The Union meeting for this Thursday is being re-scheduled for next Thursday, February 21. Reason being, there has been no quorum in the past on Valentine’s Day so we decided to move the meeting. If you have any questions regarding this change, call the office.
It is not a coincidence. New Jersey’s largest city has spent the past few years actively recruiting veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in its fire department. It is the first time the fire department has recruited veterans since World War II.
“They bring that life experience, the camaraderie, the teamwork, and already knowing a quasi-military structure,” said John G. Centanni, the Newark Fire Chief. “They know rank and how to take orders. They bring all of that to the table.”
Newark runs a veterans program in its city hall in partnership with the GI Go Fund, a New Jersey nonprofit that helps veterans make the transition to civilian life.
The Newark Firefighters Union has decided to have a direct impact on the election for Fire Representative to the Board of Trustees for the PFRS Pension Board. This position decides your future when applying for retirement.
After speaking with both candidates, we have decided to throw our support behind BRADY MIDDLESWORTH (Ventnor City Fire Department). He seems to be very conscientous person and we feel as though he would make thoughtful decisions regarding any pension considerations.
This election is of much importance to us so that we feel comfortable, in that if a member ever needs consideration for any kind of early retirement, we would have a person that would do a very thorough review of the facts and vote accordingly.
The deadline for voting is Friday, September 28, 2012, so if you would please choose either, vote by phone or vote online, this would secure your vote and allow the Newark Firefighters Union to play a major role in this particular election. Please don’t put it aside. Let’s have a say in our future!!!
Stay safe and let’s stick together in these rough times.
Brothers and Sisters,
If you receive a check stating “Longevity Adjustment”, it is from the first three pays of 2011 where EVERYONE’S longevity was incorrect. Some people were owed money while others owed money. A letter was sent to each firehouse over a month ago explaining this. If you have any questions, feel free to call the office. I would suggest depositing/cashing upon receipt.
Not since after World War II has Newark’s fire department hired an all-veteran class, said fire director Fateen Ziyad
When Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Crowell deployed to Iraq in 2008, he knew the 200 other Marines in his unit had his back..
Now, co-workers wearing a different uniform have his back.
Since his return to the States, the Newark resident hasn’t had the easiest transition to civilian life. For about two years, Crowell, a 32-year-old former tech support manager, struggled to find work and replace his old support network.
Listing his military credentials on his resume didn’t seem to help, he said.
“Because I didn’t have current job experience, it was almost impossible,” said Crowell, who still keeps his brown hair cropped high and tight.
Last week, Crowell found his new line of work as part of the Newark Fire Department. He is one of 30 recruits — all military veterans.
The Marines have “always been one family. I’m sure the fire department’s going to continue (that),” said Crowell.
The City of Newark Supplemental Enrollment Period starts today, Monday, June 11 and ends Friday, June 22, 2012.
During the Supplemental Enrollment Period, employees will be permitted to enroll dependents that were not previously added during their eligibility period. Original proof of relationship documents (i.e. marriage certificates, birth certificates, custody award document, etc.) will be requested upon receipt of your enrollment request.
All changes will take effect July 1, 2012.
If you have any questions, call Department of Medical Claims
at 973-733-3898 or 973-733-3693.
Important Payroll Notice
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
The Payroll Schedule is changing for 2012.
The first pay in 2012 will be:
Friday, January 13, 2012 (for 10 days).
There will be no Direct Deposit for this check
You will be paid every two weeks after that (as usual).
Brothers & Sisters, I would like to take an opportunity to offer some advice on the upcoming elections. We, as professional firefighters of this great State have been under direct attack by your State Elected officials to demonize you as the problem for this state and municipality woes. It wasn’t all that long ago that firefighters, police, & teachers were the heroes of today’s society. Apparently, Elected officials saw an opening and rammed their ugly heads through it by making us the official scapegoats to all State, County, and local budgetary problems. The Newark Firefighters Union has heard, loud and clear, the complaints, the rants, and the frustration that we all feel over such a travesty.
I, as your Union President, am not going to sit here and tell you that you should be paying attention to this election. You should know this by now…. I’m not going to tell you that this Election is an important tool to show these Elected officials that we are not the enemy, you should know that by now. I’m not going to tell you that one hour, out of your day on Tuesday, to vote out any official who supported the Health Benefit & Pension reform, is a show of solidarity, you should know this already. And lastly, I’m not going to tell you just whom to cast your vote for, their has been enough discussion in the last couple of months as to which candidate supported you or sold you out, you should know this by now……
Their are plenty of good candidates from both sides of the political table that deserve the lever to be pulled for them. Please consider, as you pull that lever, which candidate represents what’s best for you and your families, what’s best for you, in your job as a professional firefighter, and whats best for the future of all firefighters, police, teachers, & all public workers across this great State.
Now is the time for UNITY! Your vote could decide the future for all of us!!
Charles H. West