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Brotherhood Benefit Event
Benefit proceeds go to help cancer treatment for firefighter Matt Thomas. Door opens at noon, bands start at 01:00. Bands include Sorry About Your Sister, TrailerBandGovernment Cheez, and Red Rudy plus Dj music. If you would like to donate, follow the link Give Forward.
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Log in for New Features!
Brothers and Sisters, please log in for some great new features! First and foremost, under the Member's Resources section you will find a newly added Shop Steward Program area.  This area has a clickable link to the invitation/announcement by Brother Craig Dagen.  He has put a lot of effort into making this a reality and resource for the membership.
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Scholarship Deadline!
Click on the link provided for important scholarship information!
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Download: scholarship_letter.docx
Early Voting from 5/19 to 5/23
Attention Brothers and Sisters! Early voting starts on May 19th and runs until May 23rd for the Tuesday May 27th Primary Runoff Election. Last day to register to vote for this election is Monday April 28th Early voting locations will be posted as soon as they become available from the County Elections Department. Have your voice heard! Vote! Show the powers that be that we do carry weight in terms of active voters.  Encourage your families to vote.
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Local 51 Endorsements in Updates/Information section of Member Resources
Log in and view the candidates we are endorsing for the March 2014 primary.  This is on a clickable PDF in the Updates/Information section of the Member Resources area.  Do not forget to vote.
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MDA Recognition
The El Paso Association of Firefighters Local 51 has won the 2013 Jack Bostick award for “Highest Dollar Increase” over 2012. Jack was the founder of the Fort Worth Local and served as the IAFF/MDA liaison when the 60th partnership between the IAFF and MDA began 60 years ago this year. Be Proud of this accomplishment.
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Login for Letter From President Tellez

Attention Members, login and visit the updates/ information section of the Member Resource section for a letter from President Tellez regarding the Arbitration Award.

Login for Arbitration Document
Attention Members, Login to access and view the Arbitration Award document. You will find this under updates/information in the Member's Resource (protected) area of the website.
Notice of Election
Brothers and Sisters, Election notices have been mailed out for the upcoming election of delegates to the 52nd Biennial Convention of the International Association of Fire Fighters to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio July 14-July 18, 2014. The voting period will run from April 30th to May 14, 2014. If you do not receive a ballot by Saturday May 3rd, please contact Ray Grado, Elections Committee Chair at Station 21A, or the office at 915-598-8117 .
Attention Members!

Attention Brothers and Sisters, on this home page you will find an announcement pertaining to upcoming elections.  Please make note of this information. 

Also, be advised, I have added a menu option "Updates/Information" under Member Resources.  You will need to log in to view these updates.  This is going to be the area in which you will find important updates and information from the Executive Board and the President.  This will be in the Member Resource area for a reason so, keep this information protected and privileged.  There is a currently an Arbitration Update that I have posted there.

We are attempting to update records regarding personal email, cell phone, and home addresses.  This is to keep  you better informed of issues.  We ask that you provide your personal email and not the city/ work email address.  Brothers Gunther and Cobos both have the necessary forms or send an email to the editor.

Again, we welcome comments and questions.  Please log in and check the aforementioned tab.

Fraternally,

Ken Persinger

Pension Issues Nationwide

The following links contain some interesting articles regarding the state of pensions across the nation. 

http://www.freep.com/article/20130801/OPINION01/308010019/michigan-constitution-pensions-detroit

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N0FS18C20130722?irpc=932

Pensions are becoming hot item issues across the country during these turbulent economical times. 

