Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew ruled that the proposed “Measure L” sought to create a new state law where none existed, and was therefore a violation of the State Constitution and Government Code.
Measure L would have ELIMINATED a County Pension System established by state law and REPLACED it with a privatized system and even ELIMINATEDdefined benefit pensions for survivors of fallen firefighters, police officers and their families.
This victory is so important for Los Angeles County Fire Fighters and all Local 1014 members because it was not only on our literal border, but also designed to attack a 1937 Act Pension System which is the exact same laws and pension system type as our very own LACERA. What happened in Ventura could have had a lasting and ongoing effect on every one of us and our families.
Thank you to all of you and the Executive Board of Local 1014 who jumped in very early to help the Ventura County Firefighters Local 1364; long-time friend and ally to Local 1014, and other Labor Unions representing public sector workers in Ventura and Los Angeles County. We gave money, time, legal help and a commitment to be in Ventura County at each step of the fight to defeat this draconian, outside influenced, well-funded attack on all of us.
I personally called Ventura County Firefighter’s Local 1364 President Chris Mahon, who serves with me on the State Board of CPF and congratulated him on the Victory. We have had many conversations and meetings regarding this issue and as a result we are considering forming a 1937 Act County alliance to stay vigilant on all issues pertaining to our Pension Systems statewide with all Fire Unions affected.
The ruling issued last Monday was not official until a writ of mandate to urgent rule in final was considered and that is now done with a NO from the Judge and any regular appeal by the backers of the initiative will not be in time make the deadline of August 22nd to go to print with the initiative. Game over…For Now.
REMEMBER – this was a deceptive proposal to usurp state law and eliminate our pensions by anti-pension ideologues including the KOCH BROTHERS and the KOCH-SPONSORED AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY and billionaire venture capitalist JOHN ARNOLD, and if it made it to ballot would have been very well funded at a rate far beyond what we could raise to fight it. This may be gone for now, but the fight is far from over by any means.
Once again and on behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board, thank you to the Membership for the support and backing that allows our Union to play hard and play heavy in all issues affecting our membership and our Benefits.
We contacted the executive staff a few days ago and asked that we get something out prior to the strike teams returing. As we know it the "PMF" day or rehab day. Below is what the department released today. This principle applies all personnel including Camps, personnel assigned as single resources and 40 hour personnel.
Rehab Staffing Procedures for ST 1130A and ST 1131A
ALL personnel returning on Strike Teams 1130A and 1131A today shall be afforded a “Rehab day” for tomorrow beginning at 0800 hours based upon EA-347, dated July 10, 2008.
A. Personnel on duty backfilling for both Strike Teams shall remain in service for the remainder of the current 24-hour shift.
B. Strike Team personnel returning will be on the clock for rehab until 0800 hours tomorrow. They can rehab at the fire station or be released to an alternate location, including home, if able to drive.
C. Strike Team 1130A and 1131A personnel assigned to work tomorrow shall receive a “Rehab-day.”
D. Strike Team 1130A and 1131A personnel not assigned to work tomorrow, August 8th, cannot go avail for overtime and are exempt from recall unless there is a disaster or major incident.
Any questions contact your jurisdictional Battalion Chief.
This email was approved for distribution by Chief Deputy Michael Metro.
This past week your Executive Board has been in Cincinnati, OH with roughly 2500 other IAFF Union leaders working hard to set a course for President Harold A. Schaitberger and the IAFF staff for the next 2 years until our next convention. The convention gives clear direction on where the membership of the IAFF wants the Union leadership to focus. What issues need to be addressed and how to address them.
We met every day this week to work on issues to strengthen our Union and help protect our profession from people like Charles Schwab who contributed $6.4 million to take away our voice. We voted to honor long time Union Leaders as well as censure Fire Chiefs.
For all the details on the convention click on the link below.
On June 30, 2013, the wind-whipped Yarnell Hill wildfire turned suddenly and killed 19 members of Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots as they moved to re-engage the inferno, 30 miles south of Prescott.
The fire raged into Yarnell, a community of about 650 people, destroying more than 120 homes. In all, the blaze consumed 8,400 acres before firefighters at last contained it on July 10 2013.
Kevin Woyjeck, oldest son of our brother Captain Joe Woyjeck, was a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who was one of the 19 that perished that day.
We ask all our members today to take a moment and remeber Kevin and his crew. Today will be a difficult day for Kevin's family as well as the familes of all the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew
Health Care Spending Accounts Now Allow $500 Carryover Each Year
A recent change in IRS regulations allows participants to carry over up to $500 of their Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) balance each year. Previously, any unclaimed dollars would be lost or forfeited. This was known as the "Use It or Lose It" rule.
How does this change affect your 2013 and/or 2014 HCSA?
Participating employees who did not use all of their 2013 HCSA money are allowed to carry over up to $500 for the 2014 Plan Year.
All carried over money can be used for eligible expenses incurred in 2014.
The carried over money does not affect your 2014 HCSA contribution. The amount you designated for 2014 contributions will be available for use in 2014 along with any carried amount up to $500.
If you did not enroll in an HCSA for 2014 and you had any unused money at the end of 2013, up to $500 will be available for expenses incurred in 2014.
The deadline for submitting claims has not changed. Participating employees still have until June 30, 2014 to submit claims for expenses incurred in 2013.
After June 30, 2014, any unclaimed 2013 HCSA money in excess of the $500 carryover limit will be forfeited to the County.
