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MEETING NOTICE

Election Meeting Notice April 25th, 2017 PNA East 5th Ave. Membership Mtg at 8PM Voting on President, 2 Trustees, Alternates to State Convention.
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Notice of Passing Retired Deputy Fire Chief Vince Wassel

It is with deep sorrow and regret that the McKeesport Firefighters announce the LODD of Deputy Fire Chief Vince Wassel.
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Operation Warm Coats for Kids

Save the date:  MAY 7TH, 2017  Clancy's in Dravosburg.  Local 10 Fundraiser for Opertion Warm Coats for Kids.
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Cancer Presumption Bill

Cancer Bill Enacted:   Brothers and Sisters:   I am very pleased to report that after almost 25 years Pennsylvania’s Fire Fighters have Cancer Presumption legislation.  House Bill 797, sponsored by Representative Frank Farry was signed by Governor Corbett today.

Cancer Presumption Passes in PA Senate Uniamiously

Fire Fighter Cancer Presumption Passes First Hurdle   The PPFFA is proud to announce that Senate Bill 654, the fire fighter cancer presumption bill, passed by a 50 – 0 vote out of the Pennsylvania Senate on April 12.  This legislation was fast tracked by Senate leadership after the disappointing veto by former Governor Ed Rendell last year.

Rendell Veto's Cancer Bill

On the day after Thanksgiving, Govenor Ed Rendell vetoed House Bill 1231 which would have amended the Workers Compensation Laws in Pennslyvania. This bill was passed by both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly with only 3 negative votes in the  House and 4 negative votes in the Senate. The following is a message from the P.P.F.F.A. President on the veto.

Uniontown Victory

Many of you have asked me in the last several weeks about the situation in Uniontown....I am pleased to tell you all that the crisis is over. The following is a copy of the email sent to all the presidents across Pennsylvania. Jerry Tedesco - President McKeesport Local 10 Brothers and Sisters:     I am pleased to report the crisis in Uniontown is over

Additonal Uniontown Information

The following website has information provided by the firefighers at Uniontown Local 955. Please visit www.safeuniontown.com Additional information will be posted when available

Cancer Presumption Bill - Call to Action

Brothers and Sisters -   This is in regards to our Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill - HB 1231.   Please take the time to read the following email and forward this to your members, family, and  friends

Information Added

Important information was added to the download section of the website to assist members in better understanding their Weingarten and Garrity Rights. Please take the time to read these documents. Also there are new documents added to the website regarding Line of Duty Death Benefits that were enhanced by the PA Legislature in 2009

Healthcare Reform Law Information

The IAFF has produced an informational Healthcare Reform Fact Sheet. This outlines the impact of the monumental Healthcare Reform Act passed by Congress. It can be found in the download section of the website. I encourage all of you to read this document to have a better understanding of the impact of this law on you as firefighters

Thank you for your support.

A big thank you to a couple local organizations for recent equipment donations to the McKeesport Fire Department.  The Polish National Alliance Lodge 352 recently donated some portable lighting and the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport recently donated an electric PPV fan.Please check out the attached article from The Daily News
Download: Scan_Doc0001.pdf

General President's Visit Photos Posted

Photos from the IAFF General President's visit to Station #2 earlier this month have been posted to the Photo Gallery.  If anyone wants digital copies of any of the photos, please contact Mark St. Clair

PPFFA President comments on HB 1828 passage

September 18, 2009 Brothers: I am pleased to announce that the amended version of HB 1828, which the PPFFA worked on, adapted and fought for, has passed the Pennsylvania Senate with a vote of 32 to 17. The vote was a clear result of the political activity of our membership


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MEETING NOTICE

Election Meeting Notice April 25th, 2017 PNA East 5th Ave. Membership Mtg at 8PM Voting on President, 2 Trustees, Alternates to State Convention.
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Notice of Passing Retired Deputy Fire Chief Vince Wassel

It is with deep sorrow and regret that the McKeesport Firefighters announce the LODD of Deputy Fire Chief Vince Wassel.
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Operation Warm Coats for Kids

Save the date:  MAY 7TH, 2017  Clancy's in Dravosburg.  Local 10 Fundraiser for Opertion Warm Coats for Kids.
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Cancer Presumption Law

This is a pdf copy of Act 46 of 2011 otherwise known as the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law has been added to the download section of the website. Also added to the download section is a synopsis of the Cancer Presumption Bill which highlights the benefits available to firefighters.


