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Super Bowl 50

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Sunday is the day.  The entire professional football season comes down to this one game.  This year in Super Bowl 50 two teams will face off for the right to be crowned World Champions.  The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will begin their battle at 1530. Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 "Brothers and Sisters" will be getting ready to BBQ, Tailgate, and cheer for their favorite teams in the sporting war of wars.  The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet.  The history of the game brings back great memories for most.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board would like to take a moment to remind our members to take time to prepare before you celebrate if you are going to drink or serve alcohol.  Have a plan.  Take caution in your decisions this weekend.

Have a great weekend and be safe and enjoy a great American Tradition as the Panthers and Broncos battle to see who will be the World Champions.

Enjoy the game, Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars, the Halftime Show, the camaraderie, the commercials or whatever it is you like about the game but please remember to be responsible.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

 
Dave Gillotte
 
 
President
 
Dave Lopez
John Smolin
Dave Morse
1st Vice President
Treasurer
2nd Vice President
 
 
 
 
Directors
 
Mike Jones
Pat Dolan
Lew Currier
Steve Dewitt
Andy Doyle
David Baumann
Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Friday, January 29, 2016 UPDATE

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Brothers and Sisters,

A quick update on a few important issues our Union is working on heading into February 2016….

We ratified our final Contract for Bargaining Unit Members 603 and 604 encompassing our Local 1014 Family of Dispatchers, Fire Prevention Engineering Personnel, Forestry Technicians, and Health Haz-Mat Specialists. These members are the supporting cast for our 601 and 602 members in keeping the County safe and we thank them for their work and are proud to have negotiated another very lucrative contract with additional bonus programs in place as well. The ballots were returned with good turnout and an 87% yes vote to ratify. This now will be ratified by the BOS and implemented with retro-activity asap.

With that accomplished Local 1014 members are now all safely in 3 year salary contracts and fringe contract. This is very important as we move forward and the County faces a few more challenges as we climb out of the financial hole we have been in. The forecast looks good moving forward, but as always don’t count on anything until it is here, but we are cautiously optimistic about the upward trend in our revenues vs. expenditures.

Now the sad truth about our raises… We have to contend with our Department Human Resources section, Payroll and the Auditor Controller to actually finish getting our raises with the bonus’ and premium time adjustments for all of our specialties and work downs, 40 hour pay and more. Clearly the Department and the County has let not only us, but all County brothers and sisters, including our Chief Officers, down in this most important area of responsibility. It is one of the most important and fundamental job duties and responsibilities of our Human Resources Section and ultimately under the control and accountability of the Fire Chief and his two Chief Deputies in Operations and Business Operations to ensure that we get paid correctly and on time, and they have failed to meet the mark. It is incumbent on the department to ensure and even DEMAND the Auditor Controller service our Department and employees with a high level of quality work when it comes to salary and benefit administration.

We have seen overpayments, underpayments, no bonus pay in certain instances and not just on rare occasion, but fairly regularly. The Fire Chief has responded to our demand to correct this situation not only in the instant matters but also as a whole to correct problems that have been systemic since we switched over to e-caps for payroll. We obviously still use IPFIRS to enter our time, and clearly the twice monthly shut down of the system to hand calculate the eccentricities of our pay to then enter into e-caps, is not working. The Fire Chief blasted the Auditor Controller and demanded a “PAYROLL TASK FORCE” be established comprised of Labor, Department and County Representatives to identify what the problems are and make sound recommendations to correct the problems. Local 1014 has 2nd Vice President Dave Morse and Directors Andy Doyle and Mike Jones assigned to the Task Force and they are meeting at a minimum weekly to get to the work at hand. We will keep you updated as the work occurs, and we are hopeful that this will lead to a payroll system that will work well and a timecard we can easily read and understand to ensure we are paid correctly. In the meantime, if you have any payroll or timecard issues please contact the Union Hall and we can assist in resolving your item.

While we are appreciative of the Fire Chief moving this item in collaboration and with sufficient weight of the Department Head to get solutions and corrections that are so needed, it is too late in the game for us all to operate on trust and with any level of confidence in the Department Human Resources and Operations Staff to get it done timely and correctly, so Local 1014 is moving forward with a series of Grievance General In Characters and possible legal action to hold the Fire Chief, the County, the Auditor Controller, and Human Resources accountable for correct payment of salary and benefits to our members. We will move forward with these actions simultaneously with our efforts on the “Payroll Task Force”. It is too bad it has to be this way, and while we stand committed to working with the Department and County, it will be with accompanying leverage of legal and administrative actions.

Along the same lines, the Human Resources Section is also responsible for the entry level testing to hire new recruits and also to predict the need for paramedic school attendees and promotions based on retirements and vacancies. It is clear that the civilian personnel in Human Resources have no idea what those needs are and when we need them. The entry level testing we recently experienced was a complete failure and embarrassment to our great Department. We are getting by with the process but with a low bar on quality of process and timeliness of process with log jams occurring with entry level physicals and other such pre-academy needs. We barely had enough personnel cleared and ready for the January 25, 2015 class. Human Resources blames the County and the problems with the resources for physicals and background and so forth, but ultimately it is THEIR RESPONSIBILITY under the direction of the Fire Chief and the Chief Deputies to prepare, recommend and ensure and even demand the resources are ready and can process our candidates so we can hire and train and be ready to address staffing needs for not only recruits, but paramedics and promotional positions to do our jobs.

