Friday Update 5-20-22
Updated On: Jun 06, 2022


 


Sisters and Brothers,

We want to start by addressing the COVID 45-day letters that have been sent out. It is clear that there are several mistakes in this process and that several people have received these letters who should not have received them. Once again we see that the Department has failed to move forward with this process in a logical and correct manner. 

If you have received one of these letters and you have either registered, are vaccinated, or have an approved medical or religious exemption, please contact Director Mike Cash immediately. 

 
Unions United - Coaltion of County Unions (CCU) and SEIU Band Together to Set the Bar for COLA Raises 

On the heels of an overwhelming strike authorization vote on May 16, SEIU Local 721 announced a victory after negotiations with the LA County Board of Supervisors. the deal includes a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for three years with year one at 5.5% and the following two years at 3.25%. 

As we continue negotiating our successor MOU we also begin negotiating through the Coalition of County Union (CCU) for our fringe benefits with medical premiums being a priority for all at that table.
 
Local 1014 will be back at the table next week to continue to push for a fair contract with the Department. We have some hurdles regarding the finances of the Department, but we have hired our own experts to ensure that we find the money and get a rich contract for our members. Stay tuned. 


CPF Convention: Forward Together 

This week, we are writing the update from the 2022 California Professional Firefighters (CPF) 2022 Convention. After two years of not meeting with our brother and sisters to discuss the serious issues facing our profession, this week was a much-needed collaboration session to set priorities and move the needle on issues like cancer presumption, retirement and more for our members and their families. 
At the convention, Local 1014 has sponsored several critically important resolutions that will help set our legislative agenda for the next two years. 
  • PEPRA Retirement Age and Single Highest Year Amendment which directs CPF to seek legislative and administrative relief to amend the average of 3 highest years to single highest year in the calculation of retirement final compensation and amend the retirement age to 55 for all retirement systems governed by PEPRA.  The resolution made it through committee and was unanimously adopted by CPF.  This is the first step in helping post PEPRA members get back to benefit levels we deserve.   
  • Creation of a Standing Committee for Contract Counties at CPF to ensure advocacy for our county issues at the state level. 
  • Update to the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law which would direct CPF to pursue legislation to update the firefighter cancer presumption law to provide for a presumptive credit of one year for every two years of service and support an update to the firefighter cancer presumption legislation to increase the maximum duration for which the presumption may apply from 10 years to 15 years. 

At the Convention, President Gillotte thanked all the locals from our fire family for their incredible support during the Sierra Incident last year. Our LA County members felt and needed that support from covering stations for 5 days to sending peers support resources, we thank all those who stepped up to help in our time of need. 

In addition to our Union legislative issues, we also had several distinguished speakers address the delegation, including Governor Gavin Newsom, and CA Attorney General Rob Bonta. We have said many times political action is the key to delivering results for our membership and the speaker list at the convention is a testament to the power of our solidarity and political action program at the State. Our own IAFF General President Ed Kelly and General Secretary Frank Lima also attended and addressed the congregation about the importance of solidarity and strength as we continue to fight for our collective bargaining rights across the nation.
 
Click here to see all CPF Resolutions 


We would also like to especially thank the Oakland and Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 for their hospitality this week. They put on a great convention and we were honored to see how they run things in their "Union Town." Thank you also to the amazing staff at CPF for their work to ensure that this convention was productive, 

The Executive Board is proud to continue the long tradition of leadership at the national and state level for bettering our members' wages, hours, and working conditions. 

 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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