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Standardized Employee Uniforms

On Friday March 13, 2015 I signed a new “Standardized Employee Uniform” MOU alongside NDW Region Fire Chief Miedzinski.  These signatures culminate the efforts undertaken by both parties over the last eighteen months.  Additionally, it represents our continued progress towards one collective bargaining agreement for the entire region.

Until agreement was reached on this MOU, there have been seven different uniform agreements throughout the NDW region.  While the seven agreements all have something in common, no two agreements were alike.  Many union members readily asserted that the uniform worn at their respective duty location should be the standard for the entire region.  As you can imagine, this resulted in many disagreements amongst reasonable people.  The task before your respective Executive Board member was to find an agreement that moved the Region forward to one uniform.

I want to thank all of those rank and file members that provided input and comments to our union leadership.  The comments received by local leaders proved essential to us.  Each location had at least one, and in many cases, two or three representatives that gave input into the final proposal presented to management.     I would be remiss if I didn’t specifically thank VP Feltner for providing the consistent motivation for completing this agreement.   

I want to point out the following highlights from the agreement

  • This agreement became effective immediately upon signing for all personnel hired after the date of signature, March 13, 2015.

  • This agreement becomes effective for all current employees (hired before March 13, 2015) eighteen (18) months after signature (September 13, 2016) as it relates to the daily work uniform.  The eighteen (18) month transition period to conform to the new standard is to serve two purposes;

  • Allow current uniform items to be worn through a DoD determined two (2) fiscal year (Oct 2014 through Sept 2016) lifecycle.
  • Allow the employees to receive an $800 clothing allowance in the first quarter of FY16 (delivered in Oct to Dec 2015) to fund the transition and purchase of new daily work uniform items.

  • Between now and September 13, 2016 members are free to transition to the items provided for in the agreement at their own pace.  They are encouraged to transition to the new standard as current uniform items wear out and are replaced, as we believe this is the most cost effective means of transitioning to the new uniform standard. 

  • On March 13, 2017 the standardized Dress (Class A) Uniform becomes effective.  This time is to allow for the disbursement of the FY17 uniform allowance (delivered in Oct to Dec 2016) to reach you and then allow you time to acquire the needed Dress (Class A) Uniform items.

  • As you have noted above, all discussions of disbursement of uniform allowance occur in the first quarter of the Fiscal Year.  This agreement addresses a repeated concern of many members, the timing of the delivery of the annual uniform allowance.  Upon signing this agreement, the Agency must now deliver the annual $800 uniform allowance in the first quarter of each Fiscal Year, instead of the unpredictable delivery window we have experienced over the past six or seven years.   Likewise, there is a provision that newly hired members receive their initial $1600 uniform allowance within sixty (60) days of their start in the FD.

  • In order to comply with a DoD instruction, starting no sooner than September 2016 the Agency will carry out an annual uniform inspection.  The exact timing, procedure and list of items subject to inspection will be outlined in an SOG to be issued in the near future.

  • Over the next eighteen (18) months members will be issued an NFPA 1999 compliant three-season foul weather jacket.  This uniform outer garment will protect personnel performing patient care during emergency medical operations from contact with blood and body fluid-borne pathogens. It also includes additional requirements that provide limited protection from specified CBRN terrorism agents.  Additionally, these jackets will display reflective features to provide members with a measure of protection when operating in low light or nighttime conditions.  These NFPA regulated jackets have an approximate value of $200-$250.

  • With the adoption of this agreement, on September 13, 2016 all bargaining unit employees will transition to a full Navy blue uniform, shirt and pant.  Regardless of the title of the position occupied, all of us will wear a Navy blue daily uniform shirt and pants/shorts.   Starting on September 13, 2016 white shirts (and gold badges/collar devices) are expressly reserved for members of management.

  • At the request of many members, we were able to obtain the inclusion of Navy blue uniform shorts for all locations, as noted above in the agreement.  In order to be in compliance with the uniform agreement, shorts may only be worn when shoes rise up no higher than five inches up from the wearer’s ankle. (Please note that 8 or 10 inch boots may NOT be worn with shorts)

  • There will now be a standardized logo displayed on all t-shirts, sweatshirts, wind shirts, polo shirts, hats or other items bearing a logo.  The Regional Fire Chief will designate the standardized Fire Department logo that may be displayed.  The standardized union logo that may be displayed shall be that logo that is currently shown on all union logo wear (IAFF logo over an image of the US Capitol).  Please be aware of this change when purchasing new t-shirts and the like.  Again, this change becomes effective on September 13, 2016.

  • Upon any future issuance of a mandatory Physical Fitness MOU or SOG (required by NFPA 1583), the Agency will be required to provide physical fitness shoes to all personnel. 

I hope these highlights provided you the answers to questions that have been asked many times over the last few months.  I believe that your Executive Board members worked diligently to achieve the desired outcomes, based on the inquiries from the field, as they worked in a spirit of compromise and understanding.  It is because of their engagement on this Standardize Uniform MOU that I believe everyone can find more than a few items that they will call positive.

Respectfully,

Greg Russell,
President


Download: Standardized Employee Uniforms.pdf
Local Elections - Nominated Candidates

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of this Local, I hereby inform the membership that the elections for Local officers shall occur starting at midnight on March 25, 2015.  The election shall occur through the Local’s secure website.  The elections period ends at midnight seven days later.

Further, at midnight on Sunday, March 8, 2015 the nominations period for Local officers closed.  A review of the submitted nominations occurred.  A process was carried out that verified that both the proper submission of the nomination had been undertaken by a member in good standing and that the nominee is a member in good standing and eligible to hold the respective office.  Each of the nominees receiving a primary and secondary nomination were contacted and accepted the respective nomination.  The following are the slate of candidates:

 President Nominations (Candidate Denoted In Red / Nomination Submitted in Black)

RUSSELL, GREGORY

TATEKAWA, RAYMOND

Roth, F. Jason

Arbeene, Christopher

Frye, Bubby

Joslyn, George

Tatekawa, Raymond

Currie, Frances

Feltner, Randy

Stottlemyer, Donald

Parish, Stephen

Benson, Charles

Owen, David

McCallum, Meghan

Gray, John

Fickensher, Dave

Smith, John

Smith, Philip

Bower, James

Ogilvie, Bryan

Massenberg, Trenton

Wilson, Richard

Jones, Lenell

Patuxent River Vice-President Nominations  (Candidate Denoted in Red / Nomination Submitter in Black)

CURRIE, FRANCES

RANDALL, DARRYL

Bauer, Wilhelm

Spalding, Matthew

Raley, Edward

Fuhrman, Michael

Schaefer, Christopher

Wilson, Richard

 Bethesda Vice-President Nominations  (Candidate Denoted in Red / Nomination Submitter in Black)

McCALLUM, MEGHAN

NICOL, JAMES

Bauguess, Richard

Sherwood, Joshua

Arbeene, Christopher

Kerhlikar, Sam

Josyln, George

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. 
    ** Ian Hayes (Bethesda) appointed

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)
Christopher Bruns (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...
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