March 22, 2020

Bulletin 15-20

 

COVID-19 Guidance and Update

 

The announcements made by our state and local elected leaders over the past 72 hours about the COVID-19 global pandemic have prompted us to remind all United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) members and their families about important details and guidance related to UFLAC operations and safety measures.

Earlier this week, UFLAC President Freddy Escobar joined Fire Chief Terrazas and Assistant Chief Jaime Moore as they presented an update to the public regarding the LAFD’s response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). They explained how each station would be provided an adequate supply of sanitation kits, masks, and wipes. The full video can be found HERE.

UFLAC has also been included in daily briefing meetings at the Department Operations Center (DOC) in order to remain informed and voice any questions or concerns coming from the field.

 

 

UFLAC MONTHLY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & OFFICE OPERATIONS

In response to the Mayor’s Office directive to City Departments and related agencies, UFLAC is taking additional precautions to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and adhere to proposed limits to public gatherings in City facilities.

For this reason, UFLAC has cancelled the General Membership Meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 and suspended public access to our offices from external visitors at this time.

Please know that we remain available via telephone and email during our normal business hours, 7:00am to 4:00pm, excluding holidays.

TOLL-FREE: (800) 252-8352

PHONE: (213) 895-4006

FAX: (213) 250-5678  (DO NOT send any medical personal health information/PHI)

 

COVID-19 TESTING

As announced by the DOC, the Department will provide COVID-19 testing for all LAFD members who exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness. Members will be initially placed off duty SK while awaiting their test results. 

The testing will be conducted by appointment for members who on or off duty display any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) symptoms

Please Click HERE for instructions on how to get tested for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 STATION AND APPARATUS SANITIZING PROCEDURES 

Chief Terrazas has recently issued procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all of our Fire Stations. You can find the comprehensive list of measures in the March 19th DOC Bulletin for First Responder Risk Management Guidance, as well as in this video from the LAFD.

 

STATION VISITORS

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to UFLAC and it is for this reason that we are reminding members to not have or allow any outside visitors in the Fire Stations during this time. This also includes family members so that we can maintain a safe working environment for those on duty and also to protect our loved ones from potential exposure.

 

 

PROMOTIONAL LISTS, EXAMS, & DRIVER/MATE BONUS

The postponement of the upcoming AO exam will be addressed in a notice and followed by information for personnel. Members will be provided advanced notice when a new test date has been established. Promotions from other established lists are being discussed regarding the Mayor’s directive and the health and safety exemption is expected to be honored to not impact any current lists.

The Department and Personnel will be sending out information on the cancellation of classes required to obtain the Driver/Mate bonus. As a reminder, per the MOU, the Department needs to provide the classes as needed for the bonuses; so due to the situation, UFLAC has already been in discussion with the Department regarding this.

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

This is a unique situation as daily life has changed dramatically for most people. And the uncertainty can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress for not only ourselves, but also our families at home. Click HERE for some Coping Tips & Strategies to help you and your family get through this challenging time. You can also visit the UFLAC PEER SUPPORT and Firestrong webpages for additional resources. IAFF has just released a document Helping Your Family Cope With COVID-19, which has lots of great information on how to support your spouse and talk to your kids about COVID-19.

As we keep you apprised of the most current information that is available, please know that the health and safety of our members is our top priority. We are in daily communication with Chief Terrazas and other city leaders to ensure that we have the resources and support that is necessary to ensure a safe working environment. We are committed to providing you the latest information on this epidemic and will be sure to keep you updated on the latest from the Department as well as local, regional and national resources.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, Chief Terrazas has instructed members to contact the LAFD Emergency Medical Services Bureau at (213) 978-3885. You can also direct your questions to UFLAC’s Health & Safety Committee by sending an email to: [email protected].

 

Thank you for everything that you do every single day for the people of Los Angeles and for your brothers and sisters in the LAFD.

 

Stay Safe,

UFLAC Health & Safety Committee

UFLAC Executive Board

 

January 19, 2022
Bulletin 4 – 22

MEMBER ALERT 

Dear Members,

Today, UFLAC and the City met for mediation regarding the impacts of the City’s vaccine mandate as ordered by the City Employee Relations Board.  Because mediation is a confidential proceeding, UFLAC is unable to provide details.  We can report that UFLAC arrived prepared and ready to put the necessary work in to get a resolution to this dispute.  Unfortunately, we do not believe the City arrived with the same intent, and no resolution was reached.  The next step in this effort to protect the rights of UFLAC bargaining unit members is to hold the hearing on the unfair filed by UFLAC against the City.  The hearing is scheduled for late February.  We will continue to provide updates.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

January 14, 2022
Bulletin 3 – 22

MEMBER ALERT 

Dear Members,

After constant discussions between UFLAC and the Department, the Department has finally agreed to stop deducting time from your sick time bank when members call in SK/FE on recall day.

Additionally, as the Coded Assign Hire Program ends, the Department will essentially have two mechanisms remaining to force hire members, the old assign hire process found in F590 instructions and recall. The Department has indicated they have little confidence that the old AH system will cover the vast amount of vacancies and also, are not currently programmed in NSS to utilize that system. As such, members should be prepared for a “force hire” system that relies mostly on recall.