This change affects only the HCSA and does not apply to the Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA).
The following questions and answers can help make sense of the change:
Q: May I use my 2013 carry over balance for 2014 expenses?
A: Yes. Your 2014 elected amount will be used first, but once it is used up, you can use up to $500 of your 2013 balance for 2014 expenses.
Q: May I still submit claims for the 2013 plan year until June 30, 2014?
A: Yes. The “run out period” deadline has not changed. You may gather your receipts and submit claims for 2013 expenses (it’s easiest to do it on mylacountybenefits.com) until June 30, 2014.
Q: I did not enroll in an HCSA for 2014, but I had money left over in my 2013 account. May I still submit claims for the 2013 plan year?
A: Yes. If you had dollars left over in 2013, you can submit claims for 2013 expenses through the end of the run out period (June 30, 2014). After that, up to $500 will be available only for expenses incurred in the 2014 plan year.
Q: What happens if I have more than $500 in my 2013 account at the end of the run out period (June 30, 2014)?
A: You will lose the amount over $500. It will be forfeited to the County. The remaining $500 remains available for expenses incurred in 2014.
Q: Can I transfer my 2013 HCSA balance over to my 2014 Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA)?
A: No. The HCSA and DCSA are two separate accounts and you cannot transfer money between the two.
Local 1014 Executive Board would like to extend a big thank you to the membership of 1014 who participated in our annual MDA Fill the Boot campaign to combat this horrible disease that not only effects adults but children, some of our own Family members as well as some of our own Brothers and Sisters. Due to your efforts, despite lack of MDA staff and off duty volunteer, we collected almost 300,000 dollars. Our membership is still in the top 5 Departments in the USA and Canada. Thank you all who participated from the bottom of our hearts,
Special thanks to those who volunteered off duty as Battalion Ccoordinators and those who held over to make this event a success. It didn't go unnoticed to those special members who made it happen with a can do attitude despite a shortage of volunteers. Also a big thanks to the Chief Officers who participated with their boots and the "we will make it happen" old school spirit.
This is a long standing partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and our Local. Once again Local 1014 members rose to the occasion which only shows what a class act you folks are. Thanks again to all those who made this happen.
Fathers' Day: is a celebration that started in 1910 honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Fathers' Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.
Today is a day to thank your Father for who he is and what he has done to help mold and shape you into the person you have become. Today is also the day to look at your children and realize that as a Father you are helping to mold and shape them into good kids. At times you probably wonder "what is my kid thinking"? Realize your Father probably thought the same when you were growing up.
If you are one of the lucky ones to still have your Father with you, call him, spend time with him or do whatever you can to thank him for helping to guide you through life. At times he may have been a little crazed by your decisions or actions but realize he acted that way out of love for you, his child. Do you ever hear yourself with your children and say to yourself "that's what my Dad used to say to me".
For those working today to protect the Citizens of Los Angeles County. Call your Dad when you can. Thank him for a "job well done". Dont be affraid to say "I love you Dad".
For those at home spending time with their family enjoying the outdoors or whatever you do, remember be responsible today. Make good decisions.
To all our Fathers today, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. Have a safe day!
LA County Firefighters begin the Fill-the-Boot campaign this week
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the IAFF/MDA partnership. We are proud to acknowledge this milestone and hold the 11th Annual Los Angeles County Local 1014 Fill-the-Boot on Thursday June 12th, Friday June 13th and Saturday June 14th. With your help, there is no doubt we can exceed our goal of $500,000.
Because of you, Los Angeles County Firefighters have raised almost $3,000,000 in the last ten years to provide health care and support services to the families served by MDA. With your support of this Fill-the-Boot, MDA will continue to fund comprehensive health care clinics at renowned facilities like Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA. In addition, MDA will fund lifesaving research at UCLA. Last but not least, your support sends children with neuromuscular disease to MDA summer camp. Each and every one of your efforts will not go unnoticed. As the IAFF’s charity of choice, you are a part of the tradition and commitment to the families who live with muscle disease. Your character and dedication to help those in need is what our profession is about.
Thanks in advance for your participation and support of our Fill-the-Boot to help raise funds in the fight against muscle disease. This is OUR event and one that is very important to Local 1014 and Firefighters across the country. Let’s work together to make this 60th Anniversary year a successful event.
While our membership finishes out the last day of 2013, some with friends and family, and some with brothers and sisters at the shop and on the job serving our citizens today, we clearly all will be reflecting on 2013 and preparing for 2014.
We have many things to be thankful for in our lives and certainly as “Los Angeles County Fire Fighters” (Whole 1014 Family!) we have more than most in the Fire Service to be thankful for in our wages, benefits, and working conditions. We wouldn’t want to work anywhere else, and clearly many others pray to be able to work here. We should be proud of our job and our Union and the people that make it happen each and every day.
Please also take a moment to remember all those who we lost in 2013 on our job, and also to “Never Forget” all of those we lost historically. Their families will go on, and so too does life, and we can be a part of that forward motion while keeping them all in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.
While we often think of end of the year as a “Winter Wonderland”, once again we are “California Christmas” with high danger fire weather with everything in alignment and possibly the worst fire weather pattern in 10 years. Welcome to yet another Los Angeles County winter and along with that, we will likely see augmented and fire weather staffing take shape today through the end of the week.