Perhaps one day the civilian work force in Human Resources will not consider the safety personnel as the enemy and rather view them as the people who put their lives on the line each shift to protect the public and save lives. Perhaps the sworn Chief Officers at executive level will demand the Human Resources personnel be educated, trained and philosophically aligned with the needs of those of us who do the work where the rubber meets the road. For now, the Union will work to not only identify these needs, but also hold accountable the work of this section moving forward with entry level testing, promotional testing and layered recruitment and retention efforts as well. There has been a complete failure on behalf of the Human Resources Section to be proactive, progressive and data backed in their efforts to recruit and retain minority and women candidates and in all areas of hiring, a solid basis for quality of candidate in our latest processes. We will also be addressing these issues without fear and in a way where we can all be proud of our recruiting efforts, our entry level testing and promotional testing efforts. We have great training and education and professional resources within the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprentice Committee (JAC) to address all of the entry level testing and recruiting issues we must address. The Human Resources Section didn’t even know what JAC was when asked, nor are they even remotely connected to state of the art data backed progressive testing and recruiting processes. We deserve better from our Department in this most important work to ensure the best and most qualified candidates complete with diversity embedded are who we hire. We will be taking this effort direct to not only the Fire Chief, but also the County including the Board of Supervisors as we move forward. We can no longer wait for the Human Resources Section and the executives overseeing this to get it right. Stay tuned and we will keep you informed as we make recommendations to the Board of Supervisor and the Fire Chief to make our system a premium system we can all be proud of.

Finally, a little bit about training and equipment. The Union just got back from the IAFF Affiliate Leadership Training Symposium (ALTS) where we took part in Leadership Training that involved many operations issues and equipment issues. We are quite proud of our Training Services Section and an number of our members who instruct in Fire Ground Survival Training and other areas of operations. A live stream of “Surviving the Fire Ground” was broadcast and many of you tuned in live. For those who did not, please take a look at this and see what you think of not only the training, but the message delivery from this teaching cadre and please comment back to us at info@local1014.org As always, be safe, be vigilant and protect not only the public we serve, but also your rights as you perform you job, call the Union for assistance or help on administrative matters that may affect your paycheck or have adverse impact on you.

Safety Stand Down on Important Issues in the Fire Service

Fraternally and in Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Executive Board of Local 1014

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Friday, January 22, 2016 UPDATE

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Friday January 22, 2016 UPDATE

Payroll
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Recently President Gillotte and Chief Osby met with the Auditor-Controller (A-C) to voice their frustration and displeasure with the handling of our pay and demanded something be done to take corrective actions.

The e-HR system, managed by the (A-C), has had difficulties in supporting the unique schedules and bonuses of many of our employees.  This has resulted in numerous payroll errors. 

A Task Force made up of representatives from the A-C, LACFD Business Operations, 1014, LACOLA (Lifeguards), and the Fire Department’s Association of Chiefs (AOC) has been implemented to work towards resolving the on-going payroll issues.  The Task Force will continue to meet on a regular weekly basis to develop a short-term plan that will identify payroll solutions that can be immediately implemented; enhancements to exception reports that will highlight payroll discrepancies prior to payroll processing; and modifications to the paystub to improve clarity.  The Task Force will also collaborate on long-term goals that encompass strategic modifications to the e-HR system specific to the LACFD and development of innovative strategies that will integrate with e-HR.

As always if you have payroll issues please let us know so we can assist to get them resolved as well as bring those issues forward to the Task Force to resolve them permanently.


603/604 ratification vote
 

On January 6, 2016 ballots were sent to 156 members of 603/604 bargaining units for a ratification to the terms of their contract.

Those ballots were returned and counted by the elections company and the following are the results:

100 ballots returned
87 YES
13 NO

We will now notify the CEO's office that we have reached an affirmative ratification vote and the CEO will then prepare a report for the Board of Supervisors meeting so they too can approve the contract.

Direction will then be given to the Auditor-Controller to implement the new contract with the cost of living increases being effective December 1, 2015.

We will keep you updated on the time line of events.


Camps Overpayment
 

Last summer our camps personnel were notified by mail from payroll of an overpayment error. 1014 demanded that there be a full accounting of what happened, why it happened and what will be done going forward to keep it from happening. We randomly looked at the accounting of the overpayments for some of the 93 members, both active and retired.

Payroll is now moving forward with sending out letters to those affected members informing them of their options as well as an accounting of the complete overpayments.

If you should have any questions please let us know.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Martin Luther King Jr.

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

MLK Day 2016

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.

Fraternally
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"......

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IAFF Safety Stand Down January 18, 2016

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Tune in for the IAFF Safety Stand Down on Monday, January 18, 2016 LIVE WEBCAST

A live webcast will be held during the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) featuring workshops on Fire Safety Standards and Codes and Surviving the Fire Ground. The webcast is scheduled for Eastern Time and is free to all IAFF members.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST)
Fire Safety Standards and Codes
Learn more about current issues in building codes - including solar and stored energy safety and tall wood buildings - that dramatically affect your safety and response and which are now under debate in the codes and standards development process.
Presenters:

  • Richard L. Swan Jr., IAFF Director of Wildland Fire Fighting Safety and Response
  • Sean P. DeCrane, Cleveland, OH Local 93
  • Matthew Paiss, San Jose, CA Local 230

2:00-4:00 p.m. (EST)
Surviving the Fire Ground: What Leaders Need to Know
Changes to the modern fire environment have made some traditional firefighting methods ineffective or even dangerous. Learn more about new tactical considerations that could change your standard operating guidelines.
Presenters:
  • Peter A. Van Dorpe, Chicago, IL Local 2
  • Sean P. DeCrane, Cleveland, OH Local 93

Watch as a group at the firehouse or union hall, or on the go wherever you are. The webcast will be also available on the conference web site and IAFF Frontline app.

Don't have the IAFF Frontline app? Download it to your device from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
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