Brothers and Sisters,
As part of the Local 1014 Executive Board’s effort to make union meetings more accessible for our members, this week, we held a 1014 regional meeting in Calabasas at King Gillette Ranch. We will be hosting more meetings throughout the County all year long to bring the discussion and information to you, our members.
Thank you to all our members who attended and provided comments and input on issues affecting our wages, hours and working conditions. We had robust discussions on contract negotiations wrap up, retro pay and ongoing issues like staffing, 48/96 scheduling, resources and equipment.
Special thank you to our speakers IAFF Team 10th District VP Frank Lima, Peer Support Coordinator Scott Ross, and Poloma Public Affairs, our communications consultant for updating our members. Click to view video.
CCU Reaches Tentative Agreement of Fringe Benefit Contract
After more than a year of bargaining, the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the County of Los Angeles on a successor Fringe Benefit Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This round of negotiations was particularly challenging because of the County’s mandate to lessen liability associated with the Flores v. City of San Gabriel, (9th Cir. 2016) case, specifically by reducing the cash back members received from the Choices Plan.
The CCU steadfastly refused to accept the County’s inequitable offer of a $500 bonus when most SEIU Local 721 members – and all non-represented employees – had received a $1,000 bonus. After face-to-face meetings with members of the Board of Supervisors, the Coalition ultimately was able to reach an equitable agreement that included a $500 bonus, a full paid holiday (8 hours) and an early implementation of the 2nd year increase to health contributions!
Changes to the Choices Plan
7/1/19 +1.5% increase to Choices Contribution
11/1/19 +2.0% increase to Choices Contribution
1/1/20 $325 cap on cash-in-lieu takehome pay
1/1/21 +2.5% increase to Choices Contribution
1/1/21 $244 cap on cash-in-lieu take-home pay
Sustainability Bonus & Step
Within 60 days $500 one-time bonus
of Board approval 12 hours of leave (holiday time, for 56-hr employees/8hr for 40hr employees)
(Note: $500 one-time bonus and 12-hour holiday to be credited within 60 days of contract approval; CIR members will receive an extra 8 hours added to their 192 Post Graduate Time Off for a total of 200 hours.)
1/1/20 +1% “Sustainability Bonus”
1/1/21 +2.75% “Sustainability ½ Step”
(Note: To be awarded only to top step employees who have completed 12 or more months in that final step of the salary range. Each bargaining unit has unique requirements, e.g. ALADS top step is defined as steps 6 or 7 for one year prior to 1/1/21.)
Click here to find out how the Tentative Fringe MOU impacts you.
Additionally, the labor-management Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (EBAC) will collaboratively explore solutions to the anticipated gap between the negotiated Choices contribution and the cost of employee benefits.
Thank you to our negotiations team, President Dave Gillotte, 1st Vice President Lew Currier, 2nd Vice President Dave Morse, and Director Kurt Kobler, for their tremendous efforts to fight for our members and their families.
This week, continued negotiations with the County for our 603/604 Bargaining Unit members. We are set to continue negotiations after they review all of our requests.
We were also able to secure a hard date of May 21, 2019 for the 601/602 ratified contract to be heard at the Board of Supervisors. We are now turning our efforts towards retro paychecks and ensuring everything is properly calculated by payroll.
FILL THE BOOT
On May 22-24, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire and Local 1014 will be engaging in a countywide Fill the Boot campaign. Over the past three years, LA County Fire alone has raised over $360,000 in support of MDA, through participation in our annual Fill the Boot campaign. We are the second largest fundraiser in the state for the MDA—this year, we want to be #1!
Support our efforts and Fill the Boot by donating online today!