Cancer Presumption Bill

Cancer Bill Enacted:

 

Brothers and Sisters:

 

I am very pleased to report that after almost 25 years Pennsylvania’s Fire Fighters have Cancer Presumption legislation.  House Bill 797, sponsored by Representative Frank Farry was signed by Governor Corbett today.

This momentous piece of legislation will now afford our brothers and sisters much needed protection if they are stricken with one of several different types of cancer as a result of their exposure(s) on the job.

 

The PPFFA has made cancer presumption it’s number one priority for the past several years. 

 

 

In the meantime I want to thank all those who helped in this effort.  IAFF General President Schaitberger, DVP Taylor and Rich Duffy, officers, staff and members of the PPFFA, members of both the House of Representatives and Senate who never waivered in their support of Pennsylvania’s fire fighters. A special tip of the hat to Representative Frank Farry, Representative Kevin Murphy, Representative Stephen Barrar Senator John Gordner, Senator Dominic Pileggi, Senator Christine Tartaglione, Senator David Argall and their staffs. I would also be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, who were also instrumental in getting this through.   Without the help, guidance and perseverance of these folks we would not be here today.

 

The PPFFA pledged to get this done and I am proud to say “mission accomplished.”

 

More information will follow shortly on this important piece of legislation.

 

 

 

 

Art Martynuska

President

Pennsylvania Professional

Fire Fighters  Association

Corporate Offices

2048 Derry Street

Harrisburg, PA 17104

717-221-8800  Phone

Residence

333 Meadow Drive

Johnstown, PA 15905

814-255-1563  Home

814-525-0536  Mobile

814-619-3087  Fax

amartynuska@ppffa.org

www.ppffa.org


Cancer Presumption Passes in PA Senate Uniamiously

Fire Fighter Cancer Presumption Passes First Hurdle
 
The PPFFA is proud to announce that Senate Bill 654, the fire fighter cancer presumption bill, passed by a 50 – 0 vote out of the Pennsylvania Senate on April 12.  This legislation was fast tracked by Senate leadership after the disappointing veto by former Governor Ed Rendell last year.  “To put the time line in perspective, HB 1231 was introduced on April 6, 2009.  This legislation has already passed one chamber of the legislature and we are confident it will continue to move quickly” said President Art Martynuska.  He went on to say, “This legislation is much farther along than it was last session and we look forward to soon having the protections our members need soon.” 
 
The PPFFA will continue to press the House of Representatives to act quickly on this issue.  We will keep updating this site as developments happen.

Rendell Veto's Cancer Bill

 

On the day after Thanksgiving, Govenor Ed Rendell vetoed House Bill 1231 which would have amended the Workers Compensation Laws in Pennslyvania to provide protection for firefighters exposed to specific types of carcinogens. This bill was otherwise known as the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill. . This bill was passed by both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly with only 3 negative votes in the  House and 4 negative votes in the Senate. Governor Rendell is the first governor since Lawton Chiles from Flordia to veto a Cancer Presumption Bill for firefighters since the mid 1990's. Ironicly, Governor Rendell's former law firm represents the law firm which lobbied to keep this bill from becoming law. Governor-elect Corbett has said he will sign the bill if passed while he is in office.

The following is a message from the P.P.F.F.A. President on the veto......

Brothers and Sisters:

 

Today, Governor Rendell vetoed House Bill 1231, the fire fighter cancer presumption legislation.  The Governor waited until the Saturday after Thanksgiving to make this ill advised move.  The timing of his veto was gauged to keep us from making any concerted attempts towards an override.  The PPFFA is very aware of the political process, but it is unbelievable that an anti fire fighter governor can thumb his nose at a piece of legislation that has had only 8 negative votes since its inception!  The last time we checked we found that we still live in a democracy and when you have over 90 percent of the states elected representatives voting in bi-partisan favor of a bill that will give some comfort to terminally ill fire fighters and some financial assistance to fire fighters widows and children it’s more than cold hearted, it’s criminal. 

