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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

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
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