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Friday Update 1-18-19

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 FRIDAY UPDATE 

                              

Brothers & Sisters, 

Today, it is our pleasure to announce that the Tentative Agreement for 601/602 Bargaining Units has been ratified with overwhelming support. 

California Elections Company (C.E.C.) has sent over the certified election results.  

THE RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 

TOTAL BALLOTS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE                2905

TOTAL BALLOTS RETURNED                           1397

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED                             1397    

TOTAL YES                                                       1343                96.1%

TOTAL NO                                                           54                    3.8%

THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IS RATIFIED WITH 96.1% IN FAVOR OF RATIFICATION. 

We thank the membership for your voice. Next, the Tentative Agreement will be sent to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a ratification vote. We will keep you updated as the process continues. Thank you for your vote and your voice. As we transition into bargaining for our 603/604 Bargaining Units, we will be looking to aggressively fight for a rich contract. Stay tuned for updates as we begin that process with the County once more. 

As we ratify our own contract, we are reminded that we are stronger together. Strength in unity. Local 1014 stands in strong support of our brothers and sisters at the United Teachers Los Angeles as they strike for a better environment for our children and for better working conditions in our schools. Please show your support in any way you can as they close out the first week of their strike. Wear red, walk the picket line, or donate food to those who are on the line. Click here to get updates and learn how you can help. 

This week, Local 1014 hosted EMS training at the Union Hall. This is part of the ongoing efforts by Local 1014 to partner with the Department in order get our members the most innovative tools and training to serve our residents. This new training will move our department away from complaint base protocols towards primary impressions protocols for our EMS services. Training will begin in the East Operations Bureau, then be incorporated into the Central and North Operations Bureaus in the months of March and April until the whole department has been trained.  This change will result in better patient outcomes for the 4 million residents we serve each day throughout LA County. 

             

Next week, our Executive Board, both new and incumbent members, will be attending the IAFF’s Vincent Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Los Angeles. At this conference our Board members will be training on critically important issues including: collective bargaining, grievances, leadership, communications strategies, crisis communications, social media, behavioral health, political action and more. We would like to thank IAFF 10th District VP Frank Lima for setting up this programming for our members and members of the 10th District to participate in and learn. 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 1-11-19

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

FRIDAY UPDATE                               

Brothers & Sisters, 

This Tuesday, at our Union Meeting, your newly elected Local 1014 Executive Board was sworn in by former Local 1014 President and International Association of Fire Fighters General President Emeritus Alfred K. Whitehead. 
 

                    
 

  
 

On behalf of all our Executive Board Members, we are honored to carry on the legacy of Local 1014 and the mission of advocacy for our members who selflessly serve over 4 million residents throughout the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County and 59 contract cities. We have a lot of work to do and we are looking forward to the next two years continuing to better our members wages, hours, and working conditions.


Special thank you to Al Whitehead for swearing in our new board and for your lifelong commitment to our members and their families.  Mr. Whitehead is a true legend in our organization and for unions across the nation. As without his leadership we would not have basic protections like the right to know, 2 in 2 out, cancer presumption, and Line of Duty Death investigations. 
 

We would also like to thank IAFF 10thDistrict Vice President Frankie Lima for welcoming our board and voicing the support of our international union for our Local 1014 members. 
 

GOVERNOR’S INAUGURATION & BENEFIT CONCERT 

This week, Local 1014 was invited to join newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom for his inauguration and to attend the California Rises Benefit concert which successfully raise over $5 million fire relief for our first responders devastated by the recent wildfires. President Gillotte was pleased to represent Local 1014 by being a part of California Rises.

    

  

Left: President Brian Rice with President Gillotte, Center: CPF Legislative Staff with President Gillotte; CA State Senator Maria Elena Durazo with President Gillotte

Joined by 10thDistrict DVP Frankie Lima, State Senator Henry Stern and Community and Fire Personnel, President Gillotte thanked the crowd of over 10,000 and Governor Newsom for their efforts to raised over $5 million for the California Fire Foundation benefiting the SAVE Card Program and Scholarships for fallen firefighter families. Special thanks to artists Pitbull, X Ambassadors, Common, Betty Who and Cold Weather Sons for their incredible performances and support. 

