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1014 weekend update January 13, 2017

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

1014 Weekend update
Friday January 13, 2017

Good Friday the 13th to Local 1014 brothers and sisters. As we head into this weekend we wanted to bring you up to speed on a few things of importance to our membership. First and foremost, the 2016-2017 Local 1014 Executive Board was sworn into office at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday January 10th. Brother Frank Lima, former President of United Firefighter of Los Angeles (UFLAC) Local 112 and now International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 10th District Vice President did the historic honor of swearing in the new Board. This is a little piece of history in the continue great bond and working relationship between Local 1014 and Local 112 making us stronger than ever when united. Local 1014 carried the CPF Resolution at Convention which passed unanimously to support Brother Lima for the IAFF 10th District VP position, uniting all States in the 10th District to elect Lima to the seat. We thank Brother Lima for coming over to Local 1014 Union Hall and doing the honors.

Thank you to outgoing Board Members Steve De Witt, Dave Lopez and Dave Baumann. They served well and some for many years to work on behalf of the members. It is a selfless sometimes heavy job and these brothers are thanked for their time, energy, passion and dedication to our membership. They will be missed. Congratulations to the returning Executive Board Members with Brother Dave Morse taking my right hand man position of 1st Vice President, and Brother Lew Currier taking the 2nd VP and Secretary Position. John Smolin back at the helm of treasurer and Pat Dolan, Andy Doyle and Mike Jones return to keep up their great work. Congrats to the 3 new Board Members Jason Cervantes, Kurt Kobler and Dominic Finks who join the team as new Directors. We had an Executive Board luncheon and orientation to kick things off, and all three of these brothers bring unique talents and experience to the Executive Board and are clearly ready to work hard on behalf of the membership on all of the issues. It is also an historic election in that we have elected our first African American Brother to the Executive Board with Dominic Finks and he is amply qualified and well experienced on so many issues and we are also not shy about it but damn proud to have an added diversity on the Local 1014 Executive Board and this only adds to our strength. We look forward to the hard work ahead of us and I can assure the membership we have an excellent group of hard charging Executive Board members who will do a great job on behalf of the membership. They have hit the ground running with training and representation of members and heated meetings with Department managers working on operations and EMS issues week one. Good job to all!

Also this week, Local 1014 put forward the name of Brother Andy Doyle to run for the position of California Professional Firefighters (CPF) Trustee. This vacancy became open when Brother Tony Gamboa of UFLAC 112 won the President’s Post at UFLAC. Congratulations to Brother Gamboa on his election and good luck to the UFLAC 12 team heading into the next 2 years also. Brother Andy Doyle is so well respected for his work in the State of California as part of the Local 1014 team on all issues that no other candidate submitted their name for the election even though there were many interested candidates. Andy is well equipped to serve as a Trustee, responsible for oversight as one of 3 Trustees, to watch over the finances and reporting for the CPF. The CPF is our State Union, and I serve as the 7th District Representative for LA County Local 1014, and we represent over 30,000 Professional Firefighters and Paramedics on the Political and Legislative Issues Affecting our Members. Congratulations Brother Doyle, we are proud of you and you will represent Local 1014 and all CPF Members honorably and effectively.

We would also like to Thank all of our Membership for your hard work and support in taking on Muscular Dystrophy’s Fill the Boot Drive to help raise money for the IAFF traditional charity drive helping out thousands of children and adults affected by Muscle Disease, some our own members and family. Local 1014 raised $195,352 dollars over the 3 day drive. Your efforts are part of a National IAFF Brother and Sister Campaign that dates back over 50 years with Professional Firefighter Support. It’s one of those things that simply represents who we are as professional firefighters who give back to the community. When polled, the citizens we serve have a tremendous amount of respect for our efforts for MDA and that counts as well. Thanks again to all who stepped up and made it happen like the doers we are at Los Angeles County Fire Department. Special thanks to the many, many Battalion Chiefs who are still members and stepped up big this drive to help throughout our 22 Battalions…. More on this in the first quarter newsletter!

Local 1014 continues to work on a few very items of great importance to all of us. The additional days of Vacation that we bargained for and won in Fringe were not being accrued to our members accounts as of the end of 2016. We asked that all members let us know if they were affected and did not receive the hours, and we have been dealing with the County on a Grievance General in Character and a game of chess to get this sorted out. As of now, the Department and the County did not issue an intended ET and the “County Version” of how we were to accrue and use this new vacation time and we are adverse in our positions, but talks continue and we will be meeting with the County again this month. A new development occurred in that our members appear to have been notified they have received the hours on their account with instructions for use. We ask you to notify Local 1014 if you in fact did receive the hours on your check. Please email andydoyle@local1014.org if you received the hours. Also if you got any communication from payroll telling you about the vacation hours please forward that email as well to Director Doyle.