We had a similar situation Christmas Eve / Day and beyond, and we must give credit and thanks to new Deputy Chief Marrone and Seasoned Vet John Tripp who once given control to get it done in collaboration with Local 1014 Reps, moved mountains and worked together to change yet another short notice staffing situation into progressive mission and member friendly actions to deal with not only the event, but those that are impacted by the event…our members. Thank you to Chief Osby for working with President Gillotte who along with VP Morse was actually on Strike Team Engines Pre-Staged North on Christmas Day.
New Year’s Eve / Day and through the end of the week we will also celebrate what we like to now call “Groundhog Day in December”. We will have fire weather and the Department Ops Bureau will staff like it is the first time they have ever done it. Seems like we just did this…oh yah, Christmas Eve / Day? We also have done it every year for over a Decade with clear tools to use right in the Manuals, MOU, Staffing Procedures in the Rules and Regulations, and so forth…they are there for a reason and should be used effectively to both meet mission and member needs. Work is in progress to get the staffing issue for New Year’s Eve / Day and Week to the right folks from both Labor and Management to solve the instant staffing issue once again, and we will try to tackle this syndrome in early January 2014 so we don’t repeat “Groundhog Day in December”. We deserve better than that and we will work it out with the Department.
Having said that, “What it Is, It Is”. Fire weather is here and verified and we know our members are ready to step up and get it done. While no one likes to be recalled, or on telephone standby, especially during the Holidays, our job knows no limits on when and where we are called to serve. While on telephone standby, and knowing there is Fire Potential and Recall Potential, we invite you to give some thought to staying alcohol free or limiting your alcohol, especially those who would like to “get on a fire” if it breaks. We are a family and we only hurt each other if we don’t answer, or use excuses not to take our turns in the pot when called on. Younger folks with no kids etc., try and step up and help out where you can, it is tradition and a good one too…you will be repaid later in your career.
New Year’s Resolutions for us all: Not only in how we finish this year with Fire Weather Staffing, but a suggestion for us all to start our list of Resolutions for 2014, let us all seek to incorporate the word and the mantra of “RESPECT” back into our daily grind.
RESPECT each other and treat each other like brothers and sisters, RESPECT the Job and the Traditions that go along with it long before us and long after, RESPECT those we serve each day and treat them as if they were our very own family, RESPECT the Union Work and the MOU and Rules and Regulations we have fought so hard to put in place with great reason and purpose, RESPECT Professional Standards of Service for Our Trade and Occupation through how we look, act, and train and serve because folks, that is what we make:
“TRADITIONS OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE”…..Los Angeles County Fire Fighters IAFF Local #1014…
In closing we wish all of you a very Happy New Year and remember as with most holidays that may involve consuming of alcohol, CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY! If you are going to have a little liquid cheer, GET A ROOM, GET A CAB, GET A DRIVER! Also DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE!; the next killer we will begin to tackle. Make good decisions, this is not just about fines and penalties…it is about your job, your families and other lives that could be affected with one bad night out. Don’t do it. Make a plan in advance.
Give those things a little thought, and when we come back in 2014, let’s get to it once again stronger than ever, more challenged than ever to be better, progress more and set more “Traditions of Service Excellence” in every way we can…
Happy New Year and once again….PLEASE CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY! BE SAFE TONIGHT…
2013 comes to an end very soon, and as we head into Christmas Day we will all likely take time to remember to slow down a bit and enjoy friends and family and traditions steeped in time and history. In all honesty, we should take time all year to remember why we work so hard and care so much for our way of lives, our friends and families and our spirituality and humanity, but we know Christmas time and the end of the year holidays tend to get us to our homes, our churches, our neighborhoods and our children at a time when we really all shut down and stop and smell the roses and give thanks.
Your Executive Board of Local 1014 will also take time between now and the start of the new year to breath a bit and enjoy our families and friends also. As we all take time to reflect and remember the past year and the events that will define 2013 for us all personally, remember to take pride in your accomplishments at work and in your support and participation through Local 1014 to protect and advance and secure our very wonderful profession as Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, Paramedics and Fire, Forestry, Health Haz-Mat and Dispatch Personnel. Both sworn and non-sworn Local 1014 Members have worked tirelessly to produce results that are undeniably the envy of most every other department around us and throughout the state, both large and small.
This year we have seen some highs (salary increase, CCU contract, etc..) and some lows (to many funerals for our members). Take a moment everyday to be thankful for what we have and remeber those we have lost, WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Each of us should remember why we work so hard to keep our professional job standards so protected and high on comparison…so we can be safe at work and earn a good living to go home and enjoy our families. Take time to get to your home and spend a little time with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and your friends and families this Christmas. We know there will be more economic and political and legislative challenge in 2014, and we’ll be ready once again, but for this short time let’s breath shall we? We have all earned it and let us not forget life is short and our challenges to stay healthy are more than most given our chosen profession.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and may you have a blessed Holiday Season with your family and friends and brothers and sisters at work. Be safe at work in all that you do, and please remember to be safe off duty as you celebrate and if you are going to drink at all, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE. GET A DRIVER, GET A ROOM, GET A CAB…PUT THE PHONE DOWN….. MAKE A PLAN! It is not just about fines and penalties, but about protecting lives as we know all too well. Set the example for your children and each other and lead…DON’T DO IT, MAKE A WISE DECISSION.
Thank you for all you do and we will be well rested and ready for the challenges that 2014 holds for us all.
Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1014 – “Tradition of Excellence”
CCU, County officials reach Tentative Agreement on Fringe Benefit Contract after months of contentious negotiations December 11, 2013
The Coalition of County Unions -- CCU - leaders announced a Tentative Agreement on a new Fringe Benefit Contract with County management on December 10, 2013. The new agreement arrives after months of stalled negotiations that followed the County's eleventh hour demand for changes to County Retiree Health benefits for future employees.
CCU leaders set the following major goals early in the fringe benefits negotiations process: 1) to protect the existing benefits package, 2) to protect employees from increases in out-of-pocket payments for medical premiums, and 3) to eliminate the current $112 million cap on County matching contributions to the Horizons program so that employees will receive their full 4% employer match for the entire plan year. Under the new agreement, all of these goals were achieved!
Highlights of New Fringe Benefits Contract Agreement:
• TERM - 2 years (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2015).
• CHOICES - The new agreement provides a 7.2% increase in the County's CHOICES contribution for 2014 and an additional 7.2% increase for 2015. Securing the increases in the CHOICES contribution means that most members will take home extra in their paychecks in 2014-2015. Since County employees have already gone through the Open Enrollment process, this means that the your monthly allowance will increase and – for most plans – fully offset the increased cost of health insurance premiums.
County Health Care Contributions for Permanent Employees
Employee +2 or more
Employee who waives insurance
• HORIZONS - Matching Fund Cap increased and then eliminated: The new agreement provides an additional $9 million annual increase to the cap on County matching contributions. The cap will increase from the current $112 million to $121 million for FY 2013-2014 and to $130 million for FY 2014-2015. This means that all participating employees should receive their full 4% match on their contributions for the entire year. The major victory for our side is that the cap will be eliminated entirely effective July 1, 2015.
• $500 CASH BONUS - The new agreement includes a one-time $500 per employee contribution to CHOICES whereby all CHOICES participants will receive a $250 payment scheduled for January 2014 and again in July 2014.
As part of the new 2-year Fringe Benefits Contract agreement, all Coalition of County Unions established a separate agreement with LA County on Retiree Health Reform that changes the benchmark contribution for New Hires effective July 2014.
Retiree Health benefits for current employees will remain unchanged. Details of the new fringe contract agreement will be available to 1014 members in the following weeks as final language is drafted and confirmed by CCU and County officials.
While other agencies and Unions have been unable to sustain their current level of medical benefits and have seen draconian cuts to their plans, we have managed to bargain to a successful finish that maintains current levels of medical, dental and vision benefits, while dealing with funding issues only. The math of the situation is one thing, and must be dealt with, but politics or use of bankruptcy and or courts to strip benefits from hard working employees and similar behaviors and actions will be a constant threat we will fight. Unlike other Counties and Cities, we have a start to the solution for the funding liability issue and we have the tools in place to put tax free monies, earnings and distributions from employees and employer and we will have to continue to look for alternative ways to continue to help fund our defined benefit health care system we have come to treasure.
Thank you for you continued support and we’ll keep you in the loop as we work on this project with the County and LACERA.
Your Local 1014 Executive Board has remained very busy and engaged on numerous fronts. We just finished an extremely productive offsite meeting with the Fire Chief and his top staff to get moving on a number of projects that will ultimately help our working conditions and improve our work quality and stabilize funding. The main topics discussed were EMS Issues, Organizational Culture and P. R. with our Public and Elected Officials (Those who support us), Risk Management Issues (anything that causes Lawsuits and or Increased Costs due to injuries or other such items, and Fiscal Issues to include Revenue and Grants. We will report more on this as we begin the tasks we laid out in the meeting. We have also seen 2 more of our brothers die from Cancer, and on the heels of the FCSN GALA and working hard to help support the organization we helped start, it is a stark reminder of how one of our silent killers is still claiming too many of our members. We also just came off a great series of wins in our political action efforts and as you will read helped maintain our El Monte Stations this year. We are also bargaining our fringe benefits and we have hit a major and problematic hurdle with the County and we will move to mediation to try and get forward movement again. This is a very stressful time and your patience while we fight the fight is appreciated. Finally a quick update on the 48/96 one year trial shift schedule proposal update also… please read on and as always thank you for your support and your efforts to make our Union Strong and Bold and Effective in what we do for us all. Be Safe and give big love to your family and friends… always a good thing.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELLED (Tuesday November 12 2013) – HONORING SHAWN BAYER…Local 1014 General Membership Meeting will be cancelled for Tuesday November 12 so we all may attend Brother Bayer’s Flag Ceremony – 11am at Fire Station 8. Also BROTHER JOHN VINCENT – Health Haz Mat Specialist III who died at the age of 46 from Leukemia will also be honored on November 23rd. Please take time to make the ceremonies and honor our fallen. Click herefor details on Brother Layer's services. Brother Vincent's details to follow shortly.
