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FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 
 
This week, we received the news that Chief Osby will be going off on leave beginning on Monday. Our thoughts are with him and his family as he works towards a speedy recovery. As we transition leadership, we want reassure the membership that we will not have a break in momentum our items. We have many important issues in play and we cannot and will not lose momentum.  

President Gillotte spoke with Acting Chief Marrone to discuss several critically important items for our membership like: the COVID vaccine mandate, Paramedic Assessment Units, staffing, promotions and hiring and the 48/96 trial schedule shift change.  We have rough waters to navigate ahead, but your Union is committed to staying the course for all of these items as we work to improve working conditions for our members.  We also met with the CEO and The BOS as we navigate this transition and everyone is up to speed on what we are working on and where we are going.  We look forward to Acting Chief Marrone setting his team and getting back to work on the items we have been negotiating and working on.  

 
 
PARAMEDIC ASSESSMENT UNITS 

We have seen this many times over the years, where an idea happens at the top without any thought of foresight into how it affects the day to day working conditions of our members. The implementation of the Paramedic Assessment Units is a meet and confer issue. The Department did not meet with the Union on this item prior to its implementation. This is a violation of the MOU. 

JOB ACTION: We are asking members, if you are requested by your supervisor to do anything with the equipment arriving in the stations, immediately ask for a written request for that order and call your Union representative. 

We have a meeting next week with the Department where we will be discussing the issues surrounding the implementation of these units and the Department's violation of the MOU. Stay tuned as we work to ensure that our members are protected. 

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!

The Local 1014 Health Plan is among the most comprehensive plans available to Firefighters anywhere in the nation and is tailored to meet our Firefighters’ needs. It is also the #1 choice for our members and their families.

We are committed to ensuring our members have benefits they need to start a family. That is why this year, we will be expanding our benefits to include enhanced fertility benefits including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). We now provide a $10,000 lifetime benefit for diagnosis, $25,000 lifetime benefit for treatment and a $25,000 lifetime benefit for drug therapy.

Enroll now at www.mylacountybenefits.com. For more information about The Local 1014 Health Plan, please call member services at 800-660-1014 or email medicalplan@local1014.org.

ENROLL NOW!
STEWARDS PROGRAM 

If you are interested in being a part of the Local 1014 team, we are beginning our recruitment for our Union Stewards Program!  We look forward to the work ahead and the partnership with our general members who have an interest in the future of our Department and all that affects our profession. Special thanks to committee chair Director Tony Carcioppolo and the Vice Presidents and Directors who put in countless hours to get this moving. 
Contact Director Tony Carcioppolo if you are interested in becoming a Union Steward!


LA DODGERS 
Finally as we close this week’s work out, sometimes the simple things in our Fire Family Lives are the best in staying together and finding peace.  Local 1014 and the Los Angeles County Fire Department have had a long standing relationship and love affair with the Los Angeles Dodgers and they have helped us in our times of need.  

We want to congratulate the LA Dodgers on their amazing victory in the West Coast World Series against the San Fransisco Giants.  The two best teams in baseball with the best records battled valiantly, and our very own Los Angeles Dodgers move on to play Atlanta in the next series as we work to unite the west coast in what is not only a game, but especially during these times, a place of family and solidarity.  Let’s Go Dodgers! 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 
 
As we stated last week we are beginning bargaining for our 601/602 BU Firefighters series members. At the top of our proposal is Plan C enhancements to counter the PEPRA retirement reform. Bargaining for our wages, hours, and working conditions is at the core of our mission to protect our members families. This session will begin all bargaining for 2022. We will continue to update you as we work to get our members the pay and recognition they deserve.  
 
STATE LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES 

This week, we had great news from the Governor’s office as Governor Newsom signed all of our Firefighter sponsored bills into law. These bills area testament to our successful political action program both at the local and state level. Each year we have successes because we continue to engage and work with the people making the decision to ensure that our Fire Personnel are at the top of the list for legislative priorities. Political action is the power powerful tool we have to affect change for our members working conditions. See a list of the bills below. 
 
AB 450 (Gonzalez) – Paramedic Disciplinary Review Board 
Status: Signed by Governor  
AB 450 sets up an independent board comprised of four working paramedics, one emergency room doctor, and two members of the public, to make final determinations regarding appeals of paramedic disciplinary matters. Currently, the state EMSA Director has virtually unlimited power to deny, suspend or revoke a paramedic license, or put a license holder on probation for acts related to their role as paramedics. This bill will bring impartiality into the current system of licensure discipline, and assure California’s paramedics that they will receive fair due process. 
 
