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Friday Update 5-24-19

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, 

We are pleased to announce, the Board of Supervisors voted to ratify our 601/602 Bargaining Unit successor contract this past Tuesday. This was a hard-fought victory for our Executive Board and our negotiating team. We were able to achieve a rich contract for our members, protect our non-economic and working condition items and get extra funding for Behavioral Health programming. 

As a reminder, the 601/602 Bargaining Unit includes our Firefighters, Captains, EMTs, Paramedics, etc. This contract covers our salary increases and specialty bonuses, which was ratified by our membership earlier this year. Please see the attached information sheet on the details of the contract. 

         

Now that we have secured approval from the Board of Supervisors, we will move towards ensuring our retro paychecks are properly calculated by payroll and that everyone receives their hard-earned checks. 

We will continue to keep you informed as the process moves forward. 

FILL THE BOOT 

Thank you to everyone who helped us Fill the Boot this week to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

MDA supports programming and research for children and adults living with over 40 different life-altering neuromuscular diseases. This is the 65th year of the IAFF and MDA partnership, Local 1014 is proud to be a part of this effort and make a difference for our local families in need. 

It's not too late to continue to help by donating at the link below.

Support our efforts and Fill the Boot by donating online today! 

 In Solidarity,


President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board


Download: TA- Summary Chart.pdf
Friday Update 5-17-19

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, the Local 1014 Executive Board considered General Member Motion No. 058-19 regarding alternative work schedulesYour Local 1014 Executive Board understands this is a divisive issue and we will ensure that all members, no matter their position on this item, are heard and have the opportunity to attend the General Membership Meeting where Motion 058-19 will be considered for a vote. 

This item will be on the agenda for the General Membership Meeting on June 11, 2019.  This will allow adequate time to publish the Executive Board position, and for all members from both sides to consider and plan to attend the meeting for debate and a vote. 
 

Local 1014 Executive Board supports Motion No. 058-19 which states, We move to form a Local 1014 sponsored trial schedule change committee to be formed no later than July 1, 2019 with the purpose to identify alternative work schedules, then present and report back with findings to the General Membership and Executive Board by September 1, 2019 with a vote to pursue a 1 year trial schedule change by our General Membership with a simple majority vote of ballots cast no later than December 15, 2019” with the following amendments: 

1. Remove July 1, 2019, and replace with not more than 60 days after salary and fringe contracts are ratified by the Board of Supervisors. 

2. Remove September 1, 2019, and replace with no later than 30 days following the committee report being completed and presented to the Executive Board and General Membership. 

3. If the committee recommends and the Executive Board or General Membership adopts the committee report with a recommendation to put to the membership a vote to pursue a schedule change trial, then such vote shall be a simple majority of ballots cast and shall occur no later than 60 days after such adoption of the committee report. 

We feel the Board’s amendments support the spirit and intent of the motion while giving adequate time to have the Board of Supervisors vote to ratify our contracts, both salary and fringe benefits. The salary contract for 601/602 bargaining units (Firefighters, Paramedic, Captains, etc) will be ratified by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and the CCU fringe contract is likely approximately 30 days out for a vote. 

As always, the minority opinion shall be heard loudly, and the majority vote shall carry the day. Your Executive Board is equally split on this issue; however, we were unanimous on our recommendation to support the Motion as amended and to act in a timely manner with a simple majority vote.  

We look forward to the discussion, debate and the ultimate outcome as we consider an issue that is difficult to navigate.  
 

FILL THE BOOT 

Next week, on May 22-24, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire and Local 1014 will be engaging in a countywide Fill the Boot campaign. Over the past three years, LA County Fire alone has raised over $360,000 in support of MDA, through participation in our annual Fill the Boot campaign. We are the second largest fundraiser in the state for the MDA—this year, we want to be #1!

Support our efforts and Fill the Boot by donating online today! 



MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

May is National Mental Health Month! 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.

Last year, more firefighters died from suicide than from on-duty events. National surveys suggest nearly one in three firefighters have 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 safety, behavioral health is something that must be conditioned and maintained. 