LOCAL 1014 WINS BIG IN CITY ELECTIONS AGAIN - It was another busy but very successful City election cycle for Local 1014. Twenty two (22) of twenty five (25) candidates that we endorsed were successful in their bid for public office. Measure GG in the City of El Monte also passed after an aggressive campaign by Local 1014, keeping $4 million in the City’s budget that will help keep all of their Fire Stations open! Read More…
CCU FRINGE BARGAINING CONTINUES – HOSTILE COUNTY – RETIREE HEALTHCARE THREATENED - The CCU Bargaining Teams have been going at it for weeks now to no avail on landing a fair contract. As you know our new choices will take effect in January 2014, and without any increase in contribution to our Health care Premiums, we stand to lose money out of pocket depending on the increase of medical premiums for your health and dental plan. We are now going to a Mediator to try and close the gap and get closer to a fair deal, but the County is currently refusing to come to the table with any fair deal points unless draconian politically based cuts to retiree health care for our new hires is agreed to. While we are ready to work on the cost of unfunded liability for retiree health care we are not going to simply sell our new hires down the road. Fighting for fair terms and tools to deal with retiree health care and increased costs is well worth it and we will hold out and take job actions to get the train on the tracks if necessary until the County understands a fair deal for all is the only deal that will sell. We will keep you posted. SEIU’s 90,000 workers approved authority to strike also, further complicating things for the CCU and the County. We will work with SEUI and the Federation of Labor to pressure the County to get back to the table with fair terms and bargain in good faith. We will keep you posted. Read more here – CCU Member Update…
SHIFT SCHEDULE CHANGE ISSUE – The Shift Change Schedule Change Committee has met more than a few times with a lot of hard work poured into evaluating 3 things related to the proposed 48/96 Shift Schedule Change Proposal brought to the Local by a group of members. We take this item very seriously and as you know, so too does every member either supportive or opposed to the item. To date let us bring you up to speed…We had a group of members propose negotiating a ONE YEAR TRIAL 48/96 SCHEDULE, with a vote on finish to determine whether to continue the schedule permanently or not. President Gillotte assigned a Pro and No Committee to consider 1. What vote threshold should be used to poll the members to determine whether the majority of the membership wished to move forward to a one year trial. 2. Should Local 1014 Facilitate sending out material both pro and con on the item with such a vote. 3. If so, what material should be sent. This committee has met numerous times and put in a great deal of very hard work and has reported the committee report back to the Executive Board. We will be considering the Report and other information at our next regularly scheduled Executive Board Meeting and the Executive Board will then take any and all actions to move the item forward. While we are not bound by the committee recommendations on any of the items, it was prudent to get a good team of both pro and con general members together to work on good data and information for us to consider in moving such a big life changing and working condition item. The CCU Bargaining has slowed progress on this item for the moment, but we will continue to run parallel work on the item as we can, and keep you informed. More after our next Executive Board Meeting in December.
Above all have a safe and happy Veteran's Day. Please take time to keep our veterans in your thoughts and prayers. Read more....
To access either enrollment system you need your employee number and your Personal Identification No. (MMYYYY -2 digit month and 4-digit year of your birth)
YOU MUST ENROLL TO WAIVE MEDICAL COVERAGE or you will automatically be enrolled in Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health Plan.
YOU MUST ENROLL TO PARTICIPATE IN A HELATH CARE AND / OR DEPENDENT CARE SPENDING ACCOUNT
YOU MUST ENROLL TO ADD INSURANCE COVERAGE OR LEVELS AND TO ADD OR DELETE DEPENDENTS FOR COVERAGE (Social Security Numbers Needed)
Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health and Dental Plan Highlights:
IF YOU PROMOTE TO BATTALION CHIEF BEFORE YOU AND HAVE NOT BEEN OR SELECTED LOCAL 1014 HEALTHPLAN THE COUNTY WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO SIGN UP FOR THE PLAN EVER. THAT MEANS YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS PLAN INTO RETIREMENT.
LOCAL 1014 OFFERS SUPPLEMENTAL DENTAL UP TO 2,000 LIFETIME ORTHODONTIA AND 1,000 EXCESS DENTAL COVERAGE
VSP VISION PLAN AT MAXIMUM BENEFIT LEVELS
TAKE THE PLAN WITH YOU “AS IS” INTO RETIREMENT
Take time to elect your Health Care, Dental, Life Insurance, AD & D and Spending Account “CHOICES” by midnight October 31, 2013.
Local 1014 Bargaining Team, along with other Unions in the Coalition of County Unions will back bargaining next week, but there is no indications from the County of willingness to increase Medical Premium Contributions without pay cuts. While we continue to battle to get a fair contract negotiated, this means that for now the contribution towards medical will not increase. Use this information in making your selections for Choices.
We are likely approaching Impasse and may face a protracted negotiation for our Fringe Benefits. To date the County has only put forward proposals to counter our proposals that either amount to pay cuts with out of pocket, or cuts to future employees for Healthcare with little or no value attached to the proposals. Local 1014 will never recommend anything less than a Fair Contract, and to date with all Units in the CCU and SEIU Local 721 Members, nothing close has been embraced by the County. Next week all Unions will be back at their respective bargaining tables trying to get movement, and we will keep you posted.
RETIREE HEALTHCARE AND PENSION REFORM CONTINUES
The County of Los Angeles has taken a position to move towards reform of Retiree Healthcare and slashing of benefits and contributions for new hire employees and simultaneously the Democratic and Republican Mayors of a few Greedy Cities has submitted language to move forward on a Retirement Reform Initiative that seeks to not only change benefits for new hire employees but also existing employees. See our website at www.local1014.org for additional information and also www.cpf.org for info on this very serious and legitimate attack on our pension security once again. While Labor Unions have worked collaboratively with their elected officials and cities and counties to help get through the economic turmoil and based on good math, we can see that a few selfish elected officials and organizations that simply seek to break the Unions and eliminate Healthcare and Pensions for retirees will continue to try and attack our members…past, present and future. Get ready for a very busy 2014; seems like it just won’t end.