This bill is particularly significant for Local 1014 as it represents many years of hard work and dedication from our Executive Board. This fight began with our own former Vice President Dave Morse and current Director Pat Dolan fighting against double jeopardy for our Paramedics. Both Directors along with Director Jason Cervantes have served on the California Professional Firefighters EMS Committee and have been a major part of moving this bill forward. This is the first major step to reform the disciplinary system for our people. Thank you to all our Local 1014 Board Members who have fought to make this bill a reality and create a standard of discipline that makes sense for our members. 
 
AB 389 (Grayson) – Ambulance Services  

Status: Signed by Governor
AB 389 clarifies the existing authority of the “Fire Alliance Model” in which a county can contract with a fire agency for emergency ambulance services when that fire agency provides those services through a subcontract with a private ambulance provider. This model has been successful in keeping control of EMS within the fire agency and out of the hands of the private ambulance provider, and providing cost-effective solutions. Contra Costa County successfully piloted this program with the support of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and Contra Costa County Professional Firefighters, Local 1230. Additionally, AB 389 codifies new transparency and workforce protections applicable to counties and fire agencies that elect to enter contracts for emergency ambulance services.
 
SB 278 (Leyva) – CalPERS: Disallowed Compensation  
Status: Signed by Governor
A number of retired firefighters and other public workers have been hit by huge bills and retroactive take-backs from CalPERS, citing overpayments that were no fault of the employee. SB 278 closes this loophole, requires the employer to make the retiree whole, while also implementing procedures at CalPERS to prevent future errors.  

AB 845 (Rodriguez) Disability Retirement: COVID-19: Presumption
Status: Signed by Governor
This bill, until January 1, 2023, creates a presumption that would be applied to disability retirements on the basis, in whole or in part, of a COVID-19-related illness. It requires the presumed the disability is a result of the member’s employment. The bill would apply rebuttable presumption to members employed in specified firefighter, public safety officer, and health care job classifications, or their functional equivalents, and to members in other job classifications who test positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak of the disease at their places of employment, as defined.

SB 817 (Senate Governmental Organization Committee) State Board of Fire Services Ex-Officio Designees
Status: Signed by Governor 
Through a committee bill, would allow the ex-officio members (State Fire Marshal, CalFire Representative who is not the SFM, Board Chair of the CFF-JAC and Directors of OES) of the State Board of Fire Services to select designees to attend meetings as their representatives. 

Special thank you to our Los Angeles County, Local 1014 legislators and friends, Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Freddy Rodriquez and Senator Lena Gonzales for their tireless work on our behalf!
 
TIM DRAPER INITIATIVE – ATTACKS ON FIREFIGHTER UNIONS 

We have seen it across the country and now we are seeing it here in California—attacks on our right to unionize and collectively bargain for fair wages, hours and working conditions. Last month, Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, filed an initiative to end all public employees’ rights to bargain. The initiative states: “No public employee shall have the right to form, join, or participate in the activities of a public employee labor organization for the purpose of representing said employees on matters of employer-employee relations.” 
 
Our members have faithfully served the public throughout the most significant pandemic in a century. They deserve more than to have their rights stripped away to bargain. Make no mistake this initiative strikes at the very heart of our rights as employees to band together to bargain. Together with our partners across the state and throughout all public sector unions, we will be aggressively fighting this initiative. We will keep you updated as we closely monitor this initiative and fight to protect our rights. 

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!

The LA County Open Enrollment period for 2022 is in full swing! Local 1014 would like to remind you to review your benefits and encourage you to look at The Local 1014 Health Plan as an option for your family. The Local 1014 Health Plan is among the most comprehensive plans available to Firefighters anywhere in the nation and is tailored to meet our Firefighters’ needs. It is also the #1 choice for our members and their families.

We are committed to ensuring our members have benefits they need to start a family. That is why this year, we will be expanding our benefits to include enhanced fertility benefits including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). We now provide a $10,000 lifetime benefit for diagnosis, $25,000 lifetime benefit for treatment and a $25,000 lifetime benefit for drug therapy.

Enroll now at www.mylacountybenefits.com. For more information about The Local 1014 Health Plan, please call member services at 800-660-1014 or email medicalplan@local1014.org.



