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Friday Update 1-10-20

Updated On: Jan 23, 2020 (10:59:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Fire Series Trial Shift Schedule Change Vote 

TODAY - February 10th 

Brothers and Sisters, 

Today ballots for our Trial Shift Schedule Change have been mailed out. The balloting will stay open for 30 days with ballots tallied on February 10th

We are asking that ALL members VOTE!!

The voice of the membership is heard most accurately with the most ballots returned, ideally, we want every member to vote.  Please take the time to cast your vote and be counted. 

Also, be aware that there will be messaging from those lobbying various sides of this issue—the YES votes, the NO votes, those who embrace 48/96 and those who embrace 4/8.  ONLY mail from Local 1014 on Local 1014 letterhead and ONLY information sent from our info@local1014.org email address or our Facebook Page will contain Local 1014 information on the actual days of the proposed schedules and the ballot questions.  

To be clear, there is no wrong position to take on this important issue. Some members want to try this schedule change trial and some do not.  Some favor our current schedule and others favor 48/96 or 4/8 on a trial.  All are legitimate opinions that will be measured by way of a majority vote.  The Executive Board is no different than the General Membership, we all work and each of us has an opinion and a vote on this issue. 

The ballot asks members to vote YES or NO on a trial shift schedule change. Additionally, the ballot also asks members to choose either 48/96 schedule or 4/8 schedule to move forward with providing there is a 50% plus one majority vote to pursue the trial shift schedule change.  

All Local 1014 members who are Firefighters, Firefighter Specialists, and Captains from 601/602 Bargaining Units will have the opportunity to vote YES or NO and pick from one of the proposed shift schedules. As a reminder, please see the attached sheet with examples of both proposed schedules, this sheet will also accompany your ballot.  

IMPORTANT: Contact the Union if you have not received your ballot by Thursday or if you mismarked your ballot and are requesting a replacement ballot.  

REMINDER: All Local 1014 members need to be sure to update their contact information with the Union. Please call 310-639-1014 with your Employee ID number or Social Security number available to update the following member information: Name, Address, Phone, Cell, Email, Rank, and Station. 

Take time to evaluate the information and then cast your vote and help determine our future direction. 

City Political Action Committee (PAC) 

This week, our Local 1014 Executive Board interviewed over 75 candidates for over a dozen local city elections across LA County for the March 2020 ballot. 

Political action is one of the most important things we do as a Union to protect our members and continue to have public safety be the number one priority for our county and our contract cities. We never know when we will be called to put our lives on the line for our communities. We need to have the equipment, personnel, and resources to keep our residents and our members safe. In order to do that, we need to put people in public office who support that mission in every one of our contract cities and in every community we serve. 

As always stay safe and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: Trial Shift Schedule Change Information.pdf
Fire Series Trial Shift Schedule Change Vote: Jan 10 - Feb 10

Updated On: Jan 23, 2020 (10:59:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

Fire Series Trial Shift Schedule Change Vote 

January 10th - February 10th 

Brothers and Sisters, 

Pursuant to General Member Motion 058-19 and the Trial Shift Schedule Change Committee work and Executive Board action, ballots for a Trial Shift Schedule Change will be mailed out January 10th.  The balloting will stay open for 30 days with ballots tallied on February 10th.  

The ballot will ask members to vote YES or NO on a trial shift schedule change. Additionally, the ballot will also ask members to choose either 48/96 schedule or 4/8 schedule to move forward with providing there is a 50% plus one majority vote to pursue the trial shift schedule change.  

All Local 1014 members who are Firefighters, Firefighter Specialists, and Captains from 601/602 Bargaining Units will have the opportunity to vote YES or NO and pick from one of the proposed shift schedules. Attached is a sheet with examples of both proposed schedules for your information.  

We are asking that ALL members VOTE. 

It is important for us to have robust debate and discussion. As always, the minority opinion will be heard and the majority VOTE will determine our direction.  Please be respectful of each other’s positions on this passionate and personal issue. 

Additional material will be mailed out and posted on social media as the balloting is underway including reminders to update your mailing address and to contact the Union if you have not received your ballot of mismarked your ballot and are requesting a replacement ballot.  