Hidrant News

Daily Drink Specials
Monday              $2.00     Kazi's 7pm-11pm
Tuesday              $2.00    Tequila 7pm-11pm
Wednesday        $2.00    16 oz draft beer 7pm-11pm
Thursday            $2.00     Premium shots 7pm-11pm
                            $3.00     Bombs (Jager, Vegas, etc) 7pm-11pm
Friday                  $2.00     Premium Shots 7pm-11pm
Saturday             $1.50     Wells ALL DAY
Sunday                $1.50     Domestic Beer and Wells 5-10pm
Happy Hour Prices everyday from 11am to 7pm!!
Live Music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Nights!!     No Cover Charge!!
L51 Member Raises Money for Houston L341 Fallen and Injured

Our own Local 51 Brother, Adrian Gomez, raised $1421 to contribute to accounts established to assist the families of the fallen and injured firefighters of Houston Fire/ Houston Professional Firefighter's Association Local 341.  Adrian is a Firefighter with our department and a previous member of the Houston Fire Department.  Adrian belonged to the HPFFA Local  341 while with HFD and is now a brother belonging to Local 51.  Adrian served at Fire Station 39 in Houston.  One of the fallen, Captain Renaud, had served at this station previously in his career.  WIth the generous donations from those that contributed, Brother Gomez was able to raise money and assist the families of our Brothers and Sister affected by this tragic event.  Brother Gomez actions exemplified the kind of care and support that exists in our extended Fire and Union Family.  His actions represent Local 51 and we are proud to have him as a member.

Fraternally,

Ken Persinger

Union Life Increase
July 8, 2013
 
Dear brothers and sisters,
 
We have been notified of a rate increase to our Union Life Insurance Plans by the Standard Insurance Company. Please be advised the members’ monthly deduction will increase to $50.80 for the Union Life Insurance. The increase will take effect on payday Friday, August 2, 2013. The retirees have incurred the same increase. You may call 915-598-8117 with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
 
Fraternally,
Paul Thompson
Trustee Local 51
July 8, 2013
 
 
Appreciation gifts for PAC contibutors

Attention PAC Contributors! Your support is always appreciated.  As a token of our gratitude we have nice incentive gifts available at the hall.  Come pick yours up!

MDA Update

There has been many questions regarding what boots are to be used for the Boot Drive.  As per Chief Pena, you may use your boot.  If you want to leave your gear intact and ready to respond, you may use the boot of an off duty, permanantly assigned person at your station.  If you do this, make note of this in the daybook!  Also, do not affix any stickers to line gear (boots).

MDA Website link from Trustee Younger

Attention Members!  By using the following link, friends and family can donate online to their Battalion of choice! 

http://www2.mda.org/site/TR?team_id=20460&fr_id=6380&pg=team

Have them visit the site and help your Battalion win by receiving the most donations!

Login for Letter From President Tellez

Attention Members! Please login in to the member area, " Letters From Local 51", for a letter from President Tellez.

Also, this coming Saturday, May 11, is election day.  Volunteers are needed and welcome to hold signs for the candidates we are endorsing.  If you are interested, please contact VP Gunther at 526-1823

Login for update letter from 1st VP Gunther

Members, please login and view the "letters from Local 51" area for an update from Jim Gunther.

Ken Persinger

MDA Incentive Update

Brothers and Sisters, Please disregard the offer mentioned in the letter from Trustee Younger regarding Wing Daddy's. Unfortunately, this could not be finalized.  But, do not fear, there are other incentive offers in works.  Stay tuned and we will keep you informed of them as they come.

Fraternally,

Ken Persinger

MDA Letter From Trustee Younger

Brothers and Sisters,

The schedule for the MDA boot drive in station visits has been sent out and will start on Tuesday the second of April. The drive will kick off on the 16th of May and collections will start on the 17th and end the 26th. One of the weekends for the drive will be a volunteer weekend for crews or individuals that had not or have not been able to participate. Times and locations are forthcoming on that issue. Kathleen Born and I had a meeting with Chief Pena and we have his complete and total support. He views this is as a department sponsored event and he expects total participation at all levels to make this a successful campaign. A block of one week has been “cleared out” for this campaign.  Inspections, hydrants and other routine operations are to be delayed allowing this time to be devoted to the FTB campaign.