COVID VACCINE MANDATE 

Your Union continues to fight for fair bargaining over the COVID Vaccine Mandate. Whether you are vaccinated or not, we need to stand together to ensure that we do not lose any of the protections and rights for which we have fought so hard. Our UNITED stance is that we do recommend that you get vaccinated, but we are 100% against mandatory vaccinations.

We ask you to refrain from registering with Fulgent and the County. We have filed formal impasse over the County's failure to complete bargaining before implementation of the policies. President Gillotte, along with our Negotiating Team, Vice Presidents Lew Currier and Kurt Kobler and Directors Tony Carcioppolo and Chris Reade are working to keep the communications open regarding the selection of a mediator. 
 Impasse procedures wont give us a final result but they will help to get valid information like our request for antibody testing and natural immunity verified and back at the bargainiing table to reach agreement. 

Regardless of your stance on the vaccine, this is an issue of fair bargaining. We need to have solidarity for the sake of our future bargaining process. We cannot set the precedent that it is okay to circumvent our rights. Once again if your supervisor asks you to register or fill out any form, respectfully ask that they issue the request to you in writing. If you are pushed to fill out the form, respectfully ask to contact your Union representative. Use the following phrase if pushed: "My Union is currently bargaining accommodations for this item. If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative be present."

If you have medical and/or religious or moral objections, the legal exemptions are in place and you will have Local 1014 representation to navigate that process once adherence to any compliance is in place.   
 
We look forward to seeing everyone at the next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10 am at the Alfred K. Whitehead Labor Center - 1014 Union Hall in El Monte. 
 
STEWARDS PROGRAM 

If you are interested in being a part of the Local 1014 team, we are beginning our recruitment for our Union Stewards Program!  We look forward to the work ahead and the partnership with our general members who have an interest in the future of our Department and all that affects our profession. Special thanks to committee chair Director Tony Carcioppolo and the Vice Presidents and Directors who put in countless hours to get this moving. 
Contact Director Tony Carcioppolo if you are interested in becoming a Union Steward!

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 
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FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 

As you read yesterday and will see today as the County continues to roll forward with the mandated plan as proposed by the County with their forms and policy updates. We ask you to refrain from registering with Fulgent and the County and wait for the Union and the CCU to give direction based on our ongoing bargaining over the impacts of such a plan.  We have filed an impasse motion at the bargaining table over the County's failure to complete bargaining before implementation of the policies. This will engage a third-party mediator. 

We want to be clear, regardless of your stance on the vaccine, this is an issue of fair bargaining. We need to have solidarity for the sake of our future bargaining process. We cannot set the precedent that it is okay to circumvent our rights.

Once again if ordered to comply with the policy, kindly follow these instructions. 

If your supervisor asks you to register or fill out any form, respectfully ask that they issue the request to you in writing. If you are pushed to fill out the form, respectfully ask to contact your Union representative. Use the following phrase if pushed: "My Union is currently bargaining accommodations for this item. If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative be present."

You will notice that the medical and religious exemptions are in place in the policy. While we have additional issues we are bargaining over, we have made great progress on the implementation of those exemptions.  Each and every word in policy matters, and the procedures of non-compliance matter.  We will continue to bargain. We have two issues that remain in the CCU Counter-Proposal relating to antibody and natural immunity once the CDC and FDA get on board and also alternatives to vaccination using safety gear and testing that have not been embraced.  These items are complex and detailed but we continue to push these items on behalf of our members. 

It is important to know also that these proposals and efforts from the Board of Supervisors (BOS) are driven by the public input to their offices.  The residents we serve want a safe workforce entering their homes, and we want a safe work environment for our members.  The COVID vaccine is one of the most valuable tools to ensure both our members' safety and the safety of the communities we serve.  We recommend our members get vaccinated and utilize all safety gear when operating in the field.  We worked very hard to get priority when the vaccines first came out, and we will always put our members at the front of the line when it comes to acquiring the gear and tools to stay safe when it comes to communicable diseases.  If you have medical and/or religious or moral objections, the legal exemptions are in place and you will have Local 1014 representation to navigate that process once adherence to any compliance is in place.   

