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: healthandsafety@uflac.org.

 

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

 

Update from President Freddy Escobar

Today’s General Membership meeting was canceled in order to comply with LA City & California #covid_19 regulations. Please view an update from UFLAC President Freddy Escobar as he discusses COVID-19 and IAFF Legislative Conference.

UFLAC E-Blast/Member Communication

Re: Important Benefit Contact Information for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we wanted to be sure our members and retirees have a peace of mind with access to available resources, just in case you or your loved ones start feeling sick. If you are enrolled in a UFLAC Anthem Blue Cross medical plan, you can always contact your Anthem Blue Cross provider, but please know that you and your enrolled dependents also have access to the following resources:

NEW! Sydney Care

Enrolled members/retirees and dependents now have access to Anthem’s Sydney Care mobile app at no cost. Sydney Care is available to help members assess their risk for COVID-19 and connect with a doctor if needed. Within minutes, you’ll be able to check your symptoms and connect to care. A Coronavirus Risk Assessment is embedded in Sydney Care. If you need medical care after you assess your symptoms, the app will connect you to a doctor through a LiveHealth Online video session or Virtual Care text session.

The doctor you see through your telehealth visit can evaluate your symptoms, help you understand whether you are at risk for COVID-19, and let you know whether you need to visit a local health care provider for COVID-19 testing.

The Sydney Care Coronavirus Assessment is always free. From now through June 14, 2020, members have access to one free virtual text session with a doctor through Sydney Care. Additional virtual text sessions with Sydney Care cost $19 each.

Members can download the Sydney Care app through the App Store and Google Play and get started in just minutes.

LiveHealth Online

Enrolled members/retirees and dependents can sign up for LiveHealth Online which provides you access to a board-certified doctor from the comfort of home, minimizing the risk of exposure to yourself and others. Doctors are available 24/7 via smartphone, tablet, or computer webcam. The doctor you see via LiveHealth Online can evaluate your symptoms, determine whether you’re at risk for COVID-19, and let you know whether you need to visit a local health care provider in person for COVID-19 testing.

You also have access to virtual visits with licensed psychologists and therapists via LiveHealth Online Psychology and Psychiatry. Visits to LiveHealth Online psychologists and therapists are easy, confidential, and in most cases, you can see a provider within four days or less.

Effective immediately, visits to LiveHealth Online providers are available at no cost for enrolled Anthem members/retirees and dependents until June 14, 2020. Please note that you will be required to enter a credit card upon registration due to system requirements.

You can register for LiveHealth Online on your computer or mobile device via the LiveHealth Online app or on the web at www.livehealthonline.com. Alternatively, you can find LiveHealth Online through the UFLAC Mobile Health Consumer app; simply tap the tile on the home screen to launch LiveHealth Online from your mobile device. To make your first appointment with a LiveHealth Online psychologist or therapist you may also call LiveHealth Online at (844) 784-8409.

24/7 NurseLine

Registered nurses can answer your COVID-19 health-related questions wherever you are — any time, day or night. All you need to do is call the number included on the back of your Anthem Blue Cross ID card at (800) 977-0027.

IngenioRx Early Prescription Refill Limits

Anthem is relaxing early prescription refill limits, where permitted, for members/retirees and dependents who wish to refill a 30-day supply of most maintenance medications early. Additionally, please talk to your doctor about whether changing from a 30-day supply to a 90-day supply of their prescriptions is appropriate. Those filling 90-day prescriptions can get most of their medications through our home delivery pharmacy. Please call the Pharmacy Member Services number included on the back of your Anthem Blue Cross ID card at (833) 261-2466.

 

UFLAC – Benefit Resources re COVID-19 – Flyer

Anthem – Sydney Care Flyer

 

March 23, 2020

Bulletin 15-20

Los Angeles Fire & Police Pensions Update 

 

On March 19th at the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions (LAFPP) meeting, with your UFLAC leadership in attendance, the Pension Commission Board voted to increase the maximum retired sworn non-Medicare health subsidy by 5.5%. This vote will raise the unfrozen non-Medicare retiree subsidy from the current maximum of $1,820.29 per month to a maximum of $1,920.41 per month. The increase will become effective on July 1, 2020. 

Los Angeles Administrative Code (LAAC) Section 4.1154(e) states in part: 

“The Board is authorized to make discretionary changes, on an annual basis beginning in 2006, to the maximum monthly subsidy, so long as no increase exceeds the lesser of a 7% increase or the actuarial assumed rate for medical inflation for pre-65 health benefits established by the Board for the applicable fiscal year. 

