The Union Office will be closed on
Monday, January 16th(1C)(EMS 2)
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday.
We will reopen on Tuesday, January 17th at 8am.
RETIREE HEALTHCARE INFORMATION:
In an effort to
provide every retired Local 2 member/spouse/widow an opportunity to make the
right choice when it comes to their 2017 Healthcare coverage needs, Local 2
will offer informational seminars concerning the Local 2 Retiree
Healthcare Plan Options. Whether you are Medicare eligible or not, your
questions will be answered by healthcare specialists from Aetna and
Labor First. These seminars are free of charge and feel free to
bring along your spouse.
Please pass this
information on to any retiree or widow who may not have email access.
Brothers and Sisters,
With the latest ruling in the Underwood case regarding Retiree Healthcare insurance, Local 2 will continue to pursue any and all solutions available to our Members.
Please see the links below for Judge Cohen's ruling as well as an analysis by our Local 2 attorneys
Underwood Memo & Underwood Ruling
Contribute to Local 2 PAC now - PAC Authorization Form
The Commissary is located at 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410
Brothers and Sisters,
It is imperative and of the greatest urgency that we are able to contact all those who will be affected by the City's decision to "get out of the retiree healthcare business" beginning on January 1st 2017. Those Local 2 Retirees, spouses and widows in the affected class (retired post-1989 or did not qualify for the Age 55 or Age 60 contractual benefit) MUST pick a healthcare plan by no later than December 6th 2016 or they will be without Healthcare coverage as of January 1st 2017.
THERE IS NO DEFAULT PLAN!!!!! IF YOU DON'T CHOOSE A PLAN, YOU WILL NOT HAVE INSURANCE.
If you know of anyone who may not have received the mailing from Local 2 or did receive the mailing but don't understand the situation, please have them contact Local 2 ASAP.
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.
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.