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Legislative Update #6

2016 Legislative Update
Week #6

The 2016 Utah Legislative Session began on 25 January and runs through midnight on 10 March.

One week to go. The first six weeks on the hill have been busy ones as always. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session. There was not much movement this week regarding the bills we are tracking closely.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East Bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited). Breakfast included.

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol Building room #105. This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Wednesdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. Capitol Building room #105.
This coalition is made up of 9 different public employee groups (unions & associations).
It exists to collectively address matters regarding Collective Bargaining, Payroll Deduction, and Retirement.
I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several guests.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

Three anti labor bills surfaced 2 weeks ago. None would effect firefighters (yet), but we are assisting in stopping them. SB 165 & 176 (Stephanson), & HB 268 (Noel).





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The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

HB 173 (Westwood) : Payroll Deductions for Union Dues. Would allow public employers the ability to decide not to deduct union dues from employee wages.
We oppose. Myself and the 8 other member groups in the Utah One Coalition have met several times with the sponsor. He has been receptive and admits he did not understand all of the negative impacts and equity issues surrounding this bill. He has instructed the Rules Committee to keep his bill buried, which essentially kills it. We will continue to watch to insure no other sponsor picks it up moving forward. No change.

HB 68 (Redd) : Post Exposure Blood Testing Amendments. Establishes a statewide legal method to obtain a blood test from a patient that exposes one of our members. We support. Passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

HB 75 (Sagers) : Epilepsy Training in Public Schools. Outlines training requirements for school employees to administer drugs to students having seizures. We oppose, as do all public employee groups. This is a horrible bill that may endanger a student's life, and place a school employee in a very bad position. L1696's Doug Rice is at the forefront of this issue working along side the Epilepsy Association in an effort to amend or kill this bill. HB 75 now in the Senate. SB 232 (Urquhart) was written to counter HB 75. It is still in the Senate.

HB 159 (McKell) : Line of Duty Death Benefit Amendments. Establishes a clearer explanation of surviving spouse benefits in cases where there are ex spouses involved.
We support. In the Senate.

SB 33 (Mayne) : Occupational Safety & Health Amendments. Establishes protection to a worker that initiates a "whistle blower" inquiry to UOSHA. Also creates a penalty for an employer that disciplines the complainant. We support. Passed the Senate and House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 73 (Madsen) : Medical Cannabis. This could effect everyone. We are watching. No plans to take any position.

SB 76SO1(Mayne) : Workers' Compensation for Volunteers. Establishes coverage for volunteers of projects for "not for profit" organizations. We support. Passed the Senate and House, sent for Enrolling.

SB 106 (Shiozawa) Assault Amendments. In the event an Emergency Room worker, EMS responder, or Firefighter is assaulted and injured on duty, it changes the charge from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony. We support. Passed the Senate and House.



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HB 121 (Edwards) : Building Code Amendments and HB 125 (Cox) : Fire Code Amendments. The State Fire Marshal and our local Fire Marshals are working these actively. Very intensive issues. We will assist if needed. At this point our Fire Marshals are satisfied with where the languages are.

HB 100 (Schultz) : REPLICA. Creates an Interstate CompAct for EMS delivery during emergency declarations once 10 states join. Currently, Texas and Colorado have joined. Utah will be the third state. I have worked with the BEMS for over a year on this bill to ensure our concerns are met. We have remained neutral. In the event the intent of this CompAct is not followed, we will quickly oppose it, and we have commitments from Leadership to repeal it in a future session. Passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 54 (Weiler) : Controlled Substance Database Amendments. Amends SB 119 from 2015 to allow system access to parole officers and probation officers for their specific clients. We support. Still in the Senate.

The following are all Retirement related bills. While on the surface they all appear to be good, there are components of each one that we have issue with. We will not take a position on any until we are comfortable with the language and intent. The AFL-CIO Labor Caucus is using the same approach at this time.

HB 35 (Powell) : Retirement & Insurance Benefit Claims Limits. Changes the claim limit from 3 to 4 years. passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

HB 47 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Employment for Rural & Title 1 Schools.

HB 50 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Reemployment Amendments.

HB 51 (Powell) : Recodification of Post Retirement Reemployment Provisions. Passed the House, now in the Senate.

HB 86SO3 (Cunningham) : Post retirement Employment Restrictions. Passed the House, now in Senate Committee. Very contentious issue. We support.

HB 117 (Cunningham) : Modifications to Post Retirement Reemployment Restrictions.

HB 205 (Cunningham) : Tier 2 Retirement Amendments. For Firefighters and Law Enforcement it increases the contribution rate by 2% to increase the retirement benefit from the current 37.5% to 50% at 25 years of service. However, it caps the years of service credit at the 25 years, which we have concerns about. Sent to Interim Study.



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SB 19 (Weiler) : Phased Retirement. We support. Passed Senate & House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 29 (Weiler) : Retirement Systems Amendments. We support. Passed Senate & House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 208 (Weiler) : Retirement Amendments. Addresses how contributions are paid by employers. We oppose. Still in the Senate. Was incorporated into HB86 as an amendment.

SB 36 (Mayne) : Post retirement Employment Exceptions. Includes firefighters. We support. Circled on the Senate calendar pending outcome of HB 86SO3.

HB 150 (Daw) : Controlled Substance Prescription Notification. Amends SB 119 from 2015. No negative effects to our interests, and is supported by the ACLU.
* I was able to stand down a potential floor amendment to this bill which would have essentially repealed the original intent of SB 119. The sponsor of that amendment approached me with the language, and I informed him that we could not/would not support it. We arranged a meeting with the correct stakeholders. It included the legislator, myself, Ron Morris-President of the State Fire Chiefs Assoc., Tom Ross-President of the State Police Chiefs Assoc., Terry Richardson Davis County Sheriff, and (2) ACLU attorneys. We unanimously agreed to table any action during the session, and have discussions during the Interim with the same players participating. This is a big deal.

HB 436SO2 (Gibson) : Housing & Homeless Reform Initiative. Passed out of House Committee. We Support.

The last week of the session is always a flurry. 60% of the bills passed each year occur in the last 4 days. This year will most likely follow that pattern.

Myself and L81’s Mike Fox received invitations and attended the Vice President Biden event at the Huntsman Cancer Institute on Friday 26 February. We were able to meet with the V.P. following the event, and take part in a photo op session. (pics pending)

Additional information on all bills can be obtained by visiting the "Utah Legislature" website.

Thank you to all that have visited the Capitol for any reason this session!
Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President
(801) 718-4392
president@pffu.org


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Legislative Update #5

2016 Legislative Update
Week #5

The 2016 Utah Legislative Session began on 25 January and runs through midnight on 10 March.

The first five weeks on the hill have proven to be very busy ones as always. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. In the event you are not able to attend regular weekly meetings, you are welcome to join me any day that you are available. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East Bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited). Breakfast included.

