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Friday Update 8-2-19

Updated On: Aug 23, 2019 (09:25:00)
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Friday Update 7-26-19

Updated On: Aug 16, 2019 (14:50:00)

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, 

This week, your Local 1014 Executive Board attended the 2019 10th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) event. This is the largest 10th District PEP and Caucus event to-date with union members registered from across New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Hawaii. 

International Fire Fighters Association General President Harold Schaitberger addressed the members shortly before being called to Washington D.C. to announce the passage of the 911 Victim Compensation Fund bill authorizing permanent funding for our 911 first responders. Yet another example of how strength through unity and political action directly affects change for our members. 

Our Board Members participated in workshops on grievances, pensions, communications, political action, and other critically important topics which allow us to effectively represent you and fight for your interests. Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte was pleased to be a panelist at the first-ever 10th District Round Table Discussion featuring three topics: Pensions, Legal and Leadership. Trainings like these keep our Board Members up-to-date on changing laws, regulations and practices affecting union members.

Special thank you to our IAFF 10th District Vice President Frank Lima for hosting an informative and productive event and to our workers' compensation firm Straussner & Sherman for speaking on return to work and workers' comp issues at the PEP.

Payroll Update 

Last week, members of our Executive Board met with the Auditor-Controller’s Office and the payroll section to discuss the retro payment issue, to identify monies still due, and find solutions to reduce mistakes like these in the future. This week, we continued our discussions with payroll on remaining retro pay for our members. The payroll section is diligently working on creating the 7-1-19 pay tables as we speak. We expect their release soon.

Purchase of New Firehawks

Finally, we would like to thank our Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, especially Supervisor Kathryn Barger for pushing through the purchase of two additional Firehawk Helicopters for our Department. As we all know, fire season is coming up quickly and we cannot afford to not have the resources and equipment we need to keep our members and our communities safe. 

In Solidarity,


President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 7-19-19

Updated On: Aug 09, 2019 (07:12:00)

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, 

Last week, Local 1014 Executive Board members were in Sacramento fighting for critically important legislation to protect our members and improve our working conditions. 

Our Board was honored to represent our members and support the following legislation while in Sacramento: 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • AB 1544(Gipson/Hertzberg)-This bill will help get vulnerable patients the care that they need, leading to better patient outcomes. AB1544 will help connect trusted firefighter-paramedics to the most vulnerable patients in our community and deliver vital services to ensure the highest quality care. The Community Paramedicine Bill passed the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

We would like to thank Sister Cerena Lewis, Fire Dispatcher, for joining us to lobby the California State Legislature on SB 438 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 constantly working to ensure that we are protected at every level of government. 

We would like to thank the wonderful 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 with us to support these bills. 


 In Solidarity,


President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 7-12-19

Updated On: Aug 02, 2019 (16:17:00)

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 Local 1014 Executive Board members along with representatives from The 1014 Health Plan participated in a meet and greet with our new third-party administrator for workers' compensation for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sedgwick. The staff of Sedgwick was given live demonstrations of the types of incidents that Firefighters engage in every day. These demonstrations were accompanied by a description of what types of injuries often accompany these incidents. This first-hand experience is critical to their staff understanding how difficult this job is and how much we need every member of our team. 

As we all know, the workers' comp system has been a source of frustration for our members. With increased call loads and increasing severity of calls, we need to have every member of our Department healthy and able to get the treatment as soon as possible for work-related injuries. We hope that this new third-party administrator will be a partner in this process and in streamlining this for our members.  Local 1014 is committed to working with the Department and Sedgwick to get our members the treatment they need quickly and efficiently so they can get healthy and back to work. 

603/604 Negotiations 

Also today our Local 1014 Executive Board met with the County to continue negotiations on our 603/604 Bargaining Units, which includes Dispatchers, Forestry, Health HazMat and Fire Prevention.  We continue to fight for our members to receive a fair contract that reflects the increased workload and responsibility of these bargaining groups. We will update you as the negotiations process continues. 

Have a great week, be safe and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 7-5-19

Updated On: Jul 05, 2019 (19:14:00)

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,

As many of you know, the Local 1014 Executive Board has been working exhaustively with the Department since 6/8/19 to ensure that our retro payment to our members is true, accurate, and complete. 

As we informed you previously, we found retro payment discrepancies that have not been addressed for our members, and they have been confirmed with the Auditor-Controller.  However, we are pleased to say that through communications with Human Resources and Payroll, efforts are in the works to fix it.  The Department has also acknowledged the underpayments.

Local 1014 would like to remind you that our Payroll section is on our side as our advocate, and we would like to acknowledge their efforts, willingness to work with us, and diligence in seeing this through to its conclusion. Except in some rare cases, all retro payments should be paid in full with an anticipated date of 7/30/19. In addition to these retro payments, don’t forget the 2019 COLA is in effect 7/1/2019, and you should see this on the 8/1/2019 warrant. 

