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Choices and Halloween are here...

Just a few quick reminders and update on a few things…

CHOICES ANNUAL ENROLLMENT DEADLINE OCTOBER 31ST 2014 AT MIDNIGHT – SELECT YOUR 2014 BENEFITS

Follow the instructions in your Choices Benefit Enrollment Packet but here are some reminders:

  • You must finish enrollment by Midnight October 31 2014 – Online at www.mylacountybenefits.com or by phone at 1-888-822-0487.
  • To access either enrollment system you need your employee number and your Personal Identification No. (MMYYYY -2 digit month and 4-digit year of your birth)
  • YOU MUST ENROLL TO WAIVE MEDICAL COVERAGE or you will automatically be enrolled in Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health Plan.
  • YOU MUST ENROLL TO PARTICIPATE IN A HELATH CARE AND / OR DEPENDENT CARE SPENDING ACCOUNT
  • YOU MUST ENROLL TO ADD INSURANCE COVERAGE OR LEVELS AND TO ADD OR DELETE DEPENDENTS FOR COVERAGE (Social Security Numbers Needed)

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health and Dental Plan Highlights:

  • FREE BODY SCAN EXTENED FOR 1 MORE YEAR.
  • IF YOU PROMOTE TO BATTALION CHIEF BEFORE YOU AND HAVE NOT BEEN OR SELECTED LOCAL 1014 HEALTHPLAN THE COUNTY WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO SIGN UP FOR THE PLAN EVER.  THAT MEANS YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS PLAN INTO RETIREMENT. 
  • LOCAL 1014 OFFERS SUPPLEMENTAL DENTAL UP TO 2,000 LIFETIME ORTHODONTIA AND 1,000 EXCESS DENTAL COVERAGE
  • VSP VISION PLAN AT MAXIMUM BENEFIT LEVELS
  • TAKE THE PLAN WITH YOU “AS IS” INTO RETIREMENT

Take time to elect your Health Care, Dental, Life Insurance, AD & D and Spending Account “CHOICES” by midnight October 31, 2014.

If you have questions or need answers about the 1014 medical plan follow this link: http://www.local1014medical.org/

BE GOOD PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTING AND PARAMEDIC AND FIRE PERSONNEL BOTH ON DUTY AND OFF DUTY

As we head into the close of 2014 and start of 2015, your Local 1014 Executive Board and many other Unions of the LA Federation of Labor, the CCU and the CPF and IAFF work hard to protect and to bargain our salaries and benefits and Healthcare and Retirement and SRC and Working Conditions, and as you can plainly see, it is going to take every ounce of energy and effort and dollars we have to continue to succeed in doing so.

We ask of you the members to help by doing a few things to eliminate the Stupidity and the Ignorance of the SELECT FEW of ALL RANKS who through their actions bring a bad name to our Profession and our Members and our Department in the eyes of the Public we serve.  Knock off the petty feuds and fights in the stations some of which have landed at the Board of Supervisors Offices.  Knock off the member on member crime that has sometimes resulted in station cancer and lawsuits and rancor.  We need not only grown adults showing up at work to handle the jobs we represent, but high standard performing members who serve with pride and tradition through training and education and professional standards. Our service is all we have and our image and confidence of the public is key to support for everything we have including the funding for our operational needs and our salary and benefits.

Police ourselves and if you are a leader (Captains and Battalion Chiefs Senior Firefighters and Paramedics and Fire Personnel) give guidance and leadership at the line-up and all day long on calls and in the public eye and out of the public eye…for both On Duty and Off Duty Conduct.  Don’t be a commander in chief or dictator either, but take time to lead by example and demand excellence of service through and in deference to our proud tradition.  Give each other a break and get it done…leaving time to serve the public, educate and train ourselves, and give time to use our resources at the Union to protect and advance our Salary and Benefits and Working Conditions instead of having to babysit a few members and a few chief officers who just can’t seem to get it right. We thank you in advance and we know that the majority of the membership and chief officers get what we are saying and live it every day….if this offended you or made you roll your eyes, then we were probably talking to you and you should probably go look in the mirror and make some changes…it might just save your job.