Per the City Charter, retiree subsidy increases were previously tied to increases for active sworn employees or retired civilians. Because of delays in contract negotiations for active employees, the retiree subsidy increases were often years late, causing a hardship to many retirees. This Charter amendment (passed in March 2005) gave authority to the City Council and Mayor, via ordinance, to determine a more efficient way to provide timely retiree subsidies.” 

Your Union continues to work diligently on behalf of you and your family, fighting for your rights, and benefits you deserve. Please be safe out on the front lines. 

Executive Board 

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112 

March 20, 2020
Bulletin    14 – 20

UFLAC General Membership Meeting Postposed

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 canceled 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.

In the near future, President Escobar will be posting a pre-recorded video message addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and covering items on the scheduled agenda.

For assistance, please utilize the following resources:

Main Office Numbers

  • TOLL-FREE: (800) 252-8352
  • PHONE: (213) 895-4006
  • FAX: (213) 250-5678 (DO NOT send any medical personal health information/PHI)

As a reminder, please contact the Emergency Medical Services Bureau at (213) 978-3885 if you have questions regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. You can also direct your questions to UFLAC’s Health & Safety Committee at the following email address: healthandsafety@uflac.org.

 

Stay Safe,
UFLAC Executive Board

March 18, 2020
Bulletin    13 – 20

UFLAC OFFICE Public Access Suspended

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 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.

Postponed event previously scheduled at the UFLAC office for the month of March and April:

  • EAP GRN Training – March 31 to April 2

For assistance, please utilize the following resources:

Main Office Numbers

  • TOLL-FREE: (800) 252-8352
  • PHONE: (213) 895-4006
  • FAX: (213) 250-5678 (DO NOT send any medical personal health information/PHI)

As a reminder, please contact the Emergency Medical Services Bureau at (213) 978-3885 if you have questions regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. You can also direct your questions to UFLAC’s Health & Safety Committee at the following email address: healthandsafety@uflac.org.

 

Stay Safe,
UFLAC Executive Board

March 16, 2020
Bulletin    12 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
 March 25, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

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. Report on the outcome of the March 3rd LA City elections.
  1. Update on the 2020 IAFF Legislative Conference
  1. Update on the COVID-19
  1. Unfinished Business 
  1. New Business

 

2 Drawings for the Membership (UFLAC Board Members are NOT eligible)

Last month’s raffle winners:

$100 –  Eric Ingstad                                         3

$1000 –  De Juan Talley                                 107 – not present to receive

 

Adjournment

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

Friday, March 13, 2020
Bulletin 11 – 20
 

COVID-19 Update

As you know, the COVID-19 crisis has spread to a global pandemic and, out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has declared a Local Public Health Emergency and Mayor Eric Garcetti has proclaimed a Local State of Emergency for the City of Los Angeles. Department of Health Services has just issued Reference 834.1 on how to treat and refer for all ill patients during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Your health and safety are a top priority for UFLAC, which is why we are in constant communication with the Department as well as the Chief Officers Association, as a unified approach to prepare and protect our members, while keeping everyone apprised of available information. Please refer to Departmental Bulletin 20-04 for Post Exposure Procedures and the March 12th Message from the Fire Chief for a comprehensive list of COVID-19 mitigation measures taken by the LAFD.  Also see LAFD’s Official Notice – Coronavirus COVID-19 Update No. 4

Earlier this week, UFLAC Executive Board Members attended the IAFF Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. where a briefing was provided on Coronavirus Protection for First Responders. During this informational session, the IAFF discussed their efforts to ensure we address the needs of our members on the frontlines responding to patients who may be infected or who are quarantined or isolated due to possible exposure. To watch the full presentation, click HERE.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, the Fire Chief has instructed members to contact the Emergency Medical Services Bureau at (213) 978-3885. You can also direct your questions to UFLAC’s Health & Safety Committee at the following email address: healthandsafety@uflac.org.

Stay Safe,
UFLAC Health & Safety Committee
UFLAC Executive Board

February 16, 2020
Bulletin    9  –  20

UFLAC Special Meeting / General Membership Meeting.
 February 26, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

0730               Stewards Meeting
0800               Special 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. Allocate up to $42,000 from the UFLAC Issues Committee for the 2019 UFLAC Year in Review Photo Book.

We have been producing the Year in Review Photo Book for several years and it is distributed to elected officials, key City staff, civic leaders, and each LAFD work location in our continuing effort to educate our decision makers and the general public about the critical work of our Firefighters. This book has proven to be extremely helpful in supporting our advocacy efforts for a fully funded department.

General Membership Meeting – Immediately following Special Meeting.

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