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

 

Bulletin 48 – 22
September 28, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

It’s Open Enrollment time for all UFLAC members.

Join us at one of our upcoming regional meetings to hear more about our UFLAC Benefit Plans – including Medical, Dental, Life Insurance and more. Food and drinks will be provided for you and your family.

See the list of upcoming dates, times, and locations including tomorrow night in the Valencia – Santa Clarita area. Here are the details:

Thursday, September 29
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Salt Creek Grille
24415 Town Center Drive #115
Santa Clarita, CA 91335
RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/419884213987

Additional dates and locations posted below.

 

 

In solidarity,
UFLAC Executive Board

Bulletin 47 – 22
September 27, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

On Monday, September 26, UFLAC hosted the final round of interviews for the two remaining candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles – Congressmember Karen Bass and Businessman Rick Caruso.

We had more than 100 members attend the interviews, ask questions of both candidates, and then make their decision regarding their preference for a UFLAC endorsement.

After the votes were cast and tallied by three independent monitors, Rick Caruso is the officially endorsed candidate of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112.

This was a big decision in an extremely important election and the majority of our members present at the interviews and subsequent vote have spoken.

We congratulate Rick Caruso for presenting a vision for the future of Los Angeles that earned him this endorsement. We look forward to working with him in the weeks to come leading up to the November 8 election and we believe that he can provide the leadership that the City of Los Angeles desperately needs.

We want to thank Congressmember Karen Bass who participated in our process from start to finish and was a class act throughout.

Thank you to our IAFF brothers Kevin Aguayo and Anthony McHale from Ventura County Fire Local 1364 and retired Long Beach Fire Local 372 member / current IAFF Trustee Tony Mejia for helping to serve as the Sergeant At Arms and for providing an independent collection and tabulation of the votes.

Most importantly, thank you to all members who participated in this very important process.

In solidarity,
UFLAC Executive Board

Bulletin 46 – 22
September 23, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

As previously discussed in detail on Bulletin 41-22 which was sent out on September 15, 2022, UFLAC will be hosting a Special General Membership Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2022 with check in starting at 0800 hours and doors closing at 0900 hours.

Here is a link to the previous bulletin.

Schedule

0800 Check in Begins
0900 Check in Closes. Doors Close
0900 Rick Caruso, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles
1000 Karen Bass, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles
1100 Member Discussion & Vote
Adjournment

As previously stated, this meeting is open to all UFLAC Local 112 members in good standing. No outside guests or non-UFLAC members will be allowed. Members wishing to participate in the process and cast a vote must arrive and be checked in BEFORE 0900 when the doors will close.

When you are checked in you will receive a special wristband to participate. Once the doors close, NO additional wristbands will be offered. After the 1100 Member Discussion, all members who have a wristband will be given a ballot that can be filled out and dropped into the voting box. Your vote will remain anonymous. Once all votes have been submitted, they will be counted on site by an independent monitor who is not affiliated with UFLAC or the LAFD in any way. This vote counting will take place in public in full view of anybody who wishes to witness the process.

We look forward to hearing from both candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles and encourage all members in good standing to attend this Special Meeting on Monday, September 26.

In solidarity,
UFLAC Executive Board

Bulletin 45 – 22
September 22, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

This bulletin is an update to Bulletin 43-22 regarding the email that was sent to many UFLAC members from the LA City Personnel Department relevant to COVID testing.

All members who received the initial email message from the Personnel Department on September 15 should have received a follow up email this morning (Thursday, September 22) from the CAO informing you that the “requirement” to submit your medical insurance information if you use Bluestone for COVID testing has been RESCINDED.

UFLAC made it clear that we would fight against the imposition of this change to the terms and conditions of employment for our members. We demanded that the City cease and desist from this implementation and we further demanded that we meet and confer on this issue. We are pleased that the City decided to change this unfair and likely illegal unilateral implementation.

