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Friday Update 10-19-18

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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


Brothers & Sisters,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board has been continuing the fight this week as we continue contract negotiations and concentrate our efforts on fixing our staffing and recall issues within the Department. 


County Coalition of Unions (CCU) Fringe Benefit negotiations broke down on Wednesday, October 17, when the County negotiating team once again lacked authority to bargain over subjects and funding that would provide a fair contract for medical premiums and other fringe benefit items.  The CCU will be meeting with the Board of Supervisors and involving the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to try and get more authority and attention to our items.  We will keep you posted as we continue to battle to get a fair deal at the table. 

Additionally, salary negotiations continue to stall as we seek to secure not only movement on general salary, but also important bonus items for our members.  We will be meeting with the CEO and the Board of Supervisors next week to try and clear up the issues that separate us from securing a tentative agreement.  

All County Unions remain out, and in fact, ALADS Sheriff’s deputies who secured a Tentative Agreement have not seen one dime in their paychecks as of yet.  This complex bargaining situation is a result of both the Flores decision and all Unions bargaining simultaneously resulting in many moving parts for the Board of Supervisors to consider as they seek to settle all tables. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we fight this out.  We will let you know if we intend any job actions as we near impasse.  We are confident we can secure a fair way or another.


Local 1014 has been feverishly working to negotiate and amend over seven packets of staffing policy revisions to reduce the impact of recalls and shortages in our ranks.  The battalion chiefs were recently moved to a 7-day out staffing by the Fire Chief following a recommendation by the staffing committee report. While we agree with the 7-day out staffing, there are so many more issues to deal with and we must gain agreement with the Fire Chief on all of those issues.  The BC’s are non-represented and at will the Chief can change things as he sees fit.  We have a contract which covers rules, regulations and manual of operations. There is a strict obligation to bargain in good faith over changes on the part of both the Department and the Union.  This protects us when the Department wants to unilaterally change things by allowing us to reject the changes.  Some of the major items we are dealing with are: 7-day out staffing, 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.  Next Tuesday, October 23, the Chief Deputies of the Department and the Vice Presidents of the Local will meet again to try and hammer out the final items of the agreement.  We will update you after the meeting. In addition to staffing issues, the Local is also working on hiring, promotions and the return to work situation which is having an adverse impact on staffing and is contributing to the recalls.  The Department has failed to keep up with a long list of items including hiring, promotion, paramedic recruitment, retention, and hiring in dispatch, forestry and health hazmat, all of which has resulted in staffing shortages.  Local 1014 is working on solving these problems in the absence of any Department solutions.   


Elections for the Local 1014 Executive Board are well underway. The following members have accepted nominations for the following offices: 


Dave Gillotte (Incumbent) 


Lew Currier 


Dave Morse 


John Smolin (Incumbent) 


Jason Cervantes (Incumbent) 

Pat Dolan (Incumbent) 

Kurt Kobler (Incumbent) 

Domonic Finks (Incumbent) 

Jason Green 

Aaron Katon 

Chris Reade 

Ballots and ballot statements will be sent to your homes Friday, November 2, 2018. Just as a reminder, all ballots must be post marked by U.S. POSTAGE SERVICE and all ballots must be received at the Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in order to be counted. 

All ballots must go through the Post Office Box. No hand carried ballots will be accepted. Mail your ballot in early so your VOTE counts.


This week, Local 1014 attended the Public Safety Peer Support Association's (PSPSA) 3rdAnnual “Wellness on the Front Line” Conference. Our Local 1014 team participated in seminars on topics including: post-traumatic stress disorder, peer support responses to critical incidents, facing adversity, resilience, peer support program development, responses to the Montecito Mudslides, 2017 Las Vegas 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting, and other important topics. 


Our own LA County Fire Peer Support Team Leader Scott Ross, who also serves as a Director on the Executive Board of PSPSA, presented to the conference on his experience in crisis situations, training the next generation of peers, and expanding peer programs in fire departments throughout the nation. 

In addition to Scott Ross, Peer Leads Lauren Dale, Josh Fehring, Jon Ladner, Pete Martinez, and Randy Walton attended to learn how to better help our members and members nationally. The LACoFD Peer Team was dispatched from the conference to a near miss shooting directed at Firefighters in Oregon and will be working with our Brothers and Sisters there this week. 

As Chair of the State Task Force on Behavioral Health, I attended along with CPF President Brian Rice, Local 1014 Executive Board Members Lew Currier, Domonic Finks and Kurt Kobler, and our Cal-JAC partners to court culturally competent fire-centric clinicians and to further expand the PEER resources and education.