Balloting will be by top-secret mail-in balloting to our P.O Box and tallied by California Elections Company.  The results of the balloting will be announced and if a YES vote prevails, the schedule change proposal with the most votes will be the schedule we propose to the County.

We will announce the results after ballots are tallied, but work on the 2020 Ballot Measure FD will take priority until the General Election and vote on our initiative is complete.  Know that we are also preparing to open the bargaining tables up for both fringe benefits and salary negotiations as we set to secure a new contract at the end of this year.

We will tackle this issue like we handle all other Local 1014 business with professional and strong debate and Solidarity following the vote.  
 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: Trial Shift Schedule Change Information.pdf
2019 Year In Review

Updated On: Jan 16, 2020 (17:05:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

2019 Year In Review 

Brothers and Sisters, 

This year has been an extraordinary year for our Union. We have been able to accomplish so much for our members because we have stood in solidarity and unity with each other to improve our wages, hours and working conditions for all members. The power of solidarity, political action, and legislative advocacy is how we all get it done. 

                          

Click here to view video on Facebook. 

As we close out the year, we would like to pause to recognize all we have accomplished this year: 

Contract Ratification 601-602 Bargaining Units 

At the beginning of the year, we successfully ratified one of the richest contracts in the County of Los Angeles for our 601/602 Bargaining Units members garnering bonus’ above the COLA for all members. 

As part of that contract, effective January 1, 2020, our members will receive a four (4) level (approximately 1%) Choices Sustainability Bonus, as an acknowledgment of Coalition of County Union (CCU) members cooperation with maintaining the bona fide status of the Choices Cafeteria Plan. This bonus is pensionable. Just one of the many benefits our members received as part of our contract ratified earlier this year. We will also be receiving a 2.5% COLA on 7/1/2020 for 601/602 members. 2020 will be a great year!

Tentative Agreement for 603-604 Bargaining Units

As we close out the year, we are especially pleased to announce a Tentative Agreement (TA) has been reached at the 603-604 Bargaining Unit table for our Dispatch, Health HazMat, Forestry and Fire Prevention personnel. After many hours of negotiations over the past weeks, we reached an agreement with the County for a successor 603/604 contract. This contract includes higher raises than any other general member group and includes restorative pay dating back to 6/1/2019 something which no other group received as well as the following additional bonuses for our members:

  • General Salary ALL 603/604 BU Members:
    • 6/1/19 +2% COLA (restorative pay back to 6/1/2019)
    • 10/1/19 +2.5% COLA
    • 10/1/20 +2.5% COLA
  • Dispatchers 
    • +2% Additional Skill and Responsibility EMD pay 
  • Health Haz-Mat
    • +2% APSA Bonus (Above Ground Petroleum Storage Act)
    • Increased Emergency Stand-By Pay Rate for Health Haz-Mat from $3.25 an hour to $4.00 an hour over the term of the contract
    • +3% California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) program bonus for SHMS who work this program
  • Forestry  
    • +2% additional skills and responsibility EMT Bonus 
  • FPEAs 
    • +2% International Code Council Certification Bonus
  • ALL Units - Compensatory Time Off - the ability to bank time for overtime hours worked to a maximum of 120 hours 

We will go to a ratification vote and Board of Supervisors' adoption in January. This was a long hard table to get our members what they deserve.  Our general member workers do than any other general members in the County because of the nature of their work and their commitment to carry out the mission.  

Comp Time Off 

The long-awaited and years in the making negotiated benefit of Compensatory Time Off is finally going to be a usable benefit in January. It took us time to write the language for our Manual of Operations and to work with the Auditor-Controller to get pay codes for Time Banked and for Time Worked but we have it done. We are looking for an EA in January kicking off our ability to bank Comp Time.  

The general parameters are 96 hours maximum at any given time may be on the book. Members can use and bank use and bank up to 96 hours at any given time.  When you work an OT, if you want to bank hours you will get 24 hours on the books and 12 hours of premium pay in your check.  This keeps it simple - 4 shifts is 96 hours, always your pay is at time and a half.  Using Comp Time days will be simply the same as using a Benefit day.  No recalls to fill Comp Time Days same as V and F days.  The 15 shift rule in house applies same as V and F days as well.  If you work a “Comp Time day” you will not be able to bank a Comp Time day, this prevents pyramiding of the days and keeps the use and cost of the Comp Time days manageable and appropriately for why these days are in service. This is a crowning achievement for Local 1014 in that time and a half comp time off banking has been a benefit we have chased for many years and finally, we have attained for our members.  Use it wisely and enjoy the ability to bank time. 

