Disciplinary & ERP
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
20B Cade Cornish
17C Don Westmoreland
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell phone at 817-991-2328.
General Updates and Information
Contract Evergreen and the Longevity Supplement
With the expiration of our collective bargaining agreement and the beginning of the one-year evergreen period there have been many questions about how this impacts the Longevity Supplement. For those that have already been receiving the Longevity Supplement you will continue to receive your payments at the level you qualified for before September 30, 2013. If you did not qualify for Longevity Supplement prior to October 1, 2013 you will not be entitled to receive this benefit during this evergreen period. Additionally, if you qualify for the next higher level your benefit will not be increased during this one-year period. If you have any questions please feel free to contact a member of the Local 440 Executive Board.
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!
Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Flyer.pdf