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol Building room #105. This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Wednesdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. Capitol Building room #105.
This coalition is made up of 9 different public employee groups (unions & associations).
It exists to collectively address matters regarding Collective Bargaining, Payroll Deduction, and Retirement.
I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several guests.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

Three anti labor bills surfaced last week. None would effect firefighters (yet), but we are assisting in stopping them. SB 165 & 176 (Stephanson), & HB 268 (Noel).





2
The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

HB 173 (Westwood) : Payroll Deductions for Union Dues. Would allow public employers the ability to decide not to deduct union dues from employee wages.
We oppose. Myself and the 8 other member groups in the Utah One Coalition have met several times with the sponsor. He has been receptive and admits he did not understand all of the negative impacts and equity issues surrounding this bill. He has instructed the Rules Committee to keep his bill buried, which essentially kills it. We will continue to watch to insure no other sponsor picks it up moving forward. No change.

HB 68 (Redd) : Post Exposure Blood Testing Amendments. Establishes a statewide legal method to obtain a blood test from a patient that exposes one of our members. We support. Passed the House and now in the Senate.

HB 75 (Sagers) : Epilepsy Training in Public Schools. Outlines training requirements for school employees to administer drugs to students having seizures. We oppose, as do all public employee groups. This is a horrible bill that may endanger a student's life, and place a school employee in a very bad position. L1696's Doug Rice is at the forefront of this issue working along side the Epilepsy Association in an effort to amend or kill this bill. They have drafted another bill with new sponsors to counter HB 75.

HB 159 (McKell) : Line of Duty Death Benefit Amendments. Establishes a clearer explanation of surviving spouse benefits in cases where there are ex spouses involved.
We support. Still in the House.

SB 33 (Mayne) : Occupational Safety & Health Amendments. Establishes protection to a worker that initiates a "whistle blower" inquiry to UOSHA. Also creates a penalty for an employer that disciplines the complainant. We support. Passed the Senate and House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 73 (Madsen) : Medical Cannabis. This could effect everyone. We are watching. No plans to take any position.

SB 76SO1(Mayne) : Workers' Compensation for Volunteers. Establishes coverage for volunteers of projects for "not for profit" organizations. We support. Passed the Senate and now in the House.

SB 106 (Shiozawa) Assault Amendments. In the event an Emergency Room worker, EMS responder, or Firefighter is assaulted and injured on duty, it changes the charge from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony. We support. Passed the Senate, in House Committee Tuesday.



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HB 121 (Edwards) : Building Code Amendments and HB 125 (Cox) : Fire Code Amendments. The State Fire Marshal and our local Fire Marshals are working these actively. Very intensive issues. We will assist if needed. At this point our Fire Marshals are satisfied with where the languages are.

HB 100 (Schultz) : REPLICA. Creates an Interstate CompAct for EMS delivery during emergency declarations once 10 states join. Currently, Texas and Colorado have joined. Utah will be the third state. I have worked with the BEMS for over a year on this bill to ensure our concerns are met. We have remained neutral. In the event the intent of this CompAct is not followed, we will quickly oppose it, and we have commitments from Leadership to repeal it in a future session. Passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 54 (Weiler) : Controlled Substance Database Amendments. Amends SB 119 from 2015 to allow system access to parole officers and probation officers for their specific clients. We support. Still in the Senate.

The following are all Retirement related bills. While on the surface they all appear to be good, there are components of each one that we have issue with. We will not take a position on any until we are comfortable with the language and intent. The AFL-CIO Labor Caucus is using the same approach at this time.

HB 35 (Powell) : Retirement & Insurance Benefit Claims Limits. Changes the claim limit from 3 to 4 years. passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

HB 47 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Employment for Rural & Title 1 Schools.

HB 50 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Reemployment Amendments.

HB 51 (Powell) : Recodification of Post Retirement Reemployment Provisions. Passed the House, now in the Senate.

HB 86 (Cunningham) : Post retirement Employment Restrictions. Passed the House, onto the Senate. We support.

HB 117 (Cunningham) : Modifications to Post Retirement Reemployment Restrictions.

HB 205 (Cunningham) : Tier 2 Retirement Amendments. For Firefighters and Law Enforcement it increases the contribution rate by 2% to increase the retirement benefit from the current 37.5% to 50% at 25 years of service. However, it caps the years of service credit at the 25 years, which we have concerns about.



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SB 19 (Weiler) : Phased Retirement. We support. Passed Senate & House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 29 (Weiler) : Retirement Systems Amendments. We support. Passed Senate & House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 36 (Mayne) : Post retirement Employment Exceptions. Includes firefighters. We support. On the Senate Floor.

The remainder of Representative Cunningham's retirement bills (HB 47,50,86,117, & 205) have been stalled up to this point. The agenda scheduling has been played with, and his HB 86 which passed out of committee, has taken a lot of time up. There have been numerous presenters and public comment makers both in support and opposing this bill.
(the notorious Dan Liljenquist among them). HB 205 discussions should be interesting.

As promised, more bills have been added to our tracking list:

HB 150 (Daw) : Controlled Substance Prescription Notification. Amends SB 119 from 2015. No negative effects to our interests, and is supported by the ACLU.
* I was able to stand down a potential floor amendment to this bill which would have essentially repealed the original intent of SB 119. The sponsor of that amendment approached me with the language, and I informed him that we could not/would not support it. We arranged a meeting with the correct stakeholders. It included the legislator, myself, Ron Morris-President of the State Fire Chiefs Assoc., Tom Ross-President of the State Police Chiefs Assoc., Terry Richardson Davis County Sheriff, and (2) ACLU attorneys. We unanimously agreed to table any action during the session, and have discussions during the Interim with the same players participating. This is a big deal.

Myself and L81’s Mike Fox received invitations and attended the Vice President Biden event at the Huntsman Cancer Institute on Friday. We were able to meet with the V.P. following the event, and take part in a photo op session. (pics pending)

Additional information on all bills can be obtained by visiting the "Utah Legislature" website.

Hope to see everyone on the hill at some point during the session!
Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President
(801) 718-4392
president@pffu.org



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Legislative Update #4

2016 Legislative Update
Week #4

The 2016 Utah Legislative Session began on 25 January and runs through midnight on 10 March.

While there are no strong attacks towards firefighters, the first four weeks on the hill have proven to be very busy ones as always. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. In the event you are not able to attend regular weekly meetings, you are welcome to join me any day that you are available. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East Bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited). Breakfast included.

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol Building room #105. This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Wednesdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. Capitol Building room #105.
This coalition is made up of 9 different public employee groups (unions & associations).
It exists to collectively address matters regarding Collective Bargaining, Payroll Deduction, and Retirement.
I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several guests.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

The Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon was held on Monday 8 Feb., 2016. As in past years, it was well attended and a success. The final attendance count was 62 legislators and 126 firefighters.