 

That being said, EPFD and MDA have a history of accomplishing great things to battle the large umbrella of illnesses as well as provide assistance to the families affected by these illnesses. In recent years we have been granted the opportunity to conduct the campaign while on duty in a more efficient and greater visible manner than ever before.  Our ability to collect on duty and in uniform has made us the envy of many departments.  Unfortunately, in recent years we have seen declining collections for our department for several reasons. Local 51 Executive Board has decided to revamp the department’s involvement in the campaign, namely our participation. Last year we collected a little over 53 thousand dollars, a huge decline from the usual 70 thousand we were averaging. We have set a new goal to meet this year.  I am confident we can accomplish this goal and so much more. Our goal this year is 1OO thousand dollars.  For a week campaign this should be a simple goal to achieve. MDA has dedicated their time and financial resources to help us be successful in this campaign and now it is our turn to return the favor to this great organization. For the top grossing battalion, MDA has bronzed a firefighter boot to be used as a traveling trophy!   We are involving the chiefs to be active in the push to motivate and get companies out to collect.  Battalions need to get out and work for it if they want to gain possession of the boot and accompanying bragging rights for the year. A “Challenge Coin” is being designed for the participants in the Battalion that collects the most. One last incentive to mention, Wing Daddy's Wings is in the process of sponsoring Monday Night Football Night for each station in the winning Battalion.  I believe that this will entail 17 Monday nights during the NFL season.

 

Corner captains are in demand again!  Those that volunteer for these positions will be rewarded with a “pre-kickoff dinner” for the Corner Captain and a guest.  This dinner will allow them to discuss duties and meet and greet. They will also receive a FTB polo shirt and “Challenge Coin” for the extra effort. Kathleen Born and her assistant, Tracy, will be headed out to the in station training sessions.  They will be educating the members regarding the importance of their participation, where the funds are distributed, and the details surrounding the incentives for the winning crews. With the full support of a new Fire Chief; now is the time to show the State of Texas that El Paso is here, strong, and willing to meet any goal thrown at us.

 

Fraternally Yours,

 

James A Younger

915-497-1163

 

Login for Updated Letter from President Tellez

Brothers and Sisters, I am hoping to have more articles forthcoming. For the time being, if you login to the the Member Resources area and click on Pension Benefits; you will find a letter from President Tellez regarding the recent Pension Issues that have been in the Media.  The Executive Board has a meeting with the Pension Board in the near future. I will have that information as soon as it is made availalble.  Information and articles pertaining to these issues will only be viewable in the member accessible areas of this site.

Ken Persinger

Article about interactions with the press

Below is a clickable link that will take you to an article from the IAFF pertaining to media relations.  Included are tips and factors to consider when dealing with the media.  There are a lot of good points to consider.  Interactions with the press can "make us or break us" when it comes to getting our point across in an efficient and positive manner.  It is well worth the read.

Article Recommendation from President Tellez

Download: Meet_the_press_feature[1].pdf
News for the week of 2/18-2/22

Greetings Brothers and Sisters, I hope to update the home page and message at least weekly.  Today, below this message, you will find that I copied a letter from President Tellez responding to the El Paso Times article printed yesterday, 2/17, regarding the underfunding of the pension.  As stated in the letter, we will not stand by in silence while we are vilified and the Pension Board is smeared.  The article in the Times may have disturbed some but, as exemplified by the President's response, we will tactfully respond to offset the misinformation that has been put out.  Reminder! Union Meetings this Tuesday and Wednesday!  Your attendance is important. I will try to have a recap at the end of the week for those who could not attend.

Fraternally,

Ken Persinger

Local 51 response letter to the El Paso Times
To the Editor:
 
Your coverage of El Paso public safety employee pension issues (“Pension fund faces shortfall,” Feb. 17) fosters an important fiscal discussion.
 
As city leaders know, the cash infusions in 2007 and 2009 strengthened the pension fund and established a pathway to ensuring fund solvency. The core problem, then and now, is contribution amounts by both the city and pension plan participants. Both sides agreed to future concessions. That time has come.
 
