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Negotiations update August 1, 2015

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Negotiations update August 1, 2015

Negotiations between the County and Local 1014 have ceased as of this week. Local 1014 Bargaining Co-Chairs Dave Morse and Andy Doyle along with members of the Executive Board have been at the table every week as we presented a fair proposal that take into account the Fire Department Budget and the needs and interests of our membership. While the general salary movement items have been moved to acceptable numbers for all of public safety, Local 1014 has presented a number of other items that need to be addressed particularly for newer Firefighters and Fire Suppression Aids. We have a few other small items that we have been able to get agreement on in concept, but more work needs to be done to arrive at a fair contract.

We have ceased bargaining at the table in large part due to the fact the County and the County Fire Department brought very inaccurate numbers regarding our proposal items in an attempt to over exaggerate the impact of the items we presented. The County and the Fire Department did not have any capture of the budget numbers and Local 1014 had to actually present and educate the County representatives and the County Fire representative on correct numbers, and in the end with good numbers they simply defaulted to “we’re just not interested”. The Department and the County have disrespected the issues and the importance of the issues we moved forward in our proposals.

We will not be meeting at the table and we will be soliciting a better understanding of the issues and the cost factors with both the CEO and the Fire Chief. We will also be continuing to solicit the Fire Chief embrace of the key issues we have presented, and while we have early indication of support we do not have actions from either the Fire Chief or the CEO to help get this table to a finish. We will work hard off table in the coming weeks to move details to a place where the table can reconvene if we can agree on the authority and expertise that is needed at the table for fair bargaining. While we do not seek to go to Impasse immediately nor do we seek the powerful and unified voice of 3200 Local 1014 members, know that we are willing to go to Impasse and if needed will call on you for that collective voice.

As you may have heard, some of the Public Safety Unions have settled their contracts including PPOA (LASD Sargent's and above) and LACOLA (Lifeguards) and Probation, and we are pleased with the general salary movement and it is consistent with the general salary movement all of public safety worked to establish. They also addressed smaller issues for their members and they are to be congratulated on their contract tentative agreements. However the two largest public safety Unions remain unsettled; ALADS – representing all Deputy’s, and Local 1014. That’s right, Sheriffs and Firefighters remain out.

We will keep you informed and updated regularly as we enter into this very intense time as we try to get a fair deal to the table….as always we will not agree to anything other than a fair deal.

In Solidarity,

Local 1014 Executive Board

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Release of information

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

PLEASE READ AND POST

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR LOCAL 1014 MEMBERS 

Yesterday, the Department and the County decided to release records to the LA Times related to the recent Auditor-Controller’s Report regarding the past FF Exam. The Department and the County gave no notice to Local 1014 or the employees of this Department that may be affected.  We want to inform our membership of this action and the potential impact to our personal and professional lives, a courtesy the Department and the County did not afford the employees. 

The Department and the County have released e-mails and records relating to the County Auditor-Controller Report on the past Firefighter Exam process.  These records include names / ranks / positions of employees including managers and chiefs and staff.  Specifically employees involved in any aspect of the past FF exam process and candidate selection process and any employees who took part in mock oral interviews and training on County property as described in the Auditor-Controller report.

The Union has opposed this action and cited the confidentiality of the information especially as we represent members in due process procedures. It is important to note the County and the Department gave no opportunity to respond to their actions before the unilateral decision to release these records.

We wanted the membership to be aware of this action taken by the Department and the County.  It is readily apparent to our membership and the public we serve that the Auditor-Controller’s Report is seriously flawed and out of context.  It is also clear that the “Yellow-Journalism” of the LA Times may continue with little regard for the truth and they will write what they want despite the facts at hand and the full story.    

We therefore recommend to all members to give “NO COMMENT” to the press on this item and if contacted by the Department regarding any of these items, as always, call your Union for representation IMMEDIATELY.

We will continue to push forward as a remarkable family of the most well respected, well trained, hard-working men and women of Local 1014!  Local 1014 members are a diverse group of professional firefighters, paramedics and fire personnel who bring passionate and dedicated service to our communities.   Be proud and unwavering with pride in your work and our Department and our Members.  “TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE”  

LOCAL 1014 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
2015 Bear Classic

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

The Bear Classic is this Saturday, July 18th.

The Bear Classic Tournament will be held once again at La Mirada Regional Park.  This is a great event where over 800 people attend.  All members of our department and their families.  A great day for fun and softball.

There will be a mobile rock climbing wall, Shakey Quakey, Amp Radio, Monster Energy Drink Event Team and 7-UP event team.

Local 1014 will be providing the food for the event.

The address of the park is:

13701 S. Adelfa Dr.
La Mirada, CA 90638

See you there...A great day for the kids (both young and old)

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details


Download: 2015.bear.classic.flyer.pdf , 2015.tournament.schedule.pdf
DEV *****IMPORTANT***** and MDA

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

MDA

The 12th Annual Los Angeles County, Local 1014 Fill the Boot raised an incredible $247,489, bringing the twelve year total to $3,681,575. The 3 day “on duty” event held July 9th, 10th, and 11th brought out the brave men and woman of Local 1014 to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Thank you for your time, efforts, and commitment for the MDA families.

Once again, 1014 Vice President, Dave Lopez, coordinated the event with the cooperation andfull support of Chief Osby to ensure a safe and profitable drive, “We want to take care of the MDA families anyway we can. Every year, I am proud of what our men and women accomplish in support of MDA.”

