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This website belongs to the members of Local F121. If you are a member and have a suggestion that you believe would make this site better, please visit our "Contact Us" page and let your suggestion be known. All suggestions will be considered. Additionally, we need reports from around the local of what is happening in the lives of our members. If you know of something that we need to share about our members or their family please let us know using the "Contact Us" webpage. Remember, a strong union local is an active union local. Good things don't happen if we are passive. So please play an active part in our local.
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Elections
All, Elections have concluded with the following results, Central Battalion: Timothy Cottet   Dahlgren: Carl Nutwell  Annapolis: Resulted in a 2 way tie, James Bower and Ryan Gallant, IAW article 7 section 10 of our By-Laws. James Bower by virtue of highest card drawn remains as Annapolis VP. Read More...
Election Notice
 Brothers and Sisters, Online Voting IAW with F-121 Constitution & By-Laws ( Article 7) Will commence April 22 2016 at midnight, and end concurrently on April 29 2016 at midnight. Disregard prior email in regards to updating your Battalion, apparently this must be done internally. Read More...
VP Nominations
 All, F-121 will be holding Union Vice-President nominations/elections over the next several weeks for the following Battalions. Central, Indian Head, Dahlgren, Annapolis, Bethesda. Please take the time to review Article 7 of our By-Laws. Nominations dates will be posted by our Election Committee within the next few days. Any questions please feel free to contact myself. Read More...
Bethesda V.P
All allow me to welcome and congratulate Brother Neil Gunnet as the new V.P representing Bethesda and soon to be Carderock. Read More...
Recent update from OPM in regards to recent OPM Data Breach.
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Download: DON OPM Breach FAQs 062015 upd.pdf
Letter from IAFF General President calling for resignation of OPM Director in light of recent OPM Data Breach.
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Download: Data Breach.pdf
Brothers and Sisters
  All, First I must apologize for not posting sooner, Myself and the E-Board have been acclimating with new daily business and old as well. Ive been very busy and inundated with the ongoings of our Local, but believe me when I say we've hit the ground running. Read More...
Fit Testing

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FYI

For all members we at Indian Head had an issue with Safety during fit testing. After some research and a call to OSHA in Washington DC this is where we are at.

Both the Union and Management have agreed that we must follow the law and as such have also agreed that when fit tested if the tester does their job properly and asks for a member to trim back a mustache or be clean shaven that member will do so.


In saying that let me explain. To declare a person not fit to be tested because of the length of mustache the tester must have you Don your face piece and visibly see hair in the seal. OSHA, during my call with them, stated that any hair intrusion; including bushy eye brows, side burns, natural hair lines, mustaches, or daily facial growth; in any part of the seal would be a failure even if the test is performed and passed. They give no exclusions for any reason. The tester may let a person go with a days growth but they certainly do not have to and should not by law. Don't push that issue lest you want to get into detailed scrutiny with all areas of hair.

Discussion between the Union and Management will most certainly result in a forth coming SOG. This SOG should not be thought of as a screwing of the members in as much as a protection from Safety with their opinion based conclusions.

With all the above said, if your location has a grooming policy in place do not go against that policy. For example a military style policy that states mustaches no longer than the corner of the lip, please follow that rather than argue that "l can grow a 3/4 inch mustache and it passes the test for fit testing so I should be able to wear it." The Union will not have a good chance in defense and Management will have a case on you if you refuse.

Respectfully,
 Frankie Hannah
 VP Indian Head

Also note: this message was at the request and authorized by President Tatekawa

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