What's New at IAFF 42
On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. That decision invalidated a public sector union’s ability to require non-members to pay and an employer’s ability to deduct “agency” or “fair share” or “service” fees from non-members’ pay. Broadly read, Janus could be applied to the collection and deduction of regular union dues, unless it is clear that “the employee affirmatively consents to pay” such dues. Janus also stands for the proposition that such “consent” must be voluntarily given.
Your current collective bargaining agreement provides that non-members may be required to pay “agency” or “fair share” or “service” fees, and that the Employer will collect such fees and forward them to the Union. Accordingly, Local 42 (the Union) and the Employer have met and amended the collective bargaining agreement, to comply with Janus by striking the “agency” and “fair share” or “service” fee provisions.
As a member of Local 42, you have authorized the deduction of union dues, fees and assessments from your pay. The authorization you executed provides that dues deduction authorizations shall be irrevocable for one (1) year from the date of execution, or until the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, whichever occurs first.
Pursuant to Missouri’s public sector labor law and Janus, public employees in Missouri may not be compelled to be union members. This communication is intended to ensure that you voluntarily authorized the deduction and payment of union dues. Local 42 and the Employer will presume that you wish to continue to pay union dues and have them deducted from your pay, unless you notify the Employer and Local 42, in writing, that you wish to revoke such authorization. For purposes of this communication, it will be deemed that all members executed the dues authorization form more than one (1) year ago and thus have the right to revoke it.
Although you have the right to decide not to support the Union, you should keep in mind that the Union plays an important role with the Employer and in the workplace. It serves as the exclusive bargaining representative for all employees in the covered positions. The Janus decision does not change Local 42's role or its status as the exclusive bargaining representative. As such, Local 42 will continue to represent all employees in positions covered under the labor agreement. Joining the Union or continuing your membership by paying dues gives you a right to participate in Local 42's decision-making processes. It gives you a direct voice in the Union that represents you.
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Local 42 will be hosting the IAFF Peer Support Training Class on Tuesday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 26th. Classes are from 8AM till 5 PM on both days and Local 42 will provide lunch on both days. If you are interested in attending please contact Eric Rose at 816.605.5083 or via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to attend and on shift on one of these days, Local 42 will provide Member for Member for the first half of your shift.
Local 42 is excited to announce our new Mobile App that works in concert with our website. Please download the Mobile App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by merely clicking on the button in the left column.
Once you download the App you will use your User Name and Password that you use to access the Members Only Section of this website to log into the Mobile App. Each time you open the Mobile App you will have instant access to the Members Only Section.
If you are a dues paying member of IAFF Local 42 and you are not registered on our website we invite you to Register NOW.
None of us have to struggle alone. The Peer Support Team is here when you or your family need us. There are going to be times in our lives that are tough by virtue of what we experience as professionals and human beings. Strength is not shouldering another burden; rather, strength is in letting go and asking for help. The Peer Support Team is made up of fire service and EMS members just like you. If you need a peer to talk with and someone who can understand what you are experiencing because they have been there; we are here.
“We are committed to being a leader in first responder behavioral health and helping to insure everyone goes home.”
Peer Support is defined as confidential assistance provided by a trained individual or group of trained firefighters and emergency responders who answer the call to their brothers and sisters in need, regardless of the need.
The Union has a list of trusted behavioral health specialists for referral and is working with the IAFF and other community partners to expand the provider list.
To access the Peer Support Program, go to www.firestrong.org and follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to www.FIRESTRONG.org
Step 2: Choose Greater KC Firefighters Local 42
Step 3: Enter member ID- local42
Step 4: Enter password- help
Or call the 24/7 Firefighter & Family Support Line: 1-844-525-FIRE (3473)
The Kansas City, Missouri Retired Fire Fighters Association has established its own website. This is one of the best online sources for KCFD History and we invite you to visit them and learn something new about something old. Special acknowledgement to Chuck Gabert, KCFD Retired Fire Captain and Ray Elder, KCFD Retired Fire Captain and KCFD Historian.