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Friday Update 4-19-19

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 and Sisters, 

As you may know, the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller recently released a report on several aspects of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, including overtime. There are several problems with evaluation of our personnel deployment and overtime usage. At its core the report does not take into account critically important principles that govern the fire service like constant staffing and the distinction between recalls and voluntary overtime shifts. 

While we do not agree with the recommendations in the report or with the methodology used to assess overtime, the report does highlight what we already know, the Department needs to hire personnel more consistently and fix internal issues including the disconnect between management and the field. We are remaining vigilant about the content of this report and ensuring that the Department, our elected officials, the Board of Supervisors and the public are educated about the realities of the fire service and how best to protect our members safety and quality of life moving forward. Please know that all aspects of our members’ working conditions are protected by our MOU. 

CPF Fire Wire 

This month, California Professional Firefighters launched a new monthly podcast – CPF Fire Wire. In an effort to further connect with members, the podcast will spotlight California firefighters, their union and their communities.The podcast will be available the first Wednesday of every month.  

Listen to Episode One with CPF President Brian Rice joined by special guests Nick Gracia, President of Daly City Firefighters Local 1879, and Brian Ursettie, President of Arcadia Firefighters Local 3440. Click here to subscribe and listen to the first episode.

Contract  

This week we continued to do battle with the County regarding language for the approved contract. We had an excellent meeting on Thursday and hope to have a resolution soon. We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure that we not only receive the raises we agreed on but that we protect your future and your family’s future by ensuring things that should be pensionable are identified as such in the language. 

Be safe out there and have a good week. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 4-12-19

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 and Sisters, 

This week, our Local 1014 Executive Board attended the California Professional Firefighters Legislative Conference in Sacramento. The Local 1014 Executive Board had a full schedule lobbying our state legislators on critically important legislation including: 
 

·      SB 542 (Stern) and AB 1116 (Grayson) - Firefighters’ Behavioral Health Package - Creating a rebuttable post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) presumption and statewide standards for a Firefighter peer support crisis referral program. 
 

·      AB 1544 (Gipson/Hertzberg) - Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act of 2019 
 

·      AB 932 (Low) - Firefighters Out-of-State Injuries - Providing protection to our members who render aid in a time of crisis, such as the Route 91 mass shooting in Las Vegas. 
 

·     AB 1668 (Carrillo) - Education Employment Reentry Program- Building on the California Conservation Corp program and offering a career path to those formerly incarcerated through work on hand crews. 
 

Additionally, Local 1014 walked the halls to explore options to amend current legislation to allow more descriptive wording for future public safety measures that will help fund more resources for our members and our Department. 

Special thank you to all our local legislators who took time to meet with us including: Secretary of State Alex Padilla, CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Senator Bob Hertzberg, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Phillip Chen, Assemblymember Christy Smith and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.

          

Contract 

As we said last week, we are working very hard with the County to finalize pensionable language for our 601/602 Contract. Once finalized we will be moving forward with retro pay and issuing checks. This affects the Sheriffs and Lifeguards as well and retroactivity continues to roll as we get language finalized. We will construct a comprehensive contract update next week to address all of the pension and Board of Supervisors issues we have had to deal with over the past few weeks, including PEPRA compliance with our MOU.  

Be safe out there and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 4-5-19

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 and Sisters, 

On April 1st, Local 1014 commemorated its 70th Anniversary of representing the finest Firefighters and Fire Service Personnel in the nation. On April 1, 1949, Local 1014 officially affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). We are proud to be 70 years Union Strong for our members!

As we celebrate all that we have accomplished as a Union, we also look to the future as we continue to fight for our members to get the wages, benefits and working conditions they need and deserve to protect our communities.
 

USAR Deployment Exercise and Training 

This week, Los Angeles County Firefighters were pleased to host our annual Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Team training and deployment exercise with USAR Teams from all over the world.

The 96-hour training simulates various rescue operations and allows our teams to keep their skills sharp. The Los Angeles County Fire Department is one of only two international USAR teams in the United States. CA-TF2 works with the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to provide international response to natural and man-made disasters. 

Local 1014 was pleased to host dinner for all the teams which included international USAR team members who traveled from Virginia (USA), Australia, Colombia, Israel, Iceland, and New Zealand. Thank you to our partners at In-N-Out Burger for providing a great meal! 


Critical Incident Stress Management 

Our Local 1014 Executive Board was also in training this week with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation learning about group crisis intervention and innovative intervention services including: demobilizations, defusings, and the Critical Stress Debriefings (CISD). 

As our members are faced with new challenges both on and off the job, our Executive Board is always searching for educational opportunities that will allow us to better serve our members and the public.

Thank you to United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local-112 for hosting this event. Special thank you to IAFF Master Peer Instructor Captain Scott Ross, Dr. Steve Froehlich and Tiffany Collier of the US Coast Guard for their work to bring this training to our team.


601/602 Contract

We appreciate the patience of the membership during this trying time as we work to complete the last processes to ratify our tentative agreement, ensure all elements of the contract are pensionable for all members, and get the retro checks and calculations done and into all of our pockets. 

