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Another open letter to Chief Osby and the membership of Local 1014

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Another open letter to LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby
and the membership of Local 1014

This is a follow-up to the letter dated April 6th (attached and here)

May 25, 2018

OPEN LETTER TO THE FIRE CHIEF AND MEMBERSHIP

Dear Chief Osby:

This is the second letter to you regarding EA-168 “Return to Work / Risk Management Re-Assignment” dated March 30, 2018.  This letter is to again inform you that we categorically REJECT your selection of civilian Cynthia Maluto to work in any capacity in the Return to Work Division and demand a new appointment to this critical position with the Department.

Following our letter, we met with you and Chief Richardson and Chief Mc Cloud to discuss this matter.  Local 1014 presented substantive information to you as to why this critical position and integration into our work comp carve out needs to be of bilateral labor and management agreement. 

It is clear that you have chosen to ignore our information and reject a collaborative effort in the Return to Work Division. This has resulted in a negative impact to our members and their health and safety.  We will not stand by and allow the care and treatment of our members to suffer because of incompetence and inexperience of Cynthia Maluto.

Due to your lack of cooperation regarding Return to Work, we will now take our issues to the Board of Supervisors to find remedy. It is unfortunate that we cannot work together despite our exhaustive efforts to find a solution. However, we remain committed to finding a resolution to correct this critical health and safety issue on behalf of our members.

Additionally, this letter also serves to formally notify you that your actions constitute a change in working conditions for the Captains in the Return to Work Office. We will be filing charges with the County against you regarding your unilateral actions without negotiations with Local 1014. 

We will be informing our members that all actions from the Return to Work Office should be viewed as discriminatory and detrimental to their treatment and their ability to return to duty.  The actions of Cynthia Maluto, with the support of the Fire Chief, Chief Deputy and Deputy Chief, are designed to limit our members’ legal rights to attain treatment and time off to heal.  Additionally, we will be advising every member to review all actions from the Return to Work Office and contact a work comp attorney or Local 1014 to help navigate claims and ensure fair treatment.

In closing, we are very disappointed in your actions and your disregard for the health and safety of our Firefighters and Fire Service Personnel.  You have demonstrated a lack of commitment to ensuring our members receive the appropriate treatment and care necessary for them to return to full duty. 

Sincerely,
DAVE GILLOTTE
President

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details

Download: Open.letter.4.26.pdf , Open.letter.5.25.pdf
2018 Units 601 & 602 Negotiations update

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

2018 Negotiations for Units 601 & 602

On Tuesday April 24th, your Local 1014 Executive Board had our second negotiations session with the County of Los Angeles for a successor MOU for units 601 & 602.

At our first meeting we met to go over ground rules and some housekeeping items as well as getting some questions answered by the County.

During our second meeting on the 24th we reached Tentative Agreement's (TA) on important non-salary protection items for our successor MOU.

It is critical that we close all articles of our contract which legally protect working conditions, hours, bids, transfers, seniority, health, safety and grievance procedures, and the right to appeal exams as well as other issues. Many hours have been spent negotiating with the County over the years in order to secure these items and it is important we continue to secure those items for our members.

We currently have six more bargaining sessions scheduled for May and June.  We have pressed the County to move aggressively to finalize a new MOU by July 1. The next sessions will focus heavily on economic items. Thank you to those who responded to the survey put out by your Executive Board to guide us for items including general salary or cost of living increases and special bonus items.  We are also proposing a union controlled behavioral health employee assistance program.  This program would shift department dollars to the union to ensure our PEER and behavioral health programs will maintain confidentiality. 

We also are at the table bargaining with the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) for our fringe benefits contract which covers items such as retirement, health-care contributions, retiree health-care, benefit time, grievances processes, and other non-salary items that are important to our membership.  We are just getting started and not much to report as of yet, but retiree health-care and pension issues will be of major concern as always. 

We will update you as we continue to fight to protect our members salary, benefits, and working conditions and will inform you as new information is available. We will press hard to get a good contract we can recommend, support and ratify.  More to come. 

Check here for updates: http://tinyurl.com/ybe9lce6
Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
LAC Fallen Firefighter Memorial April 21st, 2018

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

"WE SHALL NEVER FORGET"  
 
"I GOT YOUR BACK BROTHER, SISTER"  
 
 
 
"BROTHERHOOD - SISTERHOOD"
 
"WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY"
 
 
 
"WE WILL REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS"
 
"HONOR" "TRADITION" "PRIDE"

We often use these words to speak about our BROTHERS and SISTERS who have fallen in the line of duty.

I am asking OUR membership to do more than just speak these words on this Saturday, April 21, 2018.

I am asking for the membership, as a FAMILY, to show support for the memories of our fallen, and for the families of the fallen who will join us at the Los Angeles County Fire Department Memorial Ceremony.

