Brothers and Sisters,
This week has been a difficult week for our nation. Last weekend we learned of two mass shootings within 24-hours in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities affected by these senseless tragedies as well as with the First Responders and their families as they work to help these communities heal.
Local 1014 has reached out to union leaders across the nation to offer assistance. Our LA County Peer Support Team is being deployed to El Paso, Texas next week as part of a large International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) response to both incidents. Our team will be going station to station with the Firefighters and First Responders who responded to this horrific scene.
Our LA County Peer Support Teams are specifically trained through the IAFF and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) to help first responders cope with mass-casualty incidents. This is one of the characteristics which makes our program uniquely qualified to help our brothers and sisters as they work to recover from this incident.
Local 1014 would like to thank Fire Chief Daryl Osby for consistently supporting our efforts to provide behavioral health assistance to other departments in need. We have and will continue to receive the same national support through the IAFF and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for Los Angeles County Firefighters and our families when we need it.
On a personal note, while I have been on many incidents of this magnitude as your President, I am particularly honored to respond not only as an IAFF liaison but also as a front line peer. We will be doing great work and our local leadership will be able to represent that work to elected officials and the public to ensure funding and support continues for our mission to protect the wellbeing of our members and members nationally.
Last week, all members received the $500 signing bonus and one-time 12 additional holiday hours for use or cash out. This money is in addition to the negotiated salary raises. This is the direct result of our negotiations as part of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU). Please check you last paystubs from 7/31/19. If you did not receive it, call the union office.
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.
603/604 Contract Negotiations
We continue negotiations with the County for our 603/604 Bargaining Unit members, which includes our Dispatchers, Forestry, and Health Haz Mat members. We have mostly wrapped up our negotiations and are now working with the Department to finalize details. 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.