In 2018, Californians from every corner endured the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in our state's history. During these fires tens of thousands were displaced, losing homes, businesses and livelihoods, thousands of acres were burned, an entire city was leveled and nearly 90 souls were lost.

While you may not agree with all of his politics, the new Governor has pledged that he will be a supporter of Firefighters and First Responders and has demonstrated his commitment already by supporting our relief efforts. We have much to do over the next four years including passing two critical pieces of legislation that were vetoed by the last governor: 

  • AB 1116 (Tim Grayson, D-Concord) — Would have established a confidential Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services pilot program for California’s firefighters, correctional officers and parole officers seeking support for psychological and emotional stressors associated to their profession.
  • AB 3115 (Mike Gipson, D-Carson) — Would have authorized programs to provide for specified community paramedic or triage to alternate destination paramedic services.

We have a plan and we are confident that we will be able to get these items done. Your Union is committed to increasing protections for our members and improving service to our communities. 
 

Political action is one of the most important things we do as a Union and as Firefighters. Our pensions and our working conditions are under attack with the threat to the California Rule ongoing at the State and Federal levels. We need to make our voices by our elected officials so we can ensure our members get the protections they need. There will be much more on this in the coming months, stay tuned. 
 

CONTRACT RATIFICATION – PLEASE RETURN YOUR BALLOTS ASAP VIA MAIL

By now all 601/602 Bargaining Unit members should have received their ballots.  If you have not, please contact the Union office immediately at 800-334-6285.  

                    

The Local 1014 Executive Board is recommending a “YES”vote on this contract. We believe it is a fair and rich contract that reflects the value of our members and the increased responsibility of our first responders. 

Please remember: 

  • Ballots must be sent to P.O. Box 301905, Escondido, CA  92030. A postmarked addressed envelope will be provided with your ballots.
  • All ballots must be postmarked by U.S. Postal Service and received at the above Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, in order to be counted! No hand-carried ballots will be accepted at the Union Hall or at the Post Office.
  • Ballots will be counted on Friday, January 18, 2019 by California Elections Company (CEC) and results will be posted to the web and sent to stations and sites.

Thank you in advance for your vote and your voice. 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 1-4-19

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 FRIDAY UPDATE 

                              

Brothers & Sisters, 

Yesterday, ballots were mailed out to all 601/602 Bargaining Unit members to ratify the Tentative Agreement (TA) with the County of Los Angeles. You should begin receiving your ballots at your home today and through the weekend. If you do not receive your ballot, please contact the Union office immediately at 800-334-6285.  

                    

The Local 1014 Executive Board is recommending a “YES”vote on this contract. We believe it is a fair and rich contract that reflects the value of our members and the increased responsibility of our first responders. Please see your email for fact sheet and summary of the contract details.  

Please remember: 

  • Ballots must be sent to P.O. Box 301905, Escondido, CA  92030. A postmarked addressed envelope will be provided with your ballots.
  • All ballots must be postmarked by U.S. Postal Service and receivedat the above Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, in order to be counted! No hand-carried ballots will be accepted at the Union Hall or at the Post Office.
  • Ballots will be counted on Friday, January 18, 2019 by California Elections Company (CEC) and results will be posted to the web and sent to stations and sites.

Thank you in advance for your vote and your voice. 

Next Tuesday, January 8, 2018, we will swear in our newly elected Local 1014 Executive Board members at the Union Meeting. We are excited to welcome our newly elected members and welcome back our incumbent Executive Board members. We would like to strongly encourage all to attend and use this opportunity to make your voice heard. We need your help so we can continue to reflect the membership’s priorities with your valuable input. 

UNION MEETING
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
10:00 AM
Local 1014 Union Hall
3460 Fletcher Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731

With our newly elected Executive Board in place, we will continue to push an agenda focused on better working conditions for our members across the Department.  We need to continue to tackle critically important items and the lack of leadership in certain instances within the Department. We will work collaboratively with the Department as we always have but we will be the power and the strength when adversity and discourse are necessary.  Additionally, we will continue to fight for our members to have fair and equitable staffing policies that address both “The Mission and the Members” to protect our quality of life and working conditions. 