Vacation Day Grievance 

Additionally, we have also reached an agreement with the County regarding our Grievance In General Character (GIGC) regarding Vacation Day. This is a major victory for our membership and our families. We have eliminated the “Use it or Lose It” system the County unilaterally implemented on our members.  No longer will you lose or stop accruing the additional Vacation hours in October, but rather you will be able to bank those hours if you don’t use them, and simply use them later or be paid for them post-termination pay - non-pensionable. 

The agreement is divided into two basic parts: First, we have agreed that a vacation day bank will be established. If you don’t use your days, you will be able to bank them and if unused you will receive a post-termination payout at the end of your career. There is no limit to the days you can bank, and you can use multiple banked V days in a year with no impact to Ventura V day use.  This is a great benefit for our members in their last year, and the last few years to retire with what they deserve under Ventura. 

 Secondly, we will continue to work on restorative hours for those who lost and stopped accruing hours in October of each year under the unilaterally implemented system from the County.  We are hammering out an agreement on those lost hours as well as any impact to members who retired during the last few years who may have lost hours of accrual on this benefit.  We will keep you posted on the second part of this negotiation to settle the Grievance General in Character your Union carried on behalf of the issue.  Also, look for an EA soon on the new Vacation Day Bank and instructions on how to use the additional Vacation Day hours with no impact to Ventura V Day limits or to bank the hours if you cannot use them.  More information will be forthcoming in January but this grind with the County is finally coming to an end, and our fight to get access to the benefit for our members has been a very worthwhile effort to allow us to use these hours appropriately or be compensated for them if we cannot.  

Expanding Peer Support 

Since its expansion, the Peer Support Behavioral Health Program has made significant strides in building a program that is structured and provides a range of continuous behavioral health services for our members. 

In addition to the $1.25 million we were able to secure as part of our 601-602 contract at the beginning of the year, we have also doubled our Peer Support Team and instituted quarterly meetings and training. This has truly become a leading and nationally-recognized program and we are proud of all we have accomplished through our labor-management partnerships. 

Staffing Shortage 

Local 1014 will continue the relentless push on management to hire more employees.  This is the only long-term fix for our staffing shortage and we must maintain pressure to run back to back classes in 2020.  We are pushing for at least 3 classes and more like 4 or 5 classes in 2020 to fill the vacancies and keep up with retirements. In addition to the hiring we have maintained a position of promoting to fill the vacancies in ranks as well as promoting into “long-term I spots” and we will continue to push that position in 2020. 

You will see more work being done through the staffing committee to look at additional staffing policy changes that will help both in short-term and long-term to relieve the impact of the staffing shortage, recalls, and inability to access benefit time. This has already had a smoothing and helpful effect for our members as we saw during the Christmas fill and we will continue to utilize short term help until we fill the vacancies. Look to see the Chief post the dates of the proposed academies in 2020 as we have asked him to put it on the board for all to see.  

                               

COUNTY! - Local 1014 Strong! 

We should be proud of our membership and the work we do to serve the residents of Los Angeles County.  We have over 3200 members in the operations and logistics sections of the Department and together we handle one of the largest fire, EMS and all-hazards assignments in the world. With over 400,000 calls each year, serving over 4 million residents throughout LA County’s unincorporated areas and 59 contract cities, our members are the finest in the nation.

This year we have had several major incidents including the Tick Fire, Saddle Ridge Fire, Getty Fire, and the Saugus High Shooting. Each incident demonstrated the professionalism, resolve and heart of our members as they protect our communities. While 2019 was a big year for Local 1014, as we celebrated our 70th Anniversary as a Union, we know that 2020 will be an even better year.  

Measure FD 2020

Our members do more with less but they shouldn’t have to, we need to get the resources and equipment to ensure we stay safe and continue to provide excellent emergency services. 

