The Union Office will be closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00am
- All scholarships available to our members are on our Scholarship page under the Members Area Tab
- The Commissary new address is 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410
Brothers and Sisters,
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Brother Walter Carlson. Wally served the Local 2 membership in several different capacities over his 48 years as a member of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. He was a Local 2 Trustee from 1975-1982, a member of the first negotiating team in 1980, part of the first arbitration team in 1981 and the first Chief Steward in 1983. Brother Carlson also proudly served as the Local 2 Director of Contract Enforcement from 1993-2005 and as our Retiree Representative on the Pension Board from 2005-2015.
Services for Brother Walter Carlson are as follows:
Wake: Tuesday, May 26th at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 N. Cicero in Chicago IL from 4pm-9pm.
Mass: The funeral mass will be held at 11:30am at Queen of All Saints Basilica located at 6280 N. Sauganash in Chicago IL on Wednesday, May 27th.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for at the Ende, Menzer, Walsh and Quinn Widows and Orphans Fund for the Fireman's Annuity and Benefit Fund in Wally's honor.
Please keep the Carlson family in your thoughts and prayers.
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.