We are also continuing our discussions with the Department on the possibility of Paramedic Assessment Units being transitioned to ranked PM positions. We had no interest in the proposal as originally presented to the Union by the Department and we objected strongly and with threat of administrative, legal and job action response. The Department took a step back and as directed by the Fire Chief came back to the Local with good intent discussion and we are continuing those talks over the next couple of weeks to see if we can reach an agreement on a proposal we like that provides protections to grandfather FFPM’s on the PAU’s and elements of how and where these ranked positions would be implemented. More to come, for now simply watch for more information as it develops. We have an interest in ranked PM engine positions while protecting the FFPM’s in the positions.

Those are the two biggest items in the hotbox right now… there are so many more items to update on also and we will be working to get out our first quarter newsletter in February so keep your eyes open for the latest edition. Thank you to all Local 1014 Members for your support, your hard work and our solidarity with difference of opinion as the base for our strength as a professional Fire Fighter and Fire Personnel Union.

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board.

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Happy New Year!

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

3...2...1....

While our membership finishes out the last day of 2016, 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 2016 and preparing for 2017.

We have many things to be thankful for in our lives and certainly as "Los Angeles County Fire Fighters" 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 have lost. "Never Forget" is not just two words we say now and then.  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.  Always honor them.  "NEVER FORGET".

2016 has been a challenging year in some areas (staffing and payroll to name a few) but a good year in others (salary increases).

2017 is a bit hazy right now on a national level but we are well positioned to continute to stand up both nationally AND locally to protect our wages, hours and working conditions.

"TRADITIONS OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE"...Los Angeles County Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1014...

Click on pictures above to see a large version of LACFD in action and recruit class 145

Happy New Year and once again...
PLEASE CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY!  BE SAFE TONIGHT…

In Solidarity,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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Christmas message 2016

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! It has been a very busy year for Local 1014 Members and no shortage of issues we are dealing with at the Local. We would like to give you a short update on a couple of issues we have been dealing with as we end the year.

The new Vacation Days we achieved in fringe bargaining have been problematic for the County of LA with regard to their view on how to pay those days to our members if they don't use them, for the obvious reasons related to retirement. The method the County chose to deal with their concerns is to WITHHOLD accrual and credit for the extra hours until and unless the member used Vacation hours to reduce their balance below 720 hours. This unilateral action is Unfair and we have been dealing with the County to resolve this issue, and we will continue to work to resolve it, but at this point we are filing a Grievance General in Character (GGIC) to take our Unfair to the Employee Relations Commission where we may end up in a hearing to find final resolve. To all members who are affected, or if you think you are affected, continue to let us know as it occurs, but ALL Members who are affected will be brought forward in the hearing as we progress. This affects the Lifeguards as well and LACOLA is working hand in hand with us along with the Coalition of County Unions. We will update you with the next steps as we move this case forward.  Our hopes are we come to a resolve with the County soon.

The Department hastily put forward an EA recently to indicate a schedule and terms to move forward in changing the PM spots from a number of PM Engines to Engineers. They quickly retracted the EA after we contacted them and reminded them we were in talks with the County and the Department about this issue with a strong opposition from the Union at this point, and any unilateral implementation of such program would be met with all political and legal tools of opposition including job actions. The Fire Chief retracted the EA and recognized our continuing conversation on the subject that will take place in January. The idea of ranked Paramedic positions does not escape us and we have proposed this on different occasions and we are interested, but not in the manner the Department has proposed. We have interest in protecting the current FFPM's from displacement, and interest in not only FFS PM positions but CA PM positions potentially. We will introduce ideas we have on this matter, discuss with the Department these issues and concerns and protection of our members work, and ultimately if no deal is reached on terms we agree with the Department will have to determine if they want to try and unilaterally implement and deal with our swift and strong opposition including job actions...a path they likely are not comfortable with. This proposal has been handled poorly by the folks in charge of trying to craft it, and the one stop they forgot about was the Union and people we represent not only literally but legally for that work. Now that the subject has been broached, we have ideas and items we want to introduce and we will talk with the Department. This item is a long way from being done one way or another, and we struck sternly at the Department with regard to the EA's and mis-information being published and sent out creating confusion and chaos for those who may be affected.

Finally, as we get ready to take some time to celebrate Christmas with our families and friends, some at work and some at home, remember to take care of each other. The Holidays can be difficult for those who are in need, and those with issues and pressures affecting them this season. We have been working late into December with Unions and Fire Departments throughout California on Behavioral Health Issues in our profession including Depression and PTSD. We have recently once again seen the devastation that can occur if behavioral health issues are left unidentified and unchecked. The data we reviewed showed about 25% of Professional Firefighters have or have had some form of PTS and Depression associated with the difficult job we do and the circumstances we do it in. We will be engaged with the Department in an ongoing move to reinvigorate our Behavioral Health Programs and Services and more will be forthcoming in the new year. For now remember we have a robust and excellent group of Peers on our job who are there to help us when we are in need. Our Peers and our Behavioral Health Professionals are only a phone call away to help you deal with anything that may be affecting you. We also have a relationship with FIRESTRONG a Firefighter Behavioral Health organization with resources that can be accessed at firestrong.org.

