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Friday Update 10-4-19

Updated On: Oct 17, 2019 (14:56:00)

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, we celebrated several legislative victories at the State level for our members. Local 1014 was proud to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across California as the Governor signed into law the Firefighter Behavioral Health Package

  • SB 542(Stern)-Gives first responders the occupational protections needed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) and begin the healing process. The bill passed unanimously out of Assembly Insurance Committee and moves to Appropriations Committee next. 
  • AB 1116 (Grayson)-Peer Support Confidentiality - Sets statewide standards for Firefighter peer support and crisis referral programs. It confers confidentiality for related communications between peer supporters and Firefighters.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed both CPF-sponsored Behavioral Health Bills creating confidential peer-support and PTSI presumption law for firefighters across the state. Chair of the California State Task Force on Behavioral Health in the Fire Service President Dave Gillotte joined California Professional Firefighters President Brian Rice, International Association of Fire Fighters 10th District VP Frank Lima, and members of the Task Force from across the state for the signing. 

                    

This legislative package was the culmination of 3-years of hard work for our members and Firefighters across the state as we fight to break the silence on behavioral health in the fire service. While this was a historic day, the fight is not over as we work to break the stigma. 

This week the Governor also signed: SB 438 (Hertzberg)- This bill blocks the privatization of emergency dispatch to ensure patient care is the top priority and keeps 911 dispatch in the hands of sworn public safety officers. 

We want to thank Sister Cerena Lewis, Fire Dispatcher, and 603-604 Bargaining Unit member, for joining us to lobby the California State Legislature on SB 438 earlier this year and for providing moving testimony on behalf of our LA County Dispatchers and Dispatchers across California. 

We can never emphasize enough that political action is the cornerstone of protecting our members and their families while improving our wages, hours, and working conditions. Los Angeles County is the largest county in the nation. It is critical that our voice and the voice of our members is heard by those who make life-changing decisions on our behalf. Your Executive Board is continuously working to ensure that our members are protected at every level of government. 

We want to thank the excellent staff at California Professional Firefighters (CPF) for their effort to push these bills through the California Legislature. Special thank you to President Brian Rice for walking the halls to support these bills.  

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 9-27-19

Updated On: Oct 16, 2019 (16:12:00)

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, 

First, thank you to all our members who participated in the Behavioral Health Safety Stand-Down this week. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the program and will be looking to make it even more impactful next year as we work to break the stigma and break the silence. 

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial 

This week, the Local 1014 Executive Board joined our brothers and sisters from across the nation to honor our fallen Brothers Russell Fagan, Robert Brentley, and Roy Chapman at the International Fire Fighters Association (IAFF) Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado. 

                     

Click here to watch the full video of the IAFF Memorial Ceremony. 

The ceremony honored 250 IAFF members who died in the line of duty and were reported to the IAFF in the last year. The Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial honors more than 7,500 IAFF members who have died in the line of duty since 1918. The names include those who died on the job, as well as the alarming number who succumbed to chronic illnesses linked to the fire service such as heart disease and cancer. 

California Professional Firefighters Fallen Firefighter Memorial 

Tomorrow our Executive Board will join the families of Randall Duarte, Robert Brantley, and Russell Van Fagan at the California Fire Foundation's 17th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony on September 28, 2019, at 11:30 am. The ceremony will be held at the California Firefighters Memorial located in Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA. 

Click here to view the live stream of the CPF Memorial beginning tomorrow at 11:30 am. You can also view it live on Facebook.

As we close out Firefighter Appreciation Month, we pause to memorialize the service and dedication of our fallen brothers and sisters and the sacrifice of their families. We will never forget. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 9-20-19

Updated On: Oct 11, 2019 (08:01:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

SAVE THE DATE: 
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND SAFETY STAND DOWN


My Brothers and Sisters, 

This coming Monday, as part of Local 1014 and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s efforts to make behavioral health a priority for all our members, we will be engaging in a Department-wide Suicide Awareness & Safety Stand-Down. From September 23rd through September 25th, our Department will be engaging in discussions curated by our peer support team, chaplains, and culturally competent mental health clinicians to bring this issue out of the shadows.  You will be receiving materials at your stations and sites with tools and resources to get the conversation started. 