Don’t let this issue live in the shadows. Be safe, take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity,


President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 5-10-19

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, our members showed the public what fire and smoke looks like in a confined structure and gave them a glance into what our Firefighters deal with every day. 

Thank you to LA County Fire PIO Captain Imbrenda, Captain Golondzinier and Captain Christensen, the Burn Cadre and Los Angeles County Fire Training Services Section for spreading the message with the public education spot on Good Day LA morning news.  

In the clip we see how valuable thermal imagers (TI) can be for our members. Local 1014 will be continuing to work on getting a TI in every firefighter’s hands. We are pleased with Chief Osby’s response to our work on this issue.  Through its “Give Back Program,” the Picerne Family Foundation donated two thermal imaging cameras to the Los Angeles County Fire Department this week. Chief Osby has agreed to put approximately 30 more TI’s into the budget and work with us to expedite finding grant money to purchase the remaining equipment.  With the TI’s we already have and the additional 30 we are in a good position moving forward.   

Contract 

We were able to secure a hard date of May 21, 2019 for the 601/602 ratified contract, which includes our Firefighters, Captains, EMTs, Paramedics etc., to be heard at the Board of Supervisors. This contract covers our salary increases and specialty bonuses, which was ratified by our membership earlier this year. Once voted on, we will move towards ensuring our retro paychecks are properly calculated by payroll and that everyone receives their hard-earned checks. 

We continue negotiations with the County for our 603/604 Bargaining Unit members, which includes our Dispatchers, Forestry, and Health Haz Mat members. We are set to continue negotiations in two weeks after they review all of our requests. Again, this is for the salary and bonuses for all 603/604 Bargaining Unit members. Once we reach an agreement, the vote will be sent to all 603/604 members only for ratification. 

Fringe Benefits Contract 

As we noted last week, Coalition of County Unions (CCU) has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the County of Los Angeles on a successor Fringe Benefit Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The CCU negotiates benefits separately from wages and unit-specific working conditions in partnership with the ten diverse unions, including our firefighters, deputy sheriffs, doctors, engineers, probation officers, building and construction trades workers. For more than 30 years, we have negotiated a fringe benefits contract including our medical, dental, sick leave, vacation, and retirement benefits, with the CCU in order to get the best benefits for our members. 

After face-to-face meetings with members of the Board of Supervisors, the Coalition ultimately was able to reach an equitable agreement that included a $500 bonus12 additional holiday hours for use or cash out, increases to medical premium contributions each year with an early implementation of the Year 2 increase. This money is in addition to the negotiated salary raises discussed above.  

We will continue to update you as we work on getting a date for ratification of this separate benefits contract at the Board of Supervisors following the vote on our salary contract. 

FILL THE BOOT 

On May 22-24, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire and Local 1014 will be engaging in a countywide Fill the Boot campaign. Over the past three years, LA County Fire alone has raised over $360,000 in support of MDA, through participation in our annual Fill the Boot campaign. We are the second largest fundraiser in the state for the MDA—this year, we want to be #1!

Support our efforts and Fill the Boot by donating online today! 

Happy Mother’s Day 

As we close out the week, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. This weekend, we hope you will take a moment to say thank you to the women in your life.  From biological moms to foster moms to grandmothers and mentors – we thank you for your love and support. 

Stay safe out there and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 5-3-19

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 part of the Local 1014 Executive Board’s effort to make union meetings more accessible for our members, this week, we held a 1014 regional meeting in Calabasas at King Gillette Ranch. We will be hosting more meetings throughout the County all year long to bring the discussion and information to you, our members. 

Thank you to all our members who attended and provided comments and input on issues affecting our wages, hours and working conditions. We had robust discussions on contract negotiations wrap up, retro pay and ongoing issues like staffing, 48/96 scheduling, resources and equipment. 

Special thank you to our speakers IAFF Team 10th District VP Frank Lima, Peer Support Coordinator Scott Ross, and Poloma Public Affairs, our communications consultant for updating our members. Click to view video. 