 This month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the LA County Fire District 911 Firefighter/Paramedic Emergency Response Measure for the March 2020 ballot. This measure will change our Department for many generations to come. It will provide the funding for much-needed relief for our staffing crisis as well as replacement and upgrading of our aging fire stations and equipment. As the County has grown, we have seen an overwhelming increase in call volume and call complexity. While our members have adapted to the growing needs of the community, we need the voters to recognize that these needs are changing for the County and our members. 

We have a lot of work to do before the March ballot. This will be our highest priority for next year. A stable and adequate funding source for our needs in the next 20 years will be critical.  Four-person staffing on our rigs, stations and apparatus and equipment will be a priority for us in 2020.  Your Union will be leading the political charge to ensure that the voters understand the critical need for this funding for our members' health and safety and continued service to our communities.  Get ready to help as we push this effort across the finish line and change our future dramatically for the mission. 

Trial Shift Schedule Change Vote 

We will boldly be dealing with the membership voice to put to a vote whether we will negotiate for a one-year trial shift schedule change and if so will it be 4/8 or 48/96, the two popular shift schedule change trial models our members brought forward.   

This is a divisive issue but the vote is what matters in the end.  This will be an official vote held by California Elections Company, not be a poll or survey. It’s the real deal, so if you want to try a schedule change or you want to keep our current schedule you must vote to have an impact on the decision.  There are pros and cons to every schedule and valid reasons to like them all so debate, and discuss but then vote!  Ballots will be going out the week of January 10th and will stay open for 30 days to give everyone a chance to evaluate and vote for the future of their schedule and hours.  

On behalf of the Local 1014 Executive Board, we would like to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and Happy New Year! Remember, please be responsible tonight as you celebrate the New Year! 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Happy Holidays from Local 1014!

Updated On: Jan 09, 2020 (13:37:00)

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, 

On behalf of the 3,200 members of Los Angeles County Firefighters, Local 1014, we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season! 

As 2019 comes to a close, we are reminded of all the good work our Local 1014 members have done throughout the year. From the Tick, Saddleridge and Getty Fire responses to our Dispatchers fielding hundreds of emergency calls for service daily, our members have bravely and selflessly answered the call of those in need.

We are blessed to work for the greatest Fire Department in the nation. All our Local 1014 members including Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatch, Heavy Equipment, Health Haz-Mat, Forestry, Camps, and Pilots remain committed to the mission of providing world-class service to the over 4 million residents of the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County and 59 contract cities we serve each day. 

The holidays are a time of joy and gratitude but they can also be a time of stress and for our members, a time when call loads increase and our jobs become more challenging and more demanding. That is why it is important to remind all our members to take care of each other. If you or one of your fellow brothers and sisters need help, please reach out and get that help. The Peers Support Team is always there to help or visit www.healingourown.org

We would also like to send special thoughts and prayers to those serving in our military abroad and to those serving in our fire stations, dispatch centers and in our communities this holiday. As always, we ask that you celebrate responsibly. Choose not to drink this holiday or limit your drinks, but if you are going to drink alcohol, remember to get a driver, get a cab, or get a room. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE AND DONT TEXT AND DRIVE! 

On behalf of the Local 1014 Executive Board, we would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe Holiday Season. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 12-20-19

Updated On: Jan 03, 2020 (10:08:00)

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, 

FLSA Lawsuit Settlement 

This week, Local 1014 members received communication that a settlement has been reached in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit against Los Angeles County.  Local 1014 as part of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) has been working together with the law firm of Rains, Lucia, Stern St. Phalle & Silver to move as a group our collective body of individual claims. Over the past year, Local 1014 led the communication effort with the membership and moved the filings through the Union Hall to aid claims.  The first two suits were filed on behalf of Deputy Sheriffs Thomas Ferguson and Miguel Ortega, subsequent claims were filed by our members and members of the CCU and coordinated through our outreach.  Local 1014 along with the CCU fully endorses the settlement, which will require the County to recalculate overtime from August 2015 to take into account cash in lieu of health benefits. 

What this means is that because of your union’s efforts, the County has paid or will pay a total of $27 million in recalculated overtime, $7 million of which is being paid to those in the lawsuit. No attorney fees will be paid by anyone who joined the lawsuit as the Court will order the County to pay the fees.

