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Elections Update

Dear Local F121 Members,

Today I participated in a conference call with the full Executive Board to discuss the upcoming elections and resolve some questions that have been asked by Local Members.  At the conclusion of the conference call, the Executive Board unanimously agreed to the following:

  1. Bethesda’s Vice-President Position shall be placed on the ballot for elections this cycle.  Nominations for this position shall open immediately and close at the stroke of midnight on Sunday March 8, 2015. Nominations can be submitted to Elections2015@iaff121.org
  2. Central/Carderock’s Vice-President shall remain in place at this time as the Agency initiated move of Carderock to Bethesda has not yet taken place. At a later time, when the merger of Carderock & Bethesda takes place, the Executive Board will take up the resolution of the presence of the Central Vice-President at located Carderock.
  3. Pax River’s Vice-President Position is appropriately placed on the ballot for elections this cycle.
  4. Local President Position shall be placed on the ballot for elections this cycle.
  5. I, as the Elections Committee Chairman, will appoint a member from Bethesda to sit on the Election’s Committee. 

If there are any questions, please direct them to me at Elections2015@iaff121.org

Respectfully,

Bruce Poore, President Emeritus
Chairman Elections 2015

Nominations Period Extended

Dear Local F121 Member,

An error was made in an earlier notice relative to the closing date of the nominations period.  In accordance with the Bylaws, the nominations period will close at the stroke of midnight on the second Sunday of March.  In essence, at midnight on March 8, 2015.  Complying with this Bylaw provision extends the previously stated nominations period by two days.  I apologize for this unintentional error.

Additionally, a request was recieved asking that I disclose the names of the Elections Committee Members.  They are;

Bruce Poore (Annapolis)
Rich Wilson (Pax River)
Randy Feltner (Dahlgren)
John Smith (Indian Head)
Trent Massenberg (NSA Washington/Central)

Finally, in reviewing the Bylaws as it relates to the Elections, I believe that Article 7 may be ripe for review and updating.  As such, I am making a recommendation to the President and Executive Board that they appoint a committee to review Article 7 and suggest amendments, as the appointed committee deems necessary, to Article 7.  Of couse, I recommend that this action take place following the current election period.

Respectfully,

Bruce Poore, President Emeritus
Chair, Elections 2015
 

Local Elections - Nominations Period Opens

Dear Local F121 Member,

This notice is to inform you that your union local, IAFF Local F121 (aka National Capital Federal Fire Fighters), will be holding an election of officers in accordance with the local’s Bylaws.

The nominations period begins on Feb. 28 and will close at midnight on Mar. 6, 2015. 

Members may submit their nominations for the positions listed below to the Elections Chair via email at elections2015@iaff121.org

Nominations must include the name of the nominee, the position for which they are nominated, your name and a contact telephone number so the Elections Chair can contact you.   Failure to include all of the required information invalidates the nomination.

All nominations will be verified. 

In order to vote you must be a member in good standing and a registered user of the IAFF121 website.  That website may be found at www.iaff121.org

You must be logged into the secure website in order to access the secure “Online Voting” page listed as such on the left hand side of the page under the “MEMBERS RESOURCES” section of the menu.

Each qualified voter will be permitted only one vote in the applicable category presented. 

Those categories are:

1) President (3 yr term) - open to all members

2) Battalion Vice-President (2 yr term) - members may only nominate/vote on the candidates within their respective Battalion

* Central/NSA-Washington

* Pax River

*Only members of the respective area under consideration may vote in this contest.

It should be noted that due to an imminent Fire Department reorganization, the Local is reorganizing our areas to align with the Districts established by the Fire Chief. This is necessary to responsibly carry out the business of the areas involved in this reorganization. Currently Carderock is part of the Central/NSA Washington area.  However, the Local has been placed on notice that Carderock will be merged with Bethesda in as little as 30 day but not more than 90 days.  Therefore, earlier this month the Executive Board approved a change to similarly align our Vice-Presidents.  Thus, the current Central/NSA Washington VP working at Carderock, Raymond Tatekawa, will assume responsibility for the Carderock/Bethesda stations and assigned members upon the election of a new Central/NSA Washington Vice-President.  The new Central/NSA Washington VP will be responsible for the stations and members assigned to the Navy Research Lab, Joint Base Annacostia/Bolling and the Washington Navy Yard.

Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to the elections chair at elections2015@iaff121.org


Sincerely,

Bruce Poore, President Emeritus

Chair, Elections 2015

Local Membership Meeting

A Local Meeting will be held on the following dates:

Saturday March 7, 2015 at 1830 hrs.

Sunday March 8, 2015 at 0900 hrs.

The meetings will take place at

Charles County FOP Lodge 24

10285 Rosewick Road

LaPlata, Maryland 

Only Local F121 Members in Good Standing Will Be Admitted

Interim Report - Elections 2014

Brothers & Sisters,

     Please see the following report provided to me from President Emeritus Bruce Poore, our elections chairman, and then forwarded to the executive board last night.  After accepting this report as submitted, in consultation with Chairman Poore it was determined that the election of the Secretary/Treasurer, the only contested position, will move forward with voting starting on Monday evening, August 25, 2014.  This will be for a seven day voting period through the local's online voting portal in accordance with our Bylaws.