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The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

HB 173 (Westwood) : Payroll Deductions for Union Dues. Would allow public employers the ability to decide not to deduct union dues from employee wages.
We oppose. Myself and the 8 other member groups in the Utah One Coalition have met several times with the sponsor. He has been receptive and admits he did not understand all of the negative impacts and equity issues surrounding this bill. He has instructed the Rules Committee to keep his bill buried, which essentially kills it. We will continue to watch to insure no other sponsor picks it up moving forward. No change.

HB 68 (Redd) : Post Exposure Blood Testing Amendments. Establishes a statewide legal method to obtain a blood test from a patient that exposes one of our members. We support. Passed the House and now in the Senate.

HB 75 (Sagers) : Epilepsy Training in Public Schools. Outlines training requirements for school employees to administer drugs to students having seizures. We oppose, as do all public employee groups. This is a horrible bill that may endanger a student's life, and place a school employee in a very bad position. L1696's Doug Rice is at the forefront of this issue working along side the Epilepsy Association in an effort to amend or kill this bill. They have drafted another bill with new sponsors to counter HB 75.

HB 159 (McKell) : Line of Duty Death Benefit Amendments. Establishes a clearer explanation of surviving spouse benefits in cases where there are ex spouses involved.
We support. Still in the House.

SB 33 (Mayne) : Occupational Safety & Health Amendments. Establishes protection to a worker that initiates a "whistle blower" inquiry to UOSHA. Also creates a penalty for an employer that disciplines the complainant. We support. Passed the Senate and House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 73 (Madsen) : Medical Cannabis. This could effect everyone. We are watching. No plans to take any position.

SB 76SO1(Mayne) : Workers' Compensation for Volunteers. Establishes coverage for volunteers of projects for "not for profit" organizations. We support. Passed the Senate and now in the House.

SB 106 (Shiozawa) Assault Amendments. In the event an Emergency Room worker, EMS responder, or Firefighter is assaulted and injured on duty, it changes the charge from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony. We support. DVP Tony Allred and L81's Jeff Vaughn testified in support during a committee hearing in week #2. Still in the Senate.



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HB 121 (Edwards) : Building Code Amendments and HB 125 (Cox) : Fire Code Amendments. The State Fire Marshal and our local Fire Marshals are working these actively. Very intensive issues. We will assist if needed. At this point our Fire Marshals are satisfied with where the languages are.

HB 100 (Schultz) : REPLICA. Creates an Interstate CompAct for EMS delivery during emergency declarations once 10 states join. Currently, Texas and Colorado have joined. Utah will be the third state. I have worked with the BEMS for over a year on this bill to ensure our concerns are met. We have remained neutral. In the event the intent of this CompAct is not followed, we will quickly oppose it, and we have commitments from Leadership to repeal it in a future session. Passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 54 (Weiler) : Controlled Substance Database Amendments. Amends SB 119 from 2015 to allow system access to parole officers and probation officers for their specific clients. We support. Still in the Senate.

The following are all Retirement related bills. While on the surface they all appear to be good, there are components of each one that we have issue with. We will not take a position on any until we are comfortable with the language and intent. The AFL-CIO Labor Caucus is using the same approach at this time.

HB 35 (Powell) : Retirement & Insurance Benefit Claims Limits. Changes the claim limit from 3 to 4 years. passed the House and Senate, and sent for Enrolling.

HB 47 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Employment for Rural & Title 1 Schools.

HB 50 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Reemployment Amendments.

HB 51 (Powell) : Recodification of Post Retirement Reemployment Provisions. Passed the House, now in the Senate.

HB 86 (Cunningham) : Post retirement Employment Restrictions. Passed out of committee on Wednesday, and onto the House Floor. We support.

HB 117 (Cunningham) : Modifications to Post Retirement Reemployment Restrictions.

HB 205 (Cunningham) : Tier 2 Retirement Amendments. For Firefighters and Law Enforcement it increases the contribution rate by 2% to increase the retirement benefit from the current 37.5% to 50% at 25 years of service. However, it caps the years of service credit at the 25 years, which we have concerns about.



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SB 19 (Weiler) : Phased Retirement. We support. Passed Senate & House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 29 (Weiler) : Retirement Systems Amendments. We support. Passed Senate & House, and sent for Enrolling.

SB 36 (Mayne) : Post retirement Employment Exceptions. Includes firefighters. We support. On the Senate Floor.

The remainder of Representative Cunningham's retirement bills (HB 47,50,86,117, & 205) have been stalled up to this point. The agenda scheduling has been played with, and his HB 86 which passed out of committee, has taken a lot of time up. There have been numerous presenters and public comment makers both in support and opposing this bill.
(the notorious Dan Liljenquist among them). HB 205 discussions should be interesting.

As promised, more bills have been added to our tracking list:

HB 150 (Daw) : Controlled Substance Prescription Notification. Amends SB 119 from 2015. No negative effects to our interests, and is supported by the ACLU.
* I was able to stand down a potential floor amendment to this bill which would have essentially repealed the original intent of SB 119. The sponsor of that amendment approached me with the language, and I informed him that we could not/would not support it. We arranged a meeting with the correct stakeholders. It included the legislator, myself, Ron Morris-President of the State Fire Chiefs Assoc., Tom Ross-President of the State Police Chiefs Assoc., Terry Richardson Davis County Sheriff, and (2) ACLU attorneys. We unanimously agreed to table any action during the session, and have discussions during the Interim with the same players participating. This is a big deal.

We have had good attendance at our PFFU Huddles so far. We appreciate those locals and their members that have been able to make it. Special thanks to DVP Dave Dumas and the L81 crew led by President Trevor Tallon for making the recent taffy pickup and unloading happen while Marty & I were in committee all morning.

Additional information on all bills can be obtained by visiting the "Utah Legislature" website.

Hope to see everyone on the hill at some point during the session!
Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President
(801) 718-4392
president@pffu.org


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Concert/Charity Event




Come Alive Tour Benefits Children



CALLING ALL STUFFED ANIMALS - TIME TO REPORT FOR DUTY!


…That’s when my pets all come alive
They cheer me up and tell me

Everything's alright
Stuffed animals are always right…


In each city of our tour we are asking you, our fans, to bring stuffed animals to the show (new please)! These stuffed animals will be given to the local fire departments and first responders in each city to distribute to children who might be sick, frightened or experiencing a traumatic event. To those children that stuffed animal can be something of hope for them to cling on to in a moment of need.

As Sarah has seen, in her time of being a firefighter, kids are at their most vulnerable when sick or experiencing a traumatic event. We want them to have those moments we wrote about in Butterflies Instead…where their stuffed animals let them know everything’s alright.


We want to raise as many stuffed animals as possible!

Ways you can help us do that?

• Definitely bring a stuffed animal with you to the show.
• Put a collection box at your place of work.
• Put a call out on your social media to your friends to have them contribute stuffed animals for you to bring to the show.
• Get creative!



Let’s overwhelm the collection barrels the night of the show!


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Legislative Update #3

2016 Legislative Update
Week #3

The 2016 Utah Legislative Session began on 25 January and runs through midnight on 10 March.