This has been a long fight for Local 1014 and the CCU to get our members the money they are due. (See attached letter for a full history of the lawsuit and previous Union communications on this lawsuit from 06/16/19, 10/26/18, Fall 2018 Nozzle, and 08/16/18) 

If you did not join the lawsuit, you’ve already received your supplemental payment and there is nothing more for you to do. If you joined the lawsuit, you need to formally accept the settlement by following the instructions on the attached flyer prepared by the attorneys handling the lawsuit.  

If you have any questions about the settlement, please visit the lawsuit website  https://www.laovertimelawsuit.com/ or contact the law firm handling the case: Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver at 747-221-7100.    

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Staffing 

As we stated last week, Local 1014 has been hard at work trying to eliminate back-to-back recalls for our members this holiday season. It is not lost our Executive Board, all of whom are also subject to recalls, the impact that our staffing shortage is having on our members and their families, especially during the holidays. We have been working around the clock to try to ensure members are not recalled both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

We are pleased to announce that as a result of our effort on the Labor-Management Staffing Committee, and due in large part to the Union fighting for temporary and long-term staffing solutions, we were successful for the over the overwhelming majority of our 3,200 members.  Only eight members in three battalions have been recalled for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

We are reaching out now to our Union brothers and sisters to ask that anyone who has both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off and is willing and able to work consider volunteering for one of these individuals. We would like ALL of our members to have the opportunity to spend at least one day at home with their families.

Battalion 1 

  • FF Lisa Reinheimer
  • FFPM Mike Anderson 
  • FFPM Clark Wilmoth

Battalion 7 

  • CA Pat Sweeny 
  • HMFF Dequindre Goines 

Battalion 5

  • FF Justin Neese 
  • FF Gregory Berger 
  • FF Kevin Romero 

If you are willing and able to work one of these spots either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, please reach out to these individuals directly or to the Battalion Card Files. 

IAFF Media Awards

                            

Local 1014 comes in BIG at the International Association of Fire Fighters Media Awards! We are pleased to announce that Local 1014 placed in all submitted categories for the IAFF Media Awards. 

Out of hundreds of entries from both the US and Canada, Local 1014 won second place for Best Public Relations Campaign (Safety Stand Down/Behavioral Health Campaign) and Best Special One Time Project (Pound for Pound, Strongest Around Poster). We also won honorable mention for our quarterly publication The Nozzle (Fall 2018 Edition). 

These awards recognize Local 1014 as a leader and an innovator in the nation for membership communication, political action, and public relations. The IAFF Media Awards recognize Firefighter Unions for their best work in communicating with their members and the public, and for portraying professional firefighters and paramedics as dedicated all-hazards responders. The IAFF Media Awards Contest helps create a greater awareness of the work IAFF members in the United States and Canada do to keep the public safe. We would also like to thank our partner Poloma Public Affairs for their work on all three winning projects. 

Have a great weekend. Stay safe and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 12-13-19

Updated On: Dec 31, 2019 (08:57:00)

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 we approach the holiday season and get ready to fill for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, your Union continues to work with the Department to make sure all temporary and long-term solutions for staffing shortages are in place.  This year, perhaps more than most, we have been feeling the impact of our staffing shortage. It is not lost our Executive Board, all of whom are also subject to recalls, the impact that our staffing shortage is having on our members and their families. We are working hard to try to ensure that no member works both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Union crafted a series of temporary solutions to help with holiday staffing.  We convened the Labor-Management Staffing Committee and presented our ideas and negotiated agreement on the temporary solutions for holiday staffing. We will continue to press the Department to find long-term solutions and hire more Firefighters which is the only true solution to this ongoing issue.  We will keep you updated on this as we move forward. While these temporary solutions are not a cure-all for every member, we believe that these will take care of the majority of the membership, ensure that we can enjoy the holiday with our families, and take care of those who will be working on the 24th and 25th. 

Trial Shift Schedule Change

Over the past week, the Executive Board has been discussing and debating the report given the to Board by the Trial Shift Schedule Change Committee. This issue as you all know has been the subject of much debate within our Board, at stations, and on social media over the past several months. 