At 10 am this Saturday we will be honoring all the names on the wall of honor across from the P. Michael Freeman building (Command and Control).

PLEASE take time to come up and HONOR our fallen.

CAPTAINS I ask you to put this on your station clipboards where the programs for these memorial services no doubt are close by.  At line-up review this and EA-q76 (attached) and get commitments from your crews AND yourselves to attend the solemn ceremony Saturday.

CHIEFS I ask for your commitment to attend as well.

If you are not working on Saturday April 21st then the only place you belong is standing shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters who make up the great membership of Local 1014.  We need to be there to help the families of our fallen to stand strong and show that those words you read earlier continue to ring in your ears.  You need to be there to show respect to all those names on the wall.  To many names!

"WE SHALL NEVER FORGET" – let that apply to this Saturday April 21st also.  Be there and show your support to the families of our fallen, the memories of our brothers and sisters as we always told them we would.

In solidarity,

Dave Gillotte,
President, Local 1014

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details

Download: EA-176.pdf , EA-176a.pdf
An open letter to Chief Osby and the members of Local 1014

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

An open letter to LA County Fire Chief Osby and the
membership of Local 1014
in regards to EA-168 dated March 30, 2018

April 6, 2018

OPEN LETTER TO THE FIRE CHIEF AND MEMBERSHIP 

Dear Chief Osby: 

In your memo EA-168 “Return to Work / Risk Management Re-Assignment” dated March 30, 2018, you stated a Civilian Division Chief “will provide a greater role in relation to the Department’s Return to Work mission.”

This letter is to inform you that we categorically REJECT your selection of civilian Cynthia Maluto to work in any capacity in the Return to Work Division and demand a new appointment to this critical position with the Department. We find her to be averse to any and all aspects of labor/management cooperation and to progressive workers compensation carve out principles. The unilateral decision to appoint her to an active role in Return to Work (RTW) is a direct attack on our Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA) - Carve Out Agreement. 

As you know, under State law our DRA is managed by a Labor Management Voting Committee of 6 individuals, 3 people appointed by the Union and 3 people appointed by the Department to ensure a balanced voice.  It is at this table that all changes to any aspect directly and indirectly affecting the DRA carve out should be managed. It is essential that we maintain a balanced approach to the DRA and we are committed to working with you to correct this action and move toward a bilateral labor/management agreement regarding RTW. 

We would like to set up a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss this critical issue. If the Department’s intent is to withdraw from the DRA carve out, where at least 80% of our members are being treated and claims are picked up in a timely manner, we deserve to know immediately. We feel strongly that the DRA system is significantly better than the state system which has delays to treatment in excess of 6 months for Firefighters.  We must do everything we can to maintain a balanced system that benefits our Firefighters and our Fire Service Personnel.

Additionally, in EA-168, you mentioned a “concerned Firefighter” letter and you committed to investigating the claims in the letter. While we know this was one case, all cases and all members are important to us. Your commitment to take care of Firefighters and Fire Service Personnel for their “injuries while performing their duties” should also include illnesses, and behavioral health issues both on duty and cumulatively. 

We are committed to addressing any needs or concerns of the Department and the Union membership. Moreover, we will be addressing this matter with the County Board of Supervisors. 

I look forward to your response and to working collaboratively with you to create a DRA and RTW system which focuses on taking care of the men and women of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  

Sincerely, 

DAVE GILLOTTE
President

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details

Download: Open letter to FC Osby and L1014 membership in regards to EA-168 4.9.18.pdf
Retirement seminars

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Local 1014 will once again host LACERA, Empower and F&A Credit Union advisors for a class at Local 1014.  This is a pre-retirement workshop that will give you all the information you need to know to prepare for retirement from the County of Los Angeles Fire Department.  Things like Ventura Benefits, retirement medical care and steps to take prior to retirement are all covered.

Some of the issues to be covered:

  • Death, Disability and Survivor Benefits Planning.
  • Mid-Career Seminar for those with more than 5 years before retirement.
  • Pre-retirement Seminar for those with 5 years or less before retirement.
  • Empower (457 Plan) pre-retirement and retirement planning.

Individual counseling and retirement planning by LACERA and Empower after seminar.

  • 0900 to 1430
  • Lunch will be provided. 
  • Class size is limited to 30. Sign-ups will be on a first come-first served basis.
  • Spouse/partners are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Wednesday April 25th
C Shift on duty
Thursday April 26th
A Shift on duty
Friday April 27th
B Shift on duty

Local 1014 address:

3460 Fletcher Ave
El Monte, Ca 91731

You need only attend one of the 3 days.  

To register or if you have questions, please click on the following link: andydoyle@local1014.org

This class is open to members of 1014 only.

We need the following information in your registration email:

  • Name:
  • Cell number:
  • Number attending (spouse, etc...):
  • Date you would like to attend:
  • 2nd choice of date to attend:
Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
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