As previously stated, the Department and UFLAC will soon be meeting to solely discuss how to provide proper relief to this staffing nightmare.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

January 14, 2022
Bulletin 2 – 22

MEMBER ALERT 

Dear Members,

As many of you know, the department has posted a notice stating they will be ending the Coded Assign Hire program. UFLAC has been informed that the department will now revert back to the old Assign Hire system that can be found in the Manual of Operations (F590 Instructions). The recall process remains the same.

We understand that our members are working tremendous amounts of involuntary hours. This amount of forced work has become extremely unhealthy for many members and their families. While we realize that staffing issues are impacting fire departments throughout California and the country, we are doing what we can to come up with short-term and long-term solutions to address this crisis. Next week, we will be meeting with the department to discuss staffing issues in an effort to provide some relief to the members.

We will keep you updated with additional developments.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

Bulletin 1-22

January 14, 2022

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
January 26, 2022
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE  

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0730                 Stewards Meeting

0800                General Membership Meeting

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence for our past fallen UFLAC Firefighters
Invocation
Roll Call of Officers
Adoption of the Minutes
Committee Reports

Guests –

UFLAC Foundation scholarship recipients for Winter – 2022

Al Poirier, Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations

  1. Update on COVID19
  2. Assign Hire LOA
  3. Sk/FE 24 update
  4. UFLAC politics
  5. Budget & Finance LOA
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. New Business

Adjournment

 

Executive Board – United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112

December 27, 2021
Bulletin 57– 21

MEMBER ALERT
EXCESS SICK TIME CASH-OUT WILL BE PAID 1-12-22

Dear Members,

We have been notified by the City Administrative Officer (CAO) that the annual excess sick time cash-out for all sworn members is scheduled to be paid on the January 12, 2022 paycheck.

Any member wanting to arrange a one-time Deferred Compensation contribution to coincide with the cash-out has until January 2nd, 2022, to modify the contribution if desired.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

December 20, 2021
Bulletin 56– 21

MEMBER ALERT 

Dear Members,

Today the Employee Relations Board decided that UFLAC and the City are at impasse and ordered the parties to participate in impasse procedures.  The first step is for the parties to meet with a mediator.  We are in the process of selecting a mediator and scheduling the mediation.

UFLAC’s unfair practice claim against the City regarding its unlawful unilateral implementation of new terms and conditions of bargaining related to the vaccine mandate has been scheduled for hearing in February 2022.

Moving Forward:

On behalf of the bargaining unit, UFLAC has challenged the City’s unlawful conduct in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, filing lawsuits, filing unfair practice claims, bargaining, requesting information, educating the public through media and speaking at City Council meetings.  UFLAC will continue to fight to protect the rights afforded to our bargaining unit.  We will continue to explore all options available and we will keep you informed.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

December 14, 2021
Bulletin 55– 21

MEMBER ALERT 

Dear Members,

Yesterday, December 13, 2021, UFLAC filed a Class Grievance in accordance with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A copy of the cover letter and Grievance can be found by clicking the link below.

This Grievance, including the suggested remedies (if granted), will apply to all bargaining unit members that were affected by the department’s actions of placing members off duty (as a result of the vaccine mandate).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GRIEVANCE

 

UFLAC will continue to fight to protect your rights and navigate through these very difficult times. Stay Safe.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

Bulletin 54-21

December 6, 2021

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
December 15, 2021
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE  

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0730                 Stewards Meeting

0800                General Membership Meeting

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence for our past fallen UFLAC Firefighters
Invocation
Roll Call of Officers
Adoption of the Minutes
Committee Reports

  1. Update on COVID 
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. New Business

Adjournment

 

Executive Board – United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112

December 3, 2021
Bulletin 53 – 21

MEMBER UPDATE 

Dear Members,

On Thursday, December 2, the Court heard oral arguments from UFLAC and the City regarding whether the Court should stop the City from implementing new terms and conditions of employment relevant to the vaccine mandate.  UFLAC had asked the Court to step in and stop (through an injunction) the City from moving forward with implementation while the ERB processes the unfair practice charge filed by UFLAC.  We knew we had an uphill battle since most courts are rejecting requests for injunctive relief for anything regarding employer vaccine mandates – especially in more liberal jurisdictions like Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, the Court denied UFLAC’s request.

We fully expect the City to move forward with its plan.  As it does, we would like to remind those who will be placed on leave and those who are subject to discipline for not complying with the vaccine mandate to contact UFLAC ASAP so that we may provide timely assistance and representation.

While we are disappointed with the outcome, we will continue to fight to protect the rights of all UFLAC members.  UFLAC is still pursuing the unfair practice charge and we will provide updates as they become available.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board

November 29, 2021
Bulletin 52 – 21

MEMBER UPDATE 

Dear Members,

Today UFLAC and the City appeared before the Los Angeles City Employee Relations Board to determine (1) whether the parties are at impasse and (2) whether UFLAC’s unfair practice claim can advance to a hearing. The ERB did not make any decision regarding impasse and, instead, continued the matter to the next ERB meeting in December. The ERB, however, did state that it would like the parties to meet before the next ERB meeting to determine the issues and to try and reach a resolution. The ERB also found that the majority of the other City Unions did reach impasse with the City. With regard to the unfair practice charge, the ERB agreed with UFLAC that the matter should go to hearing. The ERB will now assign a hearing officer and the parties will schedule dates thereafter.

The City has not yet been ordered to stop its unlawful unilateral implementation of new terms and conditions of employment. UFLAC is still fighting this issue in court as well as with the ERB. For now, UFLAC believes the City will continue moving forward with its plan.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board