Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Early voting for the Run-Off Municipal Election will start this coming Monday, March 23, 2015. Please make sure you and your family get out and vote. Election Day is Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
DON'T VOTE AGAINST YOURSELF!!!
There is a rival organization comprised of a few Local 2 members supporting a candidate that was not endorsed by the Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local No. 2.
Local 2's Endorsement for Mayor is Rahm Emanuel
CFFU Political Action Committee
Dan Fabrizio - Director of Political Action
- All scholarship information is available on the Scholarship page, under the Members Area tab.
- The new Commissary address is 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410 - There is parking available in the back of the building.
Brothers and Sisters,
Runoff Election 2015:
April 7th 2015 will mark the final Election Day for the year 2015 in Chicago to decide who will ultimately become the Mayor of the City of Chicago for the next 4 years. Aldermanic runoff races in 19 Wards throughout Chicago will also to be determined on that day.
We urge any Local 2 members who have not registered to vote to do so. Wednesday March 10th 2015 was the last day for online voter registration. From March 11th – April 4th 2015 voters may register to vote, update their addresses or file a name change during the “Grace Period”. There will be no Election Day voter registration. We encourage all members, Active and Retired, to exercise their Constitutional right to vote in this very important election. No matter your political persuasion or affiliation, it is imperative that every Local 2 member and their eligible family members let their voices be heard.
Early voting begins on March 23rd 2015 and ends on April 4th 2015. If you have not already been registered to vote you can do so at any of the 51 designated early voting places throughout the City. For more information on early voting, go to www.chicagoelections.com
Thomas E. Ryan, Jr.
If you are approaching Medicare age (65), make sure you and your spouse get any dental work or eyeglasses before the first day of the month in which you turn 65.
You become Medicare eligible the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. Once you become Medicare eligible you lose your dental and vision coverage, and the City will not pay those bills. If you have any questions, call Rich Ternes at the Union Office, 773-536-0450x310.
Employee Assistance Department
The Local 2 Employee Assistance Department (EAP) now has a confidential direct line: 773-358-3473
The uniformed members active and retired friends of Bill W are invited to the "What about us?" meeting every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m at the Union Office located at 440 W. 43rd St., enter through the front door.
Chicago Fire Fighters Local No. 2 History
Prior to the Civil War, the volunteer fire company was a private service in most American cities. The early "fire society" or "fire brigade" was an association of local citizens banded together for the purpose of protecting community lives and property. In 1831 the Illinois Legislature required any incorporated city or town to have a volunteer department. Chicago's first volunteer company was organized in 1835.
Firefighting soon became an established municipal service manned by a paid ful-time work crew. But this new organization also depended upon the generosity of local politicians for jobs, salaries, and working conditions. A civil service system did not exist. Firefighters were often dismissed when a new political boss gained control of the city. Firefighting jobs were treated as political gifts and men were not always hired for their skills, but for their political contributions at election time.
Like other labor groups, Firefighters contested with management over wages, hours and conditions. But because of their unique status and the community's dependence upon them, their opportunities to press for change were often severely constricted.
Firefighter History Link
Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors warn you of fire in time to let you escape. Install them on each level of your home and outside of each sleeping area. Follow the manufacturer's directions, and test once a week. Replace batteries twice a year, or when the detector chirps to signal that the battery is dead. Don't ever take the battery out for other uses!
Plan and Practice Your escape
If fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast. With your family, plan two ways out of every room. Fire escape routes must not include elevators, which might take you right to the fire! Choose a meeting place outside where everyone should gather. Once you are out, stay out! Have the whole family practice the escape plan at least twice a year.
Space Heaters Need space
Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from paper, curtains, furniture, clothing, bedding, or anything else that can burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed, and keep children and pets well away from them.