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Attention all members!
The new tentative memorandum of understanding between the city and local 55 is available for review on this website. Please login and click on the "Members Area" drop down menu. Then click on "documents" and then click on "MOU 2014-2017". The entire MOU, including the salary schedules, is available for viewing.
Any questions please call Jim Whitty

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Blazing Hot Celebrity Chef Cooking Competition

Hi all!   On Sat. April 12th Oakland Fire’s Bill Douglas will be competing in a celebrity chef cooking competition for charity. The event will be held at the Butterfly restaurant in beautiful San Francisco. Come out to support a great cause.  Bill is representing the Make A Wish Foundation.  The louder your support, the better his chances of taking the top donation prize. So, if you're looking for a great event and some laughs on a Saturday, this is your event!   Hope to see you there!


Click here for informational flier.  


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Pocket Billiards Tournament 6/23-26, 2014

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Deloach Reed, Teresa" <>
Subject: FW: 2014 United States Police and Fire Championships
March 31, 2014 at 9:16:00 AM PDT
To: <>

Maybe you can post this on your website?
Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA
Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
New York Times, January 2012

From: Bill Woodcock []
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:17 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: 2014 United States Police and Fire Championships

Please consider distributing the attached poster.  The United States Police and Fire Championships support the Children's Special Olympics.  In June athletes from across the nation will converge on San Diego, CA to represent their agencies and to compete for Olympic style Gold Medals.  The events promote physical fitness, stress reduction and camaraderie among the police and firefighter personnel.  Bulletin board posting and other distributions are greatly appreciated.  The attached poster announces our Pocket Billiards Tournament.  Thank you for your consideration.
Lt. Bill Woodcock (Ret.)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
3189 Caminita Cortina,
Fallbrook, CA.
(949) 280-0730 <tel:%28949%29%20280-0730>

Click here for informational flier.

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General Membership Meeting - 3/19/14


Attention all Oakland members! General Membership Meeting.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9 AM sharp

Local 55 Union Office
369 15TH ST.

Agenda items:

1) Contract negotiations update.
2) Ballot initiative.
3) Political update
a. Oakland City Council races
4) Sherman Jones – to discuss deferred compensation investment options.
5) Lori Riley – deferred compensation representative from ICMA.

Jim Whitty, Secretary/Treasurer
510-326-2335 Cell
510-834-9672 Office

Parking: Park at the Merchant’s Garage that takes up the block between 13th and 14th and Webster and Franklin. Bring your garage ticket into the Union office for validation for one hour free parking.

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American Hot Shots Mud Run

Click here for informational flier.

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General and Special Membership Meeting Announcements

Please view the two notices here.

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12/6/13 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Event - Volunteers Requested

Season's Greetings,
On  Friday,  December 6, 2013 , Jack London Square is lighting up for the holiday season with a festive annual tree lighting ceremony.  Local 55 has been asked to participate by handing out hot apple cider and candy canes to the public.  I am looking for some help, if you are available, please come on out and help support this event.  I will be setting up our L55 canopy and tables at 3:30pm  and prepping the hot apple cider from 4:00pm to 5:00pm  . The event is from 5:00pm to 7:30pm .  If you can help please let me know.
Take a look at the press release attached here.
Salvador Garcia

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OFD Yearbook Publishing Postponed

I want to let you all know the OFD yearbook publishing has been postponed to a later date.   If you made your purchase by credit card/ debit check card, charges have not been made.  If you paid by check, refund checks are available. If you have any questions please contact Tracey Chin at at 510-238-5228.
Please see communication from the Chief here.
Salvador Garcia

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3/28/14 Warriors Local Heroes Night




Join the Golden State Warriors in honoring all of our Local Heroes on Friday, March 28th at 7:30pm as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies! Every special event ticket purchased will include a Warriors Local Heroes Night T-shirtTickets must be purchased through the Local Heroes Night event page to receive the giveaway.  

A limited number of tickets are available. Secure your tickets today before the event sells out!



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Special Edition Oakland A's/OFD shirt

Attention all memebers!!!
In support of our Oakland A's, a special edition OFD shirt is available for sale at Station 1 on all shifts for $15 on 9-27-13.

The shirts HAVE NOT yet been approved to wear on duty. There will be a communication when the Chief approves them for duty.

Also available at the station 8 haberdashery are OFD/A's off duty baseball shirts and windbreakers!
Come by and check them out!

Come buy them now to support our Oakland A's!!!!!

The purchase of these shirts will help to support Local 55 charity fund.

Go A's!!!

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2003-2013 OFD Yearbook

Have you ordered your Oakland Fire yearbook?  Follow the link and order one before prices go up.  Deadline extended to June 30, 2013.

