March 14th, 2019

Sisters and Brothers,

It is with a heavy heart that our Association has lost another member to an occupational cancer LODD (Line of Duty Death). Paramedic Lieutenant Odell Minor started with the Milwaukee Fire Department back in 1985 and served for 24 1/2 before going on duty disability with cancer in October of 2009. On March 6th 2019, Odell Minor passed away peacefully at the age of 66.

We ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. For those of us that had the pleasure to work alongside Odell, remember the good times as we are the blessed ones to have had the opportunity to work with him. He was a kind and caring man with a great attitude about our profession and the community he served. His smile and laugher is one that is not easily forgotten.

Visitation will take place:

Friday March 15th from 3-7pm

Krause Funeral Home

21600 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield Wi.

Saturday March 16th from 10-11am with the funeral service at 11:00am.

Community Baptist Church 2249 N. Sherman Blvd.

Fraternally,

Mike Bongiorno

President, Local 215

Milwaukee Professional Firefighters

APPLICANTS TO THE 2019 LIONEL HOFFER SCHOLARSHIP

(winners in BOLD)

Joshua Baerwald – son of HEO Paul Baerwald (Duty Disability)

Justin Baerwald – son of HEO Paul Baerwald (Duty Disability)

Benjamin Barmore – son of FF John Barmore (Retired)*

Kelly Barmore – daughter of FF John Barmore (Retired)

Matthew Bass – son of Lt. David Bass (M-18G)

Miranda Bass – daughter of Lt. David Bass (M-18G)

Noah Berger – son of FF Steve Berger (E-11R)

Alexis Bertram – daughter of HEO Lance Bertram (E-35R)

Austin Bertram – son of HEO Lance Bertram (E-35R)

Carson Blaszak – stepson of HEO Brent Miller (E-11R)

Shelden Bradley – daughter of Lt. Belinda Bradley (RE-18G)

Madelin Ginster – daughter of FF David Ginster (L-16R)

Meghan Hoose – daughter of Captain Christiaan Hoose (E-18B)

Matthew Lucas – son of Lt. Christopher Lucas (M-19R)

Benjamin Marz – son of HEO Peter Marz (E-11G)

Gabrielle Matiszik – daughter of Captain Richard Matiszik (L-16B)

Julia Matiszik – daughter of Captain Richard Matiszik (L-16B)

Melissa Michalak – daughter of HEO Mark Michalak (Retired)

Reid Miller – son of HEO Brent Miller (E-11R)

Sydney Monaghan – daughter of Lt. Kevin Monaghan (L-2R)

Peter Nycz Jr. – son of Lt. Peter Nycz (E-34R)

Robert Palmer – son of Captain Michael Palmer (E-1R)

Africa Pippin – daughter of Captain Lamon Pippin (E-16G)

Jack Pokora – son of Captain Steven Pokora (E-35G)

Alyssa Rinelli – daughter of HEO James Rinelli (Retired)

NOTE: * Special award given by the Hoffer family (see below).
Scholarships will continue to be given out each year until fund is exhausted.
**Winners will be notified by U.S. mail.**

“In gratitude for the support and comfort afforded to myself and our family, I am funding a special scholarship in the name of Lionel’s grandchildren.

The M-A-T Scholarship awards $1,500.00 to Benjamin Barmore as the first name drawn at the final Lionel Hoffer Scholarship Fund Bowling Event.
M-A-T represents Michael-Alex-Timothy who are Lionel’s grandchildren.

Thank you to the Auxiliary to Local 215 volunteers and all the participants who have made this event possible for the past 24 years. Beyond raising funds, I have always treasured the community and support.”

Tom Hoffer

 

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS:
DUE TO THE NEW JANIS RULING ALL MEMBERS NEED TO RESIGN A NEW UNION CARD. THE OLD CARD WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH SO WE ALL NEED TO RESIGN A NEW CARD.
SO FOR ALL THOSE MEMBERS THAT WERE HIRED BEFORE 2007 YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN THE NEW BLUE CARD!!! FOR ALL MEMBERS IF YOU COULD PLEASE MAKE ALL ATTEMPTS TO GET TO THE UNION HALL BY THE END OF THIS WEEK AND SIGN THE CARD!!!

FOR ANY QUESTINS PLEASE CALL THE UNION HALL 414-259-8000

THANK YOU
LOCAL 215

I will try and explain this the best I can, here on Facebook. We contacted the payroll office at the end of May and were of the understanding that we had a list of members with a “Y” and a list people with a “N” by their name. “N” meant that you didn’t have a Union card on file. So we did our best to get union cards signed by those members. We were told that dues deduction we keep going as usual. Fast forward to today as members started looking at their checks and we have members that are not having dues taken out of their checks. And not the members with the “N” by their names in payroll, but rather the members with a “Y” by their name that do not have a new card in. The payroll office is now stating in light of the Janus ruling the past “Y” members will be required to sign a new card. Please know that we as your union leadership did what we thought was appropriate and did our due diligence in preparing for the Janus ruling. We were of the understanding from the Comptrollers office that we were good to go and continue as we were of for due deduction. We find that not to be the case any more. We have our attorney working with the city attorney to get to the bottom of how this actually happened. We have been contacted Martin Matson the city Comptroller for clarification. The card we need members to sign is the same card that was being signed by members these past two weeks. We will post a picture of it here soon. As a reminder, please do not engage in union activity while on duty. Also, please do not shame or bully anyone into signing a union card. It is each and every members right to not be a part of the Association of Local 215 if they so chose. The best way to get this done is if we could have everyone come into the union hall and sign a card. If you are out of town and can’t make it in right now, then please come in as soon as you can. So just to recap, if you weren’t one of the 240 members that just signed a card in these past two weeks, the city Comptroller office is now requiring that we all sign the card. Please call with any questions

If any one has any questions about Ignite The Spirit, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be reached at (414) 737-3226.
Thank you!
Joe Flick