Accomplishments of Local 995
Local 995 successfully lobbied City Council to refund the Career Development Program for FY15 after a six year program suspension. The Career Development Program allows motivated firefighters to continue down a path of professional growth, ultimately resulting in increases in salary and benefits. Having better trained and more motivated firefighters leads to better service for the citizens of Richmond.
Local 995 helped create and initiate the DROP, and allows a firefighter to “effectively retire,” but continue to work for the Fire Department for up to five years. Once you enter DROP, you continue your employment with the City of Richmond and the retirement benefits you would have received if you had stopped working are credited monthly to your DROP account. You remain eligible for promotions, pay increases and benefits, such as annual leave and sick leave. You are subject to all of the same laws and regulations regarding employment that you were subject to prior to entering DROP. Upon leaving the DROP, all of the accrued retirement benefits are compensable in one lump sum.
After many years of firefighters operating substandard apparatus, Local 995 lobbied successfully for the Fire Department to return to the more traditional response model and away from the Quint concept. The Fire Department plans to no longer purchase Quints in the future, but rather dedicated engines and trucks. The traditional response model leads to better trained firefighters who can be more focused on a single discipline, which results in better service for the citizens of Richmond.
In the past, firefighters were required to produce a sick note from their physician for their superior officer if he/she called out sick. All other city employees only have to do so after three consecutively missed work days. The Fire Department’s policy ultimately led to increased costs in health insurance. Because of Local 995’s efforts, the Fire Department’s sick leave policy is now in line with the rest of the city and results in net savings for Richmond and its tax payers.
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