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October 24, 2014
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Disciplinary & ERP

DISCIPLINARY

Nobody plans on finding themselves on the receiving end of a potential disciplinary suspension, but knowing what is required of you, and more importantly the assets at your disposal, will help guide you through the process.  First, let’s talk about incidents requiring action by an employee.

As stated in Article 21 of our contract, “A firefighter shall notify the chief or his designee through the chain of command within 48 hours of the firefighter’s arrest for a Class A or B misdemeanor or felony; official charge for a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, felony indictment; and the conviction, acquittal, or dismissal related thereto.

Depending on the circumstances and violations, a Preliminary Investigation, or a Formal Administrative Investigation, may be initiated.  440 encourages any member to contact one of your 440 Disciplinary Representatives in such cases.  The earlier we can get involved and make sure everything is done properly and timely the better the outcome will be.

Your disciplinary representatives are:

19A   Craig Ladkin

cladkin@iaff440.org

817-689-2294

20B   Cade Cornish

ccornish@iaff440.org

817-975-6045

17C   Don Westmoreland

dwestmoreland@iaff440.org

817-929-0584

ERP

For most of us, reading our paycheck is, at best, a challenge.  For the rest, consider yourself fortunate.  So what steps should be taken when you think your check is wrong? 

You will need more than one paycheck to determine whether or not it is correct (you can view paychecks on the City’s intranet at cfwnet.org). It usually takes the last 3 paychecks before the one in question.  There is a lengthy video on the FWFD Intranet site that may assist you (Training: ERP Video).  This may help you figure out how to better read your check.

If you think your paycheck is incorrect, the proper channel would be to contact your “time keeper” which should be your Battalion Chief.  If there is still a concern, the BC will then, more than likely, send it to Fire Administration for further review. 

If at this point you still do not think you have been paid correctly you need to get in contact with Local 440, so we can figure your check and take the most appropriate action to make sure you are paid correctly. J. R. Sullivan is going to be the contact person for paycheck errors. You can reach him by email at jsullivan@iaff440.org, or by cell phone at 817-991-2328.

General Updates and Information

2015 Fort Worth Firefighters "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" Program

Local 440 is once again gearing up for our 5th Annual "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" program.  We are partnering with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital to benefit the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center.  Plans include an Open House at Fire Station #3, participation in the Alliance Air Show, our firefighters wearing pink shirts over the course of 6 days in October, and adding the pink striping to 6 of our frontline fire apparatus.  Be on the lookout as your Fort Worth Firefighters help raise breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine

Scott Galloway with the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine met with our Executive Board recently to discuss some of the benefits their organization can offer our membership.  See their comments below as well as the attached flyer.

Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine are committed to the health of athletes across North Texas. We believe that Fire Fighters are athletes in the industrial setting.  Our goal is to provide you with the tools to perform at the top of your game whether you are a high school, college, industrial or professional athlete or a “weekend warrior.”  Unfortunately, injuries are common in athletes. No injury is too big or small. Texas Health has created a network of care for you across the Metroplex. Our team, including physicians on the medical staff and sports medicine staff, are experienced in treating injuries from soccer, basketball, football, baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, hockey, skiing and tennis. Whether your goal is to compete for a championship or just enjoy a round of golf, the Ben Hogan Sports Medicine team will help you get back in the game.  Whether you are injured while serving the community or playing ball with your kids, we want to help you return to work and play!

Download: Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Flyer.pdf

Overtime Reminders and Website Login Instructions

 

Overtime Reminders 

Constant Staffing Overtime (staffing an apparatus) and Emergency Callback Overtime will always be paid at time and one-half of your regular rate of pay.  For other types of overtime, such as training or for administrative functions, you must use J or P time for any hours taken off in a 28-day FLSA cycle to receive time and one-half of your regular rate of pay.  Otherwise the overtime will only be paid as straight time.

 

Member Login Instructions

Username:  first four letters of your last name and your 3- or 4-digit commission number

Password:  your 3- or 4-digit commission number

Retirees:  if the above does not work, use your last name + the 1st letter of your 1st name and your password is simply the word 'password' without the quotes.

Once logged in go to 'Edit Your Settings' or 'User Settings' and update your address, cell phone number with provider, and your personal email

*** Note: Please don't use your city email address ***

Election Work --> Click on 'Spring 2013 Workers' when editing your settings.  Remember to save after making any changes!


What's New at IAFF 440
2012 MDA Thank You Letter p. 1 of 2
2012 MDA Thank You Letter p. 2 of 2
Workers' Compensation Benefits

 Just a reminder that any Workers' Compensation earnings are tax-exempt.  If you have any questions contact Scott Streater via email at sstreater@iaff440.org or by phone at 817-994-1595.

Fort Worth ratifies first-ever labor agreement with Firefighters

April 14, 2010

In November of 2007, the citizens of Fort Worth voted to give collective bargaining rights to their firefighters. One year later, IAFF Local 440 was recognized as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent and negotiations began. After 16 months of negotiations, the membership of Local 440 ratified the tentative agreement on April 3rd. It was approved by the city council and signed on April 13.
The agreement locks down 4-person staffing, current pension benefits and current healthcare benefits (including retiree healthcare). Wage increases are the equivalent of 8 1/4 % over 3 years and include a new Longevity Supplement pay.

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