Again, we would like to thank the Payroll Staff and Supervisors who have been working diligently and collaboratively with Local 1014 Board Members to reconcile the pay warrants and pay due to our members.  This is a lot of money and we are taking steps to ensure all monies have been received. 

Attached are the Department EA and Paycheck Calculator in case you missed them in the Department’s send. 

             

On behalf of your Los Angeles County Firefighters, IAFF Local 1014 Executive Board, we wish you and your families a safe and healthy Fourth of July holiday weekend! 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board


Download: ET-265.pdf, ET-265a.pdf
Friday Update 6-28-19

Updated On: Jun 28, 2019 (14:48:00)

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,

This week, Local 1014 along with the Los Angeles County Fire Department sponsored our Quarterly Behavioral Health Peer Support Training. Special thank you to our guest speaker Michael Dubron from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network who spoke on the mental health aspects of cancer and the importance of peer and professional mental health clinician outreach to those who receive a diagnosis. Thank you to all peers and clinicians in attendance and our LAFD partners who also attended.

Local 1014 would like to remind the families of our LA County fallen Firefighters who have children entering college to apply for the Dan Terry Scholarship through the California Fire Foundation.

The deadline to submit applications for the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program, which provides assistance to the children of firefighters who died in the line of duty, is Monday, July 1, 2019. The application for 2019 is available here. For more information about the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program, call (800) 890-3212. Be safe out there and take care of each other.

 In Solidarity,
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 6-21-19

Updated On: Jun 21, 2019 (10:52:00)

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,

Local 1014 would like to remind the families of our LA County fallen Firefighters who have children entering college to apply for the Dan Terry Scholarship through the California Fire Foundation.

The deadline to submit applications for the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program, which provides assistance to the children of firefighters who died in the line of duty, is Monday, July 1, 2019.

As a California Fire Foundation Board Member, Local 1014 was proud to sponsor the Foundation motion to expand this scholarship opportunity for all fallen firefighter families. The $2,000 scholarship will now be renewable annually for four years for a total of $8,000. We will continue to work to expand this scholarship opportunity for the children of our fallen brothers and sisters.

Named for California Professional Firefighters President-Emeritus Daniel A. Terry, the scholarship program was created to help the children of fallen firefighters realize their dreams of receiving a higher education. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds to more than 100 students, including many children of Local 1014 members. The application for 2019 is available here.

For more information about the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program, call (800) 890-3212. Be safe out there and take care of each other.

 In Solidarity,
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 6-14-19

Updated On: Jun 14, 2019 (18:20:00)

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,  

Pay Warrants

By now many of you have seen your 6/14/19 pay warrants. While some of what is due is on the check, it is apparent that much is missing. Your Executive Board is working hard to get our pay and ensure reconciliation on retro and any special bonus pay.  

As of now approximately 700 of our members received the correct calculation for the 2% COLA and retro back pay, and 2% EMT. The rest of us did not receive a correct and or complete pay raise.  The Department is working with Local 1014 to reconcile these errors and get checks out to us by today.  

Additionally, we have learned that the Paramedic Bonus and special bonuses have not been applied because the County is finishing getting formal approval from LACERA regarding pension eligibility.  This also occurred with ALADS and the Sheriff’s Deputies and LACOLA and the Lifeguards.  We will be working to get this completed and done to move those monies into our checks as well.

July is our next scheduled raise. We are using that as a target goal to get this and that raise set to go with the Auditor-Controller.  It is clear that the Auditor-Controller and Department Payroll system is antiquated and not set up to handle our numerous bonuses and work down situations. We are working with the Department on a solution as well as a simple guide to understanding your paycheck and hours with simple math.  

As we said earlier in the week, we have been in contact with the Fire Chief and we are demanding that he hold his staff accountable for these errors. The Department will be continuing to communicate on the issue also. 

Additionally, the Union has contracted with an independent auditor to review our members' paychecks via a sample of each rank and bonus structure. This will ensure that checks have been processed correctly and rectify any individual paychecks with grave errors. We hope to have those audits done with a sampling of all ranks and pay step levels and bonuses by July also.  We will report back to the members our findings.   

603 / 604 Bargaining Continues

The 603 / 604 bargaining table for our Dispatchers, FPEA’s, Haz Mat, and Forestry members will reconvene in the next couple of weeks as we continue to deliberate and work with the CEO and the Department on costs for the items we seek.  As in all negotiations, much work occurs not only at the table but in the halls of the Department and the CEO and ultimately the Board of Supervisors.  We will continue to keep the members posted on our progress.  