Your Executive Board has always been committed to having the voice of the membership speak on this critically important issue. Our schedules affect not only our working life but our home lives as well.  A schedule change is both very personal to each member and their family and all-encompassing for every member of our Union. We do not take this fact lightly. 

The work of the committee was extremely valuable in that we saw the diversity of opinion within the membership and the need for a swift but deliberate resolution to this issue. We would again like to thank the Committee for their work and research on all schedule options and for their report to the Board. 

At our Executive Board meeting, we debated this issue at length and discussed the ongoing feedback we have had from the membership over the past several months. The Board was divided and presented multiple motions before we reached a resolution. There was disagreement on whether the committee recommendation to put forward only the 48/96 schedule change was the right path to represent all of our membership. The committee recommended only the 48/96 schedule be put out but by a very narrow vote almost even with 4/8.  Based on the report and the assessment of the membership's interest in both schedules, the Board took action to put both schedules before the membership.   

After debate, discussion, and multiple motions, the following motion was passed by the Executive Board for the ballot language to the membership: "Motion to put forward a one-year trial schedule change vote with yes or no (requires 50% plus one threshold), and secondly, if the first threshold is met, to list both 4/8 and 48/96 schedules as options for the trial and move forward with the schedule that garners the most votes for the trial." 

We believe that this vote will be the most accurate measurement of what our membership wants and will put us in the best position to fight for a change with the Department and the Board of Supervisors. We appreciate the patience that you have had during these months. We do not take this issue lightly and have made great efforts to give every option consideration. This process has taken extra time, but we believe that it is the right thing to do to ensure all voices are heard. We will be moving to a ballot at the beginning of next year. We will keep you updated as we begin that process and set dates for the ballots to be mailed out and returned.  There will be plenty of time to discuss and debate the issue before ballots are counted as we are going to give a full 30 days to vote to encourage everyone to cast a ballot.  Stay tuned as we roll this out near the end of the first week of January. 


Finally, attached please see a flyer created by Fjallraven specifically for Los Angeles County Firefighters. If shown in store between December 20th-22nd, you will receive 25% off on up to 15 items (excluding Kanken packs). We would like to thank Fjallraven for their support of our members! 

Have a great weekend. Stay safe and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 12-6-19

Updated On: Dec 23, 2019 (16:40:00)

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, 

It was a historic week for Local 1014! On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the LA County Fire District 911 Firefighter/Paramedic Emergency Response Measure for the March 2020 ballot. This measure will change our Department for many generations to come. It will provide the funding for much-needed relief for our staffing crisis as well as replacement and upgrading of our aging fire stations and equipment. 

We would like to thank the Board of Supervisors especially Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger, the movers of this motion for their innovation and continuous support. We would also like to thank Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor Hilda Solis and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for their strong voices in support of our members and their commitment to getting the resources we need. 

We would also like to thank our 1014 Executive Board and all our partners including Chief Daryl Osby, Assistant Chief Eleni Pappas, Deputy Chief Jon O'Brian, LACoFD Medical Director Dr. Clayton Kazan, Firefighter/Paramedic Erin Regan, our Contract City officials, and our members of the business community who spoke in support of this measure for our members and our communities.  

While it is important to address the mental health side of what our members see each day, we cannot ignore the underlying issues of recalls, understaffing, deployment and lack of resources. Currently, we do not meet the national standard for staffing of the National Fire Protection Association. This has a direct impact on our ability to take care of the public and our firefighters. This measure will go a long way towards fixing those issues.

As the County has grown, we have seen an overwhelming increase in call volume and call complexity. Not since Proposition E in 1997 have we asked the voters for additional funding for our Fire Department. We have been good stewards of the public’s funds and have used them to provide world-class service to our residents. But since 1997, we have seen a dramatic shift in the scope of our emergency services, the intensity of our fire season and the use of technology as a critically important tool for providing emergency services. While our members have adapted to the growing needs of the community, we need the voters to recognize that these needs are changing for the County and our members. 

We have a lot of work to do before the March ballot and your Union will be leading the political charge to ensure that the voters understand the critical need for this funding for our members' health and safety and continued service to our communities. 