We have had many members and their families raise issues with us asking about our support for the vaccine and our acknowledgment of the impact it has had on our members and our families.  We are aware and remind all that we have had over 55 IAFF Firefighters die of COVID and over 400 Police and Sheriff Officers have died of COVID nationally in the last year and a half.  We also understand that many of our members have lost family to the disease.  We have a significant number of our members off with long COVID issues and some that will battle to get back to work.  This is a serious disease and the impact on our members and communities is of primary concern to the Union.  While we oppose the mandate, we believe providing alternatives to the mandate will net more vaccinated members and safer working conditions.  Such alternatives include incentives, the use of anti-body and natural immunity for those who have had COVID, as well as testing alternatives. We are pushing hard with our Labor partners to embrace these areas as well as other medical best practices as medical advances continue to evolve.  

Finally, as we navigate this volatile issue we once again ask our members to be kind to each other, to empathize and understand all views and opinions on this issue as we work to get to the finish line together.  There are no enemies between us, and different perspectives and thoughts on the issue are rich and can be positive if we stay bound by facts and realities of law and best practices for the health and safety of our members and our communities.   

Local 1014 and the CCU back at the Bargaining Table 

While the COVID vaccine mandate has certainly taken the headlines the past couple of months, we have many other important items of business in progress on behalf of our members.  As always, there is perhaps no greater item than our contracts. 

We are moving to form Fringe Benefit proposals through the Coalition of County Unions (CCU).  We just finished and signed a 9-month contract that had a 2.5% increase in medical premium contribution, COVID bonus, and a new holiday.  To prepare and begin bargaining for this short term, our proposals will be crafted and sent to the County by December of 2021. 

In addition, we have sent to the County our letter to officially open the contract table for Salary MOU’s for 601 and 602 our Firefighter series.  This will begin the bargaining season for all units for 2022.  We have been preparing our proposal and once again at the top of the list and priority for any work is any and all movement to achieve Plan C enhancements to counter the PEPRA retirement reform impacts.  We are excited to get to work and grind to get a fair contract for our members and once again continue to progress in salary and benefits.  We will update the membership as we formalize the table and the meetings with the County.  

Fire Season 

Our members continue to work hard to protect our communities as brush fire season is in full swing and major incidents like the Avalon Incident and the El Sereno Incident occur throughout LA County. As always, we thank our members for their continued professionalism and dedication as your put yourselves in harm's way to protect our communities. 

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!

The LA County Open Enrollment period for 2022 begins today! Local 1014 would like to remind you to review your benefits and encourage you to look at The Local 1014 Health Plan as an option for your family. The Local 1014 Health Plan is among the most comprehensive plans available to Firefighters anywhere in the nation and is tailored to meet our Firefighters’ needs. It is also the #1 choice for our members and their families. Higher allowances, increased coverage, new fertility benefits, and greater options are just a few of the highlights of The Local 1014 Health Plan in 2022.

The Local 1014 Health Plan is the only health plan offered in the County that you can take with you into retirement and maintain FOR LIFE. It has never been more important for our members to review your healthcare options and ensure that you have the best coverage available for you and your family. 

Enroll now at www.mylacountybenefits.com. For more information about The Local 1014 Health Plan, please call member services at 800-660-1014 or email medicalplan@local1014.org.


In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 
 
Today we continue bargaining over the impacts of the COVID vaccine mandate with the County of Los Angeles which affects all LA County employees including our alliance of Coalition of County Unions (CCU) members.  We have consistently taken the position of supporting vaccination while opposing any mandate as proposed by the County.  At this point, the CCU has put forward counter-proposals that include labor/management education programs, alternatives to mandate with use of proper safety gear, distancing, washing, and testing in addition to the medical and religious exemptions as required by law.  The table has been intense, to say the least, as we bargain over every line of this issue.

As we have said before, we do not at this time recommend filling out any forms issued by the County regarding vaccination status. We are not done bargaining over the process and the forms and the systems in operation. The County sent out forms in advance of the final table work.  The Local 1014 bargaining team consists of President Gillotte, Vice Presidents Currier and Kobler, and Directors Reade and Carcioppolo.  You can reach out directly to any of them or the Executive Board for updates on the bargaining table. 

We do not feel the bargaining process will be completed by October 1 and the County has also recognized that date may not be realistic.  We will be working to extend that date as one of the primary items at the table due to the complexities of the proposal and the potential difficulties in staffing should such a policy go into place.  We have allied with SEIU and the Labor Fed to bring the weight of our collective workforces to leverage a non-mandated policy.  We will report out as bargaining continues.  

We ask that you be patient and let the process finish at this level before moving to any individual legal means. 

