Registration is now open for the 2020 AFFI Pension Seminar. This year’s conference will be a hybrid event. Presenters, sponsors, and AFFI staff along with a limited number of attendees will assemble at the Double Tree Lisle-Naperville (3003 Corporate West Dr in Lisle). The first 30 AFFI members to register and who want to attend in person will be the maximum number of attendees allowed. The webinar will be broadcast live beginning at 1:30 p.m. on October 27th and break at approximately 5:00 pm. It will resume at 9:00 a.m. on October 28th and conclude around 2:00 p.m. Firefighter Pension Trustees attending either in person or via the web are able to earn all 8 continuing education hours required and will receive a certificate.
There is no cost to AFFI members for this year’s seminar!
Non-Member fee is $25.
First let me thank you for your ongoing support of our Executive Board and staff as we work through these unprecedented times. I also want to personally thank you for the support and faith in me as your President that was shown during our 43rd Biennial Convention last week. I promise to continue to work hard and advocate for every one of our 15,000 members across the state.
While we are speaking about the convention, I think it is important to note that many of our Executive Board members and staff, led by Secretary/Treasurer Tom Roate, put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to produce a one of its kind virtual convention. I know that we are all very appreciative of their tremendous behind the scenes work and persistence to provide us with a forum to conduct business during this moment in time.
We know that this pandemic has wreaked havoc on each of you personally and professionally. Please know that the AFFI is here for you in any way that we can assist. Our COVID-19 committee continues to keep up with directives, provide guidance and do research on the latest information. On a side note, be sure your members are aware of the AFFI face coverings we are offering as a $20 contribution to AFFI PAC. We have placed another order and they should be arriving at the office in the next week or so.
We know that our local government employers have lost revenue over the last four months and the fiscal outlook could be bleak as we move through the year(s). We have provided educational links on our website. In addition, to ensure your employer is applying for every grant or stimulus dollar available, you can visit the IAFF Preparing for a COVID-19 Economy page to find best practices. We have also bolstered our data department within the AFFI to provide you and your District Vice President with multiple data sets and research in order to better assist you if/when you are called to the bargaining table.
I know your District Vice Presidents are in constant contact with you. They are your first line of communication to the AFFI and each one of them takes great pride in their district and their members. I have witnessed first-hand how hard they work on a daily basis. Please use them and never hesitate to contact them.
I also want to extend the offer to attend one of your union meetings, either in person or virtually, along with your District VP and Leg Rep as our schedules allow. Please know that this AFFI is here for you and we will continue to do everything in our power to represent your best interests.
Lastly, you will soon be receiving correspondence from me concerning AFFI committee appointments so please be on the lookout for it, and share it with your membership.
The IAFF Center of Excellence is committed to raising awareness and providing education about behavioral health matters that impact fire fighters, paramedics and dispatchers across the United States and Canada. Their community education webinar series is designed to engage and inform fire service members and treatment professionals alike on unique topics that impact this population. Please join them for an upcoming training to learn more.
Dear Local Officer,
On behalf of the AFFI Executive Board and Staff I hope this communication finds you and your members safe and healthy.
As we continue to work through the global pandemic we are beginning to face new challenges. Many municipalities are starting to feel budget constraints as this crisis evolves and are now looking to your membership to help mitigate these issues.
The AFFI is here to support our members and Local leadership through various resources including expertise in bargaining via your District Vice President, data exhibits, legislative efforts, and education.
We have created and posted new educational videos to assist you with concession bargaining, municipal financial analysis, exposures to Covid-19, and communications strategies.
We are also launching 2 new webinar sessions to provide further insights on the impacts of the pandemic in a broader spectrum.
Session 1 will feature Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Mr. Martire will discuss budget impacts on a broad scale due to the pandemic. There are 2 available sessions that you may choose to participate in:
Session 2 will feature Professor Bob Bruno with the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations. Professor Bruno will be discussing how essential workers are important to a vibrant economy. There are also 2 available sessions to participate in on this topic:
If you would like you to participate in either of these seminars please email the AFFI Office with your name, local, and which session(s) you would like to participate in. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the session or sessions you signed up for.
Please stay tuned as we develop further educational resources for you to engage in over the following weeks. Thank you for what you do on the frontlines in your community and stay safe!
Luke Howieson, AFFI VP at Large
In an effort to ensure the safety of our members and the public during this pandemic, your AFFI has decided to postpone the events listed below:
April 27th, Fire Ops 101 Event in Springfield
April 28th – 30th, Fran Gambro Legislative Conference
In addition, the Muscular Dystrophy Association will not be holding Boot Camp at Guarantee Field on April 21st.
As First Responders, we realize your workload has been greatly impacted by recent events and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
The AFFI Executive Board
927 S. Second Street
Springfield IL 62704