IAFF Responds to IAFC's Position on 'Two Hatter' Issue
The IAFF should mind their own business! When they become a real Union and start providing pensions, insurance, etc. like a "real" like IBEW, OE, etc. Then they can even have a minut chance on how to spend my off time. No one will tell me what to do on my days off especially not my Union. We will start the ole bickering ince again. I can Union firefighter fro 24 and then go be Union electrician and no says boo, but I should help my community and work there for little extra cash, pride, brotherhood, and to lend my vast amount of expiernce and leadership and I will get bashed by the IAFF. Harold I have a few bits of advise for you MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS!!!!
This is my opinon and mine alone, it reflects upon no one, but me, myself, and I.:D
Here is a copy of the resolution
Resolution No. 2
COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT: Constitution & By-Laws
Re: Secondary Employment
WHEREAS, Article XV, Section 3 of the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws states: “Any member of the Association found working a secondary job as a paid-on-call firefighter or an employee of a public employer, nonprofit corporation, or a private contracting firm providing fire protection or emergency medical services to a city, county, municipality, or a fire protection district as a volunteer, reserve, part-time, part-paid, police officer, police reserve, or public safety officer may be subject to charges being filed against that member”; and
WHEREAS, delegates to the 2006 IAFF Convention adopted Resolution 9, which, as revised and amended, called upon the IAFF to establish a committee comprised of IAFF Executive Board members to review the history associated with Article XV, Section 3, of the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws and its current impact, including enforcement, on our locals and our union as a whole, and directed this committee to prepare a report complete with recommendations to be presented at the 2008 IAFF Convention; and
WHEREAS, in accordance with this resolution, General President Schaitberger appointed five IAFF Executive Board members to the Secondary Employment Committee; and
WHEREAS, over the last two years, this committee has undertaken extensive measures to fulfill its mandate, including researching, assembling and reviewing the history of Article XV, Section 3, of the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws, which was inserted in our Constitution at the 1998 IAFF Convention; analyzing previous interpretations of this provision; collecting and reviewing misconduct charges, trial board decisions and appeals enforcing this provision; and assessing the political impact that enforcement of this provision has had on our affiliates; and
WHEREAS, the committee also issued a survey to IAFF affiliates which asked them to provide information regarding the prevalence of secondary employment among their membership, the type of secondary work being performed, whether misconduct charges had been filed on this basis, the outcome of those charges, and their views on whether the current constitutional provision should be changed; and
WHEREAS, the committee also received testimony from affiliate leaders regarding the issues covered in the survey; and
WHEREAS, a number of affiliates informed the committee that the current language has been interpreted by its members as being less binding or enforceable than other constitutional misconduct provisions because it is not listed in Article XV, Section 1, which sets forth the definition of misconduct, and because it states that a member engaging in secondary employment “may” be subject to charges; and
WHEREAS, a number of affiliates also informed the committee that their efforts to enforce the current provision have been hampered because it is poorly drafted and does not clearly set forth the type of conduct being prohibited and because it has been unevenly enforced through misconduct charges, causing members who are engaging in such misconduct to allege they are the victims of selective enforcement; and
WHEREAS, numerous affiliates expressed strong feelings that the language of this provision should be amended to ensure clarity of intent and consistency of enforcement and to clearly prohibit IAFF members from working secondary employment as a firefighter, emergency medical services worker, public safety or law enforcement officer, or as a worker in a related service, where such job is within the work jurisdiction of any IAFF affiliate or materially erodes the conditions of work of any affiliate; and
WHEREAS, as one of its recommendations, the committee concluded that the current constitutional provision on secondary employment should be revised to remove the word “may” from its current language; to reclassify it as a form of prohibited misconduct listed under Article XV, Section 1; and to clarify its purpose and include recommended penalties for its violation, with the intent of ensuring that it is better understood, more easily enforced, and more uniformly applied; and
WHEREAS, the committee has reported its findings and the basis for its recommendations in a report which shall be submitted to the 2008 IAFF Convention; and
WHEREAS, upon reviewing the committee’s findings, the IAFF Executive Board believes that the committee’s recommendations should be enacted; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Article XV, Section 3, of the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws shall be deleted, and that Article XV, Section 1, which sets forth misconduct prohibited by the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws, shall be amended by adding the following new subsection to the list of defined misconduct:“,N, Working a secondary job part-time, paid on call, volunteer or otherwise as a firefighter, emergency medical services worker, public safety or law enforcement officer, or as a worker in a related service, whether in the public or private sector, where such job is within the work jurisdiction of any affiliate or which adversely impacts the interests of any affiliate or the IAFF. Upon a finding of guilt of working a secondary job in violation of this subsection, it is recommended that the penalty include disqualification from holding office in any affiliate and/or expulsion from membership for the period that the misconduct persists. Charges filed for the misconduct described in this subsection shall be preferred by a member of the charged party’s local and/or a member of an adversely affected affiliate;” and be it further RESOLVED, That the IAFF shall create and maintain a database to track the experience of secondary employment among our affiliates, including the prevalence and type of such employment, the filing of charges related to such employment, and the outcome of trial boards and appeals deciding those charges; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the IAFF shall create and, at the request of any affiliate through its District Vice President, distribute educational materials to the requesting affiliate regarding the constitutional prohibition on secondary employment, including the basis for this prohibition, and the experience of our affiliates in dealing with this issue.
Submitted by: IAFF Executive Board
Cost Estimate: None
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Adopt as Revised
CONVENTION ACTION: Adopted as Revised
Things that make you go Hmmm!!!!!
It sill amazes me how fellow IAFF members will support and defend the IAFF and let the IAFF tell you how to live your life, but no one will address the main substance the IAFF is not a union, because before I was a firefighter and a member of a real union driving a truck they provided me with all my benefits, a pension, etc. The IAFF will take mine and your money and call themselves a union and an AFL-CIO supporter, yet they do nothing for you. Sure they protect your job, unless your in a right to work state and are employed by a municipality that does not recognize you as a union, but you get a nice local number and sticker for your window. I do not know seems funny to me, when IBEW, Operating Engineers, UFCW, Teamsters, NEQUA all provide their due paying members benefits. Yet the IAFF wants better staffing, safer equipment etc, etc. for its members who are paying them money, yet they do not provide cost saving benefits to the municipalities and districts where they have due paying members. Take benefits and pension contribution out of the hand of the employers and make the union provide it to you and will save a municipality with 63 career firefighters 1,000,000 dollars. Maybe we can have better staffing and better equipment??? Seems ironic to me, again just my opinion and questions that no one has the answers the IAFF or my local or Harold Cheeseburger. So, I know I will raise the ire of the "die" hard "professional" firefighters who live and die IAFF, but the bottom line they are not as good as we think they are. Becuase if they really wanted to help its membership they would provide those items that will
directly benefit it members and the communities they serve. So, take pot shots and ridicule me all you want, but most people know I have an EXTREMELY valid and real point!