Peer Support Quarterly Training 

Today, the LA County Fire Peer Support Team hosted its final quarterly meeting of 2019 at the Dockweiler Youth Center in Playa del Rey. At the training, the Peer Support Team engaged in a year-end review highlighting the tremendous accomplishments of 2019 including the 2nd Annual Behavioral Health Safety Stand-Down, the doubling of our peer team from 70 to 140 members, and the completion of department-wide Batallion-level training for all LACOFD members. During the training, our Peer Support Team Leads held a "Peer Support Review" of the Saugus High School Shooting and discussed best practices for peer responses in the future. 

Finally, Peer Coordinator Scott Ross presented the Peer Team with the Public Safety Peer Support Association’s 2019 Meritorious Service Team Award! The national award recognizes the team’s mission of providing invaluable peer support for first responders and was presented to LACoFD last month at the national conference. While we made great strides in building the Peer Program this year, there is more work to do as we look to expand their mission and continue to break the stigma of behavioral health in the fire service. 

Have a great weekend. Stay safe and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Updated On: Dec 19, 2019 (14:52:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

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Brothers and Sisters,

As we gather with our families to celebrate this Thanksgiving, the Local 1014 Executive Board would like to take a moment to thank all our members for the passion and dedication you bring to the job each and every day as you serve the residents of Los Angeles County. 

We work for one of the greatest fire service agencies in the world and that's because of the men and women who make it happen each and every day. The Los Angeles County Fire Department is truly unique in the vast Structural, Air, Wildland, Forestry, Health Haz-Mat, Dispatch, Heavy Equipment and Emergency Medical Services we provide for the largest county in the nation. We are like no other agency in the world and your Local 1014 Executive Board is honored to represent you and fight on behalf of you and your families. 

We hope that this holiday weekend, you enjoy your families, the bounty of food at your table, and your many blessings.  Remember to give thanks for all we are fortunate to have and remember the hard work it took to get it here. As always, we ask that you celebrate responsibly. Choose not to drink this holiday or limit your drinks, but if you are going to drink alcohol, remember to get a driver, get a cab, or get a room. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE AND DONT TEXT AND DRIVE! 

Finally, holidays are a time of joy and gratitude but they can also be a time of stress and for our members, a time when call loads increase and our jobs become more challenging and more demanding. That is why it is important to remind all our members to take care of each other. If you or one of your fellow brothers and sisters need help, please reach out and get that help. The Peers Support Team is always there to help or visit www.healingourown.org

On behalf of the dedicated members of Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and send special thoughts and prayers to those serving in our military abroad and to those serving in our fire stations, dispatch centers and in our communities this holiday. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 11-22-19

Updated On: Dec 13, 2019 (07:52:00)

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, 

This week members of your Local 1014 Executive Board met with the Department to work on Manual of Operations language, IPFIRS and payroll issues to administer our negotiated benefit - Compensatory Time Off (CTO). 

It took many years to get the County to agree to allow our members to bank hours worked in lieu of overtime pay.  Under the law, CTO is treated the same as Overtime (OT) for the purposes of FLSA.  We negotiated and earned the ability to bank up to 96 hours of OT as “Time on the Books” to use at a later date. 

We have worked countless hours to develop the language for our manuals that remains true to the intent of the MOU language.  We are close to completion which includes addressing Volume 2 staffing items and timekeeping issues. We cannot stress enough that words matter to protect our FLSA pay, terms of OT tracking, and assignment to ensure a fair and equitable outcome for our members. 

Some highlights in advance of the policy are: 

  • Comp Time (CT) time will be treated as Benefit Time for filling and use and all requests for CT time will be submitted on Form 38. 
  • Personnel working OT may elect to bank comp time in lieu of overtime.  For a shift, 24 hours of comp time may be banked up to a maximum of 96 hours total at any given time, and the 12 hours of premium pay will be paid.  Time and one half will always be the rate we earn OT or CTO and this was key in our negotiations for FLSA purposes. 
  • When a member burns a CTO Day, the member working cannot bank CTO again on that day.  This is important and prevents compounding a CTO day in perpetuity.  
  • CTO days may only be banked when working in your rank, no work down CTO banked days, and when members promote or retire they will be paid their CTO hour balance, and all hours of CTO will be recorded and treated as hours worked for the purposes of FLSA and FD-7 Recording just as if they and literally they are OT hours. 
  • CTO days being filled will be treated like benefit days and will be filled with available personnel only, and not garner recall for fill.  They will be treated the same as V, SP, and F days.  The likely IPFIRS codes will be CT for Comp Time Banked and ST for CTO taken.   

