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July 4th message from 1014 Executive Board

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Happy 4th of July Weekend! 

This weekend our members and their families will take time to celebrate Independence Day while enjoying BBQ’s, parades, firework shows, sporting events and more.  This celebration is a remembrance of July 4th, 1776 when the 13 original colonies claimed independence from England leading to the eventual formation of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America!  Remember those brave members of the Armed Services who have fought, and continue to fight today to keep us free and protect our nation.

As we take time to celebrate let us remember that there are serious threats to our Country that are prevalent this very weekend, and Local 1014 members along with Police, Sheriff and other Fire Service Personnel will be on the front lines to deal with anything that may come our way including the hot fire weather we are experiencing.  Our members will be in harm’s way serving at the stations and sites where we work, and once again performing to the highest standards in the Nation.  We should be very proud of our work and work hard to stay safe and get it done with the pride we always bring to the table.

We are facing many challenges in addition to those faced at work in performing our jobs.  We are also bargaining to get agreement on a successor MOU and the stress is high between the County and the Public Safety Units.  The County has not yet come to the table with any offers that will be satisfactory to Local 1014 or any of the other public safety units for that matter and we stand in solidarity in our quest for a fair contract.  We will continue to bargain after the holiday weekend and you can expect things to heat up a bit more as we progress.  If we cannot achieve a fair deal with the County at the table, we will likely head to impasse where a third party will assist in movement to a fair deal. 

We also are in the heat of battle to continue to protect our fire stations and sites from the adverse health effects of cellular and radio antennas as proposed by LA RICS and supported by the Department.  We did a spectacular job at the local level in halting the antenna construction that brought poor health effects and decreased property values to our citizens, but the fight is not over as we fight state and federal attempts by the telecom industry to get around us in whatever way they can.  We will continue to stand guard and hold the Department and the County accountable for their actions in this ongoing matter.  We will keep you posted on progress in the next couple of weeks.

We are also fighting the Counties new Dependent Eligibility Verification fiasco with both political and legal challenge with our partner Unions at the County Coalition of Unions (CCU).  We have sent out information on how to handle this item while we continue to pursue a challenge in court and through our political action with our Union brothers and sisters.  Please see our website for the most current information on the item.  We believe this latest DEV process to be invasive to our privacy of records, not legal and wasteful effort for something that is already in place and governed by our current Fringe Benefits Choices agreement.  More to come and far from done…. 

We are also under attack once again with a looming pension initiative designed to force the voters to approve any defined benefit pension plan or any bargained changes to a plan and default to a defined contribution (401K Savings Plan) in the absence of approval.  We are heavily engaged at the state level through California Professional Firefighters (CPF) and our allied Public Sector Unions.  This will not be an easy fight and we again will be having to protect our pensions.

Finally, as we head into this weekend we all know we are in some extremely adverse positions with Management on quite a few items that we will not list here, but you are well aware of.  The department owns the work on these items, and while we will go the extra mile to work with the Department on items where we can and will get good work done.  Some items we cannot, and will not, be able to resolve together. Therefore adverse position is where we will go and we will strongly challenge the work of the Department.  We will do this formally, politically and literally to the greatest power and strength of this great Union.  We will get through all of these issues and times and as great a Los Angeles County Fire Department as there has ever been will shine through in the end because of one thing….the people doing the work day in and day out, the membership! 

Please remember to take caution to be extra safe if you are at work this weekend and prepare for anything, and if you are off and celebrating take caution to plan for a safe weekend and arrange for NO DRINKING or if you are going to drink, CHOOSE A DESIGNATED DRIVER, GET A ROOM OR TAKE A CAB!  Make a PLAN!  Don’t ruin your career, or someone's life, by making a poor decision when it’s too late to recover. 

Have a safe, Happy and Proud Independence Day, and 4th of July Weekend and be extremely proud of your work and your dedication to this Department and the people we serve and proud of our service to America! 

Local 1014 Executive Board

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
IIMPORTANT DEV UPDATE - PLEASE share

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV)

A follow-up to our last communication regarding the DEV. As a reminder to change the required documentation during the plan year is a change that we feel is not within their right. We will continue to challenge this.

We are not done with this issue.....

Dear Members:
 
As you are aware, LA County Firefighters Local 1014, together with the Coalition of County Unions (CCU), has challenged the additional documentation that is being requested by the County under its audit of dependent benefits. We have discussed our concerns with the County; however, the County is continuing to demand this additional documentation even though that demand may lead to some qualified dependents losing coverage.
 
In order to avoid a disruption to your benefits, we advise that you submit the requested documentation and retain a copy of all documentation submitted. However, you may choose to submit the documents required for spouses / domestic partners under protest with the following statement attached in a note:
 
Enclosed is my marriage certificate / certificate of domestic partnership, the only document required when I enrolled my dependent (spouse / domestic partner) into the health plan. I am submitting the additional requested document under protest since I was not required to provide any additional document upon enrollment, nor is any additional document required under the health plan’s written terms.
 