 

I can assure you that we will be back with this legislation, the IAFF is involved and our friends in the PA Senate and House are on-board.  It may have taken us 25 years to get here, but we’re here to stay.  This setback is just that a setback, we have tenacity and resolve, if the Governor and his political cronies don’t believe that they’re sorely and sadly mistaken.  The giant that is the Pennsylvania Fire Service is just starting to rise. While our opponents in the various associations that were opposed to this legislation tout that they have representatives in 900 communities in the state, we have them in 3500 boroughs, cities and townships.  We will foster that political power and with your assistance move our agenda forward.

 

 

 

Art Martynuska

President

Pennsylvania Professional

Fire Fighters  Association

Corporate Offices

2048 Derry Street

Harrisburg, PA 17104

717-221-8800  Phone

Residence

333 Meadow Drive

Johnstown, PA 15905

814-255-1563  Home

814-525-0536  Mobile

814-619-3087  Fax

amartynuska@ppffa.org

www.ppffa.org

 


Uniontown Victory

Many of you have asked me in the last several weeks about the situation in Uniontown....I am pleased to tell you all that the crisis is over. The following is a copy of the email sent to all the presidents across Pennsylvania.

Jerry Tedesco - President McKeesport Local 10

Brothers and Sisters:

 

 

I am pleased to report the crisis in Uniontown is over.  As of today a deal has been reached that will bring all of the laid off Brothers of IAFF Local 955 back to work.  In addition, they have a new four year contract, minimum staffing  of three fire fighters on every shift, 3.5% wage increases for each year of the contract and several other enhancements.

This could not have been done without the support of the IAFF, especially GP Schaitberger, DVP Taylor and staff, the membership of the PPFFA delivered unwavering assistance throughout the entire crisis. Financial Secretary Schmidt, Western District Vice President Tedesco and the District Trustees RJ Johnson and Dale Hightree committed time, energy and resources to assist the members of the Local.  As President of the PPFFA, I am honored and proud of these men for their service. I would also like to thank Josh Bloom, legal counsel for the Local,  for his tireless efforts in securing this deal.  The entire labor community pulled together to show support.  Jack Shea from the Allegheny County Central Labor Council and Gregg Potter of the Lehigh Valley Labor Council both sent letters of support at the request of their respective locals and the PPFFA.
This proves that labor does and can make a difference.

Below, you will find the article that appeared today on the IAFF web page.

 

Art

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Uniontown Fire Fighters Back on the Job

September 24, 2010– A panel of three arbitrators has ruled that all of the laid-off fire fighters in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, must be rehired.

Six members of Uniontown Local 955 were laid off in December 2009. During the IAFF 50th Convention in San Diego, Local 955 President Mark Lovey received a letter from the City warning that all remaining fire fighters would be laid off by January 1, 2011, and that the City would replace its career fire fighters with a volunteer department.

The members of Local 955, their legal counsel and the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association responded, applying intense pressure on Uniontown Mayor Edward Fike.

Under the terms of the arbitrators’ eight-page ruling, the City of Uniontown will call fire fighters back in a matter of days, and there will be no layoffs over the next four years. Arbitrators also gave fire fighters a 3.5 percent wage increase each year for the next four years.

“Our attorney worked his butt off, but the truth is we had a lot of support from the International, the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association and members from throughout the country who heard about what we were going through. They talk about this being a brotherhood and it really is,” Lovey says.

Layoffs reduced staffing from 13 to seven.

“With the help of the IAFF, and especially General President Schaitberger and Fourth District Vice President Bill Taylor, we were able to prevail in a situation that could have been tragic for the fire fighters and the residents of Uniontown,” PPFFA President Art Martynuska says.

Delegates at the IAFF Convention unanimously passed an emergency resolution condemning Mayor Fike for announcing his intent to eliminate the city’s entire career fire department. "We are going to bring money, marbles and chalk! Whatever it takes to win this fight, we will be in union!" Schaitberger told delegates.