While there are no strong attacks towards firefighters, the first three weeks on the hill have proven to be very busy ones as always. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. In the event you are not able to attend regular weekly meetings, you are welcome to join me any day that you are available. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited).

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol Building room #105. This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Wednesdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. Capitol Building room #105.
This coalition is made up of 9 different public employee groups (unions & associations).
I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several guests.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

The Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon was held on Monday 8 Feb., 2016. As in past years, it was well attended and a success. Thanks for everyone's great work again! Special thanks to Greg Rynders, Ray Schelble, Tony Espinoza, David Larsen, Lincoln Paxman, Dwayne Coombs, Jeff Ellis, and Aaron Fullmer!





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The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

HB 173 (Westwood) : Payroll Deductions for Union Dues. Would allow public employers the ability to decide not to deduct union dues from employee wages.
We oppose. Myself and the 8 other member groups in the Utah One Coalition have met several times with the sponsor. He has been receptive and admits he did not understand all of the negative impacts and equity issues surrounding this bill. He has instructed the Rules Committee to keep his bill buried, which essentially kills it. We will continue to watch to insure no other sponsor picks it up moving forward.

HB 68 (Redd) : Post Exposure Blood Testing Amendments. Establishes a statewide legal method to obtain a blood test from a patient that exposes one of our members. We support. Passed the House and now in the Senate.

HB 75 (Sagers) : Epilepsy Training in Public Schools. Outlines training requirements for school employees to administer drugs to students having seizures. We oppose, as do all public employee groups. This is a horrible bill that may endanger a student's life, and place a school employee in a very bad position. L1696's Doug Rice is at the forefront of this issue working along side the Epilepsy Association in an effort to amend or kill this bill. They have drafted another bill with new sponsors to counter HB 75.

HB 159 (McKell) : Line of Duty Death Benefit Amendments. Establishes a clearer explanation of surviving spouse benefits in cases where there are ex spouses involved.
We support.

SB 33 (Mayne) : Occupational Safety & Health Amendments. Establishes protection to a worker that initiates a "whistle blower" inquiry to UOSHA. Also creates a penalty for an employer that disciplines the complainant. We support. Passed the Senate and House, and sent for enrolling.

SB 73 (Madsen) : Medical Cannabis. This could effect everyone. We are watching. No plans to take any position.

SB 76 (Mayne) : Workers' Compensation for Volunteers. Establishes coverage for volunteers of projects for "not for profit" organizations. We support.

SB 106 (Shiozawa) Assault Amendments. In the event an Emergency Room worker, EMS responder, or Firefighter is assaulted and injured on duty, it changes the charge from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony. We support. DVP Tony Allred and L81's Jeff Vaughn testified in support during a committee hearing in week #2.



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HB 121 (Cox) : Building Code Amendments. and HB 125 (Cox) : Fire Code Amendments. The State Fire Marshal and our local Fire Marshals are working these actively. We will assist if needed.

HB 100 (Schultz) : REPLICA. Creates an Interstate CompAct for EMS delivery during emergency declarations once 10 states join. Currently, Texas and Colorado have joined. Utah will be the third state. I have worked with the BEMS for over a year on this bill to ensure our concerns are met. We have remained neutral. In the event the intent of this CompAct is not followed, we will quickly oppose it, and we have commitments from Leadership to repeal it in a future session. Passed the House and Senate, and sent for enrolling.

SB 54 (Weiler) : Controlled Substance Database Amendments. Amends SB 119 from 2015 to allow system access to parole officers and probation officers for their specific clients. We support.

The following are all Retirement related bills. While on the surface they all appear to be good, there are components of each one that we have issue with. We will not take a position on any until we are comfortable with the language and intent. The AFL-CIO Labor Caucus is using the same approach at this time.

HB 35 (Powell) : Retirement & Insurance Benefit Claims Limits. Changes the claim limit from 3 to 4 years.

HB 47 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Employment for Rural & Title 1 Schools.

HB 50 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Reemployment Amendments.

HB 51 (Powell) : Recodification of Post Retirement Reemployment Provisions.

HB 86 (Cunningham) : Post retirement Employment Restrictions.

HB 117 (Cunningham) : Modifications to Post Retirement Reemployment Restrictions.

HB 205 (Cunningham) : Tier 2 Retirement Amendments. For Firefighters and Law Enforcement it increases the contribution rate by 2% to increase the retirement benefit from the current 37.5% to 50% at 25 years of service. However, it caps the years of service credit at the 25 years, which we have concerns about.

SB 19 (Weiler) : Phased Retirement. Passed Senate & House, and sent for enrolling.

SB 29 (Weiler) : Retirement Systems Amendments.

SB 36 (Mayne) : Post retirement Employment Exceptions. Includes firefighters.
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This Tuesday 16 February, all of Representative Cunningham's retirement bills (HB 47,50,86,117, & 205) will be presented to the Rev/Tax Committee at 0800 hours. Location is the Capitol Building room #445. (they were supposed to be presented this past Wednesday, however a few grade school high jinx between alleged adults delayed it until this week).We will be there.

As the session progresses, more bills will likely be added to our tracking list.

We have had good attendance at our PFFU Huddles so far. We appreciate those locals and their members that have been able to make it. There are 4 more weeks left in the session - so there are still opportunities for everyone to come up that would like to.

Additional information on all bills can be obtained by visiting the "Utah Legislature" website.

Hope to see everyone on the hill at some point during the session!
Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President
(801) 718-4392
president@pffu.org








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Legislative Update #2

2016 Legislative Update
Week #2

The 2016 Utah Legislative Session began on 25 January and runs through midnight on 10 March.

While there are no strong attacks towards firefighters, the first two weeks on the hill have proven to be very busy ones as always. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. In the event you are not able to attend regular weekly meetings, you are welcome to join me any day that you are available. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited).

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol Building room #105. This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Wednesdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. Capitol Building room #105.
This coalition is made up of 9 different public employee groups (unions & associations).
I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several guests.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

The Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon will be held on Monday 8 Feb., 2016 at noon. That is tomorrow. Location is the Hall of Governors, which is the ground floor of the Capitol Bldg. If participating, please arrive NLT 1100 hours to receive your briefings.




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The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

HB 173 (Westwood) : Payroll Deductions for Union Dues. Would allow public employers the ability to decide not to deduct union dues from employee wages.
We oppose. Myself and the 8 other member groups in the Utah One Coalition have met several times with the sponsor. He has been receptive and admits he did not understand all of the negative impacts and equity issues surrounding this bill. He has instructed the Rules Committee to keep his bill buried, which essentially kills it. We will continue to watch to insure no other sponsor picks it up moving forward.

HB 68 (Redd) : Post Exposure Blood Testing Amendments. Establishes a legal method to obtain a blood test from a patient that exposes one of our members. We support.

HB 75 (Sagers) : Epilepsy Training in Public Schools. Outlines training requirements for school employees to administer drugs to students having seizures. We oppose, as do all public employee groups. This is a horrible bill that may endanger a student's life, and place a school employee in a very bad position. L1696's Doug Rice is at the forefront of this issue working along side the Epilepsy Association in an effort to amend or kill this bill. They have drafted another bill with new sponsors to counter HB 75.

