Friday Update 1-27-23
Updated On: Feb 23, 2023

Brothers and Sisters,

This week, we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the horrific mass shooting in Monterey Park, which left 11 people dead and nearly a dozen injured.

Calls like this can have a lasting impact on our firefighters and it is critical that we get them the behavioral health care and resources they need. 

Monterey Park Firefighters are members of Local 1014, and we have embraced them as part of our family of over 3,400 members. Our Local 1014 Fire Family immediately mobilized our peer support resources, our Peer Coordinator Scott Ross and Dr. Steve Froehlich, to assist the first responders. 
Today the LA County Peer Support Team provided assistance for our Monterey Park Firefighters. It was a day is healing and health. We are grateful that our Peer Team was there to show support for our brothers and sisters. Thank you to all the neighboring Departments who stepped up to fill all three Monterey Park stations today so the Department could partake and have a day of rest. 

Thank you also to the International Association of Fire Fighters and California Professional Firefighters for reaching out and offering help and support for our members in Monterey Park. Thank you to all the neighboring police and fire departments who sent resources to assist Monterey Park Firefighters following this incident. 

Contract Update 

Bargaining Units 603 / 604 continue to bargain weekly as we seek to set not only the COLA but also the individual unit items necessary to agree to a fair and robust successor MOU.  

For our 601/602 MOU, we have ballots counted with 98.2% to approve and ratify our contract legally from the Labor side.  Local 1014 negotiated approvals of the COLA earlier than the ratification vote to secure payment and retro pay to our members.  The ratification process has two parts to affirm our MOU. Now that the labor vote is done, the contract goes on to the Board of Supervisors for a vote to ratify the MOU.   

Thank you all for the solidarity and strong work to help get this done.  

Last year, nearly 75% of all Line of Duty Deaths were cancer-related, according to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). The Local 1014 Health Trust would like to remind you to get your yearly cancer screenings. 

In California, cancer is considered a rebuttable presumption for Firefighters, which means it can possibly fall under workers' compensation, a law your Local 1014 Union was instrumental in passing. It is critical that our members, particularly our active members, utilize every option available for cancer prevention and detection. Early detection saves lives. 

Please see the link below to the IAFF resources and research on the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer in the fire service. 

In Solidarity We Work to the Rule, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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