Local 1014 is dedicated not only to continuing to be a leader in behavioral health, but also to continuing to learn all we can to help support our members and get them the care they need to stay healthy. 


October 1-31 is the LA County Open Enrollment period for 2019 benefits. Local 1014 would like to remind you to review you benefits and encourage you to look at The Local 1014 Health Plan as an option for your family. The Local 1014 Health Plan is among the most comprehensive plans available to Firefighters anywhere in the nation and is tailored to meet our Firefighters’ needs. This year, benefits will be expanded to include enhanced dental, hearing, fertility, and medical weight loss benefits just to name a few. Higher allowances, increased coverage, new benefits and greater options are just a few of the highlights of The Local 1014 Health Plan in 2019.

The Local 1014 Health Plan is the only health plan offered in the County that you can take with you into retirement and maintain FOR LIFE. It has never been more important for our members to review your healthcare options and ensure that you have the best coverage available for you and your family. 

Enroll now at www.mylacountybenefits.comFor more information about The Local 1014 Health Plan, please call member services at 800-660-1014 or email

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 10-12-18

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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


Brothers & Sisters, 

This week, the nation celebrated World Mental Health Day. Observed on October 10th each year, World Mental Health Day helps raise awareness for mental health issues and encourages organizations to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. 

Last year, more Firefighters died from suicide than from on-duty events. National surveys suggest nearly one in three Firefighters has considered suicide. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.  As Firefighters and First Responders, we are conditioned to be tough and strong—we are conditioned to be superheroes for our community. However, just like physical health, behavioral health is something that must be conditioned and maintained. Local 1014 would like to remind our members to take a moment to check in with your brothers and sisters and to utilize the resources in your stations via the Local 1014 Mental Health Resources poster. Don’t let this issue live in the shadows. 

Your Local 1014 Executive Board is committed to continuing this fight to break the silence, and is leading this fight at the local and state levels.  To that end, Local 1014 will be participating in the Public Safety Peer Support Association's 3rdAnnual “Wellness on the Front Line” Conference. Our Local 1014 team will be participating in seminars on topics including: post-traumatic stress disorder, peer support responses to critical incidents, facing adversity, resilience, peer support program development, responses to the Montecito Mudslides, 2017 Las Vegas 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting, and other important topics. We are dedicated to learning all we can to help support our members and get them the care they need to stay healthy. 

Be safe out there and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Message 10-5-18

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 we informed you last week, Local 1014 was in Sacramento lobbying for several critical pieces of legislation with our state union, California Professional Firefighters (CPF). We are pleased to report that we had a successful year passing important pro-Firefighter legislation items including protecting the families of our fallen Firefighters, adding more protections for workers’ compensation, and banning the sale of products containing toxic-flame retardant chemicals that can have long-term effects on our Firefighters. We would like to thank CPF President Brian Rice and his team for a successful legislative year at the state level. 

See list below of the CPF-backed measures signed into law this year. These bills take effect January 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted:

  • SB 1086 (Atkins, D-San Diego) – Ensures that survivors of fallen public safety officers, including fallen firefighters, are not “timed out” from filing for workers’ compensation death benefits in cases where the officer’s death is the result of occupational cancer, tuberculosis, or a blood-borne infectious disease.
  • AB 2334 (Thurmond, D-Richmond) — Provides that workplace recordkeeping violations continue until corrected or discovered, and requires the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to form an advisory committee if a federal government’s rule for employer electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses is eliminated or substantially diminished. The new law also enhances public access to workers’ compensation data as it relates to public self-insured employers.
  • AB 2380 (Aguiar-Curry, D-Napa) – Enacts strict standards and regulations for privately contracted fire-prevention crews, to keep them from complicating disaster response when operating during an active fire incident.
  • AB 2554 (Bonta, D-Alameda) – Ensures survivors of California federal firefighters who die in the line of duty can attend UC, CSU and California community colleges tuition free.
  • AB 2696 (Rodriguez, D-Pomona) – Clarifies the calculation of penalties paid by CalPERS-contracting employers, which are owed to CalPERS when an employer violates the 960-hour per fiscal year limit on an employee’s out-of-class appointment.
  • AB 2961 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) – Requires local emergency medical services agencies (LEMSAs) to report ambulance patient offload time (APOT) data to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). EMSA must report the data twice a year to state’s Emergency Medical Services commission and submit a report to the legislature.
  • AB 2990 (Low, D-Campbell) – Requires California public colleges to make information about fallen firefighter survivor higher education benefits easily accessible on their websites.
  • AB 2998 (Bloom, D-Santa Monica) – Bans the sale of mattresses, kids’ products and upholstered and reupholstered furniture that contain toxic-flame retardant chemicals.

