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New Online Voting Feature

Monday, January 6, 2014 posted by admin

We have invested into new technology to assist our membership in taking part in the voting process.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!  The decisions we make as a social organization are greatly impacted by our membership.  Let us know your thoughts on pending issues by utilizing this new technology.

Voting will be open February 10th – February 17th!


Username: First letter of your first name followed by your last name, EX: dfarrell
GENERIC Password:  UCSA2014


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UCSA Bi-Annual Meeting October 17th

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 posted by admin

We will hold our second meeting of the year on Thursday, October 17,2013 at 1900 hours at Kilkenny’s Ale house (2nd floor) 27 Central Ave corner of Halsey Street, Newark.

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Tone at the Top

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 posted by admin

From Merit Matters, 12 Sep 2013:

Court Monitor Mark Cohen submitted a Periodic Report To The Court yesterday indicating that his review of FDNY recruitment and EEO reports “make it clear that more work remains to be done” in specific areas, including the Tone at the Top. Here is his review:

Research by the Monitor, the City, and their respective consultants makes clear that lasting and effective advances in diversity consistent with the Modified Remedial Order will require unambiguous, sustained and vocal support from FDNY leadership. Significant progress has been made, but the “tone at the top” must be sustained, and it should not be limited to the senior-most ranks of the department. Concrete, positive messages regarding diversity and the remediation process should be clearly and frequently voiced by officers at all levels of the FDNY, from the Commissioner down to the division and firehouse level. The city should update the Monitor on its “tone at the top” messaging on a regular basis.

The late Augustus "Gus" Beekman former FDNY C-o-D and Fire Commissioner

The late Augustus “Gus” Beekman former FDNY C-o-D and Fire Commissioner

Allow me to provide an update along with a history lesson.

First, the lesson. In the early 1990s Mayor David Dinkins and Personnel Director Douglas White (currently part of the FDNY Administration) attempted to end testing for the rank of FDNY Captain in favor of an appointment system in order to increase the number of minorities and women in that rank and the ones above. This intent, revealed in a memo from Mr. White, was vigorously opposed by the city’s first Hispanic Fire Commissioner, Carlos Rivera. “The cure would be worse than the illness” wrote Commissioner Rivera in a letter to Mr. White. “The use of discretionary appointments to exclude (white candidates for captain) would be extremely disruptive to the social fabric of our department”.

Continuing our lesson we turn to Gus Beekman, a black FDNY Commissioner (although not the first one). In WNYF 1/74 Commissioner Beekman, at the time a Staff Chief, wrote that “human nature resists performing up to maximum potential without the influence of motivating or compelling forces. In the Fire Department such forces are expressed in the form of recruitment and promotion standards, the administration of competitive examinations, and the recording of comparative performance ratings…any pressures applied by the Fire Department are designed to propel men forward rather than to hold them back”. Based on these quotes it has been made clear that the tone expressed by both a black and Hispanic Fire Commissioner would not be acceptable to Mr. Cohen. Neither will the tone I will now express in my update.

I would like to see unambiguous, sustained and vocal support from FDNY leadership for the concepts of safety, equal treatment, high standards and color blind decision making. I would like to see the Administration enforce the FDNY EEO Policy Statement as it calls for employment decisions to be made without regard to color, gender, race or religion – that means no quotas, no disciplinary disparity, no targeted recruitment. I would like to see the EEO Unit recognize that it harms its ostensible mission by employing firefighters who support racist and sexist employment policies as EEO instructors.

I will not transmit positive messages about the remediation process as that process discriminates based on race. I will repeat my concrete position on diversity: I don’t care if the FDNY is all black, or all female, or all Asian or even all white as long as all are competent and earned the job on merit. I have and will clearly and frequently voice my opposition to any and all who put their ideology or their careers ahead of the safety of NYC residents and firefighters.

Diversity for the sake of diversity is dangerous and unacceptable, even if it does provide employment for EEO professionals and a wide array of consultants as well as cash payouts for the perpetually offended. This concept, and the accompanying odious practices installed to achieve it, will continue to be opposed by Merit Matters (the most diverse group concerned with the FDNY – a diversity achieved organically, by presenting positions that reasonable people of all groups support).

– Paul Mannix, President – Merit Matters

Read the original article here.

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Letter from the President

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 posted by admin


We’re three full months into 2013 and it has been eventful to this point and there’s more to come!

Our first United Civil Servants Association meeting of the year was well attended and gave us the opportunity to relay some very important information.

In addition to dealing with issues on a state, and periodically, federal level concerning our profession, the U.C.S.A. remains active within the fire department and the community we serve.
For members who were unable to attend and as a reminder for those who did attend, the following items were discussed:
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, we will be holding what hopefully will be an annual event as a fundraiser for the U.C.S.A.  Our first annual, “Comedy Night” will be at Iberia’s Restaurant on Ferry St from 7pm-11pm. It will feature the comedy acts of two highly successful comedians, John Mulrooney and Vic Dibitetto. Tickets are $75 each and includes buffet dinner, beer, wine and sangria, dessert table and show. We are also including a “cocktail hour” complete open bar from 7pm-8pm with dinner and dessert served from 8pm-9pm followed by the comedy show. It should be a great night for not only our organization, but for our family and friends as well. Hope all members make an effort to attend.
This years “Blaze on the Beach” will be held in a new location since Hurricane Sandy claimed Donovan’s Reef along with the rest of its damage on the Jersey Shore. This years Blaze will be at Bar Anticipation (Bar A to most) on Friday, July 12, 2013 and starts at NOON with open bar on BBQ till 5:00. This is always one of the most anticipated fire department events of the year and this year should keep that streak going. 100% of the proceeds from the day go DIRECTLY to one of our brothers whose child is in need.T-shirts and 50/50s will be available by mid-April.
We also hope to support the Hispanic Firefighters Association’s “Casino Night” being held the on May 11, 2013 at the Hot Spot Diner in the Ironbound on Wright St and Avenue A.
Congratulations to our Director Fateen A. Ziyad on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Project Re-Direct for his work within the community!
The annual Newark Firefighters Federal Credit Union Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Chandelier Restaurant in Belleville. Always a staple event of the Newark Fire Department and hope our members continue to support this event.
It is with great regret that this association announces the death of past Member, Brother and Friend Captain Jerry Inman.  On behalf of the USCA Board,  we offer our deepest condolences to Jerry’s family. 
He will be greatly missed.
The Board of the U.C.S.A. proudly announces the winners of our Scholarship for their essays on an influential African-American during Black History Month.
Emily Gibbons on her thoughtful words on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr as well as several other prominent men and women in Black History, and Nikki L. Holcombe with her insightful views of Oprah Winfrey.
Congratulations to both young women on their excellent work and best of luck to them in their academic futures!
We hope to see our members at not only our Comedy Night but most any fire department function that we support.
Look for our next newsletter in June and our next meeting in September!
Yours in Brotherhood,
Danny J. Farrell, President, U.C.S.A.
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