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LA County Employee lawsuit - you might have a claim....

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

LA COUNTY MAY HAVE UNDERPAID LOCAL 1014 MEMBERS OVERTIME.
YOU MIGHT HAVE A CLAIM.

The overtime lawsuit against the County is moving forward.  Local 1014 encourages all of its members to join the lawsuit in order to protect their overtime rights.  Here’s the information you need about the lawsuit and how to join.

WHAT IS THE LAWSUIT ABOUT?  Local 1014 believes the County has been underpaying employees’ overtime.  In its Flores decision two years ago, the Ninth Circuit held that “cashback” payments from health care plans had to be included in the overtime rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The County has failed to comply with Flores.  In addition, Local 1014 has reason to believe that the County’s basic overtime calculations have been wrong.

ARE EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY PART OF THE LAWSUIT? No.  To be covered by the lawsuit, employees have to sign a document known as a Consent to Join that will be filed with the court.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT? Any employee who has worked any overtime hours for Los Angeles County at any time since August 9, 2015, is eligible to join the lawsuit.  This includes retirees, provided they worked overtime in the last three years.

HOW DOES THE LAWSUIT RELATE TO THE EXTRA OVERTIME PAYMENTS THE COUNTY WILL BE MAKING?  Clearly spurred by the preparations to file a lawsuit, the County has announced that it will now be paying employees extra overtime retroactive over the last three years. However, the County will not be paying employees the “liquidated damages” the lawsuit is seeking.  “Liquidated damages” are an amount equivalent to back pay, which is why the FLSA is known as a double-damages law.  The lawsuit will also examine whether the County’s payments are accurate.

HOW TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT.
The Public Safety Law Group and Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver are representing Los Angeles County employees in a lawsuit against the County for underpaying their overtime.  You may have a claim.

You have a claim for underpaid overtime if you meet two conditions:

  • You worked for Los Angeles County for all or part of the three years before the date we file your claim.
  • You worked overtime during that time period (see above).

Go to https://www.laovertimelawsuit.com/ to file a claim.

Download the Consent To Join form and the Attorney-Client Agreement.  Both forms need to be signed and the originals mailed to:

Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver
1428 2nd Street, Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Attention: Nicole Castronovo.

Faxed or emailed signatures will not be accepted.

Alternatively, you can drop the forms off at the front counter at Local 1014 Union Hall:

3460 Fletcher Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731.

Local 1014 will also have blank forms available if you cannot access the forms online. 
If you have questions on your claim or related to this lawsuit, please contact Nicole Castronovo at (310) 393-1486.


WHO ARE THE ATTORNEYS AND HOW ARE THEY BEING PAID?  The team of attorneys handling the case include attorneys from the Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle and Silver law firm and the Public Safety Labor Group.  The attorneys are handling the case on a 25% contingent fee basis, meaning that the attorneys only get paid if they make a recovery.  The attorneys’ fees will only be charged on the additional amounts they recover beyond what the County will be paying employees in the extra overtime payments.


WHO SHOULD EMPLOYEES CALL IF THEY HAVE QUESTIONS?  If you have any questions, call attorney Nicole Castronovo at 310.393.1486.


Download: flores.lawsuit.pdf
LA Chargers and Local 1014 - TICKETS ARE ALL GONE - see below

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

LA Chargers and Local 1014

SORRY THE TICKETS ARE ALL GONE

We will be notifying those who got tickets very soon and those
on the waiting list we will let you know as well.

The Los Angeles Chargers want to thank the members of Local 1014 for their hard work battling fires all across this state as well as the work we do every day.  They have donated a number of tickets to an upcoming game.

Saturday August 18, 2018 at 1900 the Chargers will be playing the Seattle Seahawks at the StubHub Center in Carson and they are inviting us to attend as their guests.

They have offered tickets to Local 1014 active duty firefighters and their families (up to 4 tickets per person).  They have donated 450 tickets.  The tickets are very random throughout the stadium and we will do the best to sit all seats together.  This will truly be a first come, first served. If you only need 2 or 3 please only request what you will need.