What if I can’t find the requested documents?
If you have a marriage certificate, certificate of domestic partnership, or birth certificate but are unable to provide it because you cannot find it, we advise that you:

  1. Request a replacement copy;
  2. Make a copy of your request; and
  3. Submit that request in response to the audit, with an explanation that you were unable to find the document, have made a request for a replacement and ask the County for an extension, explaining you will send the replacement copy as soon as you receive it.

 
What if I am unable to provide requested additional documentation?
If the document exists but is not easily accessible, we recommend you take steps to obtain a copy and follow the steps above. If you are unable to provide the additional documentation required – such as a joint bank statement, tax return or utility bill because such a document does not exist (for example, because you have separate bank accounts, only one party is listed in your utility bills or you have not yet filed your taxes) – immediately contact:

HMS Dependent Verification
Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(866) 365-7285

We are committed to challenging any unlawful action by the County resulting from the audit. If after submitting your response to the audit you receive any notice of termination, please contact us immediately.
 
In Solidarity,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

We understand some people have not received their packets as of yet. If you haven't please call the above listed number to find out the status. remember the documentation they are asking for, according to the County of Los Angeles SHALL be turned in by July 15th or you run the risk of your dependents being dropped by the county.

Any questions please contact the hall at (310) 639-1014 or Email us at mail@local1014.org.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details

2 years ago today....

Two years ago today we posted the below information about the tragic loss of 19 Firefighters.

Please keep all 19 members and their families in your thoughts and prayers today. Remember one of our own families lost a bright, talented young son/firefighter in this tragedy and we will never forget Kevin Woyjeck

Sunday June 30th our firefighting profession had a tragic loss at the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott Arizona.

19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives tragically. It is being reported that 22 other firefighters were injured at the fire. While details continue to come in we ask that all firefighters remain aware of their surroundings, review fire orders and be careful during this fire season that is predicted to be one of the worst ever.

Watch our website for regular updates. In the meantime for the latest news click on any of the below websites for the late news.

Please keep those brave firefirefighters who gave their lives protecting the City of Prescott in your thoughts and prayers. Please also keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.

An inside look at the Granite Mountain Hotshots

A recent article about the crew

Facebook site honoring the fallen firefighters in Arizona

KSAZ Phoenix News

Arizona Daily Star

CNN news

Fox News

Firefighter Nation

Firehouse

Firefighter Close Calls

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details

Happy Father's Day

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Happy Fathers Day!

Fathers' Day: is a celebration that started in 1910 honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Fathers' Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.

While we will be pressed with a number of items and issues to deal with next week and long into our journey… things like the next pension assault initiative, securing a fair contract, protecting our retiree health care coverage, difficulties and adversities with fire department management, operational issues, LA RICS and Telecom industries continued attempts to look past our health and safety, EMS and Department funding, and many other important subjects that will test our resolve and our strength…. Tomorrow we can take time to let it all go and celebrate “Fathers”. 

Whether it is our sons and daughters celebrating us as fathers, or remembering fathers who have passed, fathers who raised sisters and brothers now on the job, fathers that mentored, encouraged and led us all to take on one of the greatest careers in the world; take time to celebrate all that we have and remember our fathers. 

We all have so much to be thankful for and we are proud to be part of one of the greatest “Unions” of men and women who make up the heart and soul of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  We are among the best in the world at what we do, and we work hard to accomplish everything we do as we serve the citizens.  Celebrate and remember the different roles fathers have played in who and where we are today as members of this “Union of Firefighters and Paramedics and Fire Personnel”.  How sweet it is!

Local 1014 Executive Board wishes all of the “Fathers” we will all remember and recognize a “Happy Father’s Day” and as always remember to celebrate responsibly.  Be safe and smart whether at work or at home.  You all know what that means; we speak to it often…live it.  Enjoy your weekend!

In Solidarity,
President Dave Gillotte and the Executive Board of Local 1014

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details

Dependent Eligibility Verification audit

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Dependent Eligibility Verification

As you may or may not realize the County of Los Angeles is in the beginning stages of a Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) audit.

The County is asking every employee to submit new documentation to prove your relationships as well as your dependents eligibility for benefits.

The County Coalition of Unions (CCU), which 1014 is a part of, is ACTIVELY opposing the new additional documentation to verify eligibility.

Click HERE to read a CCU document for more information but in the meantime we STRONGLY recommend you not respond until all outstanding issues between labor and management are resolved.

This is an issue we have been addressing with the County and have not been able to resolve as of now and the County has chosen to move forward.

Any questions please call the hall at (310) 639-1014 or click HERE to send an email to your executive board.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details


Download: dev.flyer.6.18.15.pdf
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