October General Membership Meeting Change
We announced at the September Membership
Meeting, please be advised that the October Membership Union Meeting time
for the first meeting has been changed to the following:
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 (3/E)(EMS 2) starting at 10:00a.m.
Thursday, October 15thth, 2015 (1/E)(EMS 3) starting at
The meetings are now held at Local 2’s Office
located at 440 W. 43rd St.
The reason for the meeting change is to see if more
Members are available during the day when children are in school and can be
home with your family in the evening. We will notify you if this works
better for future months.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do
not hesitate to call our office.
Contribute to Local 2 PAC now - PAC Authorization Form
The Commissary's new address is 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410
Brothers and Sisters,
Never in our careers have we witnessed such an all-out assault on Labor as the bold and ruthless one happening right now in Springfield.
The target of these attacks are the very men and women who show up to work every day and who are fighting just to stay afloat in an unstable economy. The Governor has made his intentions very clear......destroy the ability for working men and women to organize and have a voice in their futures.
With each passing day we witness another attempt to derail the rights of workers throughout Illinois.
On this Labor Day 2015, I would ask all Local 2 members to recommit to the ideals and principals that being part of Union are all about. Take an active role politically and help preserve the way of life we have worked so hard to achieve. We owe to ourselves, to our families and to those who fought so hard in the past to give us the Union rights and benefits we enjoy today.
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.