Peer Support 

Over the last few months, our membership has seen a wave of tragic events from losing members to losing family members and loved ones. We are very proud of our PEER team for assisting our own, but also firefighters in Northern California who are dealing with another very young firefighter suicide.  

Be proud of LA County Fire - Local 1014 and LA County Fire Lifeguards - LACOLA members representing us in various locations as we print these words.  Thank you to Chief Osby for his continued support for the IAFF trained and sponsored teams to handle this work.  We have a solid relationship with the Reno Firefighters and the surrounding areas as we continue to support their needs as well as our brother who lost his child.  

As we continue to work every day to serve our 4 million residents in what is sometimes their and their family’s worst day, we must remember to check in with ourselves and with our Brothers and Sisters. Sometimes asking for help is the strongest thing you can do.

Please utilize the resources in your station and on www.healingourown.org if you feel you or someone you know needs help. Break the stigma, break the silence. 

 In Solidarity,
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 6-7-19

Updated On: Jun 07, 2019 (18:17:00)

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, 

Legislative Advocacy 

This week, Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte joined Lori Cruz, widow to Captain John Mazzocco who died of cancer at 48 years old, to testify in Sacramento to support California State Assembly Bill 1090. AB 1090 would prohibit the collection of campus-specific fees from the children of a fallen firefighter or law enforcement officer. These fees can add up to thousands of dollars a year. This bill would alleviate the financial burden surviving families face and honor the sacrifice of our fallen firefighters. 

Last year, President Gillotte and Local 1014 joined Lori Cruz to testify in support of legislation that required all California State University, University of California and Community Colleges in California to honor the tuition fee waiver for children of all Line of Duty Death firefighters and law enforcement officers. 

Thank you to Lori Cruz and her husband George Cruz for your tireless and compassionate support of this work on behalf of our fallen Firefighters and their children. Thank you also to Assemblymember Jose Medina and the team at the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) for their work to make this legislation a reality. 

601/602 Raises and Payroll 

Local 1014 has been working every day with the Auditor-Controller and Department Payroll to ensure the logistics and mechanisms to get our raises properly paid are in place and ready to roll for next pay period.  This is a complex and tedious process that involves eCaps, eHR, as well as IPFIRS.   We will have additional information on Monday regarding our pay and our raises within our paychecks.  We are also working on Comp Time Off language for the manuals so we can begin using this benefit.  The language must be agreed to by the Union and the Department and we are vetting that now.

Behavioral Health



The month of June is Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month. Local 1014 has been hard are work not only building our Behavioral Health Program and our Peer Support Program, but also advocating for post-traumatic stress and cumulative stress to be redefined as an injury and treated as such within the Department and the healthcare system. To that end, we have been partnering with Senator Henry Stern on SB542 critical legislation that will help break the stigma of post-traumatic stress and give firefighters the protections they deserve. 

Let’s all remember that we need to work every day to break the stigma. Check in with your Brothers and Sisters, utilize your peer support resources, and take care of each other. 

Take care and have a great weekend. We hope to see many of you on Tuesday at the General Membership Meeting.

 In Solidarity,
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

Friday Update 5-31-19

Updated On: May 31, 2019 (17:32:00)

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 last week was a difficult week for our membership, we lost two of our Brothers. Brother Mark Tolbert, Battalion Chief, and Brother Kerry Crabtree, Dispatcher.  Click here to view the memorial services which were held today for Brother Tolbert. On behalf of all our Brothers and Sisters, we offer our condolences to the families and friends of both Brother Tolbert and Brother Crabtree. 

Mark Tolbert was a respected and loved Local 1014 member who continued to be active in the work of the Union and the Department as a Chief Officer.  He truly led by example and excellence was the standard.  

SFD Crabtree was also a leader and a member who cared deeply about his brothers and sisters and equally about the mission to serve our citizens.  We shall never forget and we shall honor their memory.  

Our membership has faced numerous challenges over the past year, from losing our members both on and off the job, to large scale wildfires and ever-increasing call loads. This week, we are reminded that life is precious. That is why it is critically important to remind all our members to take care of each other. 

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. 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. The peers and support teams are always there to help. Take care of each other. 


To that end, Local 1014 was honored to host the Behavioral Health Peer Support Team Leads meeting this week at the Union Hall. During the past few months, through our Peer Coordinator Scott Ross, we have seen significant progress towards building a Behavioral Health Program that works for our members, has technology that fits our needs and is easily and confidentially accessible for all.  More on this to come in the months ahead as we look to hire fire-centric culturally-competent clinicians to support our peers and our members.

We will have a more in-depth update and a timeline for our salary raises, and our fringe benefits contract next week. 


 In Solidarity,


President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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