While we were successful in many of our efforts, two of our important bills were vetoed by the Governor. Although this is a setback for our efforts in peer support and community paramedicine, we will not rest until we have completed this mission. Please see links to bills below along with links to the Governor’s veto message for each bill. 

  • 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. See Governor Brown’s veto message here.
  • AB 3115 (Mike Gipson, D-Carson) — Would have authorized programs to provide for specified community paramedic or triage to alternate destination paramedic services. See Governor Brown’s veto message here.

As Chair of the California Fire Service Task Force on Behavioral Health, and on behalf of Local 1014, we are deeply disappointed in the Governor’s veto of AB 1116. I would like to thank CPF President Brian Rice, all the committee members and Assemblymember Greyson for their hard work and commitment to this much needed legislation. We will rewrite this bill and get back after it with a new legislative session and a new governor and we will see success. 

On AB 3115, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be working towards a pilot program under the existing Governors’ authority to begin transporting patients to alcohol, drug treatment and behavioral health centers instead of emergency rooms. We will update you as we work with the Fire Chief and the County Board of Supervisors to get this done.  We would like to thank LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn for her work on AB 3115 and for her efforts to give our First Responders the tools they need to protect our communities. 

Next year we will have a new governor and new opportunities to increase protections for our Firefighters and improve service to our communities. As you know we have joined 30,000 other Firefighters as part of the CPF in endorsing Gavin Newson for Governor. We know his record on Firefighter issues is strong and we believe he will be the candidate to get these important items done for us next year. We have a plan and we are confident that we will be able to get these items done. This is yet another reminder of why political action is one of the most important things we do as a Union and as Firefighters. We need to ensure our voices are heard loud and clear by our elected officials so we can ensure our members get the protections they need. 

Finally, as many of you know, every year the County of Los Angeles meets its annual cap for LA County Choices employees enrolled in a 2018 Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA). As a result, the monthly County contribution for your DCSA in October 2018 will be approximately 20% of the full contribution, and it will stop completely starting in November 2018 and through the remainder of the calendar year. This benefit will reset in January 2019. 

If you currently have a DCSA, this will not affect your take-home pay, and your own monthly contribution to your DCSA will remain the same unless you elect to increase it. Any reimbursements to you for dependent care expenses during 2018 will be limited to the amount of your own contributions during 2018, plus the County contributions through October 2018. 

For more information or to increase your contribution to you DCSA, please see attached notification.  

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Download: DCSA Curtailment Memo Choices 2018.pdf
Negotiations Update: 10-4-2018
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Friday Update: September 28, 2018

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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


Brothers & Sisters, 

This week, Local 1014 has been in Sacramento fighting for our legislative priorities at the State and encouraging the Governor to sign legislation that will help our members including legislation to protect the confidentiality of our peer support program and establish community paramedicine programs. Political action is an essential part of advocating for our members and ensuring that we have the protections our members need as we protect Los Angeles County communities. 

Assembly Bill 3115, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, establishes the Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act of 2018. This bill would allow our members to draw on local resources and their own experience to guide patients to the help and services that will do them the most good, including sobering centers and mental health facilities. 

Members of the Local 1014 Executive Board have been working closely with LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn and Governor Jerry Brown to ensure that AB3115 gives our First Responders the tools they need to effectively help all LA County communities. Make your voice heard, sign petition here:


Additionally, earlier this week, members of the Local 1014 Executive Board continued contract negotiations and fringe benefit negotiations with Los Angeles County. While we made some significant progress this week, we still have a lot to do to get the best deal possible for our members and their families. 

Finally, this Saturday, September 29th, the California Fire Foundation will host the 16th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento's Capitol Park. This year's ceremony will honor the memory of 37 firefighters, adding their names to the more than 1,300 currently etched into the California Firefighters Memorial. Local 1014 has 97 members whose names have been engraved on the wall. They are forever etched in our memories for their sacrifice and for their commitment to our mission and our communities. We shall never forget.

California Professional Firefighters and the California Fire Chiefs Association are urging all on-duty personnel who are unable to attend the Memorial Ceremony in person to Stand Down for Safety from 11:30am to 1:00pm to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by watching the Memorial live online.


For more information and updates regarding the 2018 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, visit 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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