Finally as you close out this October Month with the Halloween Celebrations with your families, remember DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  JUST DON’T DO IT!  GET A CAB, GET A RIDE OR DRIVER OR GET A ROOM if you are going to consume alcohol in your celebrations.  It’s just that simple at this point.  We all know it, and have been reminded and reminded and seen the pain and suffering a DUI or worse can cause our membership, yet a few continue to disregard the news and significantly impact their future and their families futures.  TAKE A PLEDGE NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE ALSO….. AS BAD AS DRINKING AND DRIVING FOR ACCIDENTS AND ILLEGAL ALSO, IT IS TIME WE TACKLE THIS ALSO.  So go out and have fun, enjoy your families and celebrations, but do it responsibly.

On Behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board,

Dave Gillotte
President

Your 1014 executive board

  Dave Gillotte   
  President  
Dave Lopez  John Smolin Dave Morse 
 1st VP Treasurer 2nd VP 
     
  Directors  
Will Pryor Pat Dolan  Lew Currier 
Steve Dewitt  Andy Doyle  Al McConnell 
Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
1014 November 2014 election recommendations

Its that time AGAIN....

Below you will find the endorsement recommendations from 1014, CPF and the IAFF.

At 1014 we take elections very serious with our local elected officials. When there is an election in any of our cities we contact all those that are running for office and invite them for an interview. Some choose not to attend. We sit with them for as long as it takes to find out where they stand on our issues. We ONLY ask questions related to our wages, hours and working conditions. We have done this for many years and we only endorse those that support our issues. Locally we have had a few council members in the past that have votedon the opposite side of our issues. Those may have been council members for many years or a short time. If someone is not our friend and votes against what is best for firefighters we will not support them.

As for the CPF and IAFF they do the same. There is no concern with which party they are affiliated with. Again if you support Firefighters and our issues we support you.

Below are the recommendations for those that support our issues. Can some of these people support issues that are not Firefighter issues that you have a differing opinion? You bet. The below recommendations are again those that support Firefighter issues. We don't ask about any other issues (daylight savings times, baby seals, etc.) we ONLY ask about Firefighter issues. When you step into the ballot box you need to decide how to vote.

