1. What are my benefits as a union member?
Members of Local 995 are afforded a number of benefits.
- A $10,000 life insurance policy.
- Collective lobbying efforts to safeguard workplace rights and working conditions.
- Membership and representation in the International Association of Firefighters.
- Observer Presence During Formal Investigation – The ability to place an observer in a formal questioning setting is of great benefit to both the member and department. By having the Local President attend interrogations, it is assists in making sure the member is treated fairly and in a consistent manner.
- Heart Lung and Cancer Presumption Claims – The harmful health effects of firefighting are well documented. The harmful effects often produce career and life threatening health problems. Virginia’s Heart/Lung and Cancer Presumption law provides affected members with payment of related health expenses and disability retirement. Virginia is one of only 24 states employing these laws. These protections are a direct result of the political action efforts of the IAFF.
2. How much do union dues cost? Where do union dues go?
Union dues are 1% of starting pay, about $17 per paycheck. Union dues are used to fund the IAFF, a $10,000 life insurance policy for each member, a basic salary for the Union President, Secretary Treasurer, and Recording Secretary, and other costs such as real estate taxes of the union hall.
3. How do I change my beneficiary information for my Union life insurance policy?
4. Where can I find Richmond's Employee Rules and Regulations and Personnel Rules?
This information can be found in the main menu tab, “important links.”
5. Who can I contact if I have an issue with my work or working environment?
First, you should make sure you have properly utilized your chain of command. Following that you should send an email to the Union President, Capt. Keith Andes (ret) describing your problem or issue. His contact information can be found in the “Member’s” tab.
6. What happens if there is a Line of Duty Death?
If there is ever a Line of Duty Death, Local 995 should be contacted immediately. Local 995 has the experience and the resources to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that members benefits are awarded. See the LODD link for a list of benefits that every firefighter is due in the case of a death in the line of duty.
7. What are Presumptive Benefits?
Presumptive Benefits are awarded if a firefighter dies or becomes disabled because of respiratory disease, hypertension or heart disease, cancer. The following link provides a ton of information on these benefits.
Page Last Updated: Jul 26, 2014 (08:55:15)