Interested?

Click on the below link and fill in the required information.  We will email you back with a confirmation email and how you can get your tickets.

To request tickets click here

Questions? click here

Fraternally,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

LA Chargers and Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

LA Chargers and Local 1014

The Los Angeles Chargers want to thank the members of Local 1014 for their hard work battling fires all across this state as well as the work we do every day.  They have donated a number of tickets to an upcoming game.

Saturday August 18, 2018 at 1900 the Chargers will be playing the Seattle Seahawks at the StubHub Center in Carson and they are inviting us to attend as their guests.

They have offered tickets to Local 1014 active duty firefighters and their families (up to 4 tickets per person).  They have donated 450 tickets.  The tickets are very random throughout the stadium and we will do the best to sit all seats together.  This will truly be a first come, first served. If you only need 2 or 3 please only request what you will need.

Interested?

Click on the below link and fill in the required information.  We will email you back with a confirmation email and how you can get your tickets.

To request tickets click here

Questions? click here

Fraternally,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday August 10, 2018 Local 1014 UPDATE

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Local 1014 Update
Friday, August 10, 2018

This week, members of your Local 1014 Executive Board joined thousands of Firefighter Union leaders from across the US and Canada to attend the 54th International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Convention in Seattle, Washington.  This year, the IAFF celebrated 100 years of progress through unity in the professional fire service.  Every two years, this convention offers an opportunity for our union’s international body to focus on our legislative and operational priorities. 

Members of your Local 1014 Executive Board testified on, and voted for, critically important resolutions including:

  • Establishing a Behavioral Health Center on the West Coast to provide similar services to the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Maryland.
  • Funding a study on the effects of cell and radio antenna radiation on Firefighters.
  • Increasing funding for cancer research.
  • Supporting a National Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Encouraging the expansions of the IAFF PEER Support Program.
  • Increasing funding for the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund to benefit members.
  • and more.

Click here (https://convention2018.iaff.org/resolution-action/) for a full list of convention resolutions. 

IAFF General President Emeritus and Former Local 1014 President Al Whitehead was honored by the IAFF Executive Board and the convention attendees.  He spoke to the importance of unity in this time of uncertainty for unions and their members and offered a unique perspective on the progress the union has made towards protecting the health and safety of our members.

Click here (https://www.facebook.com/Local1014/videos/10156235585271195/) to watch a clip of Brother Whiteheads speech.  Local 1014 is proud to be a part of a long legacy of increases wages, benefits and working conditions for our members and members across this great nation and Canada through political action and advocacy. 

While at Convention, our negotiations continued with the County on our successor MOU. We are scheduled to meet with the CEOs office early next week. We will keep you updated as we continue to aggressively bargain with the County on behalf of our members.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Friday August 3, 2018 Contract Negotiations Update

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Friday August 3, 2018 Contract Negotiations Update
Last week, we continued our long and difficult negotiations process with the County regarding the successor MOU for our members.  Your Local 1014 Executive Board has made every effort to bargain in good faith with the County; however, in our meetings last week, they showed a reluctance to have a meaningful discussion on items that are essential to the health, safety and well-being of our members. 
Yesterday, in an effort to resolve the final items in our contract, members of the Executive Board met with the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and staff and were able to effectively communicate the importance of these items and their direct impact on our members. These items include the establishment of a Union-run Behavioral Health Employee Assistance Program in partnership with the Department. While we had a productive meeting with the CEO, your Executive Board is committed to ensuring our members continue to receive the pay, benefits and working conditions they need and deserve. 
As we move forward with this process, our intention is to continue to represent the best interest of our membership on the key points that are critically important, while still maintaining the highest level of service and efficiency for Los Angeles County communities. It is imperative at this time that solidarity throughout our membership remain strong.  “In unity there is strength.”  We will be aggressively engaging the CEO and Board of Supervisors over the next week to move our issues to conclusion.  We will not rest until we have a fair contract to put forward to the membership. We will keep you updated as new information is available.

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
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