HB 159 (McKell) : Line of Duty Death Benefit Amendments. Establishes a clearer explanation of surviving spouse benefits in cases where there are ex spouses involved.
We support.

SB 33 (Mayne) : Occupational Safety & Health Amendments. Establishes protection to a worker that initiates a "whistle blower" inquiry to UOSHA. Also creates a penalty for an employer that disciplines the complainant. We support.

SB 73 (Madsen) : Medical Cannabis. This could effect everyone. We are watching. No plans to take any position.

SB 76 (Mayne) : Workers' Compensation for Volunteers. Establishes coverage for volunteers of projects for "not for profit" organizations. We support.

SB 106 (Shiozawa) Assault Amendments. In the event an Emergency Room worker, EMS responder, or Firefighter is assaulted and injured on duty, it changes the charge from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony. We support. DVP Tony Allred and L81's Jeff Vaughn testified in support during a committee hearing this past week.

HB 121 (Cox) : Building Code Amendments. and HB 125 (Cox) : Fire Code Amendments. The State Fire Marshal and our local Fire Marshals are working these actively. We will assist if needed.





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HB 100 (Schultz) : REPLICA. Creates an Interstate CompAct for EMS delivery during emergency declarations once 10 states join. Currently, Texas and Colorado have joined. Utah will be the third state. I have worked with the BEMS for over a year on this bill to ensure our concerns are met. We have remained neutral. The bill is awaiting vote on the Senate floor for final passage. In the event the intent of this CompAct is not followed, we will quickly oppose it, and we have commitments from Leadership to repeal it in a future session.

SB 54 (Weiler) : Controlled Substance Database Amendments. Amends SB 119 from 2015 to allow system access to parole officers and probation officers for their specific clients. We support.

The following are all Retirement related bills. While on the surface they all appear to be good, there are components of each one that we have issue with. We will not take a position on any until we are comfortable with the language and intent. The AFL-CIO Labor Caucus is using the same approach at this time.

HB 35 (Powell) : Retirement & Insurance Benefit Claims Limits. Changes the claim limit from 3 to 4 years.

HB 47 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Employment for Rural & Title 1 Schools.

HB 50 (Cunningham) : Post Retirement Reemployment Amendments.

HB 51 (Powell) : Recodification of Post Retirement Reemployment Provisions.

HB 86 (Cunningham) : Post retirement Employment Restrictions.

HB 117 (Cunningham) : Modifications to Post Retirement Reemployment Restrictions.

HB 205 (Cunningham) : Tier 2 Retirement Amendments. For Firefighters and Law Enforcement it increases the contribution rate by 2% to increase the retirement benefit from the current 37.5% to 50% at 25 years of service. However, it caps the years of service credit at the 25 years, which we have concerns about.

SB 19 (Weiler) : Phased Retirement.

SB 29 (Weiler) : Retirement Systems Amendments.

SB 36 (Mayne) : Post retirement Employment Exceptions. Includes firefighters.




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This Wednesday 10 February, all of Representative Cunningham's retirement bills will be presented to the Rev/Tax Committee at 1600 hours. Location is the Capitol Building room #445. We will be there.

As the session progresses, more bills will likely be added to our tracking list.

There will not be a formal PFFU Huddle this Wednesday the 10th. We will be conducting a PFFU Ex Board meeting in its place. The Huddles will resume during Week #4.

Hope to see everyone on the hill at some point during the session!
Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President
(801) 718-4392




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Executive Board Election Results

The final election results for the 2016-2018 positions are:

Vice Pesident: Val Thometz (acclimation)
Sec/Treas: Josh Diamond (acclimation)
Officer Director: Jeff Vaughn

Thank you for voting and being involved in the affairs of your local.

Fraternally,

Trevor Tallon
Local 81 Pesident


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Operation Warm Fundraiser


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Operation Warm Information

Local 81 Members,

In 2012, Operation Warm partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). As the engine behind our move to American coat manufacturing, Fire Fighters expand our mission, support jobs for Americans, and impact the lives of children throughout their communities.

Backmann Elementary School in Salt Lake City has been chosen by the Professional Firefighters of Utah (PFFU) and IAFF Local 81 (Salt Lake City) to receive coats for their students. Backman Elementary School was chosen based on the needs of their students. 98% of their students qualify for free or reduced meals. While we would love to provide coats to all the kids at Backman, our goal is to put a new coat on every 2nd and 3rd grader at the school. Our goal is 172 coats. By donating, you are helping put a new coat on a child in need.

Please take time to go to Salt Lake City Fire Fighters Local 81 Facebook page to like and share our https://www.gofundme.com/yw63tm4e link. This is a very low impact fast and easy way to raise the funds to make it possible to provide 172 coats to Backmann Elementary School.

We are also hosting a concert at Poplar Street Pub on Nov. 9th, more details will be out soon.


Fraternally,

Trevor Tallon
Local 81 President

***Operation Warm is very proud to inform donors that 97 cents on every dollar goes directly to the coat program. 3 cents of every dollar raised goes to the overhead expenses necessary to sustaining and growing our mission. Every donation significantly impacts the life of a child by translating to warmth and happiness through the gift of a brand new winter coat.


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Message from Jackie Biskupski

I am honored by your endorsement. I know that working together we can accomplish great things in Salt Lake City. But I will not win this election without your help.

First, I am asking for your vote, today! The sooner you turn in your ballot the better, so my team can focus on encouraging others to vote.

Second, please come help us talk to voters about our shared vision for Salt Lake City. This is going to be a close election. Ralph Becker is outspending me to 2 to 1 but my campaign is about listening to people to find the best solutions to the challenges facing our community.



I am a strong, collaborative leader and I need your help to bring change to Salt Lake City. So, please vote and vote today and please reach out to my campaign at 385-237-5215 andjackie@jackieformayor.com to help us encourage others to vote.

Warm regards -
Jackie


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Honor Guard Represents Local 81 at Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Members of Local 81 represented Salt Lake City at the IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial in September.


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Nominations Results

The results of Local 81 nominations for open positions are as follows.

Vice President - Val Thometz

Sec/Treas. - Josh Diamond

Officer Director

- Reed Stringham
- Jeff Vaughn

****VP and Sec/Treas. will be by acclimation and voting for Officer Director will be conducted at Vacation Draw.

Respectfully,
Local 81 Executive Board


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Contact your Rep about the Zandroga Bill

Regarding the Zadroga Act Reauthorization - We (the IAFF) are still attempting to get it in "perpetuity" status. (I thought that opportunity was lost...but it is not!)
All other details were correct.
As you contact your Congressman and/or Senator in DC please make that clear. Perpetuity.

Current co-sponsor count is 202 in Congress and 57 in the Senate.
Wonder who from Utah wants to be the first official co-sponsor?

