Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Emanuel wants more medical exams for firefighters, paramedics on disability

Chicago firefighters and paramedics on disability leave would have to submit to more frequent medical check-ups to determine if they could go back to work under new rules proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday.

Emanuel’s action comes two weeks after City Hall proposed a similar crackdown on police officers — all in reaction to a Chicago Sun-Times investigation. The investigation found that 347 cops and 390 fire personnel are collecting more than $45 million a year in disability pay from cash-strapped city pension funds, plus millions of dollars more in taxpayer-provided health insurance.

The Sun-Times found several police officers collecting disability checks while working other jobs, including a lawyer whom city police pension officials have since asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to investigate for fraud.

Thirty-five percent of the firefighters and paramedics on disability are paid more than $60,000 a year, tax-free. They include Battalion Chief Patrick Kehoe, who gets $91,113 a year and was on disability leave when he filmed a commercial for Emanuel’s mayoral campaign.

Emanuel faces more of a challenge in trying to bring disabled firefighters back to work than he does with disabled cops. The police department has limited-duty desk jobs available for injured officers, but the fire department has no similar program.

Emanuel’s proposed reforms include:

◆ Firefighters, paramedics and police officers on disability would have to report their annual incomes, thereby revealing their income from other jobs. City officials say some disabled fire personnel and cops might be able to return to work if they’re already healthy enough to hold other jobs.

◆Fire personnel and police officers couldn’t apply for disability leave until they’re examined by their departments’ medical staff to determine if the injured workers are capable of doing other jobs within their departments.

◆More frequent medical check-ups for firefighters on disability who are currently examined only every two years. Unless they’re permanently disabled, all firefighters on disability leave for fewer than five years would be examined every six months. Everyone else would be examined yearly.

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

IMEs suck get a lawyer they are going to say you can go back to work!!

Anonymous said...

Good news as far as I am concerned. I know guys who were CFD and abuse the system. Niggers & Beaners abuse the systenm they are wrong too.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for it! These parasites have been milking the system forever.

Anonymous said...

Cock sucken mayor. Open the casinos at miggs field and let the cash flow begin you Jew bastard.

Anonymous said...

"They include Battalion Chief Patrick Kehoe, who gets $91,113 a year and was on disability leave when he filmed a commercial for Emanuel’s mayoral campaign."

Is Rahmmy biting the hand that fed him?

Anonymous said...

Agree with this one. Sorry. The 10/15% fuck it up for the people who appreciate our job and a lil hard work. Bet must are nigro and beano

Anonymous said...

The lil plebe in the pic is eye googling mr. magoo and his pp too!!

I Voted For Obama said...

If you can prove you voted for Obama, you will be exempt from these restrictions.

Anonymous said...

Hope he NEVER has to dial 911 for a emergency, Here's a thought, see if some of those welfare leaches can go to work

Anonymous said...

Folks, there IS A CONTRACT ,I know that if you are called down MORE than 4 times in a month YOU will be paid OVERTIME! THAT language WILL have to be changed in the NEW Contract. Also Mayor TUTU wants to reduce manpower ? SIR, that's LOCKED in for at least 2 more years , good luck trying to change THAT one.

Anonymous said...

Rhams lap dog Pat Kehoe "slipped" and "fell" on a driveway while "working" at a hazmat scene. Then he goes to work for the Jew and now he's getting fucked by this back stabbing Jew. Hope they make you come back Pat so we can get our chance to fuck you. What comes around goes around.

Anonymous said...

Not only do they need to go after the welfare cheats, but all the bullshiters on ssi. I do laugh when pookie get kilt and then sheniqua want his name on the birf paper. This is a bad omen for the future of disability, but I do believe that the truly disables don't have a problem with this. The scammers ruin it for the legit.

Anonymous said...

Fuckers cant even hold a job that works 5 days a month ! You pieces of shit !

Whatever happened to that CPD officer that was in a fight at U.S. Cellular Field 5 or 6 years ago when he was working security at the park while collecting disability from the city?

Anonymous said...

let's get the scammers back to work behind a desk and let the officers on total disability alone.

Anonymous said...

Will Shaved be our new coffee boy?

Anonymous said...

they need to fix this,but they also need to go after ssi,welfare scammers.soon very soon it may be better to not work then work,wtf!

Anonymous said...

Any "civilian" employees would be back to work two weeks after knee surgery, hip surgery, shoulder surgery, etc. Many police and fire personnel would never think of pursuing disability after these procedures. Then you have the people who think they are "special"! They pursue other jobs while collecting and then brag about all the wealth they have acquired! If you know anyone on disability, I guarantee they are living better than if they were working full-time with a side job and a ton of overtime!!!!

Anonymous said...

It comes out of the pension fund