I just returned from El Paso, Texas as part of a 31-member IAFF Peer Team including our own LA County Peers. I can tell you the need for behavioral health efforts in our profession especially for those that combat suicide due to post-traumatic stress and cumulative stress of our job has never been more in demand.  As Chair of the California State Fire Service Task Force on Behavioral Health, I work daily to ensure our Firefighters have the resources necessary to address these issues. I am imploring you to please to make the time and pay attention to this safety stand down like your life or the life of one of your crew members depends on it--it may very well be the case. 

We know that as First Responders, saving lives is the most rewarding part of our profession, but the emotional burden of traumatic calls can overwhelm even the strongest among us. In the last four months, three California Firefighters died by their own hand. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.

As we wrap up the month of September and National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, we must remember to continue this practice all year long. Please continue to use the resources at your stations and sites to access our Peer Support Teams and Behavioral Health Resources or visit www.healingourown.org for additional resources. Your participation could save a life. 

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial 

As the Local 1014 Executive Board prepares to honor our fallen brothers, Russell Van Fagan, Robert Brantley, and Roy Chapman, in Colorado Springs at the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, I ask all to reflect and remember ALL of the fallen both in Los Angeles County and across the nation.

The 2019 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Service will be broadcast live via streaming video on Saturday, September 21. The ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which officially begins at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time), will honor 250 IAFF members who died in the line of duty and were reported to the IAFF in the last year. 

On behalf of the Local 1014 Executive Board, thank you for your commitment each and every day protecting our communities. Please keep our fallen brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in your thoughts and prayers. Always remembered, never forgotten. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte 

Friday Update 9-13-19

Updated On: Oct 03, 2019 (16:24:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

                 
Good Friday the 13th Sisters and Brothers of Local 1014! 

State Legislative Update 

Today marks the last day of the current legislative session in Sacramento. Our CPF lobbyists and local affiliates from throughout the state have been busy tracking votes and working amendments to advance and protect our membership. The following bills are all part of the legislative package we are working to get voted on and signed into law by the Governor: 

  • SB 542 Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Presumption (introduced by Local 1014),
  • AB 1116 PEER Support Confidentiality,
  • AB 1544 Community Paramedicine,
  • SB 438 911 Public Fire Dispatch Protection,
  • SB 266 Retiree Pension Protection, and
  • ACA 1 Funding for Local Public Safety. 

We will update you on our efforts as the legislative session comes to a close and as we see movement on these bills. 

Budget Deliberations  

Local 1014 has also been very busy on the home front. President Gillotte met with Chief Osby again this week to address the many issues facing our membership. The number one topic of discussion was the budget shortfall and its potential impact on our members. Priorities like turnouts, TI’s, apparatus, equipment, and staffing are all priority items to protect.

We have scheduled a labor-management budget meeting to prioritize by agreement the items that need to be funded. We will keep you posted as we work to protect our important working condition items. We also laid into the Department heavily on E 233 and a second squad in the Antelope Valley. We now finally have movement to get this done and in place ASAP.  The Chief agreed it has been far too long and gave orders to the Chief Deputy of Operations to move it into service.   

Trial Shift Schedule Change Committee
The Trial Shift Schedule Change Committee has been selected and will be getting to work over the next 30 days with Committee Chair Dave Morse and Co-Chair Jason Green heading up the project.  Following the Committee's work, we will be going to a ballot vote to ask whether our membership wants a trial shift schedule change. The type of schedule will be the topic of the Committee's work and we will keep you informed as that work progresses. Whether you are pro or con on a trial schedule change of any kind, get ready to vote when the time comes.  We want as many voices and votes as we can get.  