Thanks again for everyone's efforts in achieving more support in DC!

____________________________________


This is the federal bill that has been in place to provide screenings,
treatment, and benefits to those who deployed to Ground Zero sights
following the 9/11
attacks. The bill is: SB 928 and HR 1786.

While our goal was to make the Zadroga Act be "in perpetuity" (lasts
forever without needing reauthorized such as the black lung and atomic
energy acts)...that
is not going to happen.

So we (IAFF) are now looking for it to be reauthorized again for another
5 years (and subject to sequester). If it is not, then the funding for
the program stops
and so do all of its benefits contained.

Last Thursday IAFF representatives from every state began contacting
their Senators and Congressmen in attempt to get them to sign on as
co-sponsors for the
bill. We need 28 more members of Congress, and 1 more member of the
Senate to sign on. (but we want them all)

Utah has 6 voices in Washington, DC... ZERO HAVE OFFICIALLY SIGNED ON AS
CO SPONSORS TO DATE.
(we had a couple flake on us last week)

Senator Mike Lee is supportive, but hasn't officially signed on. We are
waiting to hear back from Senator Hatch's office and Rep Jason Chaffetz's
office. I will be
contacting Representative Mia Love's staff later today.

More facts...
Utah is 1 of 4 states that have no one in DC signed on to it yet (joining
Idaho, Wyoming, and South Dakota). Makes you proud huh?
433 out 435 congressional districts in the United States have at least 1
member benefiting from the Zadroga Act.
We (the PFFU) have 61 members benefiting from the Zadroga Act.

Myself, Tony Allred, and Sego Strategies have been working our contacts
to gain more co-sponsors over the past week. We have more work to do.

I know many of you have contacted your Senator and/or Congressman. Thank
you! And I know many of you have been waiting to hear the official word.
There it
is.

Please contact your Senator and Congressman and ask them to support (and
actually sign on as a co-sponsor) the Zadroga Act reauthorization.

SB 928
HR 1786

Our Utah delegation in Washington, DC is: Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator
Mike Lee, and Congressmen Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Mia Love and Jason
Chaffetz.

If you have any questions, or would like to pass on my contact
information to a Senator or Representative please do so at: (801)
718-4392 and
president@pffu.org

In the event you cannot get ahold of me and it is urgent, please contact
DVP Tony Allred at (801) 518-5100.

Thank you for your efforts in safeguarding this valuable legislation!!

Fraternally,






Jack Tidrow
President
Professional Fire Fighters of Utah
and
Local 81 Executive Board






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Local 81 Honor Guard

Local 81 had great representation at the IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs, CO.
Local 81 appreciates the dedication the Myke Workman and the rest of the group.


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Kaplan University Free Trial


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Jackie Biskupski Canvas Event Tonight

Members,

We apologize for the late notice on this event for Jackie Biskupski's campaign. She is hosting us for tacos and canvassing at 5:15 this evening. Please come out and enjoy some free food, good company and help support the candidate your Local has endorsed for mayor. Here are the details:

Where: 560 S 300 E, Suite 150
When: 17:15
What: Tacos and neighborhood canvassing

Thank you, in advance, for your participation and support.

Local 81 Executive Board


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Local 81 Walks with Salazar

President Trevor Tallon, his wife, and Vice President Val Thometz spent the day walking and knocking in support of SLC City Council Candidate Nate Salazar.


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Message from the Executive Board

All,

***As an Executive Board we feel it is important to know the benefit of endorsing and helping candidates out in their campaigns.
We look at potential candidates with a very narrow focus. That focus is on issues and agendas that relate to the fire service. Safety, compensation, and benefits are the top priorities. We don't look at what party they are from but how they have, can, and will help us advance our position to better our lives, safety, and work place.
When the candidates that we have endorsed ask for our help, it is important do our best to have great showings at their events. Whether it be waving signs on a corner, walking neighborhoods, or handing out information, it is crucial that we support them. When they see our support for them, it puts us in a better position when they are elected and making decisions on our behalf. This has been proven over the past few years as the candidates we supported have gone to bat for us keeping jobs, stations open, and looking out for our safety (Four Handed Staffing).

We ask that when the call goes out for help that you all do your best to donate an hour or two of your time.

Respectfully,
Local 81 Executive Board


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Jackie Biskupski Press Release

All,

The AFL-CIO is hosting a Campaign Press Release for Mayoral Candidate Jackie Biskupski on Monday September 14th @ 11:00 a.m. It is being held at the Union Hall at 2200 S Redwood Road. We would like to have a strong showing and anyone that can make it will receive a free t-shirt.
If you have any questions contact Officer Director Jeff Vaughn or Firefighter Director Lisa Demmons.

Respectfully,
Local 81 Executive Board


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Local 81 T-Shirts Available For Purchase

Local 81 T-shirts are available for purchase. Currently we have short sleeve Navy or Black in a variety of sizes. Please contact Trevor or Josh to purchase. Cost is $16.00 each.


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1645 is now Local 81

A motion was brought to the Executive Board in the February Union Meeting to return to the original Local number of 81. The motion passed unanimously, and the process began to make the change. It has been completed and we are now proud to be one of the original first year Locals established in 1918. We are in the process of getting shirts, hats, etc.. made under the new Local number.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact any one of your Executive Board Memebers.


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Dues Increase Notice

NOTICE:
Local 81 Union Dues increase vote. Secret ballot vote on June 17th regularly scheduled Union Meeting. 0900 @ Firefighters Credit Union.

May 1, 2015


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2015 Legislative Weekly Updates

2015 Legislative Update

Week #1

The 2015 Utah Legislative Session began on 26 January and runs through midnight on 12 March.

While there are no visible attacks towards us or labor in general, the first week on the hill proved to be a very busy one. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. In the event you are not able to attend regular weekly meetings, you are welcome to join me any day that you are available. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited).

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol cafeteria (East bldg). This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 President Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

Thursdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. East Bldg, Beehive room. This coalition is made up of 9 different employee groups (unions & associations). I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several quests.

The Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon will be held on Monday 9 Feb., 2015 at noon. Location is the Hall of Governors, which is the ground floor of the Capitol Bldg. If participating, please arrive NLT 1100 hours to receive your briefings.

The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

SB ____ (Mayne): Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Fire Fighters (FF Presumptive

Cancer). Should be numbered this week. This is our bill, and our top priority for the session. Preparing for this legislation has occupied most of my time since late October. We received good numbers and great data in our recent cancer survey statewide. Thank you to Ray Schelble and each IAFF local for getting us the data. On Friday we cleared a 2 week process of getting the “go ahead” from the Labor Commission’s Workers’ Comp Advisory Committee to move forward with the bill. We are optimistic, but realistic. It will continue to be an uphill climb. Assisting myself and Senator Mayne from here on will be Fernando Rivera (L1696). Fernando serves as our (PFFU) representative with the national Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network, which brings a unique skill set to the table for us. Our bill should go to committee within the next 2 weeks.

