Local 1014 Friday update
July 13, 2018
As many of you know, the Los Angeles County Fire Department in addition to serving the 1 million residents of the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County also contracts with nearly 60 cities within Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles region to provide Fire/Rescue/EMS services to over 3 million residents. While we do not seek out city contracts, when we have labor and management support within a city, we welcome cities and their Firefighters into the County family.
On July 10, the Redondo Beach City Council voted 4-1 to request a feasibility study and a proposal for Fire/Rescue/EMS services from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (meeting video here). While this is only a preliminary step in a long process, we look forward to working with our brothers and sisters at the Redondo Beach Firefighters Union as they look into joining the Los Angeles County family.
Your Local 1014 Executive Board has been diligently continuing the bargaining process with the County over a successor MOU. This has been a long and difficult negotiation with public safety labor unions coming together from across the County to ensure that we get the best contract for our members.
Today the Executive Board met with the County to fight for final items in our contract including specialty bonuses and additional MOU items. This was a long grueling process spanning several hours of negotiations. Earlier this week, Local 1014 together with Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association (LACoLA) met with members of the Board of Supervisors to ensure we have support for our members as we move forward with the negotiations process. We will be meeting with the Board of Supervisors and the County’s Chief Executive Officer again next week as we push for a tentative agreement quickly.
Our proposal includes funding for a union-run Behavioral Health Program. This will provide our members added confidentiality and will ensure best practices are in place. The program will be run in cooperation with the Department. With 1 in 5 Firefighters suffering from post-traumatic stress injuries, this is a top priority for our Executive Board.
Once a tentative agreement is reached, we will be sending it to our members for a ratification vote. The contract will be retroactive to July 1, 2018.
As always, we will keep you updated as new information is available.