BE GOOD PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTING AND PARAMEDIC AND FIRE PERSONNEL BOTH ON DUTY AND OFF DUTY
As we head into the close of 2013 and start of 2014, your Local 1014 Executive Board and many other Unions of the LA Federation of Labor, the CCU and the CPF and IAFF work hard to protect and to bargain our salaries and benefits and Healthcare and Retirement and SRC and Working Conditions, and as you can plainly see, it is going to take every ounce of energy and effort and dollars we have to continue to succeed in doing so.
We ask of you the members to help by doing a few things to eliminate the Stupidity and the Ignorance of the SELECT FEW of ALL RANKS who through their actions bring a bad name to our Profession and our Members and our Department in the eyes of the Public we serve. Knock off the petty feuds and fights in the stations some of which have landed at the Board of Supervisors Offices. Knock off the member on member crime that has sometimes resulted in station cancer and lawsuits and rancor. We need not only grown adults showing up at work to handle the jobs we represent, but high standard performing members who serve with pride and tradition through training and education and professional standards. Our service is all we have and our image and confidence of the public is key to support for everything we have including the funding for our operational needs and our salary and benefits.
Police ourselves and if you are a leader (Captains and Battalion Chiefs Senior Firefighters and Paramedics and Fire Personnel) give guidance and leadership at the line-up and all day long on calls and in the public eye and out of the public eye…for both On Duty and Off Duty Conduct. Don’t be a commander in chief or dictator either, but take time to lead by example and demand excellence of service through and in deference to our proud tradition. Give each other a break and get it done…leaving time to serve the public, educate and train ourselves, and give time to use our resources at the Union to protect and advance our Salary and Benefits and Working Conditions instead of having to babysit a few members and a few chief officers who just can’t seem to get it right. We thank you in advance and we know that the majority of the membership and chief officers get what we are saying and live it every day….if this offended you or made you roll your eyes, then we were probably talking to you and you should probably go look in the mirror and make some changes…it might just save your job.
Finally as you close out this October Month with the Halloween Celebrations with your families, remember DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!JUST DON’T DO IT! GET A CAB, GET A RIDE OR DRIVER OR GET A ROOMif you are going to consume alcohol in your celebrations. It’s just that simple at this point. We all know it, and have been reminded and reminded and seen the pain and suffering a DUI or worse can cause our membership, yet a few continue to disregard the news and significantly impact their future and their families futures. TAKE A PLEDGE NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE ALSO….. AS BAD AS DRINKING AND DRIVING FOR ACCIDENTS AND ILLEGAL ALSO, IT IS TIME WE TACKLE THIS ALSO. So go out and have fun, enjoy your families and celebrations, but do it responsibly.
In closing thank you in advance to all who have been stepping up to help Recruit 31 Jesus Ontiveros in an unprecedented situation for a member in the Drill Tower and although we are not done helping with Shift Donations and Monetary Donations and protecting his Healthcare so he can fight the Demon….it is a great example to be followed like so many for our members, in stepping up to get it done, to wrap our arms around our Fire Department Family…our Brotherhood and Sisterhood…even for the newborns…. Pride and Tradition.
On Behalf of the Entire Local 1014 Executive Board,
Today, take a few moments to remember 911 and the tragic losses to the firefighting family as well as all those who lost loves ones to the tragic events of that day. The United States of America and it's people will never forget this horrible day.
9/11/2001 is a day we shall never forget. On that day we lost 343 members of our firefighting family as well as many Americans were not only killed but their families lives were changed forever. Let's never forget the sacrifices our brothers and sister firefighters made that day and continue to make every day.
On September 21, 2013 in Colorado Springs Colorado John Cobos will be added to the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Let us never forget our own members that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Date of Death: 10/11/2012
A day that became a Federal Holiday in 1894. Labor Day is a day that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
In today’s environment we have seen attacks on organized labor from every side. We have seen attacks to take away the very things that strong leaders many years before us fought hard for. Those leaders gave up other items to make sure their future, our future, and those after us, would always be secure. Take a moment this weekend to remeber what those labor leaders did for us and be thankful those folks worked so hard to lay the foundation for what we have.
This holiday marks the "end of summer" for most people. The last time to enjoy the sun, the beach, river or a backyard. It is the time to spend time with family and friends before kids go back to school one last time. Your 1014 Board of Directors wishes each and every member of our Local and the Los Angeles County Fire Department a happy and safe Labor Day.
As usual we also want to take this time to remind you to be careful if you drink this weekend. Don't make a decision that will change your life forever. If you decide to drink PLEASE be responsible. Arrange for a room, call for a taxi of have a pre-assigned designated driver. Again PLASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!
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*Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. May not be combined with scholarships, grants, military tuition reductions, tuition vouchers, or other discounts. International students are required to pay 15 weeks of tuition and fees in full prior to the start of the first term. Kaplan University has campuses and course locations only in the U.S. Its instructors are U.S. employees. Its online distance education programs are offered in the U.S. but open to Canadians who meet eligibility requirements. Kaplan University has the status of a university and can grant degrees in the U.S. by authority of the state of Iowa and the U.S. Department of Education. It is also accredited in the U.S. by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org). For details, go to http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/about/accreditation-licensing.aspx
†Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives tragically. It is being reported that 22 other firefighters were injured at the fire. While details continue to come in we ask that all firefighters remain aware of their surroundings, review fire orders and be careful during this fire season that is predicted to be one of the worst ever.