The responsibility lies at the top for decisions on providing the tools and equipment we need to stay safe and carry out our work serving the citizens in our communities. The Fire Chief and the Chief Deputies of Operations and Business are hereby placed on notice that we will be taking an aggressive position to achieve a leadership philosophy that not only embraces the latest technological advances but actively advocates for implementation in a timely manner. 

We will start with a few items affecting our health and safety.  The number one tool for keeping Firefighters and citizens safe is the use of a thermal imager (TI) on entry into structures.  Operations should not sleep another restful night until we have a TI on every rig in every post position.  

It is not enough to talk of cancer reduction and awareness, we must put our money and our effort behind our words.  We need fully functioning and usable diesel exhaust systems in our stationsand we need to make and keep this a priority. We have come too far with our equipment and decon policies to simply look away from this cancerous killer right in our own stations.  

In addition to the above direct lifesaving tools, there are indirect ways our Firefighters and members are being negatively affected.  Decreasing non-emergency stress is an integral part of behavioral health.  Replacing antiquated technology, cleaning up our username and password systems, the functionality of our EPCR’s and computer needs to be a priority.  There is real stress created in the work of an inefficient software/hardware systems and antiquated policies and procedures like our NFIRS reporting system and lack of integration with our EPCR’s.  Our payroll system and method with which we account for our members hard earned dollars is unreasonable and unacceptablewith little or no ability to understand the accounting for the layman.    

We will be aggressively pushing an agenda that gets it all done and we believe that this is the year to get it accomplished.  Your Union is committed to refocusing the Department and management on the most critically important aspect of a first-class Fire Department---its employees. 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Happy New Year from Local 1014

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

     
 

Brothers & Sisters,

As 2018 comes to a close, we are reminded of all the good work our Local 1014 members have done throughout the year. From the massive Woolsey Fire response to our Dispatchers fielding hundreds of thousands of emergency calls for service, our members have bravely and selflessly answered the nearly 400,000 calls for those in need.

We are blessed to work for the greatest Fire Department in the Country with one of the strongest Unions in the Nation, Local 1014. All our Local 1014 members including Dispatch, Heavy Equipment, Health Haz-Mat, Fire Prevention, Forestry, FSA’s, Camps, and Pilots remain committed to the mission of providing world-class service to the over 4 million residents of the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County and 59 contract cities we serve each day. 

This year, Local 1014 is proud of all we have accomplished on behalf of our members and their families. We would like to highlight just a few of these accomplishment as we look to expanding on these successes next year. 

First and foremost, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the County of Los Angeles on out Bargaining Unit 601/602 contract. We will be sending out the T/A for a membership ratification vote, and the Board of Supervisors must ratify with a vote as well. I want to thank everyone on the Executive Board who worked so hard over the past several months on this deal. It wasn’t easy but this is a fair and rich contract that reflects the value of our members and their service to the community. Our contract is the richest per member contract within public safety units, we left no money on the table. We will be recommending a YES vote during ratification and will be visiting stations over the next few weeks to discuss further. 

We will immediately beginning bargaining for our 603/604 Bargaining Units with the County of Los Angeles. We will be fighting for every dollar for our members and will not leave money on the table. Expect to hear more about 603/604 Units in the weeks to come. 

Additionally, over the past several months, Local 1014 Executive Board members have been actively leading the joint labor management staffing committee to revise the staffing policy andreduce the impact of recalls and shortages in our ranks.  We have had several successes, like 7-day out staffing, but there is still work to do on items including special ops unit staffing, out of county and strike team staffing, recall procedures to allow credit for recalls when someone is on a strike team assignment, days in a row worked, and more.

While there is still much to be done, we have made significant progress and continue to fight for our members to have fair and equitable staffing policy that address the ongoing issue within the Department and enhances our quality of life. We will see more coming out of this committee in the next few months. 

