Friday Update 2-26-21
Updated On: Feb 27, 2021


FRIDAY UPDATE 
 

Sisters & Brothers,
 
This week, we learned the sad news of the loss of yet another one of our brothers from the Sheriff's Department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Deputy Thomas J. Albanese, 41, who was killed in an unfortunate traffic collision in the City of Lakewood. Brother Albanese is survived by his wife of 12 years, Erica, and his two young boys

Our LACOFD/1014 Peer Support Team sent peers to assist our brothers at the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) and his family. This is yet another reminder of the risk all public safety personnel take to protect our communities each day. We shall not forget. 
 
Retroactivity Pay 

We are happy to report that we are in the final stages of the retroactivity pay to our members from the 2018 contract for bonuses, FFL, PM2, PM3, and PEER.  IAFF Local 1014 and Fire Department Payroll and Processing have been working diligently to ensure member's pay is correct, this includes the end of the year, in-service payout (excess benefit time payout).  

These processes will not only ensure current members' pay is correct but also our recent retirees' (2019 to current) pay is correct and reported to LACERA. This audit requires coordination by multiple departments to complete, including the Auditor-Controller, IMD, ISD, Payroll, Processing, and LACERA to name a few. All these departments are ready to complete this final retroactivity pay.

Your patience has been appreciated as this has been a daunting task for our understaffed civilian workforce that is ensuring this will be calculated correctly, and that no members will be left behind. Local 1014 will update you as things progress.
 

Florine Based Foam
 

With support from IAFF Local 1014 and the tenacious efforts from CA Kirk Nelson, CA Tim Vanderlip, DC Tony Whittle and Staff Assistant Estela Contreras, we have achieved a big win in the fight for cancer prevention for our members.   

To date, all fluorine-based (PFAS) Class B foam has been removed and destroyed from the Department's front line units and a supply cache.  PFAS are forever chemicals and never break down. Fluorine-based foam has been proven to cause cancer and its removal will help protect our members into the future.  It is estimated that 7.5 million Californians have PFAS in their drinking water and a study by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) found “unequivocal evidence” that firefighters using foam with PFAS had high levels in their blood.  The Department is currently in the process to replace the Class B foam with a safer product that is available.  

The removal of this cancer-causing foam has been long overdue. Without the efforts of the aforementioned personnel, and IAFF Local 1014 support, this may not have happened until State legislation forced the Department to do so.  

Last year, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 1044 (Allen) which phases out the use of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, with some time-limited exceptions and requires notification of the presence of intentionally added PFAS in the personal protective equipment of firefighters. This bill takes effect statewide in 2022. We are pleased that we were able to implement these life-saving changes immediately. 

Local 1014 was proud to be a large part of the legislative advocacy effort for this critical health and safety legislation at the state level. Special thanks to our own 1014 Brother Derek Urwin who advocated strongly for this bill together with Senator Allen. 
Read Senate Bill 1044 
The 2nd Annual 1014 Blood Drive 

The results are in from our 2nd Annual Blood Drive! We are so thankful for the outpouring of support we received. Because of our members, we collected enough donations to save up to 96 lives! Additionally, we also had 11 first-time blood donors! Thank you to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and all your staff for your work to save lives!!
As always, stay safe and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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