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Fair RETIRE Act (Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned), S-29
Allow permanently sick or disabled Firefighters to keep special retirement coverage
Official Time Reform Act of 2017, HR 1364
Any day where 80% of work day is spent on Union representational duties would not count toward retirement
PAGE Act (Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency)
Make all Government employees "at will" with no appeal rights, forfeit pensions for felony convictions, eliminate all Union official time. This Bill has not yet been re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act (Presumption), H.R. 1884
Creates presumptive legislation for certain types of cancer and disease linked to firefighting duties.
Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act H.R. 4729
Change our retirement calculation to include our regularly scheduled overtime This Bill has yet to be re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Flexibility and Fairness Act, H.R. 1363
Will allow increased flexibility regarding trade time agreements
Big Win for F-289, Miramar Paramedics
Updated On: Aug 23, 2009


This overtime case involves the claims of paramedic members in IAFF Local F-289. According to the information provided, new hires at Miramar in California are brought on as series GS-640, which is a Health Aid and Technician Series -- and their position description title is paramedic. These new hires act as paramedics until they become certified fire fighters, which often takes at least a year. The Local F-289 paramedics work a 56 hour a week schedule and are only paid overtime for hours over 53; they are not paid overtime for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.


Since 1998 and the implementation of the Firefighter Pay Reform Act, federal fire fighters classified in the GS-081 Fire Protection job classification series earn time-and-one-half overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 106 hours in a biweekly pay period, or, if the agency establishes a weekly basis for overtime pay computation, hours of work in excess of 53 hours in an administrative workweek. This only applies, however, to fire fighters in the GS-081 classification. See 5 C.F.R. §550.1302. Thus, the Agency is required to compensate all FLSA non-exempt employees, who are not fire fighters, overtime pay as provided under Title 5 of the United States Code, i.e., for all hours of work in excess of 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in an administrative workweek.


This court action recently settled on terms favorable to these IAFF federal members, who will receive $61,356.13 in back pay, liquidated damages, and interest. In addition, the Government is now properly compensating them as EMT/Paramedics, and it is in the process of converting them to full cross-trained, dual function fire fighter/EMS personnel.


This settlement also provides for the recovery of attorneys’ fees and expenses.

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