The fact is, El Paso firefighters and police have been good pension partners with the city. In recent decades, our level of pension contributions has nearly tripled to 15.28 percent while the city’s has remained flat at about 18 percent.
 
Firefighters and police have shown our commitment to helping solve the pension challenges facing El Paso by agreeing to at least $186 million in concessions, but we will not stand by silently as we are vilified and the pension board leadership is smeared.
 
Even then, we remain ready to address the pension challenges before us – and encourage city leaders to support Mayor John Cook’s efforts to sensibly negotiate a solution before he leaves office in June.
 
Until then, as always, El Paso citizens can count on firefighters to continue striving to deliver excellent service, be good stewards of city resources, and give back to the community.
 
Joe Tellez
President
El Paso Fire Fighters Association,
IAFF Local 51
Greetings from Ken Persinger

Hello Brothers and Sisters! This is Ken Persinger.  I have recently taken over the Editor and website duties from our retired Brother, Mando Chavez.  I will be learning the ropes as far as the website goes but, I intend to do so quickly and keep you all informed in a timely manner.  You can look forward to a printed newsletter.  This will likely occur on a quarterly schedule.  I am honored to be able to serve you in this capacity.  I welcome your feedback and suggestions.  A member recently requested that the Minutes of the Meeting be updated.  This is something I am going to approach the Executive Board about doing.  This will have to be in the membership "protected" areas of the website.  I encourage requests such as this one in order to be able to keep you informed.  I will update this site as soon as possible so keep on the lookout for new information and items!

Fraternally,

Ken Persinger

Pension at Risk

Your Pension at Risk!!!

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 http://www.tsaff.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/VOD_Gallery.cfm

 
KVIA Special Report: Public Pension Reform?

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http://www.kvia.com/video/Special-Report-Public-Pension-Reform/-/421452/15713406/-/hwg1ie/-/index.html

Pension Contribution on Sick Leave

City Wellness Clinics

 Reminder

With the school year arriving, it's time to get physicals for the kiddos to play sports. Remember that school physicals are not covered under your health insurance plan. Various clinics around town will be offering discounted school physicals. Check with your child's school, as most have this information. Some urgent care clinics will also offer school sport physicals. Make sure to check with the school to see if there's any special paperwork that needs to be filled out.

Take care,
Paul Thompson
1st Vice President Local 51
P-3 A

 


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Workers Memorial Day and National Day for Mourning Is April 28
UPFFA
The 8th Annual Elephant Run 5-11-14
Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
The passing of Brother Darrell Rice
IAFF Local 1014
Biggest Loser Run/Walk
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Passing of FF Thomas Gill - L-1 Retired
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What's New at IAFF 51
Firefighters Day at Baseball Park
Come Join your brothers and sisters with their families on May 4th! at the new baseball park downtown!  The Chihuahuas will be playing the Sacramento River Cats at 13:05.  Contact Ben Wiley or any board member for more details.  A group rate is available, but is going fast.  Collaborate with your station, and I will see you along the 3rd baseline. Read More...
Download: Firefighters Night.pdf
MDA Recognition
The El Paso Association of Firefighters Local 51 has won the 2013 Jack Bostick award for “Highest Dollar Increase” over 2012. Jack was the founder of the Fort Worth Local and served as the IAFF/MDA liaison when the 60th partnership between the IAFF and MDA began 60 years ago this year. Be proud of this accomplishment. Read More...
Login for update from 1st VP Gunther

Members! Please login to view a letter from 1st VP Gunther.

Ken Persinger

MDA Incentive Update!

Brothers and Sisters, there has a been a slight change to the letter from Trustee Younger.  Disregard the incentive or offer from Wing Daddy's. Unfortunately, this could not be finalized. But, do not fear, we have other incentives in the works!

Fraternally,

Ken Persinger

Article Recommendation

Download: Meet_the_press_feature[1].pdf
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