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: http://www.annualfishingbreak.com/home/sign-up
Click here to buy your Boat Raffle tickets on line. Remember 1 ticket for $20 or 6 for $100.
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:
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:
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
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.
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.
President, Austin Firefighters Association
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
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.
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
Here is the ratification
Release CBA educational materials and begin AFA membership online discussion
5/6/15 to 5/7/15
- Membership Q&A at AFA Hall 0930- 1130 and 13:00 - 1500
5/14/2015 - AFA Membership ratification vote of CBA.
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.
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.
ATTENTION: ALL CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIASTS
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.
Jason Paez Station 22A
Count Station 8A
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:
James "JR" Rae
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:
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:
President, Austin Firefighters Association
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
Acclamation of Nominees for AFA PAC board
UPDATE: Acclamation of Nominees to PAC Board
The following individuals shall serve as your PAC Board:
Matt Cox Randy Denzer Joshua Lake
Geoff Mitchell Rikki Stankevitz Mike Sullivan
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.
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 www.local975.org 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!
President, Austin Firefighters Association
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