SB ____ (Mayne): Municipal Govt Amendments. Not numbered. Will review language once released to insure it does not create any negative impacts for any of our locals.

HB ____ (McCay): Forfeiture of Retirement Allowance for Felony Conviction. Not numbered yet. The Devil is in the details. We will watch very closely.

HB ____ (McCay): Emergency Medical Service Peer Review Board. Not numbered yet. Would add a Peer Review Committee to the BEMS to insure better handling of personnel issues and potential investigations. We support.

HB 77 (Cunningham): Post Retirement Employment. Would reduce the current re-employment wait time from 12 months to 60 days. Huge fiscal note. This is important because the employee that is involved could be the one paying the freight. Marty Peterson and I have been meeting daily with the sponsor to work out the details. At this point: We support.

HB 115 (Powell): Public Safety Retirement for Dispatchers. Self explanatory. We support.

HB 133 (Ipson): FF Retirement Amendments. Allows the fire service the same consideration as law enforcement when a member is transferring into an administrative/HR position. We support.

HB 151 (Sagers): Volunteer FF Post Retirement Employment Amendments. We support.

SB 11 (Weiler): Retirement System revisions. Looks neutral to us - Watching.

SB 50 (Mayne): Railroad Revisions. Blocks the ability for Union Pacific and BNSF to reduce staffing on freight trains to only (1) person (the Engineer). I testified in committee

in support of this bill last Wed. as it has a huge impact on how our crews safely respond to railway incidents. We support.

SB 57 (Weiler): Taxation of Social Security Benefits. Watching.

SB 63 (Bramble): Workers Compensation Fund Amendments. Funding revisions with no employee impact. We support.

SB 65 (Bramble): In -State Tuition for Fallen Public Safety Officer’s & Fire Fighters’ Families. Would provide a tuition waiver for surviving family. We support.

SB 91 (Hillyard): Post Retirement Employment Amendments. No impact currently to firefighters. Watching.

SB 119 (Weiler): Prescription Database Revisions. Restricts unauthorized access to an individual’s protected information in several state databases. Would require proper means to obtain that access other than the current system which is NOT really secure, and has allowed members of uninvolved agencies to cross reference other agency databases to “fish” for adverse data. In plain text… people would have to get proper clearance to try and get dirt on you from someone else. This has proven to be a big issue for a couple of our locals. The ACLU is assisting us with this legislation. We support.

Other pending legislation that we are involved with:

(10) Fire Code bills. The State Fire Marshall’s office is the lead on these, however we will support as needed.

Background checks for EMS responders. (Rep. Ray): Language pending. Watching.

Medicaid Reimbursements. (Sen. Bramble): Language pending. We support.

Continuing to explore additional Firefighter training site agreements and delivery methods, to include potential funding.

As the session progresses, more bills will be added to our tracking list.

Hope to see everyone on the hill at some point during the session!

Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President



2015 Legislative Update

Week #2

The 2015 Utah Legislative Session began on 26 January and runs through midnight on 12 March.

While there are no visible attacks towards us or labor in general, the first 2 weeks on the hill proved to be a very busy ones. As in past years we will maintain a daily presence at the capitol throughout the session.

All members are welcome to attend our scheduled meetings/events. In the event you are not able to attend regular weekly meetings, you are welcome to join me any day that you are available. Regular weekly meetings are as follows:

Wednesdays from 0630-0800 hours: AFL-CIO Labor Caucus. East bldg.(let me know if you would like to attend in advance as space is limited).

Wednesdays at 1000 hours: PFFU Huddle. Capitol cafeteria (East bldg). This is the single best meeting you can attend as we discuss the bills that directly effect the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah and our IAFF affiliate locals. We cover the status of our tracked bills, our actions, and strategize our future actions so our efforts represent the best interests of ALL of your locals.

Thursdays from 0900-1200 hours: Joint Fire Council. Cannon Bldg, room 125. SSL L4080 President Dave Larsen serves as Vice Chair. PFFU Pension Rep. Marty Peterson attends to brief the council on all retirement issues pending.

Thursdays from 1200-1400 hours: Utah One Coalition. East Bldg, Beehive room. This coalition is made up of 9 different employee groups (unions & associations). I serve as the chair, and we can always accommodate several quests.

The Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon will be held on Monday 9 Feb., 2015 at noon. Location is the Hall of Governors, which is the ground floor of the Capitol Bldg. If participating, please arrive NLT 1100 hours to receive your briefings.

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The following are the bills that we are tracking and actively involved in currently:

SB 135 (Mayne): Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Fire Fighters (FF Presumptive

Cancer). This is our bill, and our top priority for the session. Preparing for this legislation has occupied most of my time since late October. We received good numbers and great data in our recent cancer survey statewide. Thank you to Ray Schelble and each IAFF local for getting us the data. On Friday the 30th of January we cleared a 2 week process of getting the “go ahead” from the Labor Commission’s Workers’ Comp Advisory Committee to move forward with the bill. We are optimistic, but realistic. It will continue to be an uphill climb. Assisting myself and Senator Mayne from here on will be Fernando Rivera (L1696). Fernando serves as our (PFFU) representative with the national Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network, which brings a unique skill set to the table for us. Passed out of both the Senate Rules and Business & Labor Committees unanimously this week. Next is the vote on the Senate floor. Halfway there... alot of hard work still to do.

SB ____ (Mayne): Municipal Govt Amendments. Not numbered. Will review language once released to insure it does not create any negative impacts for any of our locals.

HB ____ (McCay): Forfeiture of Retirement Allowance for Felony Conviction. Not numbered yet. The sponsor has assured me that this will be only for elected officials. The Devil is in the details. We will watch very closely.

HB ____ (McCay): Emergency Medical Service Peer Review Board. Not numbered yet. Would add a Peer Review Committee to the BEMS to insure better handling of personnel issues and potential investigations. In progress. Myself, L1696 President Jeremy Robertson, and L1696 Steward Darren Park are in discussions with all parties regarding this bill. We support.

HB 77 (Cunningham): Post Retirement Employment. Would reduce the current re-employment wait time from 12 months to 60 days. Huge fiscal note. This is important because the employee that is involved could be the one paying the freight. Marty Peterson and I have been meeting daily with the sponsor to work out the details. This bill has been changing everyday. The sponsor wants to make this work and needs our support. Marty Peterson's main focus is on what is best for all of our members as this develops. Assigned to committee. At this point: We support.

HB 115 (Powell): Public Safety Retirement for Dispatchers. Self explanatory. Assigned to committee. We support.

HB 133 (Ipson): FF Retirement Amendments. Allows the fire service the same consideration as law enforcement when a member is transferring into an administrative/HR position. Passed House and sent to the Senate. We support.

HB 151 (Sagers): Volunteer FF Post Retirement Employment Amendments. We support.

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SB 11 (Weiler): Retirement System revisions. Looks neutral to us - Watching.