On the implementation side, it will remain fairly simple and includes mechanisms to prevent abuse. We will monitor to ensure all members are using the benefit appropriately and that the Department is managing the use fairly.  We hope to have a good track record of use by the time we negotiate again and increase the number of days on the books. 

We want to thank Deputy Chief William Mc Cloud and Assistant Chief Dennis Breshears for the long hours spent at the Union Hall to get this tedious but important work done so we can begin to enjoy this benefit.  The fires have died down and we are aggressively working to handle some follow up work on our manual language. We expect to have this item done before the holidays.  

I have asked the Chief to help me to prioritize and finish some critical working and pay items for a Merry Christmas year-end finish. We will have more info on those later but know that CTO is one of those items to help us as we deal with the staffing shortage and year-end wildfires. 

REMINDER: All Local 1014 members need to update their contact information with the Union in order to receive our weekly communications and important information including election ballots. 

  

Please call 310-639-1014 with your Employee ID number or Social Security number available to update the following member information: Name, Address, Phone, Cell, Email, Rank, and Station. 

Have a great weekend as we prepare for Thanksgiving. Stay safe and take care of each other out there. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 11-15-19

Updated On: Dec 06, 2019 (05:42:00)

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 we face the day after the horrific events at Saugus High School, we are reminded of the importance of our children and families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the Saugus High School shooting.

We have over 600 IAFF members living within a ten miles radius of the shooting. We also had several members whose children attend Saugus High School. This incident was close to home for many of our members and for our fire service community, we are thankful that all our members and their families are safe.

Our LACoFD Peer Support Team Lead Jake Windell and the Labor-Management supported Peer Support Teams were at the incident command post leading the effort to administer critical behavioral health support to our families, the community and our first responders as we process this tragedy. Our Peer Teams were able to respond quickly and effectively to this incident due to the structure that we have through our labor-management Behavioral Health Program. As we work to begin the healing process for the victims, our members, and the community, we would like to thank the LA County Department of Mental Health for their assistance and Supervisor Kathryn Barger for her quick response to this tragedy. Additionally, we would like to thank all our IAFF partner locals who reached out, many of whom have benefited from our peer support resources, to assist our members. 

California Joint Apprentice Committee (Cal-JAC) 15th Biennial Conference  

Local 1014 was proud to be a participant in and a sponsor for the 15th Biennial Cal-JAC Conference this past week. Your Local 1014 Executive Board along with our management partners participated in a two-day intensive seminar on topics ranging from leading teams under pressure to understanding unconscious bias. This conference offers an opportunity for labor and management to discuss critical issues, find solutions and engage in collaborative learning for the benefit of our members and our communities. 

At the conference this year, President Dave Gillotte, Co-Chair of the CA State Behavioral Health Task Force, worked with the task force on criteria for departments across the state to maintain compliance with the newly signed AB1116 Peer Support Bill. Additionally, our own Peer Support Coordinator Scott Ross hosted a seminar on building a behavioral health team using our LA County Peer Team and their incident responses as a model.   

A collaboration of two strong and influential forces, the Cal-JAC is co-sponsored by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, representing management, and the California Professional Firefighters, AFL-CIO, representing labor. This partnership of management and labor creates a balance that benefits California fire departments, firefighters and ultimately the communities in which they serve.

Local 1014 was proud to be a part of continuing the tradition of improving the quality of education and training within the fire service and setting a professional standard for firefighters throughout the state of California. The work we accomplished this week will be seen not only by our current members but also by our future members as we work to create a more diverse and inclusive fire service. 

Thank you to all our members including Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, Health HazMat, Forestry, and Fire Prevention for continuing to show that we are the finest department in the nation. We are truly leaders in our field and our Executive Board is honored to represent you and your families. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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