The Union Office will be closed on Friday, February 12th for Lincoln's Birthday and Monday, February 15th for President's day. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 16th at 8am.
The February General Membership Meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 17th(3B)(EMS 4) at 10am and Thursday, February 18th(1B)(EMS 1) at 7pm at Local 2 located at 440 W. 43rd St.
Contribute to Local 2 PAC now - PAC Authorization Form
The Commissary's new address is 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410
Brothers and Sisters,
Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Assault on a Local 2 Member
We are happy to announce that the person who assaulted Local 2 member Sister Kelly Begley last year was sentenced to 6 years in jail for his unprovoked attack on Kelly while she was in the performance of her duty.
I want to thank Kelly for her persistence in this matter and also thank those Local 2 members who showed up to court throughout the legal process. This is a big win for all Local 2 members who serve the public each day.
Our presence at the court proceedings sent a loud and clear message that we will not stand by while our Union Brothers and Sisters are being harmed. We must continue to have a strong show of support at every one of these court cases.
Please make sure to contact Local 2 with any updates regarding future court cases you are involved in. We will get the word out through the Daily Blast.
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.
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.