If you did not receive this updated email from the CAO, it reads in part:

“We are sending you this revised notice to inform you that the City will not implement Bluestone insurance billing that was scheduled to start on Monday, September 6, 2022. You may continue testing with Bluestone without providing medical insurance information. If you have already provided insurance information, we will not bill insurance for your weekly testing.”

It is unfortunate that it took a cease and desist demand and other pressure to ultimately have the city fix their mistake, but this is the latest information on this issue.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact any member of the UFLAC Executive Board.

In Solidarity,

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

Bulletin 44 – 22
September 21, 2022

UFLAC NOMINATIONS

On September 21, 2022 the following UFLAC Members in Good Standing were nominated by their peers for election to the Executive Board and Negotiating Team. Nominees have until October 5, 2022 to accept or reject their nominations. A Bulletin will be sent on that date announcing the final list of candidates on the official ballot.  All members who were nominated (see list below) will be receiving a package from the Election Committee via mail in the next couple of days.

President

Freddy Escobar
Anthony Ferro
Paul Gilbrook
David Fabela

1st Vice President

Chuong Ho
Jonathan Fowler

2nd Vice President

Adam Van Gerpen
Ryan Quigley
Doug Coates
Kevin Johnson
David Brien
Kent Koffler

Secretary

Adam Walker
Armando Carranza

Treasurer

Domingo Albarran
Jason Powell
Christopher Beaty

Directors

Richard Ramirez
David Riles
Stephen Addleman
Shawn Connolly
Kent Koffler
Ryan Quigley
Dreon Brown
Christopher Beaty
David Brien

Negotiating Team

Chuong Ho
Freddy Escobar
Domingo Albarran
Kent Koffler
Adam Walker
David Riles
Brian Buehler
Scott Lazar
Stephen Addleman
John Frye

 

The UFLAC 2022 Election Committee

Frank Lima, Martin Gutierrez, Larry Lee, Ian Soriano, Dwight Sankey, Shane Hirsch, Miguel Guerrero

Bulletin 43 – 22
September 20, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

This is a follow up to Bulletin 42-22 which was sent on Friday, September 16 regarding the email from the LA City Personnel Department that many of our members received relevant to COVID testing.

Since this issue was brought to our attention, UFLAC has made it perfectly clear to the City that any changes to the terms and conditions of employment that were imposed on UFLAC members by the City in 2021 will be fought by our Union.

Yesterday (Monday, September 19) our attorney sent a written notice to the CAO and the Fire Chief informing them that UFLAC will oppose any and all new conditions of employment that are not bargained and agreed to by our Union. This includes any provision that will require our members to pay an undisclosed amount for ongoing testing or that our members be forced to submit insurance information to Bluestone prior to their arbitrary deadline of Friday, September 23rd.

We have demanded that the City cease and desist from implementation of any of the provisions that were detailed in their original email from September 15, and we have further demanded to meet and confer over this issue. We are still waiting for a formal response from the City.

We will send another update either Wednesday, September 21 or Thursday, September 22 – but for the time being, UFLAC is asking all impacted members to continue to hold tight until further notice.

The original message from the City Personnel Department was sent without any explanation or clarity and it almost certainly violates our current terms of employment. For these reasons, we have demanded to meet and confer and will continue to fight any and all efforts to implement these new requirements without agreement from UFLAC.

We will send additional information with any new information that we gather. In the meantime, if you have questions please continue to reach out to any UFLAC Executive Board Member.

In Solidarity,

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

Bulletin 42 – 22
September 16, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

UFLAC is aware that members who filed an exemption request to the City’s mandatory vaccination policy recently received an email message from the LA City Personnel Department informing them that if they are using Bluestone for ongoing COVID testing, they must provide insurance information by completing a medical insurance information form and submit it by Friday, September 23.

Our attorney and Executive Board are finding out more information about this request right now and we will fight back against any changes that harm our bargaining unit members.

In the meantime, we are asking members to hold tight as we gather additional information about this request. You should not feel obligated to fill out and upload this information until further notice from UFLAC.

