Brothers and Sisters,
This week has been a major week for Local 1014's March 2020 ballot measure--Measure FD! Local 1014 has been hard at work securing support from across the County for this critically important measure that will fund our Department for the next 20 years.On Monday, the LA Federation of Labor, representing 850,000 union workers across Los Angeles County unanimously endorsed Measure FD and pledged their support for our efforts this March. Labor solidarity is critical for our issues. In the past, our members and our union have stepped up to support other unions and this week it was our turn to ask for help and help is what we got. Thank you to the brothers and sisters of the LA Federation of Labor for your solidarity and support and special thank you to LAFed President Ron Herrera for your commitment to our cause.
Then on Tuesday, Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte, joined by CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Local 1014 endorsed Board of Supervisors District 2 candidate Herb Wesson, to address the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and secured an endorsement of Measure FD. The Los Angeles County Democratic voters are the largest group of voters in the County and vital for the success of Measure FD. We have bipartisan support for this measure and are looking to secure more endorsements from political and community organizations across LA County.
Measure FD will be the first additional revenue measure for our Department ever and will bring an additional $134 million annually for stations, equipment, and staffing. Not since Proposition E in 1997 have we asked the voters for additional funding for our Fire Department. We have been good stewards of the public’s funds and have used them to provide world-class services to our residents. But since 1997, we have seen a dramatic shift in the scope of our emergency services, the intensity of our fire season and the use of technology as a critically important tool for providing emergency services.
A stable and adequate funding source for our needs in the next 20 years will be critical. Four-person staffing on our rigs and the upgrading of our stations, apparatus, and equipment are a priority. Your Union is using every tool at its disposal to ensure the success of this measure for the future of our Department and our members. We will update you as we progress towards election day.
Trial Shift Schedule Change
By now all Fire Series members should have received ballots for the Trial Shift Schedule Change. The voice of the membership is heard most accurately with the most ballots returned. We want every member to vote! Cast your vote and be counted!
All Local 1014 members who are Firefighters, Firefighter Specialists, and Captains from 601/602 Bargaining Units will have the opportunity to vote YES or NO and pick from one of the proposed shift schedules. As a reminder, please see the attached sheet with examples of both proposed schedules, this sheet will also accompany your ballot.
IMPORTANT: Contact the Union if you have not received your ballot yet or if you mismarked your ballot and are requesting a replacement ballot.
As a reminder, ONLY mail from Local 1014 on Local 1014 letterhead and ONLY information sent from our email@example.com email address or our Facebook Page will contain Local 1014 approved information.
REMINDER: All Local 1014 members need to be sure to update their contact information with the Union. Please call 310-639-1014 with your Employee ID number or Social Security number available to update the following member information: Name, Address, Phone, Cell, Email, Rank, and Station.
Take time to evaluate the information and then cast your vote and help determine our future direction.
As always stay safe and take care of each other.