Brothers and Sisters,
This week, Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte joined Lori Cruz, widow to Captain John Mazzocco who died of cancer at 48 years old, to testify in Sacramento to support California State Assembly Bill 1090. AB 1090 would prohibit the collection of campus-specific fees from the children of a fallen firefighter or law enforcement officer. These fees can add up to thousands of dollars a year. This bill would alleviate the financial burden surviving families face and honor the sacrifice of our fallen firefighters.
Last year, President Gillotte and Local 1014 joined Lori Cruz to testify in support of legislation that required all California State University, University of California and Community Colleges in California to honor the tuition fee waiver for children of all Line of Duty Death firefighters and law enforcement officers.
Thank you to Lori Cruz and her husband George Cruz for your tireless and compassionate support of this work on behalf of our fallen Firefighters and their children. Thank you also to Assemblymember Jose Medina and the team at the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) for their work to make this legislation a reality.
601/602 Raises and Payroll
Local 1014 has been working every day with the Auditor-Controller and Department Payroll to ensure the logistics and mechanisms to get our raises properly paid are in place and ready to roll for next pay period. This is a complex and tedious process that involves eCaps, eHR, as well as IPFIRS. We will have additional information on Monday regarding our pay and our raises within our paychecks. We are also working on Comp Time Off language for the manuals so we can begin using this benefit. The language must be agreed to by the Union and the Department and we are vetting that now.
The month of June is Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month. Local 1014 has been hard are work not only building our Behavioral Health Program and our Peer Support Program, but also advocating for post-traumatic stress and cumulative stress to be redefined as an injury and treated as such within the Department and the healthcare system. To that end, we have been partnering with Senator Henry Stern on SB542 critical legislation that will help break the stigma of post-traumatic stress and give firefighters the protections they deserve.
Let’s all remember that we need to work every day to break the stigma. Check in with your Brothers and Sisters, utilize your peer support resources, and take care of each other.
Take care and have a great weekend. We hope to see many of you on Tuesday at the General Membership Meeting.
President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board