Click here for info

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Straw Poll online vote - Pay Where You Eat

A Straw Poll online vote will begin tomorrow May 22 at 12:01 am and close on May 29 at 11:59 pm.

The following will be the polling matter and answer options:

At the March 2013 General Membership meeting there was a member request that we conduct a straw poll to see whether members would be interested in a house fund “Pay Where You Eat” practice rather than the current practice of paying where you are assigned. Please share your thoughts by checking one of the boxes below. This is not a vote to change this practice, it is a poll to see if this issue will be pursued further.

1. Keep house fund payment as it is now; pay where you are assigned.

2. Change to a “Pay Where You Eat” practice. This includes traders.

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D&J's Muscle Cars

Firefighter James Harris of Engine 20/ Truck 7 has some good things going on his off days.


Daniel C. Robertson
IAFF Local 55
Mobile:  510-410-4238

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Dental information - Third Party Administrators

Enrollment process goes through the City of Oakland. Contact is:

Ebony Brunson
Benefits Representative
Department of Human Resources Management
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6769
(510) 238-6560 (fax)
Email -

Please be sure to provide necessary documentation (i.e: Marriage, Birth certificates and Student Verification to the Fund Office) without proof of such documents eligibility cannot be given.

For further eligibility questions or issues please contact:
Dental Administrator (ATPA)

Fund Manager:
Coleen Christophersen

Billing & Eligibility:
Kim Johnson
510-337-3050 opt 1 ext 3128

Dental Claims:
Felicia Atwood

All Retiree’s must send their monthly payments to:
Oakland Fire Dental Plan
P.O. Box 4933
Hayward, CA 94540-4933

Thank you,

Coleen Christophersen
Associated Third Party Administrators
Assistant Account Executive
& Marketing Manager
1640 South Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94502
Direct Tele: 510-337-3311
Fax: 510-337-3060

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2012 Union Dues Paid

The Union dues paid for 2012 is $1,013.88 (assuming you worked all twelve months).

Please keep this number handy for income tax purposes.

Thanks. Jim Whitty

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CAPF Children's Scholarship Program

Please click here for information.

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2012 Election Endorsements

Please see Local 55 and CPF's political endorsements linked below.  If you are outside the area, please contact your local fire representative for their list of endorsements specific to your area.

CPF Endorsements

IAFF Local 55 Endorsements

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CAPF Summary Annual Report

Click here to view the report.

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Announcement - Referendum Ballot for Union Dues Increase

Please view the link below.

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Survivors Benefit Guide

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Rusty Keyes - Prostate Cancer Foundation

Click on the link below to learn more about Rusty Keyes' fight with Prostate Cancer.

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EBoard Elections for term 4/1/12 - 3/31/14

Local 55 Executive Board Elections for terms 4/1/2012 through 3/31/2014

The following are the nominees for IAFF Local 55 officers.

Vice President:

Lawrence Hom
Zac Unger

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Whitty (unopposed)

Executive Board members (5 positions available)

Michael Asport (Incumbent)
Seth Olyer (Incumbent)
Dan Sarna (Incumbent)
Shawn Stark (Incumbent)
Wale Forrester
Gordon Gullett
Jeff Haughy
Emon Usher

Online voting will begin 12:01 A.M. on January 30, 2012 and continue until 11:59 P.M. on February 5, 2012.

Please contact Jim Whitty with any questions.

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IAFF Stands With APWU to Boycott Staples
July 13, 2014 – The IAFF is urging members, friends and family to no longer shop at Staples stores. Staples and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have entered an agreement that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office by replacing full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees.

Posted on Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Memorial to Honor Fallen Houston Fire Fighter Daniel Groover
July 12, 2014 -- Houston Local 341 fire fighters will gather this morning to hold a memorial for one of their own killed in the line of duty.

Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The IAFF Foundation Is Now a Combined Federal Campaign Approved Charity!
July 2, 2014 – The IAFF Foundation is pleased to join federal employees and more than 4,000 approved charities in continuing the legacy of giving. The International Association of Fire Fighters Foundation Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 60288.

Posted on Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Supreme Court Chips Away At Worker Rights - Again
June 30, 2014 – In another example of why elections matter, the politically appointed members of the U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision today in Harris v. Quinn today. Harris involves a challenge by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of eight in-home health care workers for Medicaid recipients against the state of Illinois (and indirectly SEIU). The Supreme Court ruled narrowly that the First Amendment prohibits a union’s collection of fees for the cost of representation activities (known as “agency fees”) from in-home health care workers who do not wish to join or support the union.