     I wish to note that there wasn't a Nomination and a Second for the position of Vice-President for Pax River and Bethesda.  In accordance with the Bylaws, when there is a vacancy in office, the executive board will appoint a person to this position.  This appointment will last until the next scheduled election which is in the Spring of 2016.  I expect the executive board to consider candidates for these positions at their first meeting following the closure of the 2014 elections. If a member resides in either Pax River or Bethesda that has an interest in serving, please contact me at grussell@iaff121.org.  I will be sure to carry your interest forward to the entire executive board.  (And for the record, I don't vote unless there is a tie)

Respectfully,

Gregory Russell
President, National Capital Federal Fire Fighters

Now, for the interim report from President Emeritus Poore:

From: Bruce Poore
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2014 17:52 PM
To: Gregory Russell
Subject: IAFF F-121 2014 election nominations

Brother Russell,

Please accept this as an interim report.

On August 10, 2014 an email announcing the opening of the nominations period was sent to 206 registered recipients within the Local's database.  According to the analytics that are gathered by the union's web service, it has been confirmed that 70 members read the email message.  However, this doesn't include any member with a registered government email account as that email service doesn't respond to interrogations sent by our web service.  The analytics also reported that one person "opted out" of receiving any further emails from IAFF Local F121.

On August 11, 2014 through August 18, 2014 I accepted email nominations at the elections2014@iaff121.org.  However, due to a technical glitch, I learned that some nominations were sent to the elections2012@iaff121.org email account.  Those nominations were accepted as if they arrived in the elections2014@iaff121.org mailbox.   In total, the mailboxes received 27 emails, including one advertisement.   

I contacted the person that nominated a person to an officer position.  After verifying that a valid nomination and second was received, I turned to the nominee to determine if they would accept the nomination. 


I have the following to report.
 
For General Secretary Treasurer
Jason Morgal  confirmed
Ryan Gallant    confirmed
 
Central Vice President
Raymond Tatekawa   confirmed
 
Pax River
two nominations but no second

Randall - no second

Tatum - no second


Annapolis Vice President
Bower  confirmed
 
Dahlgren Vice President
Randy Feltner   confirmed
 
Bethesda Vice President
No Nominations
 
Indianhead Vice President
Hannah   confirmed

Those that are in uncontested races should be considered elected by acclimation.  The contested race of Secretary/Treasurer will require region wide balloting.  We will now move forward with the election balloting for that position.


Respectfully Submitted
Bruce F. Poore, Election Committee Chairman

Elections 2014 - Nominations Open
This notice is to inform you that your union local, IAFF Local F121 (aka National Capital Federal Fire Fighters), will be holding an election of officers in accordance with the local’s Bylaws. The nominations period begins on August 11, 2014 and will close at midnight on August 18, 2014. Members may submit their nomination via email to elections2014@iaff121.org. Read More...
Administrative Investigation
To: All Bargaining Unit Employees,
 
The Union has reason to believe that several bargaining unit employees will be interviewed as part of an investigation regarding work situations in the fire department.  The answers provided by you or others may result in disciplinary actions against yourself or other bargaining unit members.
 
FIRST AND FOREMOST, I URGE EACH PERSON CALLED TO NOTIFY THE PERSON DIRECTING TO THE INVESTIGATIVE THAT YOU ARE EXERCISING YOU RIGHT TO REQUEST UNION REPRESENTATION.  You only have to make the request and share that you are in fear of an adverse action resulting from your participation. (This is similar to your MIRANDA rights in criminal matters) This is for your protection.

As part of this investigation you may be required to give written statements during the interviews. 
Generally, you must attend these meetings (administrative investigations) and you must fully cooperate and answer any questions truthfully

To help prepare you, here are a few comments about the interviews to answer questions that you may have:

1. You should ASK, with a Union Rep present, to be advised about the purpose of the meeting so you fully understand the scope of the investigation and purpose of the questions.   Before starting, You should ASK what are the rules governing confidentiality and understand them completely.
 
2. Although you must participate in the investigation, the interview should NOT be coercive in nature.
 
3. You may only refuse to answer questions and/or be entitled to union representation IF the investigation may possibly lead to criminal conduct
against you, in which case you may invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent unless you are granted immunity.
 
4. You should request union representation.  Since the topics or results may result in disciplinary action being taken by the agency against you, you should not take this type of interview lightly.  Your future career could depend upon the results of this investigation.
 
5. You are entitled to union representation EVEN IF the investigation concerns any grievance, personnel practices or general conditions of
employment.  Generally, any discussion about what happens in the workplace involved general conditions of employment.
 
6. You are protected against reprisals for providing information by the Whistleblower Protection Act.

7. You should ASK for a copy of any written statement that you give during the interview. 

8. You may request union representation at anytime during the interview.  Once you request representation it is best that you respectfully decline to answer any further questions until representation is present and remain silent. 

Please feel free to call me 
 if you have any questions about these interviews or if  you wish to have union representation during these interviews.  Depending upon advice that the local is seeking, the Union may already have a representative present.

Again, this is a very serious matter and it calls for your complete honesty.  Don't try to hide answers or be dishonest in of your responses.  Don't speak of things that you do not have first hand knowledge of.  Doing so could place your continued employment in jeopardy.

Greg Russell, President

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