Battalion 8 came in with the most dollars raised at $24,956. Battalion 9 was close behind at $19,729, closely trailed by Battalion 22 with $19,096. Great job, Local 1014.

We would like to recognize and give a special thanks to some of the members and LA County Fire leadership that went above and beyond to help make the Fill the Boot event a success.

Thank you for your dedication and support!
DFC 1 John B Tripp BN 1, FS 8 Engineer Gabe Barajas
BN 2 Joe Cuzynski BN 7, FS 116 Emmitt Sanders
BN 8, FS 59 Ed Fields BN 10, FS 5 Norm Queen
BN 12 Chief Brown BN 14, FS 196 Kyle Anderson
BN 16 Utility Driver David Monday BN 17 Matt Farnes
BN 20 Chief's BN 18 Chief Brian Askari, and all BN 18 captains
BN 18, FS 161 FF Sarah Cortez All BN 22 Personnel

Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV)

Wednesday July 15th is the last day to submit!

Don't let your dependents get dropped from the plan.

As you know the County of Los Angeles is doing a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEV). We have told the county we are not opposed to the audit but we are very opposed to the process which includes, but is not limited to, the request for documents by the county (and 3rd party vendor). These documents are not required under the Choices Summary Plan Description to enroll a dependent. A negotiated item.

We are at the point, and have been informing everyone in the last few weeks, that you need to turn the required paperwork in or you run the risk of your dependents being dropped from the plan. This includes medical and dental insurance.

We will deal with the document request after the 15th of July, the deadline for submission.

As a reminder this DOES NOT affect retired personnel as well as those who do not have dependents. If you have not received any paperwork you can call the following number:

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

Any questions please call or email Andy Doyle (562) 307-7045.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
July 10, 2015 UPDATE

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

July 10, 2015

Negotiations

We continue to meet with the County for a successor agreement to our MOU that expired December 31, 2014. We have had many sessions at the bargaining table and we continue to get closer to an agreement. We will be meeting again the week of July 13th in hopes that we will be able to reach an agreement soon.

We will keep you informed. In the meantime you can click on this link to keep updated on negotiations. We update this link (must be logged in as a 1014 member) every Friday with information about the weeks events at our table.

We are also at the table for the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) successor MOU that covers our fringe benefit contract (Vacation hours, sick days and insurance premiums among other items.



Negotiations

MDA

DEV

FS 164

Fresno Capt. Pete Dern

 

MDA

As we finish up day two of MDA we are still counting the generous donations from people all over the county.

Again YOU, our Local 1014 members, have come through and made a HUGE impact for MDA. We, and the children and adults living with these diseases, cannot thank the "B" shift, Day One, enough. B-Shift members collectively raised over $63,200. Battalion 8 was the highest raising battalion, raising over $6,956 on Thursday!

We have 1 more days to go. Keep up the momentum. Everyone did a great job today. Through our fund-raising, MDA is able to help send over 120 children from the Greater Los Angeles area to MDA Summer Camp next week at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. These local kids are able to enjoy a magical week among friends because of your hard work and dedication at the Fill the Boot. At MDA camp, kids with neuromuscular disease discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it's better than Christmas; some even say it's changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it's "the best week of the year."

Below is a video from last year's Southern California MDA Summer Camp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdNPkz-eW7E

Again from all of us, THANK YOU VERY much for a strong day 1 and were sure day 2 will be the same if not better.

Click here for past info on MDA


Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV)

As you know the County of Los Angeles is doing a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEV). We have told the county we are not opposed to the audit but we are very opposed to the process which includes, but is not limited to, the request for documents by the county (and 3rd party vendor). These documents are not require under the Choices Summary Plan Description to enroll a dependent.  A negotiated item.

We are at the point, and have been informing everyone since last week, that you need to turn the required paperwork in or you run the risk of your dependents being dropped from the plan. This includes medical and dental insurance.

We will deal with the document request after the 15th of July, the deadline for submission.

As a reminder this DOES NOT affect retired personnel as well as those who do not have dependents.  If you have not recieved any paperwork you can call the following number:

HMS Dependent Verification
Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(866) 365-7285

Click here to see our previous post.

Any questions please call 1014.


Fire Station 164 crew

In May of this year 4 of our firefighters from Fire Station 164 went through a roof while performing ventilation in a fire in Cudahy, California. On Monday, July 6th those firefighters were honored at Dodger Stadium along with firefighters from Battalion 13 and their families.
Before the game they were allowed to go down to the field and watch batting practice. Once the game started they joined their family members who came to watch the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies! 1014 member BC 13C Glenn Goulet made all the arrangements and provided pictures of the event.

The Serious Accident Review Team is still hard at work compiling information about the incident and will have a full report out in the near future.


Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern

Captain Dern continues on the road to recovery. Today he held a press conference to talk about what happened and what is happening as well as how grateful he is for all the prayers and support he, his family and his department has received.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Injured Fresno Fire Captain and local hero Pete Dern, who suffered burns to much of his body while fighting a fire in March, is now walking, and talking, and smiling! He addressed the community Friday and gave thanks for all the support he's received over the past few months.

"Our community here in Fresno -- I want to thank everybody for their prayers and support," Dern said. "It really matters."

Dern's remarkable journey and recovery have drawn national and international attention. And he took another big step forward Friday, letting us all know he's feeling.......read more with video from today's press confrence.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
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