Finally, this year we made real and meaningful progress on the growing problem of behavioral health and post-traumatic stress and cumulative stress injuries in the fire service.

Working closely with Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Supervisor Janice Hahn we were able to unanimously pass a motion to increase behavioral health services to LA County first responders.  Together with the Department we also engaged in a department-wide Behavioral Health Safety Stand Down which included kitchen table sessions and resources for stations. 

Moreover, we were successful in negotiating $1.25 million into a behavioral health fund to be administered by the Union in a partnership with the County and the Department to handle our behavioral health needs.  This is an unprecedented amount of commitment and resources to a Union-run Department-partnered Program where we can finally have best practices with stability of structure.  While this is a victory, the fight isn’t over yet. We need to remain vigilant and actively continue this discussion for the sake of our brothers and sisters and our families.  

The year-long fire season combined with ever-increasing call loads has put an unprecedented strain on our members as many of them are forced to work excessive hours in order to meet the demand for service in our communities. Responding to nearly 400,000 calls for service across Los Angeles County last year alone, our job takes a toll on our bodies and our families. 

As we head into 2019, the Department should be acutely aware we are not stopping in our push for better working conditions.  As we finish the fringe contract and we all have economic security for the next two years, we will be tackling important items like the leadership of the Department and the effect on our members. We will be tackling important issues such as:  Where are our thermal imagers for each rig and every post position? Why are the exhaust systems in the stations in such disrepair and increasing cancer risk as a result? Why is the technology we use antiquated and slow with no common sense relative to passwords and usernames?  From the simple to the lifesaving, we can be better and we can improve.  Finding solutions to these questions will leave us free to deliver the best care to the residents we serve.  The Department needs to commit to taking care of us, the employees, who get it done every day.  We will be pushing aggressively an agenda that gets it all done.  Stay tuned. 

Holidays are a time of joy and gratitude but they can also be a time of stress and for our members a time when call loads increase and our jobs become more challenging and more demanding. That is why it is critically important to remind all our members to take care of each other. If you or one of your fellow brothers and sisters need help, please reach out and get that help. Please utilize the resources in your stations which were mailed out last week and take care of each other. The peers and support teams are always there to help and most of us will need that help at one time or another in this profession; reach out if you need that help. 

On behalf of the Local 1014 Executive Board we would like to wish you and your families a joyous New Year! Please remember to celebrate responsibly. Don’t drink and drive, get a cab, get a room. Celebrate responsibly and enjoy the fruits of our labor in the best jobs in the world… working for The Los Angeles County Fire Department.  COUNTY! - 1014 STRONG! 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 12-14-18

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

FRIDAY UPDATE

Brothers and Sisters,  

It has been over a month since the Woolsey Fire began. Local 1014 would like to remind its members, if you have not done so already, please utilize Personal Exposure Reporting (PER) through California Professional Firefighters (CPF).  

 

Toxic risks associated with wildfires are still just beginning to be understood. Exposure reporting is critical for Firefighters and Fire Personnel who have been exposed for an extended period of time. As fires get more intense and burn more fuel for a longer period of time, it is essential to record incidents to provide protective documentation for job-related illnesses. Learn more about CPF's online exposure reporting at www.peronline.org.

 

As we close out the year, we are excited to welcome our new Executive Board Members and have already begun planning for their orientation into the Union beginning January 8. In late January, the Executive Board, both new and incumbent members, will be attending the IAFF’s Vincent Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Los Angeles. 

 

At this conference our Board members will be training on critically important issues including: collective bargaining, grievances, leadership, communications strategies, crisis communications, social media, behavioral health, political action and more. We would like to thank IAFF 10th District VP Frank Lima for setting up this programming for our members and members of the 10th District to participate in and learn.


Your Executive Board is always pushing to expand our knowledge on everything from member representation to legal proceedings and healthcare benefits in order to make our Union stronger and provide a better life for you and your families. 

                       

We will have more next week as we look to wrap up the year strong and with a solid contract that reflects the value of our members and the quality of care they provide to our communities. More next week….

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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