Thank you to LA County Fire PIO Captain Imbrenda, Captain Golondzinier and Captain Christensen, the Burn Cadre and Los Angeles County Fire Training Services Section for spreading the message with the public education spot on Good Day LA morning news.
In the clip we see how valuable thermal imagers (TI) can be for our members. Local 1014 will be continuing to work on getting a TI in every firefighter’s hands. We are pleased with Chief Osby’s response to our work on this issue. Through its “Give Back Program,” the Picerne Family Foundation donated two thermal imaging cameras to the Los Angeles County Fire Department this week. Chief Osby has agreed to put approximately 30 more TI’s into the budget and work with us to expedite finding grant money to purchase the remaining equipment. With the TI’s we already have and the additional 30 we are in a good position moving forward.
We were able to secure a hard date of May 21, 2019 for the 601/602 ratified contract, which includes our Firefighters, Captains, EMTs, Paramedics etc., to be heard at the Board of Supervisors. This contract covers our salary increases and specialty bonuses, which was ratified by our membership earlier this year. Once voted on, we will move towards ensuring our retro paychecks are properly calculated by payroll and that everyone receives their hard-earned checks.
We continue negotiations with the County for our 603/604 Bargaining Unit members, which includes our Dispatchers, Forestry, and Health Haz Mat members. We are set to continue negotiations in two weeks after they review all of our requests. Again, this is for the salary and bonuses for all 603/604 Bargaining Unit members. Once we reach an agreement, the vote will be sent to all 603/604 members only for ratification.
Fringe Benefits Contract
As we noted last week, 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). The CCU negotiates benefits separately from wages and unit-specific working conditions in partnership with the ten diverse unions, including our firefighters, deputy sheriffs, doctors, engineers, probation officers, building and construction trades workers. For more than 30 years, we have negotiated a fringe benefits contract including our medical, dental, sick leave, vacation, and retirement benefits, with the CCU in order to get the best benefits for our members.
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, 12 additional holiday hours for use or cash out, increases to medical premium contributions each year with an early implementation of the Year 2 increase. This money is in addition to the negotiated salary raises discussed above.
We will continue to update you as we work on getting a date for ratification of this separate benefits contract at the Board of Supervisors following the vote on our salary contract.
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!
Happy Mother’s Day
As we close out the week, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. This weekend, we hope you will take a moment to say thank you to the women in your life. From biological moms to foster moms to grandmothers and mentors – we thank you for your love and support.
Stay safe out there and take care of each other.