brother and Sister Firefighters,

Thank you to all who voted. This vote had the largest member participation in the history of our organization, with 773 total votes casted. The results was that an overwhelming 93% of the membership voted "NO" to the contract and NO to the further erosion of our professional standards.

[Click here to view the vote results]

The firefighter's principles remain intact, they are non-negotiable and not for sale. Firefighters will not sell their principles for any amount of money and that is what's called INTEGRITY. Our integrity, courage, and belief in our principles are the values that real leaders are made of. The safety of the citizens and firefighters of Austin is NOT for sale, no matter how much pressure the city applies to make us capitulate. 

These principles should be rewarded, not punished. They should be exalted, not stripped away by extorting firefighters family's by eliminating a much deserved pay raise that all other city employees received. We the firefighters, need the support of the citizens, as we are not getting any from city management. The City Manager and Fire Chief are killing the very spirit that they claim to instill in all city employees...honor, duty, family and sacrifice.  

We cannot hold out forever. Over time, if our bosses do not care, if the current council does not care, then we will work hard to seat a new council that will not let our department be destroyed, one that will protect it and support it so great things can continue to happen.

Now we must truly commit to a single cause! We need your help by block-walking and assisting with the campaign. Please go to to sign up and block walk to help seat a new 10-1 city council where fair-minded courageous leaders will stop this nonsense. Join me in becoming part of the difference!


Bob Nicks

President, Austin Firefighters Association



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