- Retiree Memorial Park Committee--The Chicago Fire Department Retiree Memorial Park Committee is in phase I of their project. Their goal is to erect an outdoor free standing granite monument in honor of retired and or deceased CFD uniformed members. To proceed with their project, and to secure a location for the monument, they need some bids from Union companies or individuals who are Union, Bonded, Insured and approved to work in the City of Chicago. They need some outdoor electrical work (lighting) and small tree removal done. If you work for or know of any company that has the above qualifications, please email Doreen Chambers/Eileen O’Connell at email@example.com. Thank you!!
- **For rehire information from Manpower Central, posted on Contract Enforcement page
Brothers and Sisters,
We would like to remind all Local 2 members to make sure that they and their loved ones are registered to vote in the upcoming elections. Whether we like it or not, our jobs and livelihoods are influenced by the decisions made by elected officials and it is imperative that we all participate in the political process.
While many issues, both social and economic, can be used as determining factors in who a person will ultimately vote for, Local 2 members are strongly encouraged to take the time to learn what a particular candidate’s stance is on specific Labor issues such as collective bargaining rights, pensions and retiree healthcare.
Your vote is your voice……use it!
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.