Posted on Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

One Year Ago: 19 Fall in the Line of Duty Fighting Yarnell Fire
June 30, 2014 – The IAFF is remembering the loss of 19 Prescott, Arizona fire fighters killed battling a fast moving wildfire near Yarnell on June 30, 2013. The deaths mark the greatest loss of fire fighter lives in a single incident since September 11.

Posted on Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Could Your Flame Retardant Sofa Kill Fire Fighters?
June 24, 2014 -- For years, fire fighters and environmentalists have warned of the dangers from upholstered furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals that are linked to cancer, decreased fertility, hormone disruption and lower IQ development. A bill in California would require upholstered furniture manufacturers to clearly disclose whether or not furniture sold in California contains flame-retardant chemicals. The information would be provided on the product labels that are already required by current regulations.

Posted on Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Fire Statistics Issue in Motion on Parliament Hill
June 20, 2014 -- The longstanding issue of national fire service statistics got a shot in the arm June 19 thanks to the efforts of an IAFF ally on Parliament Hill.

Posted on Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Testifies on Capitol Hill to Improve Wildfire Training, Coordination
June 6, 2014 – IAFF Assistant to the General President for Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Kevin O’Connor told a Congressional subcommittee June 5 the federal approach to managing wildfires must evolve, recommending the establishment of a Blue Ribbon Commission to jumpstart the process. O’Connor delivered his remarks before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia.

Posted on Fri, 06 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Rebuilding Our Memorial to the Fallen
The hallowed grounds of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial are a place where thousands gather every September to celebrate and honor the lives of IAFF members who have died in the line of duty during the past year. Hundreds more make private pilgrimages throughout the year. To ensure the integrity of the site remains intact for future generations of fire fighters and their families, the IAFF will be putting forth a resolution at the 2014 Convention for reconstructing the entire Memorial site.

Posted on Wed, 14 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Giving Muscular Dystrophy the Boot
May 9, 2014 – The year was 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the White House home, a gallon of gas averaged 22 cents, and the television show “Father Knows Best” kept Americans captivated with Hollywood’s version of the perfect family. But, as explained in a 1954 article published in The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio), no one knew best when it came to treating the estimated 200,000 Americans diagnosed with a strange ailment called muscular dystrophy. This “very costly disease,” the article explained, baffled researchers, and although the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), founded in 1950, was dedicated to “seeking the cause and a cure for this mysterious and fatal malady,” insufficient research funds kept progress at bay.

Posted on Mon, 12 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT

PHOTO GALLERY: IAFF Legislative Conference

Posted on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

ICYMI: IAFF Legislative Conference Speaker Videos
March 18, 2014 -- Watch video of speakers at the 2014 IAFF Legislative Conference.

Posted on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Enter the IAFF 2013 Media Awards Contest
February 21, 2013 -- The IAFF is now accepting entries for the 2013 Media Awards Contest! Entering is easy with the online submission option that allows IAFF affiliates to upload entries or download an entry form. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2013.

Posted on Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:00:00 GMT

IAFF Member, PFFW President Mahlon Mitchell Runs for Lt. Governor of Wisconsin
March 19, 2012 -- IAFF member and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin President Mahlon Mitchell has announced that he will run for lieutenant governor in the recall election to be held June 5. Mitchell is running for the second-most powerful office in that state, which has become a national battleground in the fight to protect the rights of workers from attacks launched by far-right politicians like current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Announces Media Awards Contest Winners

Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Mourns the Death of Jack Layton
August 22, 2011 -- The IAFF is mourning the death of a great Canadian who was a tremendous ally to Canada’s professional fire fighters, Jack Layton, a member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth and leader of the federal New Democratic Party, died early Monday of cancer at the age of 61.

Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT

FIRE Act Grant Application Opens August 15
August 8, 2011 -- The application period for Fiscal Year 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (FIRE Act) program will begin August 15 and run through September 9, 2011. The IAFF encourages its affiliates to work with their fire departments to apply for these grants.

Posted on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT

Bill Clinton to Keynote IAFF Redmond/EMS Conference
July 27, 2011 -- The IAFF is pleased to announce that former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address on Monday, August 15 during the opening session at the IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference in New York City.

Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT

Schaitberger Elected to NFPA Board of Directors
July 12, 2011 -- IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and a leader in establishing codes and standards related to fire and life safety.

Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Mourns the Loss of Union Leader Quentin Tabscott
May 5, 2011 – The IAFF is sad to learn of the passing of former Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) President and Arlington County, VA Local 2800 President Quentin Tabscott. He was 72.

Posted on Thu, 05 May 2011 07:00:00 GMT



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