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Impasse Update Mayor’s Resolution Package

To HFD Family:
(Please see attached PDF)
The Mayor of Hialeah has issued his recommendations (orders) to  the city council that will eventually resolve our impasse.
As you will see by reading the first three pages the mayor disregards any recommendations by the special master and wishes to simply
“Impose his will”.
As the City Council  has the legal right to impose on the articles listed before them, it will likely show disdain, disregard and disrespect for the same people they could call to save their own lives.
For the same individuals they love to take pictures with.
For the same individuals they “use” for their own projects and events.
No date has been set as of yet but I will immediately relay it to the body when it is.
Again to reiterate the process:
From here we must set a date for the public hearing.
That means when we, the city attorneys, and our legal council are all available we will meet.
1 hour presentation for the city
1 hour presentation for the union.
The council will then discuss the issues and can make a motion to change the conditions of what the mayor recommended. (Ordered)
We will leave that night knowing what will be imposed on us if we don’t ratify it. (Vote in favor or against  a 21 day process)
If we accept  it we obviously have a contract, if not, when we report the vote has failed it’s automatically imposed. The council schedules a first reading and then a second reading to legally change the retirement ordinance and only then will the retirement changes take effect.

November 9, 2017

Upcoming benevolent events

Please join us in giving back to our community.

Friday November 3
4:30pm to 10pm
Tobacco prevention summit
Jr fire academy
Goodlet Park
4200 west 8th ave Hialeah

Saturday November 4
7AM to Noon
Walk for Alzheimer’s
Jr Fire Academy
Museum Park
1075 Biscayne Blvd,Miami

Sunday November 12
11am thru 5pm
Jr fire academy
Hialeah Park
2200 east 4 Ave, Hialeah

Please RSVP if you can join us.
Thank you,
Bobby Williams

A Fellow Brother in Need.

Fire brothers and sisters,
It is during a time of need that we reach out to you and each of your locals to request support for one of our own.
Firefighter Clayton Ogden was hired by Santa Cruz City Fire Department in 1999.  He is currently our most senior ranking firefighter.  Almost two months ago Clayton left work with a back injury that was thought to be the result of loading LDH after a wet drill.  At the time, he was in so much pain that his wife and teenage child had to drive from Merced (their home town), to Santa Cruz to pick up Clayton and retrieve his vehicle.  Since then, Clayton has battled with workers comp in an effort to secure an effective treatment for his back.  All the while, his pain level increased and spread throughout his body.  His wife, Becky, also noticed that he had been losing an excessive amount of weight.  
Clayton returned to the hospital last week to get a second opinion.  It was at that time that doctors tested Clayton for, and eventually diagnosed him with, stage four cancer.  Unfortunately, his cancer has metastasized from his GI tract, to his bone marrow, and eventually into his brain.  He was informed of his ill fate on July 11.  Clayton is currently in a hospital in Modesto, but the plan is to return him home to spend time with his family in palliative care.
On behalf of Firefighter Ogden and his family, Santa Cruz Fire L1716 is reaching out to all CPF locals and associated fire personnel to solicit financial donations to assist with Clayton’s rapidly increasing medical bills, and to establish a trust for his three children.  
Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.  Donations can be made out to Clayton Ogden and sent to:
Firefighters First CU                                                                       Ogden Donation Letter
C/O Clayton Ogden
5700 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 250                                  
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Cody Muhly
President L1716
Santa Cruz City Fire Department
Cody Muhly
Fire Captain
Santa Cruz Fire Department
230 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Office (831) 420-5280

Attention: all retirees who are permanently and totally disabled

Attention: all retirees who are permanently and totally disabled
(PTD) contact your County Property Appraisers Office in order to pick up an application for Homestead Exemption for the full amount of your property tax.  Bring the blank application to The City of Hialeah Human Resources Office (501 Palm Avenue, third floor)  and see Frank.  He can assist with filling out the form. 

Full Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders: Any homesteaded property owner who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty while serving as a first responder with a Florida agency, or their un-remarried surviving spouse, is eligible for a full exemption on the ad valorem portion of their property taxes. A First Responder will need to submit the following documentation in order to qualify. Letter from Social Administration stating the applicant is totally and permanently disabled; and one physician certification attesting to the applicant’s total and permanent disability which renders the applicant unable to engage in any substantial gainful occupation which will continue for life. If an applicant is not eligible for such Social Security Administration status, the applicant may provide a letter stating they are ineligible for such status; and two physician certifications, from unrelated physicians, attesting to the applicant’s total and permanent disability which renders the applicant unable to engage in any substantial gainful occupation which will continue for life. A certificate from the organization that employed the first responder at the time the injury or injuries occurred. The employer certificate shall be supplemented with documentation of the incident or event which caused the injury, such as an accident or incident report.
First Responder Employer Certificate Broward

First Responder Physician Certificate

Homestead Tax Exemptions

Miami Dade Applicants urged to File for new disabled first responder exemption
Michael Cofresi
President, Local 1102
752 E. 1st. Street
Hialeah, Fl. 33010

AFFITF Vision Claim forms

If you currently have filed or have a vision claim to submit, please send it directly to me.  If you have sent in a form already and have not been reimbursed, please re send it to me and I will look into all claims that have been submitted.
The system is not processing these claims properly and until we have it fixed I will be handling these claims again.
The procedure is:
Fill out a claim form and send me a SCANNED copy of it along with your receipt for services.

Vision Claim form

Chief Mike Anchia’s Retirement Party

Greetings everyone,
I am reaching out to you all, in hopes that you can attend Chief Anchia’s retirement celebration on Saturday April 15. The Chief is retiring after 23 dedicated years of service to the Hialeah Fire Department. I had the pleasure of knowing Chief Anchia for all the years of his tenure, but just recently I have known him a lot more personally. As I served as Union President, I had the honor and pleasure of working with him much more closely. In just a short amount of time, we developed a great relationship both personally and professionally. 
On a personally note, I would like to say that I appreciated the time he would take to always explain his side of things. Regardless of whether we saw things eye-to-eye, he would look at things objectively and make his decisions on what was best for the department, and the body. I would just like to say “Thanks Chief” for all the opportunities you have provided to help move the department in the right direction. I hope to see everyone there.
All the best,
Mike Cofresi
1102 President
Please see attachment for RSVP info.