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Friday Update 2-22-19
Updated On: Feb 22, 2019

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, 

Working Condition Items Taken to the Fire Chief 

As you are aware, the Union and the Department have been meeting to discuss several working condition items and issues. The talks have been serious and strained to say the least.  The Local 1014 Executive Board has been meeting with the deputies and chief deputies and President Gillotte continues to meet with the Fire Chief and the Board of Supervisors in an attempt to find solutions and action plans to address these issues. 

As you have seen via the recent EA’s, the Fire Chief has heard us loud and clear and is moving to address issues and hold the administrative chief officers in charge accountable for their work. We not only want to give credit where credit is due, but also thank the Fire Chief for his actions to begin to tackle the working condition items that are important to our members. 

In response to Local 1014’s requests, the Fire Chief has: 

  • directed a survey on the exhaust evacuation systems in our stations; 
  • moved Fire Captain Scott Ross to a temporary Lead Peer Captain position to help us build out Behavioral Health; 
  • filled a Return to Work (RTW) Captain position to get our RTW Office back into full swing handling our work comp claims; 
  • stopped cold a few unfair disciplinary cases and directed fair discussions on mitigating circumstances and levels of discipline;  
  • reached an agreement with Local 1014 to reschedule the Operator 1B Class to March details to follow;
  • responded back with a RTW Section draft plan and is scheduled to address RTW in a Labor- Management cooperative manner;
  • moved forward the actions to test and hire a Department Chief Psychologist for our Behavioral Health Program;
  • moved forward a Department-wide analysis of our computer platforms, systems and software with a directive to find a way to have one logon/one password and one screen to link to all if possible.  

These are all great starts to the issues we brought to the Fire Chief and we are appreciative of the actions he took to get things moving.  We will now track the progress on these subjects as we look to finalize the work product. 

We are far from the finish line on these items, and we will continue to press on the recruit entry level exam, the purchase of thermal imagers and the overtime cap. President Gillotte will be meeting at least every two weeks with the Fire Chief to continue the top down management of these critical working condition items and the Executive Board will be working from the Executive Staff level to continue to demand accountability for the results.  Stay tuned as we continue to have the difficult conversations and meetings that produce the action we all deserve.   

603/604 Negotiations 

Following our discussions with the 603/604 bargaining members last week, our Local 1014 Executive Board is working on drafting a proposal and will be scheduling negotiations meetings with the County over the next few weeks. 

601/602 Contract  

As we said last week, while we work to settle the table at with the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) for our fringe benefits, we are also finalizing the language for our MOU so we can move forward with a Board of Supervisor ratification vote. The language has to be precise and accurate in every modified article of the MOU. It is a lengthy process but one that must be done carefully and thoroughly. We will update you once the Board of Supervisors agendizes the MOU and moves to a vote.  

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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