General Membership Meeting Update 

On September 14, approximately 180 members of Local 1014 came to the Union Hall to discuss the Covid Mandate proposal.  We had a detailed discussion and update on constitutional law and impact bargaining law as it pertains to LA County.  Attorneys from Local 1014 and other Fire Labor Unions in LA County were present to educate and take questions from members. The firm retained by Local 1014 Adams, Ferrone, and Ferrone are among the best in the business representing Fire, Police, and Sheriff Union members in workers compensation, labor law litigation, and constitutional law.  They have extensive case experience up to and including arguing in the United States Supreme Court.  Through legal counsel, we along with other Unions are tracking all court cases challenging the constitutionality of mandate authority, specifically, the LAPD and LAFD cases filed. The rulings on these cases should be any day now. We believe that they will align with all court cases to date affirming the authority to mandate, but protecting the right to impacts bargaining which we are already engaged in. 
 
Additionally, two motions were put forward at the General Membership meeting. One motion titled “A Resolution of the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Association No. 1014 opposing mandatory vaccination, discrimination, segregation, invasive testing: and retaining expert legal counsel.”   And a second motion titled “A Resolution of the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Association No. 1014 to provide members with remote electronic access to view, participate and vote in all membership meetings." Both motions were referred to the Executive Board for action and recommendation to the General Members. 

At the Executive Board meeting this Tuesday a motion was made by Director Cash, and seconded by Director Carcioppolo to “Refer Motion No. 1, A Resolution of the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Association No. 1014 opposing mandatory vaccination, discrimination, segregation, invasive testing and retaining expert legal counsel to the next General Membership meeting following the conclusion of Impacts Bargaining over the Covid Mandate Proposal”.  This motion was passed unanimously and is supported by our legal counsel's recommendation and is in compliance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Local and the IAFF.

The second motion regarding electronic meetings was supported in principle and intent. This has been a subject with the Local for many months including Local 1014’s purchase of the Zoom platform needed to host such meetings.  There are multiple legal issues with voting and the IAFF is also evaluating ways to secure secret voting mechanisms for any meeting where matters may be considered for vote or action.  The Executive Board discussed the matter at length and collectively agreed to appoint a committee to review the motion, the IAFF, and legal issues. This committee will also review technological platforms and report back with a recommendation on this motion for likely support after being amended.  This committee will be selected by the Executive Board Members, appointed by the President, and begin work immediately with the goal of a recommendation to be taken up at the next General Membership Meeting.  We are excited about the electronic platform and have been looking to launch this feature even prior to this motion.  The next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10 am at the Alfred K. Whitehead Labor Center - 1014 Union Hall in El Monte. 

Petition for a Special General Membership Meeting  

A petition with signatures to request a Special General Membership Meeting arrived at the Union Hall office and was delivered to the office staff.  We will begin reviewing and verifying the signatures on the forms. We are asking that the two members who dropped off the signatures please contact recording secretary 2nd Vice President Kurt Kobler to identify yourself so we have a point of contact on the item.  Once the signatures are verified, we will report back on the disposition of the request.  

Union Steward Program to be Resurrected  

In keeping with alternative communications to keep members informed and engaged on the issues affecting your wages, hours, and working conditions, the Local 1014 Executive Board has unanimously embraced the launch of the Local 1014 Union Steward Program.  Look for an announcement next Friday on interest, selection process, job duties, and more.  Political Action, Legislative Advocacy, Member Representation are all tenants of the Local and good stewards in each battalion and specialty units will be an effective and powerful tool to help that work.

If you are interested in being a part of the Local 1014 team, stay tuned and look for the start of our recruitment and proudly entering back into the steward world with next week's Friday Message.  Special thanks to committee chair Tony Carcioppolo and the Vice Presidents and Directors who put in countless hours to get this moving.  We look forward to the work ahead and the partnership with our general members who have an interest in the future of our Department and all that affects our profession. 

While the COVID vaccine mandate has certainly consumed our Union business the last two months, we also have other ongoing business that is critical.  We settled a 9-month fringe benefits contract with an additional holiday, COVID bonus money, and increased medical contributions (2.5%).  We are busy getting the forms and procedures to get our bonuses and also working to set our next session for 9 months into 2022.  The work begins now to stay ahead of the curve on the funding next year.  We also are in preliminary communications with the County to set the path for salary negotiations to officially begin following a one-year extension of our MOU along with all other County Unions.  We will also be preparing for bargaining units 603/604 as well as their contracts set to expire. We need a minimum of 3 Board of Supervisor votes for any contract. 

