The Northampton Firefighters will be participating in the 2013 Relay for Life. The event will be held at Look Park in Florence starting at 3 pm on June 14, 2013. Northampton firefighters will be on hand to walk in support of the American Cancer Society. Firefighters will be participating in honor guards to both kick off the event, and also to lead the survivors around the park for the Survivor's Lap. This is a tremendous community event that we are proud to be a part of. Please consider donating to this wonderful cause and stop by and see your Northampton Firefighters on Relay Day.
On Sunday April 7, 2013, Local 108 members participated in the annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser for childhood cancer research. The event was held at Rafter's Pub in Amherst, MA. We would like to congratulate our members for raising $2,724 for the charity. Members participating were Tom Clark, Dennis Nazzaro, team captain Matt Marchand, John Van't Land, Rich Aldrich and Adam Martin. Brother Nazzaro was the top Local 108 fundraiser, raising $780. Great job to all our members who participated, and a huge thank you and shout out to all who donated to the cause.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Local 108 lost retired Brother Richard "Dick" Bowler. Brother Bowler joined the fire department in 1957 and served for the next thirty years, retiring in 1987. He was a husband, a father of two, and a friend to many. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9 am from the Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Rd., Northampton, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Annunciation Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Beacon Street, Florence. Dick's burial will take place at a later date in the Howland Cemetery in Conway. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Northampton firefighters' suit over raises to be subject of closed-door City Council session
By Fred Contrada, The Republican
on January 02, 2013 at 9:00 AM
NORTHAMPTON – Mayor David J. Narkewicz will ask the City Council to go into executive session before its Jan. 3 meeting to discuss litigation between the city and its firefighters union.
In February, three members of the union, Michael Hatch, Matthew Marchand and Natalie Stollmeyer, filed the complaint on behalf of the union maintaining that the city illegally denied them a contracted raise. According to the suit, firefighters and captains are due to receive pay increases every year for eight years, per the terms of their contract with the city. Northampton did not pay that step increase last year.
In 2011, then-Mayor Mary Clare Higgins asked all unions that represent city employees to accept a wage freeze in order to avoid layoffs. Some union complied, but the city never came to an agreement with Fire Fighters IAFF Local 108.
The strife between the union and city officials has been ongoing. Two months after it filed the suit, the union issued a vote of no confidence against Chief Brian Duggan. The firefighters accused the chief of jeopardizing public safety by taking a fire engine out of service and criticized him for his budgeting practices.
Duggan responded that the no confidence vote was part of a “political agenda” by the union. Narkewicz called the vote “reckless” and said it was part of a bargaining strategy that would not succeed.
Breaking with past practice, Narkewicz will seek to convene the executive session at 6 p.m., before the council meeting. Traditionally, the council has gone into executive session at the end of its meetings.
“This seems like a better way to do it,” Narkewicz said.
In response to the Boston Marathon bombings, public safety Locals in Boston have joined to form the Boston's First Responders Fund. The Boston’s First Responders Fund will benefit victims and families of the marathon attack. If you would like to make a donation, you may mail a check to the following address:
Boston Fire Fighters Credit Union
60 Hallet Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
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