Brothers and Sisters,
Below please find information that we received from the Coal City Tornado Response Team. Click on the link for volunteer information.
We will begin having volunteers again on Tuesday beginning at 9, which will hopefully continue through the weekend starting at 9 each morning. Volunteers can meet at the Diamond Banquet Hall (55 S. Daly St. Diamond, Il). The last bus to the field will be at 2 and we have volunteers returning to the banquet hall around 4. We are currently creating a database of project locations and homes needing assistance. We are also compiling a list of individuals who own heavy equipment who will be willing to help out around different areas. Equipment includes chainsaws, skidsteers and possibly a dozer. Team Rubicon will be the main contact for field work, but they are in need of individuals with heavy equipment and if we know who is available and when we will be able to the equipment utilized. Any and all volunteers, however, will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your assistance,
Volunteers for Coal City Clean Up
The Commissary's new address is 3616 S. Halsted - 773-475-6410
Brothers and Sisters,
The 99th Illinois General Assembly wrapped up their latest session without passing a budget for the State of Illinois' coming fiscal year. It is a certainty that our legislators will now spend much of their summer of 2015 in Springfield.
We anticipate many items will continue to be debated over the coming weeks including pension funding and a proposed Chicago-based casino. We will update the Membership as more information becomes available.
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.