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Stop the Cell Towers going up at fire stations...

Dear members,

As you undoubtedly know, Motorola – a contractor for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) – is in the process of installing cell towers at 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities. The County has failed to meet and confer on this issue, a violation of our contract, and we have filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge on this matter. Further, the contractor is required to perform site-specific RF emission safety studies in advance of the planning and permitting process. They have not conducted these studies and are in violation of their own contract with LA-RICS and in violation of County policies.

Cell tower Radio Frequency radiation has been reported to cause debilitating symptoms including excessive fatigue, headaches, weakness, memory impairment, tinnitus, dizziness, irritability, sleep disturbances, vertigo and balance problems. (Carpenter, 2014). Local 1014 leadership will not stand by while toxic cell towers are installed at fire facilities – and neither should you.

Please take a minute to sign our petition today to demand that the County direct LA-RICS to immediately halt installation of cell towers at all LA County fire and lifeguard facilities! After you have signed the petition, please share the petition with any and everyone you know: co-workers, family, and friends.

Here’s a direct link to the petition:

About LA-RICS & this project
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) is a Joint Powers Authority created to establish an integrated wireless voice and data communications system to serve law enforcement, fire service, and health service professionals County-wide. LA-RICS has 86 members, including the County of Los Angeles, 82 cities, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Los Angeles and Inglewood school districts. The County of Los Angeles provided start up funding of $10 million and acts as the administrative agency.

LA-RICS plans to install cell towers at 231 sites, including approximately 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities, comprising stations, training facilities, and camps. The contractor, in coordination with LA-RICS’ third party environmental services consultant, is required to perform site-specific RF emission safety studies in advance of the planning and permitting process. Additionally, LA-RICS and its vendors must comply with the required Conditional Use Permit processes and LA County Planning Department policies.

Any questions please contact 1014 Director Lew Currier at (310) 925-2588 or the hall directly (310) 639-1014.

Thank you for your continued support.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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Service information for our LACOLA LG Brother Brian Kutil

Service information for our LACOLA LG Brother Brian Kutil

LA County Lifeguards Association (LACOLA) Ocean Lifeguard Specialist (OLS) Brian Kutil, Central Section, Lifeguard (LG) Division, Central OPS, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Brother Kutil gave over 20 years of dedicated service to our Department. Brother Kutil was a valued member of the LA County Fire Department and will be missed but never forgotten.

A flag ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Los Angeles County Beaches and
Harbors Administrative Headquarters
13837 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Parking fees will be waived at Fisherman’s Village.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Dockweiler State Beach
12505 Vista Del Mar
Los Angeles, CA 90293
Parking will be available at Dockweiler State Beach Youth Center, adjacent to the memorial service.

Cards, flowers and letters are welcome and may be sent to:
The Kutil Family
844 Lomita Street
El Segundo, CA 90245-2541

Please keep Brother Kutil and his family as well as our LG family in your thoughts and prayers during their difficult times.

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MLK Day 2015

MLK Day 2015

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 would like to take a moment to remember the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Local 1014 is one of the major sponsors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Los Angeles. We, along with our Labor Partners in the LA Federation of Labor and a host of top elected officials including our very good friend Mark Ridley Thomas will take time to reflect on not only a civil rights leader but also a Labor Leader who helped with so many Labor issues for workers including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) of which firefighters are familiar with every two weeks! Many Labor victories that affect us today were fought for long ago with great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Have a great finish on the holiday weekend and remember the man we honor and his work.

Local 1014 Executive Board

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We need to constantly reflect on the privilege of being blessed to live in

MLK Quote of the Week: "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence"......

Channel 7 news coverage

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of participants lined the streets of South Los Angeles to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade was the nation's largest celebration honoring the late civil rights leader on his birthday. The theme of this year's parade was "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us 'Round."

Marching bands, drill teams, dance groups and equestrian units took part in the nation's oldest King Day celebration.