As always, stay safe and take care of each other. 
 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 
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FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 
 
Today we will laid to rest one of our Union legends. Alfred Whitehead was responsible for so many protections and benefits that we enjoy today. Protections like Right to Know, 2 In 2 Out, Line of Duty Death Investigations, Cancer Presumption, and even Overtime Pay are all the result of Brother Whitehead’s many years of dedication to our fire service, our members and their families. 

Brother Whitehead joined Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014 in the mid-1950s and rose through the ranks to become Local 1014 president in 1970. In that position, Brother Whitehead proved instrumental in rescuing CPF — then known as Federated Fire Fighters of California — from bankruptcy and helping to chart the path that would make CPF a powerful and influential voice in the fire service. 

In 1982, Brother Whitehead was elected IAFF General Secretary and, six years later, became the first Californian to be elected IAFF General President. During his tenure in the union’s highest office, Whitehead made political action a top priority, working hard to establish allies at the local, state and federal levels. When he retired in 2000, IAFF honored his advocacy for the membership by rechristening its annual legislative conference as the Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference. 

President Gillotte, IAFF General President Ed Kelly, and CPF President Brian Rice spoke to bring Union and personal stories of Al’s loyalty to our membership and our members' families including his own.  Friends and legends of CPF Dan Terry and Brian Hatch also brought personal stories of life, union and family to help us all remember Al as a Firefighter, a Union Leader, and a wonderfully compassionate human.  
 
Brother Whitehead's fire service legacy continued through the generations: his son, Kenneth is a retired L.A. County Fire Captain and his grandson Daniel Wagner is an active L.A. County firefighter-specialist stationed at Fire Station 82. 

Thank you to all the LA County and Orange County Firefighters who joined us today at the ceremony to honor this incredible man for his contribution to our profession and the union movement.  Special thank you to LACOFD Chief Daryl Osby, OC Chief Brian Fennessy, the LACOFD Memorial Management Team, the LACOFD Pipes and Drums, the LACOFD Honor Guard, the Chaplains, and everyone who worked to make this day special for the Whitehead family. 
Click here to view the memorial service. 

This past Tuesday, we had an excellent and well-attended General Membership Meeting addressing the vaccine mandate in a productive and open forum. Thank you to the nearly 300 members who showed up to support our work and provide feedback from the field. In response to the motions that were introduced this past Tuesday, we will be postponing the webinar so we can address the issues brought up at the meeting as well as any new developments in that forum. Stay tuned for the new date and time next week. 

One thing that Brother Whitehead knew better than anyone was that we needed solidarity in order to get movement for our members. Today as we are facing an unprecedented issue as we continue to serve on the frontlines of a global pandemic. 


The vaccine mandate is a national issue. We have the opportunity to be leaders in this issue. While some of our neighboring unions have been divided by this issue, we are going to show the path to strength through unity. Whether you are vaccinated or not, we need to stand together to ensure that we do not lose any of the protections and rights we have fought so hard for since the days of Brother Whitehead. 

The divide that runs not just in LA County and in our state, but throughout the nation and Canada, is harmful to our solidarity and our power and strength as one.  Take time to understand each other and embrace different points of view, feelings, and emotions as well as the legal issues that define where we are working to land a fair policy.  Stand together, not apart, and be kind to each other as we navigate this incredibly difficult time.  

We are committed to moving forward with our opposition to this mandate in a manner that will not only accommodate our members' freedom of medical choice but set the precedent for the nation balancing safety for the public with individual choice for our members and their families. We know that we can do this, but we cannot do it alone.  We need our members to support the work of the Union now more than ever. We will get through this if we remember our history and the legacy of people like Brother Whitehead. Even if we don’t always agree with each other, we must stand in solidarity in order to continue to preserve our wages, benefits, and working conditions for future generations.  


In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 

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

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


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



Covid Vaccine Policy Proposal and Ongoing Negotiations 

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

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

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


General Membership Meeting 9/14/2021 

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

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

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


Local 1014 members continue to serve on the frontlines

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

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

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

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

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

FRIDAY UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers, 

Local 1014 has been at the bargaining table with the County to get a Fringe Benefits contract negotiated and a fair deal in place.  

