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Friday Update 2-15-19

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,

Working Conditions Issues Taken to the Fire Chief

As many of you know, the latest management debacle was the cancellation of our Operator 1B Class just two days before the class started. Spots were filled, time was burnt, instructors were set to teach and everyone’s schedule was cleared of family obligations to either teach or attend this important practical engineer skills class until the rug was pulled out from under us. 

Members were backed out of spots in cases where members were allowed to withdrawal their benefit time posting—multiple spots for each of the 5 days of class. This of course caused a chain reaction of backouts and refilling of spots. Members lost money and time. Perhaps those in charge have forgotten what it is like to work for a living and balance work and life schedules. They have shown a complete lack of respect for our members.

This incident further solidifies our belief that there is a disconnect between administrative managers and the members and even a disconnect between the managers and the Fire Chief.  It is simply unconscionable that the Department would cancel the class knowing full well we are coming out of a recall heavy period. We are working solution to reschedule the class and correct the time and money lost. 

We have taken this matter to the Fire Chief as well as a number of other items including: Thermal Imagers, Engine Exhaust Evacuation System Disrepair, Entry Level Testing Standards, Return to Work Issues, Behavioral Health Issues, Organized PT with Sports and Technology Deficits.  

Our members work hard for our communities every day and they deserve to have up-to-date technology, competent operations leadership, and the proper tools and equipment to serve our residents efficiently.  Some of the top-level administrative managers in our Department are set in pre-1960 mentality with regard to technology and are averse to simple policies that can create efficiencies within our workforce.  This is not acceptable and we will not allow them to disregard important working condition items.  

We have the eyes and the ears of the Board of Supervisors and the public we serve and we will use those relationships to help motivate the Department to address these issues to the satisfaction of not only the Chief and his Staff, but also Union and the members we represent.  Partnership can be achieved but only when both sides are respectful of each other’s’ position and needs. 

Our recent meetings with the Department have been strained to say the least, and we will continue to address these issues with a strength and solidarity to get it done for our members.  We will be holding the Fire Chief, the Chief Deputies of Operations and Business Operations accountable. We will achieve results using all the tools at our disposal including: negotiations, administrative filings with Civil Service and the Employee Relations Commission, legal challenge and of course political action and legislative advocacy.  Enough is enough.  Stay tuned for updates as the work begins.   

601/602 Negotiations 

Local 1014 continues to court a Board of Supervisors (BOS) vote to approve the Tentative Agreement along with other County Unions.  As soon as this BOS ratification vote takes place we can begin retro calculations and checks.  Also we continue to try and conclude our fringe benefits negotiation as we meet again on 2/20/19.  There will be additional salary from the fringe side as well. Stay tuned as we get it done and get the numbers.  

603/604 Negotiations 

Local 1014 Executive Board Members continued to meet with 603/604 Bargaining Unit members including Dispatchers and Forestry personnel.  We met with our Forestry members and discussed their growing needs over the next two years. Our Forestry personnel are responsible for managing our natural resources, brush clearance, and GIS mapping during wildland fires among other responsibilities. As our environment and community needs change, our Forestry personnel must have the resources to meet those changes.

  

We also toured the Dispatch Center to see firsthand the difficult and stressful work our Dispatchers do for our residents. They handle an incredible amount of pressure each day as they help our families through life and death situations and ensure they receive the assistance they need. Our service to the community begins with them and we need to ensure they have the tools they need to continue to provide world-class service to our communities. 

Behavioral Health

On Wednesday, Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte, Chair of the California State Task Force on Behavioral Health in the Fire Service, was in Sacramento working with members of the Task Force to move important legislation forward this legislative session that will allow our Peer Support Teams to establish a confidential Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services pilot program for California’s Firefighters and First Responders who have suffered a post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) and are seeking support. 

          

Getting our members and members across the state the help and support they need for behavioral health and PTSI is a priority for Local 1014. As we push for greater protections for our members at the state level, we continue to focus on making our LACoFD Peer Program more robust.  Take care of each other and please utilize the resources in your stations and www.healingourown.org.

 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 2-8-19

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 we said farewell to Brother Michael Shepard who was tragically killed on January 23, 2019. 

      

    

President Dave Gillotte and members of the Local 1014 Executive Board were humbled to present the traditional engraved Bible to Michael Shepard’s family at the service. Thank you to all who attended the memorial service today and showed solidarity and support for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his wife, four sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Rest in peace Brother. We shall never forget. 

603/604 Negotiations 

This week, Local 1014 Executive Board Members met with 603/604 Bargaining Unit members to discuss their unique needs. As we fight for a fair and rich contract for our non-safety members, we are reminded of all the hard work they do each and every day for the benefit of our community. As we move forward in the process we will be looking for a deal that reflects the value and the services they provide to the 4 million residents we serve throughout the County of Los Angeles. 

             

Contract Update 

As we said last week, while we work to settle the table with the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) for our fringe benefits, we have been temporarily postponed at the Board of Supervisors for the ratification of our 601/602 tentative agreement. We are pushing to settle the fringe bargaining table with added monies to our MOU. We are working as quickly as possible to get the details settled with our ten union partners in the CCU and the County’s Chief Executive Officer. 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 2-1-19

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, 

Last week, your Executive Board attended the IAFF’s Vincent Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Los Angeles. At this conference our Board members trained 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. 

