Brothers & Sisters,
Today we are seeing, yet again, that our members are called to do the extraordinary to serve our communities. As we battle both the Ranch Fire and the Lake Fire in addition to COVID-19 we are reminded how grateful we are for our members and their families who sacrifice every day to ensure our communities are safe. THANK YOU!
Staffing and FFS Crisis
As we mentioned previously, Local 1014 has been working extremely hard to address the FFS staffing shortage that has now hit a critical level in many battalions resulting in recalls and denied days off. This has been a major priority for us over the last few weeks. We have continuously met with the Department to negotiate temporary solutions to aid our members in the FFS ranks.
We understand and share the anger and frustration on staffing. Your Union Board is committed to coming up with real long-term solutions to this issue. To that end, we have continued to push, even in the midst of COVID-19, to hire and train in our COVID-compliant Drill Towers in order to keep up with staffing needs.
As we work on long-term solutions, we have asked for the following short-term staffing solutions to aid in the battalions that are hardest hit. For Battalions 4, 5, 6, & 22, we have asked for the following: 1) promote the remaining Engineers on the promotional list, 2) expedite the FFS exam (no written exam), 3) allow Captain work downs in Battalions 4, 5, 6, & 22 which do not count toward the 68.5 overtime cap, and 4) detail 40 FFS from 40-hour spots into the field in Battalions 4, 5, 6, & 22 only.
Working together with the Department we have already implemented or are in the process of implementing items 1, and 2 from the list above. Items 3 and 4 we are still working on implementing and will have updates for you on our progress next week.
We need short-term immediate help as we head into what will certainly be one of our most intense brush seasons. Your Executive Board is working hard to implement the remaining short-term items and get relief for our members and their families.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Virtual Fill The Boot Campaign Begins NOW!
For 66 years, the IAFF has been committed to supporting MDA and the families they serve. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted that support. Children with muscular dystrophy are some of the most susceptible to this virus. Additionally, the quarantine has limited available resources for their parents and caregivers.
The inability of our members to conduct traditional Fill the Boot drives has been devastating to MDA, which still must continue to provide vital services for families in need, especially for their most vulnerable children in the midst of this pandemic.
It is that time again! Time to Fill The Boot!
If every member donates just $15 we will make our goal of $50,000!!!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND DONATE TODAY!
As always stay safe, practice social distancing, wear your masks and take care of each other.
In Solidarity and Strength,