Any questions please contact the hall (310) 639-1014 or info@local1014.org

1014 Serviced Local City Endorsements
Board of Sup District 2  Sheila Kuehl
Inglewood Mayor James Butts
Pomona District 2 Council member Adriana Robledo
District 3 Council member Nancy Matarrita
District 5 Council member Gabriel Rogers
California Professional Firefighters
2014 State & Constitutional, Legislative & Ballot Endorsements
Constitutional Offices Ballot Initiatives
Governor: Jerry Brown (I) Prop 45 (Rate Regulations): NO
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom (I) Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones (I) Prop 48 (Gaming Comp.): YES
Secretary of State: Alex Padillia Superintendent of Pub. Inst: Tom Torlakson (I)
Attorney General: Kamala Harris (I) Board of Equalization 01: Chris Parker
State Controller: Betty Yee Board of Equalization 02: Fiona Ma
State Treasurer: John Chaing Board of Equalization 03: Jerome Horton
State Assembly
AD01 Brian Dahle AD27 Nora Campos AD53 Miguel Santiago
AD02 Jim Wood AD28 Evan Low AD54 Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
AD03 James Gallagher AD29 Mark Stone AD55 Ling-Ling Chang
AD04 Bill Dodd AD30 Luis Alejo AD56 Eduardo Garcia
AD05 Frank Bigelow AD31 Henry Perea AD57 Ian Calderon
AD07 Kevin McCarty AD32 Rudy Salas AD58 Cristina Garcia
AD08 Ken Cooley AD33 Jay Obernolte AD59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer
AD09 Darrell Fong AD35 Katcho Achadjian AD60 Eric Linder
AD10 Marc Levine AD36 Steve Fox AD61 Jose Medina
AD11 Jim Frazier AD37 Das Williams AD62 Autumn Burke
AD12 Kristin Olsen AD38 Scott Wilk AD63 Anthony Rendon
AD13 Susan Eggman AD39 Raul Bocanegra AD64 Mike Gipson
AD14 Susan Bonilla AD40 Marc Steinorth AD65 Sharon Quirk-Silva
AD15 Tony Thurmond AD41 Chris Holden AD66 Al Muratsuchi
AD16 Tim Sbranti AD42 Chad Mayes AD67 Melissa Melendez
AD17 David Chiu AD43 Mike Gatto AD69 Tom Daly
AD18 Rob Bonta AD44 Jacqui Irwin AD70 Patrick O’Donnell
AD19 Phil Ting AD45 Matt Dababneh AD75 Marie Waldron
AD20 Bill Quirk AD46 Adrin Nazarian AD76 Rocky Chavez
AD21 Adam Gray AD47 Cheryl Brown AD77 Brian Maienschein
AD22 Kevin Mullin AD48 Roger Hernandez AD78 Toni Atkins
AD23 Jim Patterson AD49 Ed Chau AD79 Shirley Weber
AD24 Rich Gordon AD50 Richard Bloom AD80 Lorena Gonzalez
AD25 Kansen Chu AD51 Jimmy Gomez
AD26 Rudy Mendoza AD52 Freddie Rodriguez
State Senate
SD02 Mike McGuire SD18 Robert Hertzberg SD30 Holly Mitchell
SD06 Richard Pan SD20 Connie Leyva SD32 Tony Mendoza
SD08 Bill Berryhill SD22 Ed Hernandez SD34 Jose Solorio
SD10 Robert Wieckowski SD24 Kevin De Leon SD36 Patricia Bates
SD12 Anthony Cannella SD26 Sandra Fluke SD40 Ben Hueso
SD14 Luis Chavez SD28 Bonnie Garcia
US Congress (from IAFF)
CD02 Jared Huffman CD19 Zoe Lofgren CD37 Karen Bass
CD03 John Garamendi CD21 Amanda Renteria CD38 Linda Sanchez
CD05 Mike Thompson CD24 Lois Capps CD40 Lucille Roybal-Allard
CD06 Doris Matsui CD26 Julia Brownley CD41 Mark Takano
CD07 Ami Bera CD27 Judy Chu CD42 Ken Calvert
CD08 Paul Cook CD28 Adam Schiff CD43 Maxine Waters
CD09 Jerry McNerney CD29 Tony Cardenas CD44 Janice Hahn
CD11 Mark DeSalunier CD30 Brad Sherman CD46 Loretta Sanchez
CD12 Nancy Pelosi CD31 Pete Aguilar CD47 Alan Lowenthal
CD13 Barbara Lee CD32 Grace Napolitano CD50 Duncan Hunter, Jr.
CD15 Eric Swalwell CD33 Ted Lieu CD51 Juan Vargas
CD16 Jim Costa CD34 Xavier Becerra CD52 Scott Peters
CD17 Mike Honda CD36 Raul Ruiz CD53 Susan Davis
Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
LA Times Article response

FIREFIGHTER FAMILY MEMBERS WORK THEIR TAILS OFF TO EARN JOBS IN OUR PROUD PROFESSION WHERE THEY SERVE THE PUBLIC AND SAVE LIVES AND MIGHT EVEN BE CALLED UPON TO GIVE THEIR OWN LIVES FOR OTHERS…

That is what our investigation revealed.  I write to you on behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board and in fact I probably represent the sentiment of every Fire Fighter Father or Mother whose son or daughter serves in our profession so proudly, especially as an LA County Fire Fighter.

We take great offense to the LA Times Article in Sunday’s Paper in which Paul Pringle took a low shot in yet another series of articles that serve to attack Firefighters on anything and everything as part of a ploy to continue to pressure cuts and deleverage our Unions. This is a follow up to the same attack on UFLAC 112 – LA City Members that recently occurred.

We have been working with UFLAC and the Department to navigate and put back pressure on these directed attacks designed to continue to politicize our systems as we both move to negotiate contracts.  These articles and similar will continue, and serve as a reminder of the fact we are not nearly done with an overall strategy aimed at our profession to tear down our compensation and retirement and medical packages. Like a bad meal, we will just get through this article and move on with our business but a few words need to be said internally about this.

