H-3 Update By Brie Mathews
|Welcome to the newly formed H-3 Update column. Created in an effort
to keep everyone informed on the latest developments occurring
(or not occurring as is usually the case) within the H-3 rank.
It is my hope that this column will help to facilitate more cohesion
within the ranks by taking the mystery out of the role of the
infamous H-3 Committee, as well as provide pertinent EMS updates
as they relate to field personnel, or to simply give insight into
the role of an H-3 from the perspective of an H-3. Whenever possible,
minutes from H-3 meetings will be provided in this column and
will be the focus of the column this month.
For those of you who have yet to hear about the H-3 Advisory Committee, or are unclear as to the exact purpose of its inception, let me fill you in. The H-3 Committee is made up of 3 H-3s and 1 Rescue Captain. In order to attain an accurate H-3 representation taking into account past work experiences as it pertains to the H-3 rank, each of the 3 H-3s are derived from the respective ranks from which they came, i.e.: H-1, H-2, and Lateral. These members include Russ Zimmerman (H-1), Brie Mathews (H-2), and Paul Mangiola (Lateral). Jim Strain represents the H-33 rank. The purpose of the H-3 Advisory Committee (with emphasis on Advisory) is to assist the Union in identifying issues, concerns and/or functions unique to the H-3 rank that can be improved upon or that can benefit from modification. We strive to attain this by working closely with the Union and providing assistance in research, giving feedback, and presenting recommendations based on group discussions. In addition, the H-3 Advisory Committee, inclusive of Local 798 representation, encourages open dialogues with Local 790, the Council of Employee Groups, and the Administration (EMS included) on an as needed basis.
Of course, being a Union committee, I want to stress that any Union member in good standing, regardless of rank, is welcome to attend our monthly meetings. They will be held the Monday before the Union meetings at 0900 hours @ Bayview Police Station on Williams Street unless posted otherwise. As stated earlier, every effort will be made to post Committee Meeting minutes to keep lines of communication open!!
H-3 MEETING MINUTES for 12-11-00
H-3 Committee Members Present:
Local 798 Representative: Tom OConnor
0900 Meeting called to order
Former H-1 Survey results
From November 20th to November 30th a poll was conducted on SFFD Paramedics website open only to former H-1s to resolve seniority issues. The poll asked members to vote in favor of either a) DPH seniority carried over & folded in to odd/even, or b) DPH seniority per class at TI and folded in to odd/even.
Results were 25 to 14 for DPH seniority to be carried straight across & folded in to odd/even
Update on meeting with the Council of Employee Groups held 11-16-00
Steve Lynch and Brock Wells reported on several issues:
Discussion and approval of wording of proposal to be presented to Administration regarding H-3 Seniority
Discussion was carried over form last H-3 meeting regarding seniority proposal which was to have been provided by H-3 Dave Andersen. Dave did not produce a proposal in time for this meeting. H-3 Mike Tragessor volunteered to write a proposal during meeting to be used as basis for presentation to administration. Proposal approved by attending members.
Union Contract Negotiations
Discussion on whether or not the H-3 Advisory Committee should become official. Group consensus was in favor of becoming official and written into contract.
Discussion on importance of H-3 Advisory Committee working with Union to give input on contract negotiations as they pertain to H-3s.
H-3 Advisory Committee, with the support of Local 798s Executive Board, will push for a vacancy list for H-3s based on seniority to be effective for a 6 month period. Every 6 months the vacancy will be up for evaluation based on department needs. Several spots will be held for new H-3s and new Laterals. In addition, a recommendation will be made to create a daily-detail list, per shift, for rotation of all eligible members onto ALS engines. Details will be handled through assignments with back-filling of positions being filled with VR H-3s, again through daily details.
1) H-3 Jim Keck questioned access to information via the Mainline.
Discussion ensued on the need for H-3s to provide Mainline articles.
H-3 Brie Mathews suggested a monthly column to provide information
to all Union members and volunteered to provide the next article.
Director Tom OConnor expressed the need and agreed to the monthly
12:15 Meeting adjourned, Next meeting on Monday Jan. 8th at Bayview Police Station.
H-3 Advisory Committee to schedule meeting with COD for first week in January TBA.