For months, Local 1014 along with our Coalition of County Unions (CCU) partners have been working to get a 9-month short-term deal based on financial projections with COVID impact offset to secure increased medical, dental, and vision premium to ensure no out-of-pocket costs on premiums for our members.  We also worked to capture an additional holiday commemorating Juneteenth which was put into place nationally and captured in California and now LA County. We also got a COVID response bonus for those who have worked on the front lines.  Our members will qualify for a $1500 bonus schedule along with the increases in premium and the additional holiday.  

We want to thank all of our CCU partners, especially public safety, who held the line to help our seasonal, recurrent, and intern CCU members qualify for all we secured.  Solidarity and strength in bargaining.  We will be back at the fringe table in 9 months as more financial data and funding details are available through tax collection both property and sales tax.   


COVID VACCINE MANDATE BARGAINING 

Our members have been on the front lines of COVID-19 for the last 18 plus months braving the unknown. Adding to that the vaccine mandate which came down without labor collaboration or discussion and was disrespectful to our service throughout the pandemic. We are fighting this at the bargaining table where we have the legal means to negotiate solutions that fit everyone’s needs.  The safety of our members is paramount. We have been supportive of the vaccine and safety gear from day one. Our membership is over 75% vaccinated and we have been lucky to avoid any deaths due to COVID but we have and continue to have members who are severely impacted by COVID. The disease is real and has taken its toll on our membership as well as on the nation's firefighters, both young and old, with two deaths at LA City UFLAC 112 - LAFD.  

President Gillotte has appointed a diverse group of Local 1014 Board Members including President Gillotte, VP’s Lew Currier and Kurt Kobler, and Directors Chris Reade and Tony Carcioppolo to bargain at the table for this critical issue.  At multiple meetings per week with our partners in the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) and public safety attorneys, we have been hammering out the details on the proposed vaccine mandate.  The details of each proposal round have helped clear a path for our members to keep the public safe without mandate and or discipline.  

"For the last 6 weeks we have been negotiating the negative impacts of the County vaccine mandate and the potentially devastating impact it could have on some public safety members," said VP Kurt Kobler. "Local 1014 believes in your right to choose. It has always been the position of Local 1014 and the CCU to vaccinate or accommodate. The accommodations we are negotiating for are the current workplace standards that the Department issued 16 months ago." 

"Being unvaccinated myself, I am very optimistic with how the negotiations have been going," said Director Tony Carcioppolo. "We will continue to fight and protect all members!" 

We would like to reiterate to all members regardless of their opinion or feelings on this matter, to be supportive of each other and stay away from divisive and harmful actions whether in person at the station or on social media.  Remain calm and armed with facts, not fodder for the bloggers who simply seek to disrupt.  We know we are fighting for a small percentage of our members who have not been vaccinated, and we would fight the fight even if it was one member.  Remember you still work for a public safety organization, paid for by the citizens of Los Angeles. Be smart about your choices especially on social media when wearing your “LA County Fire Fighter” hat both on and off duty.  

Additionally, as of now, there are no conditions for employment of medic school relative to the vaccine. The only item we are dealing with for the few medic students who are heading into clinical is negotiations with private hospitals over their own policies to require the vaccine to participate in clinical.  We are working with the Department, DHS, and the hospitals to find solutions both short-term and long-term.  If you do have any evidence and or facts to support any of our members or recruits being held down and “jabbed”, please contact us immediately so we can address it.  

Finally, we have seen some discussion about AB 455 and State Orders. Please see the FAQ below on the issues brought to our attention: 

Is there statewide vaccine mandate for firefighters?

There is currently no statewide blanket vaccine mandate for firefighters. A state public health order was issued in August requiring that all healthcare workers be vaccinated by September 30th – this order does not include EMTs or paramedics. A requirement was also instituted that all California state employees, including CAL FIRE firefighters, must either show proof of vaccination or be tested for COVID at least weekly, however this requirement is not a “vaccinate or terminate” policy.

What about AB 455?

It was heavily reported in the press that Assembly Member Buffy Wicks and others were amending her AB 455, which currently does not have anything to do with vaccines, with language that imposed a requirement that all employers require their employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. 

Assemblymember Wicks had been working with several of her colleagues on this proposal that would have imposed the same requirement on all CA workers, that exists today for State employees via the recent public health order – workers would need to be vaccinated or get a weekly COVID test. There were rumors that the proposal would also have imposed a proof of vaccine requirements on certain types of public venues. 

