Another open letter to LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby
and the membership of Local 1014
This is a follow-up to the letter dated April 6th (attached and here)
May 25, 2018
OPEN LETTER TO THE FIRE CHIEF AND MEMBERSHIP
Dear Chief Osby:
This is the second letter to you regarding EA-168 “Return to Work / Risk Management Re-Assignment” dated March 30, 2018. This letter is to again inform you that we categorically REJECT your selection of civilian Cynthia Maluto to work in any capacity in the Return to Work Division and demand a new appointment to this critical position with the Department.
Following our letter, we met with you and Chief Richardson and Chief Mc Cloud to discuss this matter. Local 1014 presented substantive information to you as to why this critical position and integration into our work comp carve out needs to be of bilateral labor and management agreement.
It is clear that you have chosen to ignore our information and reject a collaborative effort in the Return to Work Division. This has resulted in a negative impact to our members and their health and safety. We will not stand by and allow the care and treatment of our members to suffer because of incompetence and inexperience of Cynthia Maluto.
Due to your lack of cooperation regarding Return to Work, we will now take our issues to the Board of Supervisors to find remedy. It is unfortunate that we cannot work together despite our exhaustive efforts to find a solution. However, we remain committed to finding a resolution to correct this critical health and safety issue on behalf of our members.
Additionally, this letter also serves to formally notify you that your actions constitute a change in working conditions for the Captains in the Return to Work Office. We will be filing charges with the County against you regarding your unilateral actions without negotiations with Local 1014.
We will be informing our members that all actions from the Return to Work Office should be viewed as discriminatory and detrimental to their treatment and their ability to return to duty. The actions of Cynthia Maluto, with the support of the Fire Chief, Chief Deputy and Deputy Chief, are designed to limit our members’ legal rights to attain treatment and time off to heal. Additionally, we will be advising every member to review all actions from the Return to Work Office and contact a work comp attorney or Local 1014 to help navigate claims and ensure fair treatment.
In closing, we are very disappointed in your actions and your disregard for the health and safety of our Firefighters and Fire Service Personnel. You have demonstrated a lack of commitment to ensuring our members receive the appropriate treatment and care necessary for them to return to full duty.