Watch our website for regular updates. In the meantime for the latest news click on any of the below websites for the late news.
Please keep those brave firefirefighters who gave their lives protecting the City of Prescott in your thoughts and prayers. Please also keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Tuesday June 11th was a great night for the citizens of Inglewood. Two Council Members that had voted to close LA County FS 172 and refused to work with Local 1014 or LA County Fire to implement a solution to reopen the station, were defeated in an election. The results are in and our 1014 backed candidates won soundly (see above results). One of the first orders of business for the new council is to get FS 172 reopened. We look forward to working with our partners, in Inglewood to restore FS 172.
This last weekend (June 8th and 9th) your executive board, with other general members, hit the streets for our candidates. This along with our mail campaign and television spots made the difference. A few short hours helped our candidates to be sucessful. Thank you to all those who participated.
Again thank you for helping with this historic vote in Inglewood.
If you have any questions please contact Lew Currier (310) 925-2588 or Email Lew.
Urgent members need to fill EMS Commission meeting to oppose one plus one staffing policy, once again.
Your Local 1014 Executive Board is once again calling on all our members to show support and solidarity for our brothers at Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 in their effort to halt a proposed pilot program by their Fire Chief, City Manager, and L.A. County DHS that would call for “one and one” staffing. This policy, Policy 407, is a proposed pilot study, seeking to reduce Long Beach Fire Department’s ALS unit staffing from its current staffing of two ALS personnel to one ALS Paramedic and one BLS EMT, and allow two paramedics from separate responding apparatus to make up the “Two Paramedic” model.
We know firsthand that this will not work and will delay Team Paramedic Care and ALS procedures that could cost lives and put our own members at risk and liability. An injury to one is an injury to all and this directly affects the Long Beach Firefighters and Paramedics, but also affects LA County and LA City Firefighters and Paramedics in our auto and mutual aid agreements and could be the start of a trend we need to stop now.
Not only does this pilot program put the public at immediate risk, it should be a warning to all local and state fire agencies that this issue could be coming to your city, county or state agency in the very near future.
Please join your Local 1014 Executive Board and other Fire Union Members and Nurses in supporting Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 in their effort to stop this pilot program, and show Los Angeles County Department of Health Services that when you jeopardize public safety, firefighters will rise up in force and solidarity and put a stop to it.
Local 1014 Executive Board Secures a Contract Extension
On Tuesday April 16 the LA County Board of Supervisors approved and ratified a contract extension with LA County Firefighters Local 1014.
This contract extension is for bargaing units 601/602 (Safety Members). In September we will enter into negotiations for 603/604 (General Members) along with other county general employee bargaining units.
This negotiated agreement will be effective immediately with our first COLA raise in July of 2013. There are no other contract changes. Our next contract negotiations will take place September of 2014 with a new contract in place January of 2015.
Terms of the agreement:
July 1, 2013 – 2% General Salary Increase
July 2, 2014 – 2% General Salary Increase
January 1, 2015 – 2% General Salary Increase
The County is not yet in great financial shape. After a thorough review of County finances and expected revenue, your 1014 Executive Board got what we hoped for – a COLA that will meet or exceed annual CPI increases. By all predictions the County will be expecting better times and better budgets in 2015 and 2016. These are far better years to negotiate a full contract with desired changes.
Thanks to the membership and Local 1014 office staff for their support while we tried to meet this challenge.
Thank you for your continued support, your local 1014 Executive Board.
With the continual problems with pay warrants we wanted to make sure we continue to inform you on how to find resolution with your pay warrant if there are errors. The following information will help when you file a grievance. We advise you to file a grievance when your pay warrant is not correct. Fill out a form 377 and remember it is your grievance and therefore your responsibility to follow the timelines.
The grievance is your way of correcting the pay warrant errors. This avenue will get your chain of command involved in the process to correct the payroll errors.
Management will rectify a $100 or more underpayment on the employee's payroll warrants within three (3) calendar days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, after receipt by the Auditor-Controller of a written request from the affected employee's
departmental payroll section. An affected employee's departmental payroll section shall promptly forward a written request for a corrected or supplemental pay warrant for the affected employee to the Auditor-Controller. An employee shall be deemed to have waived the above indicated time limits, and to have indicated that he/she is willing to accept an adjustment on the following payroll warrant if he/she does not request a corrected or supplemental warrant within two calendar days after receipt of the regular payroll warrant, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.
Corrected or supplemental warrants will be sent by regular County messenger service to the employee's departmental payroll section. In emergencies the departmental payroll section wil arrange to have the supplemental or corrected warrant either hand delivered to the employee or picked up by the employee at the Auditor's public counter. The provisions of this section may be implemented even if the employee cashes the payroll warrant.
Section 2. Overpayments
Management wil endeavor to notify the affected employee of an overpayment on the employee's payroll warrant(s) prior to making any deduction to recover any such overpayment from the employee's subsequent payroll warrant(s). Upon request by the affected employee to the Auditor-Controller's designate, Management will establish a reasonable method of repayment.
Payroll errors have numbered in the hundreds just in the last few months. While many of these errors resulted in a "short" pay check, some of the errors have resulted in excess payment. Recently FD payroll overpaid some employees over a period of time, but took back all the money on the next check. In some situations this left the employee with nothing for earnings. Even deductions for health insurance and retirement were left off the check.
