I just saw a MOU that said management for the FS will reimburse field going employees up to $300 every three years for the purchase of boots. It will start Jan. 2015 there will be some requirements for the employees to meet. I had been negotiating with management for over two years before I retired, but this has been going on for thirty years. I want to thank Joe Duran from NFFE for seeing this through after I left. I had proposed $400 every four years last fall and the NLC tentatively agreed, but then the furlough hit and they changed their mind when we got back to work. They offered a $100 stipend every year which in the long term works out to the same, but a stipend is taxed as income. ie. When I used to get $100 cash award I actually got $72 after taxes. My understanding is the reimbursement isn’t taxable. By paying the $300 an employee can buy the boots of their choice and get much of the cost reimbursed. I also found out last year that if you show your redcard White’s gives a discount on boots to somewhere around $350.
Congratulations to Joe, the Fire Committee, and NFFE.