     

Local 1014 Executive Board with IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger  

At the conference, Local 1014 was proud to have stood in solidarity with our United Teacher Los Angeles (UTLA) brothers and sisters to bring attention to their cause and set the tone for teachers and school districts across the nation. We marched in Downtown LA with 1,600 of our IAFF brothers and sisters and it was no coincidence that same morning a deal was struck for UTLA. 

                  

Thermal Imagers: Why don’t we have Thermal Imager in every officer’s hand, if not every Firefighter’s hand on the job?

In the last decade, Thermal Imagers (TI) have become one of the most effective tools in the fight to save Firefighter lives. Though modern tactics and equipment have evolved, the most effective method to prevent or reduce the loss of life and property is to extinguish fires quickly.  Thermal Imagers may be the single most effective tool to achieve this result.  By enhancing our ability to locate victims and the ‘seat of the fire’ quickly, we can dramatically reduce the impact of fire.  

Some of the additional benefits of equipping all front-line engines with Thermal Imagers are:

  • TIs allow us to mitigate the risk to firefighters prior to entering an IDLH environment. By providing the ability to immediately assess the fire conditions during size-up and during the first minutes of initial attack.
  • TIs allow Company Officers to constantly assess changing fire conditions and to understand if interior conditions have become untenable. 
  • Under certain conditions, TIs will allow Company Officers to assess flow path and modify tactics accordingly. 
  • TIs provide the absolute quickest, most effective means of locating downed firefighters or civilian victims. 
  • When employed by a Truck Company during ventilation operations, Thermal Imagers can allow Company Officers to identify structural members as well as identifying the surface temperatures of roofing. This will allow the Ventilation crew to quickly and accurately ventilate. 
  • TIs are an invaluable tool during overhaul and lessen the chance of ‘re-kindle’.  

As part of our ongoing effort to ensure that our members have the best equipment and technology available to do their job and remain safe, Local 1014 will be asking key questions to hold the Chief Deputy of Operations, the Chief Deputy of Business Operations, and ultimately, the Fire Chief accountable for not securing this equipment for our members in a timely manner. Every engine truck and squad should have a TI in their hands.  

Contract Update

As you may know, after our members ratify our 601/602 Tentative Agreement, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LACBOS) must also ratify the deal. While we were hopeful this would happen next Tuesday, we had to postpone one week due to the fringe benefit bargaining with the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) which is still ongoing. We are pushing to settle the fringe bargaining table with more salary added to our MOU. This is taking more time but it will be worth the extra wait. After ratification by the LACBOS we will see retroactive pay and audits process begin. All unions are working day and night together lobbying LACBOS and the County’s Chief Executive Officer to get fair terms for our members on the CCU bargaining side. Stay tuned we expect to have detailed information in the next two weeks for conclusion to our CCU contract.  

Bargaining Unit 603/604 negotiations are in full swing with membership meetings scheduled over the next few weeks. We are pushing for a swift process with the County and a fair and generous resolution for our non-safety members.  More information will be available as the table formally moves forward over the next two weeks. 

Vacation Day Grievance

As many of you know, we garnered extra vacation days/hours after you have served 20+ years in the last fringe benefit negotiations.  Local 1014 Safety Members have been denied the ability to accrue these hours/days if they haven’t “used” hours below the max accrual and payout hours. We have combatted the unilateral position of the County regarding their administration method for these extra days.  We had an agreement to allow members to use these extra days outside of the normal vacation hour bank and if not used, then to be paid out in termination pay.  The County did not move to implement this simple language but rather opted for the “use it or don’t accrue it” and have even removed hours from the bank when already accrued.  

We have filed a Grievance General in Character and we now move forward to an arbitration with the Employee Relations Commission (ERCOM). We are now selecting hearing dates and have agreed upon a hearing officer.  We will continue to update you on this very important matter. If you have been harmed or are coming up 20+ years, please contact the Union and place your name on our list - we may need witnesses to testify in the hearing.  

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 1-25-19

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 past week has been difficult with the loss of two of our Brothers. 

On Thursday, the memorial service for Brother Randy Duarte was held. President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board were humbled to present the IAFF Medal of Honor and traditional engraved Bible to Randy Duarte's family at the service. He was the quintessential Firefighter and a friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. 

          

                                

As we lay to rest Brother Duarte, we learned that we lost yet another Local 1014 member too soon—Brother Michael Shepard passed away Wednesday as the result of a tragic car accident. Captain Shepard leaves behind his wife, four sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We will be sending out memorial information as soon as it is available. 

This week, perhaps more than most we are reminded that life is precious and that our jobs are dangerous. 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 utilize the resources in your stations (the Mental Health Resources Poster). The peers and support teams are always there to help. Take care of each other. 

We will be updating you on the IAFF ALTS 2019 Conference and other matters next week. Please take this week to remember these two fine Brothers and their service to the community. WE SHALL NEVER FORGET.

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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

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