President Rice directed the Legislative team to insist upon strong meet and confer protections in the bill, paid time off for any impacts of getting a vaccine (separate from the current COVID supplemental sick leave that is available until Sept 30) AND asking that the language pre-empt local action to do something more restrictive, should the language be added to the bill. As you may know – pre-empting local action runs afoul of local control and is always a hard sell in the Legislature but that was our ask.

Earlier this week, Assembly Member Wicks announced that it is not moving forward this year. See press release here: https://a15.asmdc.org/press-releases/20210830-proposed-vaccine-verification-bill-hold-until-2022.

Are there any other vaccine mandate bills on the horizon?

At this time there are no proposals that would mandate vaccines statewide or for workplaces. The deadline to amend bills is Friday, September 3rd, and the legislative session ends on Friday, September 10th.

What other vaccine or COVID bills are out there?

The situation in the legislature is extremely fluid at the moment, as there are many discussions happening on many different facets of this topic. Discussions are ongoing regarding a proposed bill from Assembly Member Evan Low, which would amend the existing bill AB 1102 to clarify the legal backing for employers to require that their employees be vaccinated. While it is unclear if that proposal will move forward, it may potentially be tied to or folded in with other proposals.

What is the status of emergency paid sick leave?

Currently, supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19 is set to expire at the end of the month on September 30th. A coalition of labor unions is currently negotiating what a potential extension of this sick leave may look like, but time is short and the situation is changing rapidly. Business interests would like to see the COVID sick leave extension tied to vaccine mandates or clarifying measures like the Low bill described above.  CPF is following these developments closely and will provide updates as they become available.



We continue to watch the Federal, State, and Local authorities on vaccine mandate, including DHS and our EMT and PM Licensure requirements.  This evolves daily with our efforts in each venue to protect our members and impact our working conditions.  While much attention is on our members objecting to the vaccine, we want our members who have embraced the vaccine or expressed concerns for their safety of the safety of their families members, some of whom have had family members pass, to know we hear your concerns and are in receipt of your emails and the concerns raised to stay safe at work.  We are balancing all of these perspectives with member safety in mind.  We know not everyone will have an impact from exposure to COVID, but we know that having even one member who has COVID affect their health and livelihood is devastating.  We have members who fight to survive as we speak.  



MILITARY LEAVE 


Upon hearing of some of our active military reservists being told by payroll that they would have to use their personal benefit time to attend weekend drills if orders were not provided by our military members, your Local 1014 Board immediately began talks with the Department and payroll to correct this wrong. After several meetings, we have come to an agreement and to what we believe is the correct interpretation of the policy for our members to use Military leave. 
 
The agreement is as follows:
  • Approval for Military Service
    1. Reservists shall be allowed to attend any type of military duty. It does not matter if a member is on probation and is not supposed to take time off or not, you will be granted the time off and exempt from recall on drill weekends and annual training duty(ATD).
  • Paid Military Leave
    1. The first 30 calendar days during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), are paid at full County pay.  This benefit allotted to Reservists should be treated like a leave balance and coded in IPFIRS as ML. The employee shall deduct weekend drills, annual training, and deployment from the balance.  For example, a 56-hour employee is scheduled for a weekend drill on Saturday, July 24th and utilizes one 24-hour shift which is equal to three 8-hour shifts on a 40-hour schedule.  The employee now has a balance of nine 24-hour shifts or 27 8-hour shifts to utilize until June 30th of the next year.  The clock resets every fiscal year for full County pay.
    2. The member, their supervisor and the payroll clerk should track the hours each fiscal year to ensure the avoidance of overpayments/underpayments. If your weekend drills and ATD take more than the 15 shifts allotted on a 56 hour work week, you can either choose no pay (your medical and dental benefits, as well as service time, continue to be paid and accrue as normal, or you can use benefit time (sick, sick personal, holiday or vacation) to continue to be paid at full pay. 
    3. Our recommendation is for Reservists to submit their annual pre-planned training schedule (weekend and ATD) as soon as possible to assist your captain, station and battalion to plan for the absence and time record submissions.
  • Active Military Service v. Inactive Military Service
    1. Your supervisor, Battalion Chief and Payroll will accept either verbal or written military orders if it is possible as active Military Service.
  • Military Leave Policy
Local 1014 and the Department’s Human Resources Division plan to work, in collaboration, with the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs to update our policy to ensure all departmental personnel have access to a consistent application of Federal, State, and County regulations.
 
Local 1014 would like to thank all of our military members, currently deployed, reserve, and veterans for your service. 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 
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