Sisters & Brothers,
This week, we celebrated our brothers and sisters in the healthcare profession for National Nursing Day! Thank you to our amazing Los Angeles County Fire Department Nurses, our own Local 1014 Health Plan Nurses, and all nurses who stand with us on the frontline every day to serve and protect our communities.
As we continue to navigate this pandemic and look toward the long road of recovery, we are reminded that we cannot take anything for granted. Our wages, benefits, and working conditions are critical to the health and safety of our members. Now more than ever we need to stand in solidarity with each other and with our brothers and sister in the healthcare space to fight for legislation and benefit protections for our members.
This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced his Executive Order on COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption for all healthcare and public safety workers. This is a big win for our members and our brothers and sisters in the healthcare space as we fight on the frontline of this pandemic.
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Thank you to our longtime friend and partner Governor Newsom for your partnership on this legislation and for your quick action to protect those on the frontline. While this is only a precursor for our far-reaching and more aggressive California Professional Firefighters (CPF) sponsored legislation on COVID Presumption (AB 664), this is a big step forward toward getting our members the care and time they need to get healthy and continue to serve our communities.
Our hard work as 7th District within an alliance of Local Affiliates in solidarity with CPF paid off. Special thanks to our Legislative Advocacy Team and CPF President Brian Rice. President Dave Gillotte personally thanked the Governor for his continued strong support for Firefighters and the members we represent.
This week, our Brother Derek Urwin participated in a Facebook live event with CPF, Clean Water Action, and Senator Ben Allen regarding our support of SB 1044, CPF’s co-sponsored legislation to phase out the usage of PFAS in firefighting foams.
SB 1044, by State Senator Ben Allen(D-Santa Monica), would ban the manufacture, sale, and use of firefighting foam containing PFAS. It also would mandate that manufacturers of firefighting gear include a written notice if the equipment contains PFAS chemicals. These “forever chemicals” do not break down in the environment, and have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, reproductive and immune system harm, liver or thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and other health problems. Thank you, Brother Urwin, for participating in this important event and thank you to our CPF legislative team for helping to set this up.
603/604 Tentative Agreement Ratification
Next week in-person voting begins for the ratificaiton of the Tentative Agreement for Bargaining Units 603 and 604 which includes Health Haz Mat (HHM), Fire Protection Engineers (FPEA), Dispatchers, and Forestry Technicians.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are allowing in-person voting on Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 14 at the Health Hazmat Division from 0800-1000 am and at Dispatch from 0630-0800 am all days. You must have your Department ID to vote. If you are out on Injury, please contact Local 1014 and a ballot will be mailed out to you. Note: For Dispatch personnel, a Union representative will arrive at 0630 am on all three days to allow on and off going shift to get their ballots in.
Votes will be counted Friday, May 15. If ratified, the Board of Supervisors will then vote on the contract ratification at their next scheduled meeting.
Your Local 1014 Executive Board and Bargaining Team worked tirelessly to ensure that our 603/604 members received the recognition and pay they deserve for their tireless work and sacrifice. This is the richest per member non-safety contract in the County.
This contract includes a retroactive +2% to 6/1/19 and a retroactive +2.5% to 10/1/19 in addition to +2% specialty bonuses in ALL groups retroactive to 6/1/19. Please see the attached fact sheet for more details.
We left no money on the table and we strongly urge a “YES” vote to ratify this Tentative Agreement. Thank you for your support.