Staffing 
Long-term staffing push and the hiring to accomplish it is in full swing with Local 1014 at the table to push for an abbreviated drill tower and back to back concurrent classes to get the Firefighter Paramedic folks out and into the field. The PM classes are going as scheduled and these recruits will be going into Firefighter positions. They will have the ability to work “P” but priority to existing senior members for PM post positions will apply. 

Also, the written test was given for entry-level Firefighters. We will be pushing for at least 3 classes in 2020. We have a valid written exam in place and which will allow the FSA Internal Promotional Process (i.e. Bridge Program) to get back in full swing. We are also continuing to evaluate every 30 days the effectiveness of the short-term fixes we negotiated last month. Please keep us informed on what is working and what is not. 

603/604 Contract Negotiations
Our asks for the hard-working brothers and sisters in Dispatch, Forestry, Health Haz Mat and Fire Prevention have been taken directly to the Fire Chief for his support on the last few items to give our members a fair and appropriate contract for their hard work.  We have asked for support from the Chief for a special bonus structure for each unit totaling only $950,000 in a $1.2 billion budgeted department. The Fire Chief knows the issues and the value of our members and we will be fighting hard to get his support as well as the CEO's support. 

We will keep you posted as we seek to get this table done in the next couple of weeks. We are prepared to fight all the way to the Board of Supervisors and mediation if necessary. We will not put forward a contract that does not value all of our members. We look for a good outcome on this table very soon. Safety series and non-Safety series, we are all one--Local 1014 Strong. 

Payroll

Local 1014 Executive Board has been working exhaustively with the Department to ensure that our retro payment to our members is true, accurate, and complete. The August 30 pay warrant included monies due to personnel that worked alternative overtime during the retro period. This included working down and working from 56 to 40 hours and vice versa. The tiered Paramedic post position bonus up to 2% is still due for the retro period as well as the peer counselor bonuses. 

We are working continuously with the Auditor-Controller, the Chief Executive Office and management regarding the implementation of all other pending bonuses. It is a huge undertaking in coordination with Department personnel to determine who is eligible for these monies and when they became eligible. This will be a timely process but please be assured but the money due to our members will come and be retroactive to October 1, 2018. 

Planning for the Future in 2020

Finally, we continue our work with Fire Chief Osby, Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Board of Supervisors to evaluate the possibility of increasing funding for our Department in 2020 to provide for infrastructure, equipment, and most exciting, staffing!  We are making the push to move to 4-0 staffing on all of our rigs to meet national standards and make our working conditions better and safer. 

At this point, we can report that the work we have been doing to test funding possibilities is very positive. We will be going forward boldly to get this done, the question is only how and when. This will be a Local 1014 legacy item of which we can all be proud. Like Proposition E and our special fire tax, it will take work and money, but it will be well worth it in the end. 

As always, be safe and we will keep you up to date on the work as it progresses this next month.  

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Trial Schedule Change Committee Selected

Updated On: Sep 27, 2019 (10:50:00)

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, 

Our membership has spoken through a motion (Motion No 058-19) to appoint a committee to recommend a potential trial shift schedule change.

The trial schedule change committee has been appointed by President Gillotte. Local 1014 2nd Vice President Dave Morse will chair the committee and Director Jason Green will co-chair, both will be non-voting appointees to the committee.  

The committee will begin work immediately with a 30-day window to report back to President Gillotte and the Executive Board. Following this report, the Executive Board with General Membership notification will put forward ballot language for a vote on a trial shift schedule change. 

We look forward to having a robust debate, discussing our differences, and putting forth a potential trial schedule to a majority vote to determine our next actions. The votes and number of ballots returned will determine our direction. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte 

Save The Date: Safety Stand Down

Updated On: Sep 19, 2019 (22:17:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

SAVE THE DATE: 
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND SAFETY STAND DOWN


Brothers and Sisters, 

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. As part of Local 1014 and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s efforts to make behavioral health a priority for all our members, we will be engaging in a Department-wide Suicide Awareness & Safety Stand-Down. During the week of September 23rd through September 25th, our Department will be engaging in discussions curated by our peer support team, chaplains, and culturally competent mental health clinicians to bring this issue out of the shadows.  

