The following members have accepted nomination for the following offices at the close of the acceptance period on Tuesday, October 21, 2014:
1ST VICE PRESIDENT
2ND VICE PRESIDENT
Ballots and ballot statements will be sent to your homes on November 7, 2014. Just as a reminder, all ballots must be post marked by U.S. POSTAGE SERVICE and all ballots must be received at the Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in order to be counted. All ballots must go through the Post Office Box and no hand carried ballots will be accepted. Mail your ballot in early so your VOTE counts.
Local 1014 Executive Board works with our Department, our Honor Guard, Chaplains, and our Fire Chief to honor our fallen each year at the IAFF, CPF and Department Fallen Firefighter memorials. Family First is our motto on honoring and remembering our fallen.
Thank you to our Fire Chief, our Honor Guard, Chaplains and the Emerald Society for coming out to support and participate in the ceremonies, we are proud to sponsor their work.
We are sad to announce that shortly after the IAFF Memorial in Colorado James Chatelain, husband of Janet Chatelain passed away. Jim was with his friends on Sunday the 21st. He was returning from a baseball game in Denver and collapsed in the hotel lobby he was staying in. The last words Jim had to say to us was "THANK YOU". He was very appreciative of everything the Department and 1014 had done for Jan and himself during their time of need.
IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial September 20, 2014
September 20th, 2014 the IAFF and Brothers and Sisters from throughout the Nation gather in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Hallowed Ground at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial to honor those who gave all.
Los Angeles County Fire Firefighters IAFF Local 1014 added 8 names to the wall.
This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer......
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram......
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). But millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
The American Cancer Society is actively fighting breast cancer by helping women get tested to find breast cancer earlier, and helping them understand their treatment options and cope with the physical and emotional side effects. We also fund research to help prevent, find, and treat breast cancer.......
Local 1014 Union Hall 3460 Fletcher Avenue El Monte, CA 91731
O: (310) 639-1014 F: (310) 639-5314
SPECIAL ITEM OF BUSINESS:
Nominations for officers and Directors of Local 1014
ELECTION SCHEDULE – 2014
October 14, 2014
October 21, 2014
October 24, 2014
November 7, 2014
November 25, 2014
January 13, 2015
Installation of Executive Board
Local 1014 is in the process of preparing for our 2014 Executive Board Elections. If you had a change of address in the last 6 months and have not notified the Union, you need to call, fax or email your new address immediately.
Hazardous LTE cell towers are in the initial stages of being constructed at 87 of our fire stations by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, in conjunction with the LA Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS), the LA County Chief Executive Office, and Motorola Solutions, Inc. Your Local 1014 Executive Board is strongly opposed to this plan and to the exposure of our members to concentrated radio frequency radiation and its corresponding adverse health effects.
Many members may have seen the contractors at their stations measuring and painting lines for the upcoming installations. Your Executive Board sent a cease and desist letter to the Department on September 2, 2014 requesting the Department stop any further activity to construct cellular and UHF radio antennas at fire stations and administrative sites where Local 1014 bargaining unit represented members work.
At the 2004 International Association of Fire Fighters convention in Boston, Massachusetts, the voting body passed Resolution 15, which directs the IAFF to oppose the installation of cell towers at fire stations and administrative sites due to health and safety concerns. Your executive board will use all remedies in our power to protect the health and safety of our members and prevent these cell towers from being constructed at our fire stations and administrative sites.
Executive Action 352 was enacted by the Department on August 5, 2014 and sent to all stations. EA 352 outlines the Department’s plan for cell tower installation at our fire stations and administrative sites. The Department did not meet and confer with Local 1014 to consider the impact to our members or the health and safety risk factors before taking this action.
If you see activity or construction happening related to cell tower installation, please contact Directors Lew Currier (310) 925-2588 or Steve Dewitt (714) 514-1352 or the Union Hall (310) 639-1014 immediately, and we will keep you posted on the progress of this issue with the Department.
Thank you for your time on this most important health and safety issue.
Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 and Los Angeles County Fire Department in a Labor Management Alliance have been strong supporters and participants in the California Fire Fighter - Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
Check out our members lending a vision for the voice of the CFF – JAC. Thank you to the members who showed long-time friend and supporter Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) what we do and how JAC works. Assemblyman Muratsuchi recently visited Los Angeles County Fire Fighters to see what kind of training JAC provided and why JAC resources are so critical to the California Fire Service.
Thank you to the Fire Fighters who showed the Assemblyman our hospitality and our skill set on his visit. Thanks also go out to Acting A/C Tom Ewald; long-time member of Local 1014, for joining up with the crews to lend a hand. We are very appreciative of Assemblyman Muratsuchi’s support and desire to really see what we do and carry that vision to the funding fights in Sacramento where he works hard for us and our issues.
Take care and be safe and get those JAC Hours entered!
Tell Your Assembly Member: Support the Disclosure of Toxic Flame Retardants!
This is scheduled to be heard tomorrow August 26th. DONT DELAY!
CPF-sponsored legislation, SB 1019 (Leno), exposes the use of flame retardant chemicals in uphostered furniture that produce cancer-causing agents when they burn, putting firefighters and the public at risk.
This legislation embraces the spirit and intent of Resolution 34, which was unanimously approved this past July by delegates to IAFF's 52nd Biennial Convention. SB 1019 will be voted on by the full Assembly in a few days.
CPF FIREVISION -- THE RISKS OF TOXIC FLAME RETARDANTS
Exposing how these flame retardants are used is an important step to reducing the exposure of firefighters to these cancer-causing agents. Yet the chemical industry is launching a deceptive all-out media blitz to kill the measure.
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.
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.
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....
1014 is proud to partner with the IAFF and Kaplan University to bring our members unique opportunities for furthering your education. We recommend all our members look at this exciting opportunity to enhance your future.
Kaplan University now offers 1014 members special opportunities to save time and money on a Fire Science degree
U.S.- and Canada-based IAFF members who enroll in an undergraduate fire science degree program from our U.S.-based university qualify for a 43 percent tuition reduction that reduces the tuition rate to $210 per credit.*
Kaplan University works closely with the IAFF to offer programs that help fire fighters strengthen their skills and prepare for career advancement.†
In addition to the significantly reduced tuition cost, here are a few more time- and money-saving advantages for IAFF members:
Learning recognition course to help translate your IAFF certifications into Kaplan University college credit, plus an official review of your portfolio at no charge ($1,500 value)‡
Kaplan University scholarships for experienced government and nonprofit professionals interested in a graduate degree§
Tuition reductions for active-duty U.S. military and veterans
Potential credit for certifications accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and/or Pro Board, and National Fire Academy courses#
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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.
‡After completing all course modules and submitting your portfolio for review, the discount code can be applied in the “Portfolio Submission Requirements” section. The discount code expires October 31, 2013.
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.