We have had to address a number of items along with the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) and the Los Angeles County Lifeguards Association (LACoLA) to get contract language in our MOU compliant with the California Public Employee Pension Reform Act  (PEPRA) and retirement law interpretation by LACERA. This last critical step has been labor intensive and we had to deal with the County and LACERA to amend language. 

Local 1014 and LACoLA will meet one last time with the CEO's office next week to finish the documents to be submitted to the BOS for their vote to ratify the final MOU.  Then we will turn our attention to the retroactive checks that will run back to 10/1/18.  We will enlist an auditor to monitor the retro checks and ensure all elements of pay are accounted for.  

Have a safe week and remember to take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 3-29-19

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 and Sisters, 

Today, Local 1014 was proud to co-sponsor and attend the Quarterly Peer Training for our Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Peer Support Program along with the Department. 

Special thank you to Brendan McDonough, the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew tragically killed in 2013, for joining us as our guest speaker today. Brendan shared powerful testimony about the importance of the Peer Program in his life and for people he has met across the county as a spokesman for mental health in the fire service. 

“People say time heals but that is a half-truth… time heals all with great support…You (peers) have given freedom back to people who have suffered silently,” he said to the participants today after sharing his own struggles with addiction and depression.

          

Growing our Peer Program is a major component of expanding our Behavioral Health Program within the LACoFD. As we look to address the growing problem of post traumatic and cumulative stress injuries, we need every tool available to us, including our most important resource, our members.

On the legislative front, your Executive Board is working hard to pass legislation that will protect our members as they access behavioral health services. President Dave Gillotte, Chair of the California State Task Force on Behavioral Health in the Fire Service, is working with members of the Task Force to move important legislation 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. 

Last year, AB 1116 (Tim Grayson, D-Concord) which would have established a confidential Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services pilot program for California’s firefighters was vetoed. However, we are optimistic that Governor Gavin Newsom will be supportive of a new bill and we will see success. 

 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES: 

Please see attached flyer for a special interactive workshop for couples in the fire service taking place on April 6 at the Union Hall and hosted by Dr. Mynda Ohs, PhD and founder of Fully Involved Life. 

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.
 

Have a safe week and remember to take care of each other. 
 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board


Download: 1014 Couples Class.pdf
Friday Update 3-22-19

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 and Sisters, 

As we close the week, we also close out Union work that took your Executive Board from Washington DC to Sacramento to Downtown Los Angeles handling the critical issues and participating events that benefit our membership.  Thank you to our Executive Board members for their above and beyond commitment this week. 

Talks with the Fire Chief continue on myriad issues, but one item in particular we highlight this Friday.  We have been pressuring the Department to prioritize the purchase of additional Thermal Imagers (TI) so that each rig and officer has a state-of-the-art TI that reads heat paths and flow.  This item falls at the feet of the Chief Deputy of Operations to prioritize. President Gillotte has made the Fire Chief aware of the need and we are discussing ideas to fund this valuable tool for our members.  The Fire Chief has committed to keeping this a priority item in our discussions. We have every confidence we will find a way to fund the purchase sooner rather than later. We will no longer allow this item to be ignored. Our members deserve the best equipment to keep them safe while on the job. 

We want to highlight United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) Local 112 and the work of President Freddie Escobar, his Executive Board and LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas for figuring out a way to fund through their foundation the purchase of small TIs for every member of the LAFD. We are sharing this with our Fire Chief, the Chief Deputy of Operations and we will use this news from our LA City partners to help motivate our own Department on the importance of these tools.   

Click here to view the NBC story on LAFD's use of Thermal Imagers 

 

Celebrating 50 Years of EMS 

Yesterday, Local 1014 celebrated 50 years of leading the nation with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency. 

Our Los Angeles County Fire Department was the first Fire Department in the nation to train Paramedics in a nationally accredited paramedic program with the passage of the Wedworth-Townsend Paramedic Act of 1970. 

We are proud to be part of the long tradition of innovation in healthcare. Responding to over 400,000 calls for service each year, our members provide world-class service to 4 million residents in unincorporated LA County and 59 contract cities.

Supporting the CA Fire Foundation 
On Wednesday, the Local 1014 Executive Board was please to attend the 6th Annual California Fire Foundation Gala—celebrating Uncommon Courage.

The largest statewide organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of career firefighters, the California Fire Foundation’s mandate includes an array of survivor and victim assistance projects and community initiatives.

          

From providing Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) cards to victims of fire or other natural disasters throughout California to providing educational assistance to the children of fallen firefighters through the California Firefighters Endowment and Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program to the curating of The California Firefighters Memorial the Foundation is there for our members and their families. 

Last year, during the Woolsey Fire, the CA Fire Foundation was there for our members who lost homes and needed assistance. It is an honor to support this organization and all the work they do for our members. 

Special thank you to the entire CA Fire Foundation Executive Board for their commitment to our members and their families. 

Have a safe week and remember to take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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