We know that as First Responders, saving lives is the most rewarding part of our profession, but the emotional burden of traumatic calls can overwhelm even the strongest among us. In the last four months, three California Firefighters died by their own hand. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.

You will be receiving materials at your stations and sites with tools and resources to get the conversation started. Additionally, please continue to use the resources at your stations and sites to access our Peer Support Teams and Behavioral Health Resources or visit www.healingourown.org for resources and additional stand-down materials.  

Don’t let our brothers and sisters suffer in silence. Your participation could save a life.

We wanted this message to stand-alone so its importance will resonate. Next week, we will be issuing an update on important items such as staffing, paramedic pay bonus, and announcing the members of the schedule change committee...stay tuned.   

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte 

Friday Update 8-30-19

Updated On: Sep 13, 2019 (13:50:00)

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 we remember our Brothers: Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 34, and Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, who lost their lives on August 30, 2009, while fighting the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest. They made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our communities and trying to save others. 

On Wednesday, President Dave Gillotte joined Cheif Daryl Osby to attend a memorial service for our fallen brothers and dedication at the new monument in Acton Park, to honor and celebrate the lives and careers of Ted and Arnie. 

At the memorial, President Gillotte presented two handmade flag cases to their families. Retired Local 1014 Brother Bobby Watanabe was involved with the 911 Flag Case Project and constructed many cases for fallen brothers and sisters following the 911 tragedy. From that experience, he had the idea of crafting special flag cases for Ted and Arnie's families. The wood was taken from a black walnut tree in Salem, Oregon and has an over 200-year American history within its grain. Both flag cases were constructed from a single piece specially selected by Brother Watanabe. When the cases are set side by side they make one continuous grain symbolizing that our Brothers are forever linked in their sacrifice and service. 

This is the type of support and love that Local 1014 Brotherhood and Sisterhood has for its member and their families. As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of this tragedy, we remember that we are bonded through solidarity. Our strongest support is still each other and the passion we have for our job and our community. 

We Shall Never Forget. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 8-23-19

Updated On: Sep 10, 2019 (18:22:00)

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 have been busy this last month with work on legislation, hiring, and staffing including both temporary and long-term strategies for our vacancies and injury situation. Over the weekend we returned from helping our brothers and sisters in El Paso heal from the impact of the mass shooting earlier this month. Now it's time to tackle another very important issue. 

In May members brought not only their voice but their vote to a General Membership Meeting where Motion No 058-19 was made to establish a Trial Schedule Change Committee.  The Board of Supervisors has ratified our Fringe Benefit Contract and we are now finishing the approval from LACERA for pension inclusion on a few of the items from both salary and fringe. 


I have received communications from a number of members who are interested in participating on the committee. I am putting this out one more time to solicit interested individuals from a cross-section of our members who would like to work on this issue. 

I will appoint the committee this next week and we will get to work looking for possible schedules to propose for a one-year trial. Once that work is done we will put this to a simple majority vote of the members for consideration.   

If you are interested in participating in this committee, please contact me directly via email with the following information:

  • Name,
  • Shift,
  • Station,
  • Station Phone Number,
  • Personal Email Address, 
  • Cellphone,
  • and a Brief Statement on why you want to serve on the Committee.   

Please send to daveg@local1014.org and copy michelle@local1014.org. The work will consist of a few hours a day over multiple days resulting in a recommendation to the Executive Board on language, type of schedule or schedules and a strategy for getting this information out to the members. I am looking to fill the committee ASAP and get to work over the next 30 - 60 days to get this wrapped up and out to a vote of the membership. If you have any questions please call or text me at 310-925-2358. I am on Engine 9 B. 

We will get through our differences on this issue, have a robust debate, and a simple majority vote to determine the course of what we do next.  I am confident that we can get a resolution on this very important issue.  I look forward to hearing from you all.  

