URGENT – Hearings about Proposed Legislation


Friday, March 24th at 10:30, the Appropriations committee will hold a public hearing on 82 anti-labor bills. We need all members that are not working to come to the Legislative Office Building to show our displeasure with these bills.

Room 1C will be available as a staging room for us from 11:00-5:00.

Please make every effort to attend, we are a force when we show up at the LOB.

Mayor Ganim Names Richard Thode to Five-Year Appointment as Bridgeport Fire Chief

Thode is a 30-year Veteran of the Bridgeport Fire Department; Was Provisional Chief Since May 2016


Bridgeport – Mayor Joe Ganim announced today named Richard Thode to a five-year appointment as Bridgeport Fire Chief.  Thode is a 30-year veteran of the Bridgeport Fire Department and had served as provisional chief since May 2016 when former Chief Brian Rooney retired.

“I am very happy today to announce the appointment of Chief Thode for a full five year term leading the Bridgeport Fire Department,” said Mayor Ganim.  “Chief Thode has demonstrated over the nine months he has served as provisional chief that he is a true leader of the Fire Department and commands deep respect and admiration from the nearly 300 firefighters under his command.  Chief Thode is also a very smart and capable manager, figuring out innovative ways to accomplish the Fire Department’s goals more effectively while saving the city considerable resources.  This is already resulting in more effective fire safety and emergency management and greater public safety for the city of Bridgeport.  We all look forward to at least five more years of stable and consistent leadership.”

David Dobbs of the International Association of Firefighters Local 834 union representing Bridgeport firefighters, said “Our union applauds Mayor Ganim in naming Richard Thode as Fire Chief.  In the short number of months he has been acting chief, he has demonstrated professionalism and leadership that we have been lacking and we are encouraged by what the future holds”

Fire Union IAFF Local 834 President Robert Whitbread said, “I came on with Chief Thode 30 years ago and working with him all this time I can say there are many qualities about him that sets him apart as a leader. He is an excellent listener and he ensures he has his facts before making decisions. But most importantly, he will do a good job because he has the support of the membership. My perception is moral is already going up since he has been acting as chief.”

Chief Richard Thode started as a Bridgeport firefighter in 1987 and rose through the ranks as a Lieutenant, Captain, and Assistant Chief.  He commanded firefighters in the field, integrated technology to improve their safety, and oversaw reforms to the deployment of fire department resources to improve the productivity and efficacy of operations.  Thode also served on joint management-labor committees and is widely respected throughout the department.

City of Bridgeport and Fire Union Agree on Contract Extension through 2020

Bridgeport, CT – Robert Whitbread, the President of IAFF Local 834 with Bridgeport Fire Chief Thode, and Mayor Joe Ganim announced that they have reached an agreement on the Fire Department’s contract extension through 2020.   This agreement will save the City of Bridgeport more than one million dollars over twelve months.


 “Thank you. All parties and departments worked hard, and worked together to reach an agreement that will bring our city enormous savings, and that will make a positive impact on our budget and ultimately a savings for our residents,” announced Mayor Ganim.

 Chief Thode stated, “We are pleased with the restructuring and our overall agreement.  I’m also proud to say that we reached these savings with absolutely no reduction in line force.”

 The 2017 City Council adopted budget incorporated a $4million union concession amount based on each union receiving zero (0%) wage increase.   So far, the City has attained zero wage increase from six (6) unions.

5th Annual CT Burn Center Fundraiser

Bridgeport Fire Fighters Local 834

EST. JUNE 5, 1945


Dear Friends,

The Bridgeport Connecticut Firefighter’s Union Local 834, in partnership with the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, proudly announces that we are sponsoring our 5th annual fundraiser to take place on March 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Vazzano’s Four Seasons at a cost of $80.00 per person. All proceeds from this event will be given directly to the CT Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital for new equipment, state-of-the-art technology, and specialized education for doctors, nurses and staff. In addition, an exciting new hospital based program is being implemented called SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) where volunteers are providing peer support to patients by helping survivors to adapt to a burn injury through sharing similar experiences. Over $44,000 was given directly to the CT Burn Center through last year’s event for total of over $161,000 over the last 4 years!

The Connecticut Burn Center is one of 62 treatment facilities in the United States verified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association and the only Burn Center in Connecticut. The Center was originally founded in 1973 by the late Andrew J. Panettieri, M.D.

On behalf of the Bridgeport Firefighter’s Union Local 834, we ask if you would be so kind to find a way to donate to the Connecticut Burn Center so that it can continue to provide and improve the care of burn victims and their families. Your donation may be monetary or an item that can be used for an auction that will be held at the fundraiser on March 19th. The Bridgeport Hospital Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. A letter for income tax purposes can be provided at your request. Thank you for your consideration.

Warmest Regards and Gratitude,

Bridgeport Connecticut Firefighter’s Union Local 834 and the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation

For donations, please make checks payable to the “Bridgeport Hospital Foundation” with

Notation: Bridgeport Firefighters Union Local 834 Fundraiser

Please send checks, in-kind-donations, and return all contributions to:

c/o Captain Salvatore Emanuel BFD

225 Lighthouse Ave., Stratford, CT 06615


Tickets will be sold and distributed by the Bridgeport Firefighters Union and the United for Recovery Committee: Sal Emanuel, Zoli Szabo, Dominick Carfi, Frank Falanga, Sheila Vega, Fred Garrity Jr, James Messoros, Melissa Emanuel, Liz Falanga, Barb Susi, Kate Moran, Alina and Matt Merced, Helen Pappano, Kate Cieplinska, Louis Santiago