RETIRED FIREMEN AND WIDOWS ASSOCIATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT
|Meeting Notice and Presidents Report
Training and Education Achievement Pay. By now, everyone has perceived the benefits of the M.O.U. negotiated between the City & County of San Francisco and Local 798. It is a deserved benefit for active fire fighters, and we are grateful to be included in the same provisions. After all, retirees with ten years of service completed the same training and deserved the same entitlement.
However, it was a legal struggle to get the Retirement Board to agree that this entitlement applied to retirees as well as active members of the Fire Dept. It was the opinion of the Ret. Board that this provision did not extend to retirees. It took a threatened lawsuit to convince the Ret. Bd. that our cause was right and just. The retroactive one time COLA payment that retirees received on Dec. 31, 2000, was the result of the litigation settlement between Retired Firemen and Widows Assn. v. Retirement Board, San Francisco Superior Court No. 312-159.
The following is a brief history of the events leading to, and including the settlement.
The above is an abbreviated report of the 18 months litigation that was necessary to attain our goals. It is now time to pay our attorney fees. The settlement agreement was that fees be paid jointly by the Retirement System and by the members of the Retired Firemen & Widows Association. On January 30, the Retirement Board authorized payment of $70,000 to settle the litigation. As part of the settlement all members of the Retired Firemen & Widows Association will receive a notice that the Retirement System is to make a deduction in the amount of $100.00 from the retirement allowance that you will receive on or about March 31, 2001 for payment of fees to Associations attorney. This will be your attorney fees. It is unfortunate that only members of the Retired Firemen & Widows will have the attorney fees deducted from their March pension allowance; the Ret. Bd. would not agree to bill non-members. We are asking all non-members to join our organization and also contribute $100.00 to our PAC (Political Action Committee). The bottom line is: no one would received any retroactive monies and increased pension allowance if our association did not take legal action on the issue of Education & Achievement Pay.
If you read this article and are a non-member retired firefighter, you can contribute $100.00 to our PAC (Political Action Committee). In this fashion you will pay your fair share of the successful legal litigation. This is for non-members only. Regular members will have this sum collected by the Retirement System from your March pension allowance.
Make checks payable to:
Retired Firemen & Widows Association PAC
Please contact the following officers on questions on the preceding article:
Date: Sunday May 20, 2001
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