Friday Update 7-29-22
Updated On: Aug 24, 2022


Sisters and Brothers,

Tomorrow your Local 1014 Board will be in Sacramento with the families of our fallen brothers to honor the lives of those we have lost. We have had a difficult few years for our Fire Family. Honoring our brothers’ service to our communities is one small step towards healing and ensuring that we never forget their sacrifice or the sacrifice of their families.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento’s Historic Capitol Park. We will add 80 fallen firefighters to the California Fire Foundation Memorial Wall, including our own:
* Fire Fighter Brian K. Ballentine
* Fire Fighter Specialist Tory Carlon
* Fire Captain Carlos Estrella
* Fire Fighter Jonathan Flagler
* Fire Captain William L. Knott
* Fire Fighter Specialist Samuel C. Neubauer
* Fire Captain Manuel Ramos
* Battalion Chief Mark A. Tolbert

The 2022 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT). To watch the ceremony live on YouTube, please visit the link below on June 30th beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).
Click here to watch the 2022 California Firefighter Memorial

Near-Miss in Lakewood 

Early yesterday morning, we were once again reminded how dangerous our job can be and why training for firefighter emergencies, e-trigger, and maydays are so critical. On an early morning fatality fire in Lakewood, one of our own with low air fell into a foam-filled area at a YMCA and could not self-extricate. E-trigger and FF emergency/mayday procedures were implemented with a successful extrication and outcome with medical treatment from our own paramedics and hospital staff.

We are grateful that we had a near-miss incident with a positive outcome for our member. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother, his family, and all those who were on the incident, and our fire family as a whole. We have been in contact with him and PEER support and family support services have been activated. We have communicated to Interim Chief Marrone our need for a SIRT (Serious Incident Review Team) investigation. We’ll keep you posted on this incident as we move forward with the AAR, SIRT and progress updates on our brother. 

This incident reminds us how important our training and safety equipment is to each and every one of us in this most dangerous occupation. We show up every day and serve without hesitation and without question as we protect the lives and property of our fellow County residents. Stay safe and take care of each other. 
Click here to watch the KTLA footage.


And finally,  on this Friday, we are pleased to report the County came to the table with a substantial climb in the COLA in their counter-proposal. The solidarity effort of our members and our labor partners, as well as the dedication and tenacity of our Executive Board forced movement from the County and we are confident we will get a deal done. 

As we have said, no different than fuel, engines, trucks, squads, and helicopters, the men and women who do the work each and every day are the number one tool with the greatest return. 

While we have a lot of work to reach a tentative agreement, we made major progress on our path to salary increases and language dealing with a number of other items important to Plan C members and retiree medical funding, and Vacation Day accrual.  
Click here to watch the video of the rally!
Thank you to our members and their families who showed up to share your stories and demonstrate our solidarity. 

We especially want to thank all our labor partners who showed up to show solidarity and offer support for our fight. Thank you to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO representing over 850,000 LA County Workers. Thank you to all our Coalition of County Unions partners who showed up in solidarity, including Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs - ALADS , LACOLA, AFSCME Local 685 Probation Officers, and Operating Engineers Local 501, and SEIU 721, which represents over 50,000 LA County Workers.
We will meet next Friday again and will continue pushing hard to finish with a general salary movement and other items. Our collective voice and our President and Executive Board walking the 8th floor to plead our case caused pressure to bear on the table.  We may need to walk again or carry our message through actions if the progress slows or we cannot get an agreement on our remaining proposals.  We have indicated our resolve to hold out until a fair agreement is reached.

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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