It is a fact that sons and daughters follow in their fathers and mothers footsteps in all aspects of work, and we have often seen Actors, Singers, Entertainers, NFL and MLB and other Sports figures, children of workers in both the private and public sector jobs follow in their parent’s footsteps and this is a great thing. As a matter of fact, when children opt for the same work as their parents, it could be argued the only advantage they have is looking at a role model who can show them the ropes, provide connections for school and job paths to set the stage for them to see what the job is like and if inclined to pursue and go earn it.  The County recognizes this each year we participate in “Bring you sons and daughters to work day”.  This is designed to specifically expose our children to our job interests and with good purpose.

The Union has been working on this item for some time with the Department and this article was not unexpected and we will continue to monitor and ensure no over-reaction to the article from the Department and the County as we have seen from LA City Elected Officials and Staff. More to come on testing and training procedures. 
 
Your Executive Board and I know all of you are proud of our members work and accomplishments including those who are related to those who have served or are serving and I can personally attest to the pride and dedication and work ethic and work product of Ryan Tripp who was viciously and unfairly attacked in this article. I work with Ryan in Battalion 13 regularly on fires, strike team assignments, major EMS calls and more and he does a hell of a job… He represents similar stories for all of you but serves as an example for all. The only thing criminal in Ryan’s story is the picture they used in the article and the fact that he is a San Francisco Fan, but thankfully they did not print that. 

Finally, the author of the article left out this little finishing fact for all to read.  These sons and daughters who serve and have earned the right to serve like anyone else may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice at any given time.  FDNY firefighters on 911 and of course LA County Fire Fighters unfortunately know this all too well.  Perhaps Paul Pringle should research that a bit before he writes about the fiber of our members.  One Badge, One Bear, One Share!  Let us contemplate these thoughts at line-up and do what we do, get back to work as we humbly serve our public.  

Take care…. Dave Gillotte and the Executive Board of Local 1014

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
LACERA Durable Power of Attorney

For your spouses and family, please take some time to complete and mail to LACERA the RETIREMENT SPECIFIC durable power of attorney.

While some durable power of attorney forms in the past have been accepted, some have not.  You must sign and have notarized specifically that you want your designee (attorney-in-fact) to handle your retirement affairs.  This LACERA drafted form eliminates that ambiguity.

Whats important about Power of Attorney?  If you are an active employee, retirement decisions must be made if you are incapacitated and unable to make them.  Power of Attorney allows your designee to make such decisions when you are incapacitated.  Those decisions made by the designee may mean a huge difference in spousal and childrens benefits.

Please take the time to fill it out and send to LACERA so it is on file.

We have also posted the form in our "retirement" and "member resources" section.

You can also read more about DPA and processing it at LACERA Q and A (click here)

All LACERA Forms (including DPA) can be found HERE (click here)

Fill out your form and send to LACERA - PO Box 7060 Pasadena, CA 91109-7060  Be sure to enclose your employee number!

If you have questions abotu any LACERA issue please email Will Pryor at willp@local1014.org


Download: LACERADPA.pdf
1014 Executive Board Nominations

LOCAL 1014 EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION NOMINEES

The following members have accepted nomination for the following offices at the close of the acceptance period on Tuesday, October 21, 2014:

PRESIDENT  
Dave Gillotte (Incumbent)
Greg Lombardo  
   
1ST  VICE PRESIDENT  
David Lopez   (Incumbent)
Greg Cleveland  
   
2ND  VICE PRESIDENT  
Dave Morse (Incumbent)
   
TREASURER  
John Smolin  (Incumbent)
   
DIRECTORS  
Lew Currier (Incumbent)
Pat Dolan (Incumbent)
Andy Doyle (Incumbent)
Steve DeWitt (Incumbent)
Domonic Finks  
Jason Cervantes  
Michael Jones  
Michael Cash  
Sara Rathbun  
David Baumann  
Michael McCormick  
David McConnell  

Ballots and ballot statements will be sent to your homes on November 7, 2014.  Just as a reminder, all ballots must be post marked by U.S. POSTAGE SERVICE and all ballots must be received at the Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in order to be counted.  All ballots must go through the Post Office Box and no hand carried ballots will be accepted.  Mail your ballot in early so your VOTE counts.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
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