CCU Reaches Tentative Agreement of Fringe Benefit Contract

After more than a year of bargaining, the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the County of Los Angeles on a successor Fringe Benefit Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This round of negotiations was particularly challenging because of the County’s mandate to lessen liability associated with the Flores v. City of San Gabriel, (9th Cir. 2016) case, specifically by reducing the cash back members received from the Choices Plan.

The CCU steadfastly refused to accept the County’s inequitable offer of a $500 bonus when most SEIU Local 721 members – and all non-represented employees – had received a $1,000 bonus. After face-to-face meetings with members of the Board of Supervisors, the Coalition ultimately was able to reach an equitable agreement that included a $500 bonusa full paid holiday (8 hours) and an early implementation of the 2nd year increase to health contributions! 

Changes to the Choices Plan

7/1/19                    +1.5% increase to Choices Contribution

11/1/19                  +2.0% increase to Choices Contribution

1/1/20                    $325 cap on cash-in-lieu takehome pay

1/1/21                    +2.5% increase to Choices Contribution

1/1/21                    $244 cap on cash-in-lieu take-home pay

Sustainability Bonus & Step

Within 60 days       $500 one-time bonus

of Board approval  12 hours of leave (holiday time, for 56-hr employees/8hr for 40hr employees)

(Note: $500 one-time bonus and 12-hour holiday to be credited within 60 days of contract approval; CIR members will receive an extra 8 hours added to their 192 Post Graduate Time Off for a total of 200 hours.)

1/1/20                    +1% “Sustainability Bonus” 

1/1/21                    +2.75% “Sustainability ½ Step”

(Note: To be awarded only to top step employees who have completed 12 or more months in that final step of the salary range. Each bargaining unit has unique requirements, e.g. ALADS top step is defined as steps 6 or 7 for one year prior to 1/1/21.)

Click here to find out how the Tentative Fringe MOU impacts you. 

Additionally, the labor-management Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (EBAC) will collaboratively explore solutions to the anticipated gap between the negotiated Choices contribution and the cost of employee benefits.

Thank you to our negotiations team, President Dave Gillotte, 1st Vice President Lew Currier, 2nd Vice President Dave Morse, and Director Kurt Kobler, for their tremendous efforts to fight for our members and their families. 

CONTRACT

This week, continued negotiations with the County for our 603/604 Bargaining Unit members. We are set to continue negotiations after they review all of our requests.

We were also able to secure a hard date of May 21, 2019 for the 601/602 ratified contract to be heard at the Board of Supervisors. We are now turning our efforts towards retro paychecks and ensuring everything is properly calculated by payroll. 

FILL THE BOOT

On May 22-24, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire and Local 1014 will be engaging in a countywide Fill the Boot campaign. Over the past three years, LA County Fire alone has raised over $360,000 in support of MDA, through participation in our annual Fill the Boot campaign. We are the second largest fundraiser in the state for the MDA—this year, we want to be #1!

Support our efforts and Fill the Boot by donating online today! 

 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 4-26-19

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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


Brothers and Sisters, 

Each year Firefighters across the nation take to the streets, including Firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) “Fill the Boot” events across the country to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy live longer and grow stronger. 

On May 22-24, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire and Local 1014 will be engaging in a countywide Fill the Boot campaign. We will begin asking our members to volunteer their time to walk the streets and ask the residents of Los Angeles County to “Fill the Boot.”

          

This week, in support of our efforts, Local 1014 hosted a station dinner for MDA families at Station 118 in City of Industry. Over the past three years LA County Fire alone has raised over $360,000 in support of MDA, through participation in our annual Fill the Boot campaign. We are the second largest fundraiser in the state for the MDA—this year, we want to to #1!

Support our efforts and fill the boot by donating online today! 
https://tinyurl.com/1014-MDA


 

Reminder: 1014 Regional Meeting 

As part of the Local 1014 Executive Board’s effort to make union meetings more accessible for our members we will be hosting a regional meeting in Calabasas in the theatre at King Gillette Ranch.  

One of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age. 

Local 1014 Union Meeting    
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
10:00 AM

King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

 
          

We are very fortunate to have access to this incredible property as we discuss issues and concerns that are important to our membersWe encourage all union members to attend.

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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