If you have immediate questions, please reach out to UFLAC Secretary Adam Walker at [email protected].

In Solidarity,

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

September 15, 2022
Bulletin 41 – 22

 

Special General Membership Meeting
Mayoral Candidate Endorsement Interviews & Membership Vote

September 26, 2022 at 0800 hours

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112
being held at
 1571 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90026

 

0800                Check in Begins

0855                Check in Closes. Doors Close

0900                Rick Caruso, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

1000                Karen Bass, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

1100                Member Discussion & Vote

Adjournment

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This meeting is open to all UFLAC Local 112 members in good standing and it is the second chance for each one of our members to hear directly from the two final candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles. Members wishing to participate must arrive and be checked in BEFORE 0900 when the doors will close. No outside guests or non-UFLAC members will be allowed.

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

September 9, 2022
Bulletin 40 – 22

 

Special – Nominations & General Membership Meetings

September 21, 2022

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112
to be held at 1571 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

0730   Stewards 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

0800  Special Meeting – Nominations for UFLAC Executive Board and Negotiating Team Members

Immediately followed by the regular General Membership meeting

  1. End of Fiscal Year Financial Report – 2021 – 2022
  2. Assign Hire update
  3. Unfinished Business
  4. New Business

Adjournment

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

 

Bulletin 39 – 22
September 1, 2022

SPECIAL MEETING – UNION ELECTIONS

Local 112 Sisters and Brothers,
The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) Elections Committee met on August 23rd at the union hall to plan for the upcoming Executive Board and Negotiating Team elections. Several of our long-standing Election Committee members have recently retired and took a lot of institutional knowledge with them. The election committee will be the following members:
•  Martin Gutierrez and Frank Lima (Co-Chairs)
•  Ian Soriano
•  Larry Lee
•  Dwight Sankey
•  Shane Hirsch
•  Miguel Guerrero
The goal of the Election Committee is to be compliant with the Constitution and By-Laws of UFLAC Local 112, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the United States Department of Labor (DOL) voting provisions. The Elections Committee will be working independently from the Executive Board ensuring full transparency to the Membership. The Elections Committee will provide integrity to the election process and democracy of our labor organization.
The Elections Committee will be hiring (as has been the UFLAC past practice) a professional election company that will oversee all the actions of the election committee, count all the votes in a voting machine, with a judge as witness. All candidates will be allowed to witness, or have their designee witness the vote counting process in person in November.
On September 21, 2022, there will be a Special Meeting regarding the nominations for Union Officers and Negotiating Team. All nominations will be accepted if there is a motion that is properly seconded at the Union office. The Special Meeting will begin at 0800 hours prior to the General Membership meeting at the Local 112 union hall.
Now more than ever we need to be involved in and supportive of our Union. This is an opportunity to help shape the future of the Union and the Fire Department.
To make sure that you receive your mail-in ballot, check to see if UFLAC has your correct address by going to UFLAC.org or calling (800) 252-8352 ext 1.
Qualifications for office or President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer – must be active member of the L.A.F.D. and a member in good standing of this Local for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to nominations.
Director (5 positions) and Negotiating Team (4 positions) An active member of the LAFD the LAFD for at least one year and a member in good standing of this Local at the time of nominations.
No Los Angeles City Fire Department Chief Officer or Management employee shall be eligible to serve on the Executive Board (in accordance with UFLAC Local #112, Constitution and By-Laws, Article V, Section 1 – revised 2017).
All members of the uniformed forces of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department holding any rank within the City of Los Angeles’ Firefighters and Fire Captains Representation Unit are eligible to vote (in accordance with UFLAC Local #112, Constitution and By-Laws, Article II, Section 1 – revised 2017).
For detailed information, please view the UFLAC Constitution and By-Laws by clicking here or by scanning the QR code below:
Article V – Officers and Elections
Article VI – Duties of Officers
Article VII – Delegates and Alternated to Association Conventions

Respectively submitted,

UFLAC Election Committee