Brothers and Sisters,
Today your Local 1014 Executive Board continued negotiations with the County on our contract late into the evening. We made significant progress today fighting for issues in general salary and special bonus items for all of our members. We meet again next week after the County finishes costing out the remaining items we have on the table. We are not going to rest until every last dime is bargained for and secured in a fair contract. We will have a more comprehensive update on this next week.
There will be NO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11th as we have both fringe benefit bargaining and Russ Fagan’s Flag Ceremony.
On Tuesday, your Local 1014 President and Executive Board held our Executive Board meeting at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LACBOS). Prior to the meeting, Local 1014 joined Los Angeles County Lifeguards Association (LACOLA) in voicing our support for the motion by LACBOS Chair Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Kathryn Barger to analyze our Los Angeles County Fire Department's current and future needs including infrastructure, equipment and staffing.
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Our needs as a department are changing and we need the resources to support these changes. Of the over 400,000 responses last year, over 80% of them were EMS calls. Call load and call complexity are increasing rapidly. While fires make up only 2% of our call load, the fires we are experiencing are more intense and longer in duration than ever before and are now combined with a yearlong fire season up and down the state.
Since July 2018, we have had thousands of recalls for our members. We know this causes family stress, physical stress, and mental stress. Fatigue can also cause injuries and illness. As we saw in the Woolsey Fire, we need every single member of our department healthy and able in order to protect our County.
Your Local 1014 Executive Board is working hard and has set a goal of 4-person staffing on all of our apparatus. This study is the first step to getting the data we need to assess our current needs and plan for our future growth. We will have more on this initiative in the coming months but this was an exciting first step and a big win for our members as we work with our Board of Supervisors and County partners to better serve our communities.
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board