As always please watch your checks closely and call payroll with any descrepencies. if there were any moneys TAKEN OUT for overpament please remember your rights:
- Under state and federal law you cannot have more than 15% of your check garnished for an overpayment correction.
- By contract, the County must discuss you overpayment with you and work out a reasonable repayment method.
- The County must clearly explain the reason for the overpayment, not just send you an email with no explanation.
If you have a garnishement without the above issues addressed, please send us an email at email@example.com immediately so we can address within this pay period.
Remember on March 20th we posted and emailed a request for information on our members who have had payroll issues (such as above). We will be meeting very soon with the county so please get us the information we have requested.
We will be meeting with the County Auditor Controller very soon and we need your help. We know of some people who have had their paycheck arrive only to find it incorrect for one reason or another (missing OT, not paid a bonus, off on “I” and taxes taken out, etc.) but we don’t have all the details. We are requesting the following:
Your employee number
Your work location
Date of incorrect paycheck
Exact details of why it was incorrect
What was done to resolve your situation (1014 handled, Payroll corrected, waited until the next check for correction, etc.)
We need details of what happened not speculation about someone else. We need your help in trying to fix payroll and the County Auditor Controller is asking for examples/details of problems since we switched to the new system. At this point they say they are unaware of any. Please help us to educate them.
Email Will Pryor at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or fax the details to 1014 Attention Will Pryor at (310) 639-5314.
L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency Committee Votes To Table -- Until Providers Can....
(Feb. 20, 2013) -- As webcast seen LIVE by LBREPORT.com, the L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency's Provider Agency Advisory Committee (PAAC) voted today (Feb. 20) without dissent to table -- take no action on until firefighter/paramedic agency providers can more carefully review and comment on -- a draft rule stemming from a request by the City of Long Beach to test a paramedic response system that would allow one paramedic plus an Emergency Medical Technician to respond on a single unit....click here to read more
Again our membership came through. We called for your help. We posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter the call for help and you came through. Not just our membership, supported by your 1014 board members, but also Long Beach, LA City, Monrovia, West Covina and others showed strong support for opposition to this terrible idea to put Paramedics and the citizens we protect at risk. This proposal by the Long Beach Fire Chief is being done for one reason only -- eliminate paid professional Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department. There has been no thought in what this is going to do to the citizens of Long Beach as well as the strain it will put on the 1 paramedic responding with 1 EMT.
PAAC will be brining this off the table in March to vote on this horrendous plan . We will be putting out the call once again when this comes up to a vote. Again we will need as many members as possible to pack the room to show the PAAC that we will not sit by and let Long Beach change the service delivery for Paramedic service in their city, our County or anywhere else for that matter. Our citizens and our members safety should be the first consideration, not the budget. We have seen in to many other locations across this county, state and country that cutting service is not the right choice.
Again thanks to those members that joined your Executive Board. Stand by for the next call for help at the PAAC meeting.
On a divided vote, the San Bernardino City Council imposed contracts on unions representing firefighters and police officers. The city is pursuing bankruptcy protection, in part by forcing its employees to pay the freight for a history of mismanagement.
Local 1014 members fight hard to stop 3rd alarm blaze in El Monte
Sunday January 20, 2013 shortly after 0200 Mountain View High School in the City of El Monte erupted in flames. Our 1014 members, eventually 150+ strong worked hard to not only extinguish this conflagration but worked hard, putting life and safety at risk to prevent this fire from spreading to other school buildings.
Once again our members have done what we love to do. Our members worked hard to protect citizens and property without concern for themselves. We thank our 1014 members, LA County Firefighters, for their hard work and dedication to the citizens of El Monte and the County of Los Angeles.
"Amazing" said Mayor Quinterro, "our fire department proved why they are the best in the world. The resources that responded came with such a vast tool box even I had no idea that the Los Angeles County Fire Department, El Monte's Fire Department, had these kind of resources".
"150 Firefighters came to extinguish one of the worst fires in El Monte's history. They came with engines, trucks, heavy equipment vehicles and they even had bull dozers. Again AMAZING. Our department once again has proven their abilities. Years ago when we contracted with LA County Fire we knew it was a good idea, and again they proved us right. There is no way when we were our own department that we could have done anything near what the Los Angeles County Firefighters did today, and everyday for that matter. Thank you to our firefighters".
City Pac Director Lew Currier, Active Duty Fire Captain, and Fellow Local 1014 Executive Board Member said "not to long ago El Monte, during budget difficulties, closed a fire station. With the help of the leadership of Local 1014 we were able to work with the City of El Monte and its leaders to re-open that station. Our close working relationship with the Elected Officials of El Monte showed with this incident that they made the right decission to open the station and keep it open".
"I meet with councilmembers almost every day to help eductae them on what benifits contracting with LA County Fire does for them but also what having a working partner in Local 1014 can do to help their city and residents. As Mayor Quintero knows firsthand, being part of LA County Fire is the best decision any city can make when it comes to fire protection" Director Currier said.
“I want to publicly thank the LA County Fire Department for all their hard work in preventing this from being a further catastrophe for us,” Superintendent Nick Salerno said.
Our members worked all through the night and well into Monday the 21st to make sure the fire was extinguished and to begin the process of assisting the school with their needs.
Fortunately only one firefighter reported minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
Thank you again to our members. You make us proud to represent you.