SB 50 (Mayne): Railroad Revisions. Blocks the ability for Union Pacific and BNSF to reduce staffing on freight trains to only (1) person (the Engineer). I testified in committee in support of this bill last Wed. as it has a huge impact on how our crews safely respond to railway incidents. We support.

SB 57 (Weiler): Taxation of Social Security Benefits. Watching.

SB 63 (Bramble): Workers Compensation Fund Amendments. Funding revisions with no employee impact. We support.

SB 65 (Bramble): In -State Tuition for Fallen Public Safety Officer’s & Fire Fighters’ Families. Would provide a tuition waiver for surviving family. We support.

SB 91 (Hillyard): Post Retirement Employment Amendments. No impact currently to firefighters. Watching. Sent to Interim Study on Friday.

SB 119 (Weiler): Prescription Database Revisions. Restricts unauthorized access to an individual’s protected information in several state databases. Would require proper means to obtain that access other than the current system which is NOT really secure, and has allowed members of uninvolved agencies to cross reference other agency databases to “phish” for adverse data. In plain text… people would have to get proper clearance to try and get dirt on you from someone else. This has proven to be a big issue for a couple of our locals. The ACLU is assisting us with this legislation. Passed out of Senate Committee and the next stop is the Senate floor. Great job so far by the ACLU, Sego Strategies, and especially L1696 members! Brother Marlin Jones was very impressive! We support.

Other pending legislation that we are involved with:

(10) Fire Code bills. The State Fire Marshall’s office is the lead on these, however we will support as needed.

Background checks for EMS responders. (Rep. Ray): Language pending. Watching.

Medicaid Reimbursements. (Sen. Bramble): Language pending. We support.

Continuing to explore additional Firefighter training site agreements and delivery methods, to include potential funding. I have met with several ATC campus Presidents in the past week, and all are interested in continuing discussions in establishing and/or expanding certified firefighter training programs.

As the session progresses, more bills will be added to our tracking list

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For more legislative information visit the Utah Legislature's website or www.pffu.org.

Hope to see everyone on Monday at the luncheon, or at one of our weekly capitol events.

Thanks for all of the hard work that each of you do every day for our memberships!

Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow, President

Professional Fire Fighters of Utah

president@pffu.org


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Update website profile information

Please update your profile information, including: personal email address, cell phone number as well as carrier (for texting of important information). Anyone with a slcgov.com email address will not receive email messages after March 15th.
Thank you,
Local 1645 Executive Board


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IAFF video from the 1970's


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Salt Lake City Fire Department Recruitment Video


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Move to the right Campaign


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Early Paramedic Service in Salt Lake City


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PEER Support Group

All,

As many of you are aware Local 1645, with the support of the Salt Lake City Fire Department, has instituted a Peer Support Group. The Peer Support Group is designed to be a resource for members of our department, the 911 Division, and families of both departments when they are experiencing stress or difficulties in their lives. Our goal is to help our fellow employees and/or family members gain access to the resources that they need in order to work through the difficult times and to be a peer advocate for them. The program is beginning this month, and station and division visits have already begun to explain the program and answer any questions.

As part of our efforts to provide resources to our fellow department members, the Peer Support Group, in conjunction with the SLCPD Peer Group, is instituting a First Responder Addictions Support Meeting beginning this Wednesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.. The meeting will be held at Firefighters Credit Union, located at 124 West 1400 South and will last approximately one hour. The meeting is open to Firefighters, Police Officers, Dispatchers, Civilian Employees, and Ambulance Workers. Due to the unique nature of our jobs we feel that it is important to offer a meeting where the things that we are exposed to on a daily basis can be better understood by the other attendees. Our goal is for this weekly meeting to continue throughout the year, but at this time we only have someone to host it for the first four Wednesdays. If you know someone who you think this meeting could benefit, please pass on the information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Peer Support Group.

Respectfully,

Mike Fox

Salt Lake City Firefighters Local 1645

Salt Lake City Fire Department


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Report on High-Rise Fire Ground experiments done by NIST

Great data on crew size was created in the High-Rise Fire Ground Experiments conducted by the NIST.


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What does IAFF Local 1645 do for you

How does being a Member of IAFF Local 1645 benefit you???

1.Employee Rights

-Local 1645 spent over $25,000 in 2012 defending the rights of our Members and the processes that affect them.

2.Health/Safety

-Local 1645 is constantly working in conjunction with Fire Administration to ensure the health and safety of our Members.

-A fair and equitable Task Performance Test

-Better Physicals that can ensure our Members are able to track and trend any job related health issues.

-Better PPE

-Policies to ensure safe PMA Transport and return of our Paramedics.

3.Wages and Pensions

-In 2012 the Executive Board negotiated a new wage table with the city that will bring our younger Members to the pay levels they should be at due to freezes over the last 4 plus years.

-This year the Executive Board has already begun the ground work for the negotiation of getting our topped out members a decent wage increase. (We appreciate the understanding last year of your minimal increase due to the fixing of the new wage scale)

-Constantly watching for issues that could affect our healthy Pension system and working toward legislation that could potentially reverse the Tier II retirement System.

4.MOU Negotiation and Ratification

-Negotiated the current MOU that has been signed into effect by the Mayor and protecting all of us through 2015.

5. Politically Active

-2013 is going to be a very politically active year for the Local as Salt Lake City is going to be getting three new City Council Members. We are forming an Election Committee to seek out and support Candidates that are Labor and Public Safety friendly.

This is a short list of what being a Member of IAFF Local 1645 does for you. You are Local 1645 and without you, Local 1645 is nothing. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication. That is what makes our Local and Fire Department the superior organizations they are.

If you have questions, comments or ideas to benefit the Local feel free to contact a Member of the Executive Board.

Fraternally,

President Steve Hoffman and the
Local 1645 Executive Board


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U of U Crisis Line for Firefighters

Members,

At this year's PFFU Convention I mentioned to the delegates that we were working on enhancing the existing resources for firefighters that may need crisis support. While there are good existing programs such as the state's CIST, local EAP's, and others; we felt that it would be good to have even more resources available for the members and more for us to help navigate them to a service that may work for them.

In conjunction with the University of Utah's Crisis Center there is now a dedicated line... exclusively for firefighters.

Fire Fighter Support Line
(801) 587-1800

This service is free.

There are a few counselors at the Crisis Center who have received initial training regarding firefighter specific issues, and how to assist a firefighter that may call the center. Only those trained counselors will answer that line. The identified counselors are also going to receive more "in depth" and ongoing ff training.

In the near future the PFFU will be advertising this support line even more. (will be posted on the PFFU website soon)
We will be producing posters to place in the fire stations of the PFFU affiliated departments also.

Michael Fox of Salt Lake City Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1645 has worked hard as the pointman to get us to this point of having a dedicated support line. He is also spearheading the production of a training video for the benefit of the Crisis Center and those fire fighters they may serve.

As more is developed we will let you all know.
Your feedback on the service will be appreciated (if any is available). Thank you.

Fraternally,

Jack Tidrow
President
Professional Fire Firefighters of Utah


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IAFF Frontline News


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