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte 

Friday Update 8-16-19

Updated On: Sep 06, 2019 (07:48:00)

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, 

El Paso Strong - these words mean so much.  El Paso Firefighters are one of the strongest and most resilient memberships in our International Association of Fire Firefighters (IAFF).  

It was an honor to respond as part of a 31-member task force of IAFF trained peers, including members from LA County, LA City, Oxnard, Heartland Fire, Arizona, and FDNY, to compliment the 11-member peer team from IAFF Local 51 - El Paso Firefighters. 

Brother and President Joe Tellez thanked President Gillotte and the LA County Peer Support Members as part of the team that responded to 35 Fire Stations, 3 shifts, over 1,000 personnel, the Medical Examiner's Office, Dispatch, Command and Training Centers to debrief and provide peer and clinician resources for all involved in the incident. 

Our LA County Peer Support Teams are specifically trained through the IAFF and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) to help First Responders cope with mass-casualty incidents. This is one of the characteristics which makes our program uniquely qualified to help our brothers and sisters as they work to recover from this incident. 


The binational town of El Paso is 85% Latino and Spanish speaking. El Paso Firefighters are proud and deeply dedicated to the community they serve. They embraced our national support and brotherhood and sisterhood as we did our work. 

Behavioral health and post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) are common following a 
response of this magnitude. Ensuring that Firefighters and First Responders have the tools to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of these injuries is key to keeping folks healthy and getting them back to work to continue to help others as they move toward healing. 

On a personal note, I would like to convey how proud I am of our Executive Board and our membership for always stepping up to handle jobs like this as we help our brothers and sisters nationwide.  I also want to thank our Fire Chief Daryl Osby and members of his executive staff for supporting this operation with our personnel.  Chief Osby has communicated to me the importance of helping others, who one day might help us.   

God Bless the Firefighters and citizens of El Paso, Texas. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 8-9-19

Updated On: Aug 30, 2019 (16:27:00)

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 has been a difficult week for our nation. Last weekend we learned of two mass shootings within 24-hours in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities affected by these senseless tragedies as well as with the First Responders and their families as they work to help these communities heal. 

Local 1014 has reached out to union leaders across the nation to offer assistance. Our LA County Peer Support Team is being deployed to El Paso, Texas next week as part of a large International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) response to both incidents. Our team will be going station to station with the Firefighters and First Responders who responded to this horrific scene. 

Our LA County Peer Support Teams are specifically trained through the IAFF and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) to help first responders cope with mass-casualty incidents. This is one of the characteristics which makes our program uniquely qualified to help our brothers and sisters as they work to recover from this incident. 

Local 1014 would like to thank Fire Chief Daryl Osby for consistently supporting our efforts to provide behavioral health assistance to other departments in need. We have and will continue to receive the same national support through the IAFF and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for Los Angeles County Firefighters and our families when we need it.  

On a personal note, while I have been on many incidents of this magnitude as your President, I am particularly honored to respond not only as an IAFF liaison but also as a front line peer.  We will be doing great work and our local leadership will be able to represent that work to elected officials and the public to ensure funding and support continues for our mission to protect the wellbeing of our members and members nationally.   

Fringe Benefits

Last week, all members received the $500 signing bonus and one-time 12 additional holiday hours for use or cash out. This money is in addition to the negotiated salary raises. This is the direct result of our negotiations as part of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU). Please check you last paystubs from 7/31/19. If you did not receive it, call the union office. 

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. 

603/604 Contract Negotiations 

We continue negotiations with the County for our 603/604 Bargaining Unit members, which includes our Dispatchers, Forestry, and Health Haz Mat members.  We have mostly wrapped up our negotiations and are now working with the Department to finalize details. 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. 

NEW WEBSITE

This week we are also pleased to announce the launch of our new website. This new website is mobile compatible and easy to use. 

This is just one part of our Executive Board's efforts to improve communication and information access for our members. We are also working on developing a mobile app to make access even easier. Look for more updates on the app in the next few weeks. 

Check out the new website below: 

Stay safe out there and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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