Brothers & Sisters,
Your Local 1014 Executive Board has been hard at work grinding out a successor contract for our members. This fight has been long and hard. While we continue to make slow progress, contractual negotiations with the County of Los Angeles, the largest county in the nation, are never easy or straightforward. We are negotiating our contract with a new Chief Executive Officer and fighting for every dollar. We will not take less than we deserve and we will not leave money on the table.
Your Executive Board will continue to fight to ensure that as the bargaining process continues our elected officials and County representatives know that the health and welfare of our members needs be their number one priority. They need to step up and provide the resources we need to take care of our members, including the formation of a robust Behavioral Health Program, and the wages, benefits and working conditions we need to stay healthy and safe.
In addition to and separate from the negotiations for our contract, members of your Local 1014 Executive Board have been hard at work negotiating with the County as part of the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) for our fringe benefits.
CCU collectively represents more than 30,000 men and women employed by the County of Los Angeles and nearly one dozen LA County unions. Fringe benefits are negotiated separately from salaries and include matters such as health insurance, sick pay, vacation pay, retirement, and many other matters that impact all County employees and their families. These negotiations have been going on simultaneously to our contract negotiations. Your Executive Board is working hard to increase these benefits for our members and all members of LA County unions. We will continue to update you on the progress of these negotiations and our ongoing contract negotiations as they unfold.
Finally, we have all seen the devastating impacts from Hurricane Florence throughout the news cycle this week which has brought torrential rain, devastating winds and widespread flooding. Our own LACoFD California Task Force 2 Urban Search and Swiftwater Rescue Team has been deployed to assist in the recovery efforts.
While thousands of Firefighters’ homes are in the direct path of the hurricane in Carolinas, they continue working around the clock, rescuing their communities, knowing that their own homes are likely under water. When they return to their homes, these Firefighters and their families will need our help to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and President Harold Schaitberger have been on the ground providing direct support to Firefighters in the disaster zone. Please help our Brothers and Sisters in the Carolinas who have lost their homes by donating to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund at my.iaff.org/disaster. One team, one fight.
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board