The Union Office will be closed on Monday, March 2nd for Pulaski Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, March 3rd at 8:00am.
All scholarship information is available on the Scholarship page, under the Members Area tab.
The new Commissary address is 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410 - There is parking available in the back of the building.
Brothers and Sisters,
On Friday, January 16th 2015, the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 endorsed Rahm Emanuel in his reelection bid for Mayor of the City of Chicago. The fact that Mayor Emanuel stuck to his word and negotiated a fair resolution to our latest contract weighed heavily in our decision.
Other difficult issues currently loom for Chicago’s Firefighters and Paramedics, including pension funding and healthcare for retirees. And, we have been given assurances by Mayor Emanuel’s team that he will work with us in good faith to find solutions to these pending difficult issues facing our members.
As for the endorsement announced recently of another candidate by the group calling themselves the “EMS PAC Fund (EMS Professionals for a Safer Tomorrow, Inc.)”, that decision was made without the knowledge or input of Local 2. While anyone is free to support their candidate of choice, when one belongs to our organization there are rules concerning the endorsement of political candidates that must be followed. The EMS PAC Fund circumvented those rules and disregarded the opinions of other Chicago Paramedic and Firefighter members who have voiced their extreme anger of that endorsement.
Local 2 understands that there are no easy answers to the problems we are facing in the coming days. And, with this action, we will continue to work with the City in order to find fair and practical solutions to all the fiscal and operational issues facing us.
Thomas E. Ryan, Jr.
If you are approaching Medicare age (65), make sure you and your spouse get any dental work or eyeglasses before the first day of the month in which you turn 65.
You become Medicare eligible the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. Once you become Medicare eligible you lose your dental and vision coverage, and the City will not pay those bills. If you have any questions, call Rich Ternes at the Union Office, 773-536-0450x310.
Employee Assistance Department
The Local 2 Employee Assistance Department (EAP) now has a confidential direct line: 773-358-3473
The uniformed members active and retired friends of Bill W are invited to the "What about us?" meeting every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m at the Union Office located at 440 W. 43rd St., enter through the front door.
Chicago Fire Fighters Local No. 2 History
Prior to the Civil War, the volunteer fire company was a private service in most American cities. The early "fire society" or "fire brigade" was an association of local citizens banded together for the purpose of protecting community lives and property. In 1831 the Illinois Legislature required any incorporated city or town to have a volunteer department. Chicago's first volunteer company was organized in 1835.
Firefighting soon became an established municipal service manned by a paid ful-time work crew. But this new organization also depended upon the generosity of local politicians for jobs, salaries, and working conditions. A civil service system did not exist. Firefighters were often dismissed when a new political boss gained control of the city. Firefighting jobs were treated as political gifts and men were not always hired for their skills, but for their political contributions at election time.
Like other labor groups, Firefighters contested with management over wages, hours and conditions. But because of their unique status and the community's dependence upon them, their opportunities to press for change were often severely constricted.
Firefighter History Link
Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors warn you of fire in time to let you escape. Install them on each level of your home and outside of each sleeping area. Follow the manufacturer's directions, and test once a week. Replace batteries twice a year, or when the detector chirps to signal that the battery is dead. Don't ever take the battery out for other uses!
Plan and Practice Your escape
If fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast. With your family, plan two ways out of every room. Fire escape routes must not include elevators, which might take you right to the fire! Choose a meeting place outside where everyone should gather. Once you are out, stay out! Have the whole family practice the escape plan at least twice a year.
Space Heaters Need space
Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from paper, curtains, furniture, clothing, bedding, or anything else that can burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed, and keep children and pets well away from them.