Friday Update 9-10-21
Updated On: Sep 10, 2021

FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 

This will be a heavier weekend than most as the nation and all firefighters including the families of the 343 fallen FDNY members take time to reflect and remember 20 years ago when two towers fell in New York City taking our hearts with them.  We Shall Never Forget. 

Each of us remembers where we were and what we were doing and tomorrow the impact of the day will pass over us again.  The IAFF hosted a wreath ceremony today at 4 pm EST. Click below to watch the ceremony. 
 


Also Fire Velo including members of LA County Firefighters has arrived in New York at the memorial site.  Firefighters from throughout California rode from Santa Monica Pier to New York to raise money and awareness of the 20 year anniversary. Thank you to all who supported and congratulations to Fire Velo for their amazing effort and accomplishment in tribute to the fallen. 



Covid Vaccine Policy Proposal and Ongoing Negotiations 

Local 1014 will be at the bargaining table again today late into the evening with the County of Los Angeles and the CCU.  We have been bargaining two to three days per week 6-8 hours per day on the “IMPACT” of any such proposal from the County of LA.  We are working hard along with our public safety members in partnership within the CCU to move this proposal to a “vaccinate or accommodate” policy and steadfastly have opposed any mandate.  

Additionally, Local 1014 along with our Sheriff Union partners introduced the concept of using antibody levels in part or whole as the equivalent to vaccinated status.  We are bargaining over every line of the proposals that emanated from the BOS Executive Order and Motion.  This is not only tedious but volatile. We are also working to eliminate a disciplinary track for anyone who is non-compliant and instead have an accommodation and or testing process as well as alternative work schedules and environments for non-safety units who are impacted by this order.  The County knows it cannot meet an October 1 deadline. We will notify you of any changes in the proposal formally as we get agreement on items impacting dates, times, and policy.  

Once again, Local 1014 has taken a strong position embracing the vaccine and encouraging our members to get the vaccine (75% of our membership is vaccinated currently), while OPPOSING THE VACCINE MANDATE. We have asked for the use of antibody testing, full safety gear including masks, gowns, goggles, gloves, physical distancing, and cleaning as ways to accommodate those who are not vaccinated.  We will continue to work on those positions in alliance with our partners in the house of Labor. 


General Membership Meeting 9/14/2021 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the General Membership Meeting at the Alfred K. Whitehead Labor Center, the Union Hall - 3460 Fletcher Avenue in El Monte at 10 am on Tuesday 9/14/2021.  The Union meeting is for Active Duty Local 1014 members only. We have many issues to discuss including bargaining, the fringe contract we just settled, staffing and operations, as well as the Covid vaccine issue.  We will have legal experts and medical experts at the Union Hall on Tuesday with good information and answers to specific legal and medical questions as we navigate this item with the County.  

As a reminder, we have staff in the building so please bring your mask as this is an indoor forum. We know many of you may not be able to attend because of staffing or personal obligations, so we will also be hosting a Covid Vaccine Webinar the following Tuesday, September 21st with questions and answers as well as legal and medical expert.  Mark your calendars and get your questions ready in advance and as we roll in the webinar.   

Thank you for your continued resolve and solidarity as we handle this issue and bargain with the County over the impact on our members.  
 


Local 1014 members continue to serve on the frontlines

Local 1014 members are currently serving on the Caldor Fire and the Dixie Fire with Strike Teams 1135A, 1279F, 1282A, 1321A, 1840A, OES 1870C, 1880C, 1103A, and 1120A.  Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 has provided the most resources in the state relative to the workforce and proudly our members are getting it done.  

While there are many stories of our members handling the work, but also going above and beyond, Strike Team 1120 A has a special story we would like to share with you all.  ST 1120 A received an assignment to protect structures in a neighborhood. As they prepped they came across a home to Aaliyah, a 9-year-old girl who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 months ago.  Because of her compromised immune system from her chemotherapy treatments, she had no place to go nor could she.  The mission then became not only to protect her home and her family from fire, but also to support her family for 4 shifts and then some.  The crews of 1120A talked to the family every day to assure them they were safe and LA County Fire Fighters would be there to protect them and provide for them.  The crews split wood for them provided resources and cared for the family in any way needed.  She finally was able to leave on the 9th to go receive her third chemotherapy.  

We learned her insurance isn’t covering the treatment and procedures and her family will owe over $350,000  when this is over. Her birthday is the 22nd of this month.  Engine 9 Crew from 1120 A bought her a Karaoke machine she wanted for her birthday and with a smile on her face, ST 1120 A donated $250 so far with more to come.  There is a GoFundMe set up on her behalf with a 50,000 goal and only 13,000 met so far.  

Please join Engine 9, ST 1120 A and the LA County Local 1014 Fire Family in helping Aaliyah and her family in considering a donation to her go fund me.  Thank you to our brothers and sisters always and in this example of leadership and compassion is all we do!  
 
Donate to Aaliyah's GoFundMe

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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