So be nice to each other and look out for each other as we head into the last days of December and as we celebrate Christmas.

Welcome the new firefighters that enter our stations for the first time in their careers this week and mentor them, give them your experience and help. Give the old salt with years of experience a thank you for his or her time in grade, and work together to take care of the citizens we serve on the streets of the greatest Fire Department around....where the greatest Firefighters and Fire Personnel in the world make it happen... Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1014!

In solidarity,

Dave Gillotte and your Local 1014 Executive Board

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Happy Thanksgiving
Local 1014 Brothers and Sisters

Thanksgiving is here and as we take time to celebrate and give thanks for all that we have, and as we prepare for the Holiday Season we would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our members who work so hard and are committed to the work we do. Day in and day out, our membership lays it on the line literally and figuratively with pride filled, professional dedication to our craft and our service to the public. We work for one of the greatest Fire Departments in the Nation, and we are represented by one of the Strongest Fire Unions in the Nation, Local 1014.

Thanksgiving is a day we now know as a Recognized Holiday to not only give thanks, but also to kick off the Holiday Season and spend time with our families and friends and eat too much and celebrate all that is good. Thanksgiving has its origins in an annual Good Harvest Thanks and was a hard fought for recognized holiday in our history. The original meal of 1621 at Plymouth Rock was not formally set into America’s History until hundreds of years later. After much debate and political influence by Presidents Washington and Lincoln and 40 years of letters from author Sarah Josepha Hale to politicians, and with the help of stores and commerce interests who wanted to kick off spending for the season entering into Christmas, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on December 26, 1941, signed a joint resolution of Congress to set the Thanksgiving Holiday to be the fourth Thursday in November. This is now a vital part of our economy as well as a day to give thanks for hard work and the fruitful harvest of our efforts. This strangely sounds a lot like a Union Operation!

As we give thanks, and celebrate the holidays we also finish with the “Hard Work” of another year of membership effort, a challenging National election cycle and Local 1014 Elections. We have much to be thankful for in all that we have accomplished and much to prepare for to enjoy continued success into next year. Elections are over and the new Local 1014 Executive Board is set and will begin immediately preparing for the hard work ahead with negotiations, Paramedic shortage, staffing issues and many other items on the plate.

Solidarity and Unity of Voice is paramount to our strength to get it done. We rose up and spoke loudly on so many items and the membership weighed in heavily in vote. Let us combine the freedom of minority opinion and majority voice to powerfully attack not just any one issue, but all of the issues that we will face heading into the New Year. We are stronger than ever and well positioned to accomplish much and navigate the challenges that lie ahead to keep our profession strong and our members well represented.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Feast and give thanks and prayer for all we are fortunate to have and remember the hard work it took to get it done, and as always we ask that you do so responsibly. Choose not to drink this holiday or limit your drinks, but if you are going to drink alcohol, remember GET A DRIVER, GET A CAB or GET A ROOMDO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fraternally,

Dave Gillotte

President

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1014 Executive Board Election results

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

1014 Executive Board election results 2016

The following Local 1014 members were elected on November 22, 2016 to the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Executive Board:

Board position Name Votes Percentage
President
Dave Gillotte 1,060 100%
1st Vice President
Dave Morse 617 52.8%
David Baumann 550 47.1%
2nd Vice President
Lew Currier 1,047 100%
Treasurer
John Smolin 1,014 100%
Director (for 6 positions)
Pat Dolan 986 16.5%
Andy Doyle 962 16.1%
Mike Jones 910 15.2%
Jason Cervantes 674 11.3%
Kurt Kobler 673 11.3%
Dominic Finks 430 7.2%

David Dantic 418 7.0%
Edmond Wilson 411 6.9%
Ronald Hernandez 406 6.8%
Adam Belardi 88 1.4%

On behalf of the membership, thank you to the Elections Committee Chairman Larry Tiegen and the Elections Committee Members: Bill Curtis, Dan Hayashi, Frank Infante and Lupe Munoz for their hard work and due diligence and they are dismissed from service.

Local 1014 Elections were conducted in accoradnce with the Constitution and By-Laws of the IAFF and Local 1014 by the California Elections Company.

Local 1014 is one of the strongest, most influential sound Labor Unions in the Nation and State.  Now 3200 members strong, we must unite and get back to work with a new Board of Supervisors with contract negotiations first up after the new year.

Thank you to all and let us move forward 1014 STRONG!

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