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1014 Political Action Update

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Political Action Update

Political action is the life blood of our organization. It gives us a voice and a seat at the table in regards to the issues that affect our wages, hours, working conditions and benefits. It is what gives us- your union representatives, the ability to protect your rights. Your Executive Board does not take this responsibility lightly, so we work diligently to endorse and elect political candidates that have your best interests at heart.  We work hard at all levels of our government, including City Council races, County Board of Supervisors, State Assembly, State Senate and Executive Offices. At the Federal level, we work with the IAFF through our per capita dues. Below is a brief update on some of our recent political action activities.

City

  • Local 1014 recently finished a very successful City Council election cycle on April 12, 2016. Five of the Contract Cities that we serve held elections for City Council seats or the Mayor’s office during this election cycle. Nine out of ten of the candidates we endorsed and supported were elected to office. That is a 90 percent success rate of electing candidates that have your best interests at heart. Political action and our partnerships with elected officials are what enable us to get things done- such as re-opening Fire Station 172 in the City of Inglewood and keeping Fire Station 167 open in the City of El Monte. These victories allow our Department to continue providing superior service and maintaining proper staffing levels, both of which are necessary to protect our members and the citizens of the communities that we serve.

County

  • In the last three Board of Supervisors races, your Local has supported and endorsed the three winning candidates, who are now sitting Supervisors. District 1 Supervisor- Hilda Solis, District 2 Supervisor- Mark Ridley-Thomas, and District 3 Supervisor- Sheila Kuehl. These three Supervisors will be inclined to hear and consider our issues and ideas when making their decisions on matters that affect us.  This is an unprecedented success for this local! However, we are not done yet. In the upcoming November 2016 Board of Supervisors elections we have endorsed, and will strongly support, Janice Hahn for the District 4 seat and Kathryn Barger for the District 5 seat.  These qualified candidates have proven track records of being our allies in their previous positions within the government, and will carry those friendships into office with them.

Please keep an eye out for any announcements or requests from your Executive Board for help with their campaigns. We will need help, and we are all in this fight together!

You can always depend on your Local 1014 Executive Board to be on the wall protecting your interests. We will strive to help candidates who support our issues get elected, no matter which side of the aisle they are on, or which political party they belong to. If they support us, we support them. We do not want slot machine votes or yes men but candidates that take public safety seriously and are willing to fight to make sure their residents are protected at appropriate levels.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
FFS Exam UPDATE - IMPORTANT

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Firefighter Specialist Exam UPDATE

If you got a disqualification letter PLEASE click HERE to send us the information so we can better help you with your appeal.

We need the following information:

  • Your name
  • Station
  • Shift
  • Battalion
  • Home or Cell number
  • Personal email address (NO COUNTY EMAIL PLEASE)

In the meantime if you have any questions please call Pat Dolan or Dave Morse at (310) 639-1014

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
EFIGHTER SPECIALIST EXAM UPDATE

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

FIREFIGHTER SPECIALIST EXAM UPDATE

This week, the phones at Local 1014 were ringing off the hook with members stating that the Exam Unit had disqualified perspective Firefighter Specialist Exam applicants for a number of reasons.  These reasons varied from members not putting their current job title in their work history, not putting their specific job duties as a firefighter in their work history, or submitting their Paramedic card in lieu of their EMT card.  These are just a small sample of the various reasons behind our Exam Units basis for denying our members the opportunity to partake in the upcoming Firefighter Specialist Exam.

If you have received an E mail and/or a letter from the Exam Unit stating you were disqualified, please pay close attention to the wording enclosed about your right to appeal.  Understand that you have a very small window (10 calendar days) in which to submit your appeal in writing from the date on the hard copy letter.  In your appeal, make sure to be very specific on what happened or how the confusion occurred.  Should you need advice,  if you have any questions about the appeal process, or any questions in particular about the upcoming exam feel free to call the Local 1014 Union Hall at (310) 639-1014 or email us at info@local1014.org.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Retirement Classes - April 18, 19 & 20

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Firefighters Local 1014 Retirement Seminars

still have openings!

Local 1014 will once again be hosting retirement seminars at Local 1014. These seminars are meant for NON Megaflex, Safety employees (Captain and Below).

  1. LACERA - Pre-Retirement Seminar
  2. Empower Retirement (formerly Great West) Pre-retirement advice

(Classes begin at 9am and last until 1pm.  You only need to attend one class, one day)

April 18 - Monday, C Shift

April 19 - Tuesday, A Shift

April 20 - Wednesday, B Shift

Spots are limited - To confirm a spot PLEASE email will.pryor@fire.lacounty.gov If you don't confirm a spot we cannot guarantee a seat!

Your spouses are welcome AND encouraged to attend.

(Please park in front in street, enter through front door)

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
2016 IAFF Legislative Conference - Join us!

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

We often get members who ask about Politics and our involvement in elections at the Federal, State and Local Levels to include the County Board of Supervisors. We are actively and powerfully involved in all aspects of Political Action and Lobbying and Legislation that affects our Profession, and our members and our families.

The bottom line is that electing folks that will be receptive to our issues, support firefighters and our community issues that protect our salary, pensions and our health care is your Union's business. We work with both parties on firefighter issues as well as those affecting the economic health of our communities which protects our revenue but also the health of the economies of those we serve.

We invite you to take a look at some of those elected leaders on the Federal Level by tuning in to the IAFF Webcast of the 2016 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference starting Monday April 4th and continuing on Tuesday April 5th. Log on and take a listen to both well respected Republicans and Democrats as they speak about our issues and issues in general.

Click this link to watch the web cast

Take a look at our Federal Issues Book and especially take a look at the PEPTA / SAVE Legislation and our opposition to these crafty assaults on our pensions.


PEPTA and the SAFE Retirement Act work in tandem to encourage states and municipalities to do away with defined benefit pension systems. PEPTA aims to confuse legislators by forcing plans to issue reports that create the impression that even the best funded plans are in danger of going bankrupt. It would achieve this by requiring plans to assume unrealistically low rates of return, and disregard the prudent fiscal analysis of plan actuaries. SAFE encourages states and municipalities to replace defined benefit plans with private sector annuity contracts that offer no guarantee of any retirement benefit at all. The first proposal fabricates a crisis while the second offers a harmful solution.

Local 1014 will be tackling these federal issue with our fellow IAFF Union Leaders and also getting set for Local and State Elections here in own Jurisdictions with two more County Board of Supervisors at the top of our ticket. We will keep you informed on our efforts as we progress into the 2016 political program.

Fraternally,

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
Dave Bauman


#IAFFlegcon

LIVE WEBCAST
www.iaff.org/webcast

April 4, 2016 - IAFF Legislative Conference General Session Begins at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) 

April 5, 2016 - IAFF Legislative Conference General Session Begins at 8:30 a.m. (EDT)

Scheduled Speakers (subject to change)
Monday, April 4

  • IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger 
  • Governor Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D)
  • Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Panel Discussion: Political Pundits Bill Press and Alex Castellanos
  • Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
  • Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) 
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)

Tuesday, April 5

  • Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
  • David Weil, Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor
  • Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD)
  • Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
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