“Uniontown is proof-positive that when the IAFF and its members stand together and take care of their own, we prevail,” DVP Taylor says.

Art Martynuska

President

Pennsylvania Professional

Fire Fighters  Association

 


Additonal Uniontown Information

The following website has information provided by the firefighers at Uniontown Local 955. Please visit www.safeuniontown.com

Additional information will be posted when available.


Cancer Presumption Bill - Call to Action

Brothers and Sisters -

 

This is in regards to our Firefighter Cancer Presumption Bill - HB 1231.

 

Please take the time to read the following email and forward this to your members, family, and  friends.

 

The bill is currently in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee and if moved out of the committee will go to the entire Senate for a vote and if passed will become law. We need to let our Senator's know we need this legislation. Please pass this message on to your members, and ask them to contact their Senator's have them move HB 1231 out of the Senate Labor and Industry committee and vote in favor of Firefighter Cancer Presumption.

 

Support Firefighter Cancer Presumption - HB 1231

Jerry Tedesco - IAFF Local 10

 

 

 

Fellow Responder, Cancer Presumption (HB1231) is being considered in the Senate L&I Committee and NEEDS your support!!!

HB1231 Cancer Presumption is being considered in the Senate

Take Action!

Contact your Senator Today and voice your support!

 

HB1231 which includes Cancer Presumption for Pennsylvania's Firefighters is currently being considered in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.  With enough support from Pennsylvania's Emergency Responder community this legislation stands a chance at leaving the committee for a vote on the floor of the full Senate! 


Let your Senator know today that you support this legislation and that you'd like it to come out of committee and become LAW!  This Bill has already passed in the House and this VERY important step will help us win this worthy presumption for all who have given so much and suffered in return!


For up to the minute information about this Bill, you can see it on the Senate website at the following link: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2009&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=1231

Please take a moment to contact your Senator today and Take Action to voice your support for this important legislation and that you'd like it OUT of the L&I Committee and onto the floor for a YES vote!  Take a moment or two to personalize the message and let your Senator know how Cancer Presumption would affect you or your Department!

 

 If you no longer wish to receive e-mail from us, you can unsubscribe here.


Information Added

Important information was added to the download section of the website to assist members in better understanding their Weingarten and Garrity Rights. Please take the time to read these documents.

Also there are new documents added to the website regarding Line of Duty Death Benefits that were enhanced by the PA Legislature in 2009. Please take the time to review this document to better understand this new benefit.


Healthcare Reform Law Information

The IAFF has produced an informational Healthcare Reform Fact Sheet. This outlines the impact of the monumental Healthcare Reform Act passed by Congress. It can be found in the download section of the website. I encourage all of you to read this document to have a better understanding of the impact of this law on you as firefighters.

Jerry Tedesco - President IAFF Local 10


Thank you for your support.

A big thank you to a couple local organizations for recent equipment donations to the McKeesport Fire Department.  The Polish National Alliance Lodge 352 recently donated some portable lighting and the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport recently donated an electric PPV fan.

Please check out the attached article from The Daily News.
Download: Scan_Doc0001.pdf

General President's Visit Photos Posted

Photos from the IAFF General President's visit to Station #2 earlier this month have been posted to the Photo Gallery. 

If anyone wants digital copies of any of the photos, please contact Mark St. Clair.

PPFFA President comments on HB 1828 passage

September 18, 2009

Brothers:

I am pleased to announce that the amended version of HB 1828, which the PPFFA worked on, adapted and fought for, has passed the Pennsylvania Senate with a vote of 32 to 17.

The vote was a clear result of the political activity of our membership.  The PPFFA Executive Board, Trustees and Staff worked endless hours on the legislative process that brought the bill from a piece of legislation that would have decimated our pensions to a labor friendly vehicle to assist our municipalities and protect our pensions.  Clearly, this victory would not have been possible without your efforts and the efforts of our members, their families and friends.  In the near future we will get more information on the PPFFA web site about the vote.  Please feel free to contact me or any of the PPFFA Officers or Trustees for more information. 

 

Again, thank you and congratulations.

 

Fraternally:

 

 

Art Martynuska

President

Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association



 
 
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