The festivities celebrating the slain civil rights leader kicked off at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue.

From there, it rolled west along King Boulevard before heading south onto Crenshaw Boulevard. It then marched down Crenshaw to Vernon Avenue, where the parade ended with a gospel festival in Leimert Park. The event also featured food booths and fun things to do for the entire family.

ABC7 anchors Leslie Sykes and Michelle Tuzee hosted the parade coverage, with Q McCray and Danny Romero along the route talking to excited spectators.

Eyewitness News anchors Marc Brown, Ellen Leyva, Phillip Palmer and Alysha Del Valle also rode in the parade.

This year's parade marked the 45th anniversary of King's assassination.

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1014 Dues update & Taxes information

1014 Bulletin


 LOCAL 1014 MEMBERS: Please be advised that this month membership dues will be adjusted to $50.16 semi-monthly. These dues are calculated as 11/3% of top step Fire Fighter pay ($7,375.87), plus a $2.00 legislative fee.

The change follows our recent 2.0% COLA raise and will be reflected on your January 30th paycheck.  As always, we thank you for your hard work and dedication in making Local 1014 a stronger Union




Deductions Made:

January - August 2014   $772.16
September - December 2014   $393.68


Retired Member’s deductions for medical coverage are calculated on an individual basis and appear on your retirement check.

Dues for Retired Members are $1.00 per month ($.25 per month for those without insurance) and appear on your retirement check.

Any questions please contact the hall (310) 639-1014 or

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Happy New Year 2015



While our membership finishes out the last day of 2014, some with friends and family, and some with brothers and sisters at the shop and on the job serving our citizens today, we clearly all will be reflecting on 2014 and preparing for 2015.

We have many things to be thankful for in our lives and certainly as “Los Angeles County Fire Fighters” (Whole 1014 Family!) we have more than most in the Fire Service to be thankful for in our wages, benefits, and working conditions.  We wouldn’t want to work anywhere else, and clearly many others pray to be able to work here. We should be proud of our job and our Union and the people that make it happen each and every day.

Please also take a moment to remember all those who we lost in 2014 on our job, and also to “Never Forget” all of those we lost historically.  Their families will go on, and so too does life, and we can be a part of that forward motion while keeping them all in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.

As 2014 comes to a close it is windy but cold. We are seeing snow in places it barley ever rains and in others the wind is howling like usual. Fortunately we have had some rain lately to help keep from having fire weather and recalls.

As we all know this year we went through some difficult issues that at times divided stations, shifts, Battalions and long time friends. Let's commit to repairing any issues that may be lingering from those and lets move on. We have many things to look forward to in 2015 the least of which begins soon with contract negotiations.

New Year’s Resolutions for us all:  To start our list of Resolutions for 2015, let us all seek to incorporate the word and the mantra of “RESPECT” back into our daily grind.

RESPECT each other and treat each other like brothers and sisters, RESPECT the Job and the Traditions that go along with it long before us and long after, RESPECT those we serve each day and treat them as if they were our very own family, RESPECT the Union Work and the MOU and Rules and Regulations we have fought so hard to put in place with great reason and purpose, RESPECT Professional Standards of Service for Our Trade and Occupation through how we look, act, and train and serve because folks, that is what we make:

“TRADITIONS OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE”…..Los Angeles County Fire Fighters IAFF Local #1014…

In closing we wish all of you a very Happy New Year and remember as with most holidays that may involve consuming of alcohol, CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY!  If you are going to have a little liquid cheer, GET A ROOM, GET A CAB, GET A DRIVER!  Also DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE!; the next killer we will begin to tackle.  Make good decisions, this is not just about fines and penalties…it is about your job, your families and other lives that could be affected with one bad night out.  Don’t do it.  Make a plan in advance.

Give those things a little thought, and when we come back in 2015, let’s get to it once again stronger than ever, more challenged than ever to be better, progress more and set more “Traditions of Service Excellence” in every way we can…


In Solidarity,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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