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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.

Attention Hialeah Retirees,

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Attention Hialeah Retirees,
If you have ANY documented injury (no matter how long ago) during your career or have been disabled please read the following:

We have discovered that the City of Hialeah has mishandled MOST of these cases by:

– Providing improper Impairment ratings
– Assigning no impairment rating

– Making employees buy time when disabled, etc.
– As well as other things

If you have had a medical issue stemming from your work related injury/illness or your injury/illness has progressed, you may be entitled to a new impairment rating. This means that The City owes you money! Some retirees are owed over $100,000 and the City HAS TO PAY! This is non-negotiable and penalties and interest are also applied to untimely payment.Contact Mike Cofresi at if you would like him to look into your personal case.  There is no obligation for you to act or direct cost to you for this service. Again this is completely free, if you have any doubts or questions, contact Cofresi and ask.

Thank you for your time,

Mike Cofresi


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INJURED INJURED ON THE JOB: Please contact me Michael Cofresi your Benefits Officer @ 305-469-2299. Let me make sure you know all your rights, and your treated correctly by workerman compensation . I can help with delays and denied coverage ect. please feel free to call me 305-469-2299 cel or email me @ Don‘t wait till its to late call me. No question is to small to ask . Better safe then sorry so call me so you understand your rights. Thank you Mike Cofresi

Health & Wellness Physicals



The following date have been approved for the physicals:

April 4 – 8 Blood draws by LabCorp Locations: Station 1,3, & 7 Starting at 6:30 AM. Must be fasting. They will get on and offing going shifts.  If you are at a small station either stop by prior to shift or arrangements will be made to get all personnel to a location. If out of town or just unable to make it, you can go to an area LabCorp  location and get your blood drawn there but must have a LifeScan Blood order with you. Retiree’s, family and Friends follow same process.

May 2 – June 10 Physicals will begin at station 1. 3 people, 3 hours, 9 people total a day. We will be rotating trucks in order to get as many firefighter through the physicals on duty.  There is 25 days allotted for and 7 days extra just in case.  Online firefighter will be seen first than, retirees, family and friends. If necessary, slight changes to order can be made.  LifeScan will be in the City of Miami from June 20 – through October if somebody is  missed we will be able to rotate them the there.

New information flyer will be coming out in the next few day for both the online firefighter and the retirees, family and friends.  It will be email and posted.


As part of our Health & Wellness Grant we had included a Life Scan physical. We are proud to announce that the City of Hialeah has approved the Health & Wellness physicals that we, as a department, have been trying so hard for. Special thanks goes out the Chief Anchia for playing an important roll in get the physicals passed.   We are in the process of scheduling times for them.  Station 7 will be where the physicals will be given and we hope to rotate units in and out.  The physicals take 3 hours and they can handle three people at a time, seeing 9 a day. Prior to the physical blood will be taken.  The physicals will be open to all line firefighters, retired firefighter, support staff and family members.  There will be a fee associated with the physicals of $380, for all non line firefighters and family members.  This is something we have been pushing for.  Please take advantage of it. If you are interested in having a family member take the physical or are a retiree please email us with names and how many to

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Union President Steps Down

As of today March 3, 2016 Armando Gonzalez has stepped down as our Union President. Thank you for your time and efforts. Vice President Eric Johnson is now acting as our temporary President. An election date will be set to fill the vacant position. Nominations for that position will be needed. Please stay tuned for further information and developments.