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

 

June 21, 2022
Bulletin 29 – 22

MEMBER ALERT

 

As you know, in October 2021, the City walked away from the bargaining table and unilaterally implemented new terms and conditions of employment relevant to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

UFLAC challenged that action by filing an unfair practice charge with the Employee Relations Board (ERB). The matter was heard by a hearing officer in February 2022. The hearing officer recently issued a recommendation and found that the City did not violate the relevant law. The hearing officer only makes a recommendation to the ERB, and the recommendation is not final and binding until the ERB issues a decision.

UFLAC completely disagrees with the findings and plans to challenge with the ERB. The ERB will hear the challenges in October 2022.

UFLAC is disappointed by the hearing officer’s recommendation, and we will continue to fight to protect the rights of our members.

In Solidarity,

Executive Board
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112

Bulletin 27 – 22
June 15, 2022

MOU #23 AMENDMENT RATIFICATION RESULTS

On June 13th – June 15th, 2022, the UFLAC Election Committee conducted a vote on the proposed amendments to MOU #23 – which is our current UFLAC MOU that expires on June 30, 2024.

The votes have been tallied by the independently selected Election Committee members and the results are as follows:

75.7% voted to APPROVE the MOU amendment
24.3% voted to REJECT the MOU amendment

These results are now official, and the terms of the newly amended MOU #23 will go into effect immediately.

Thank you to all members who took the time to learn more about the proposal and cast their ballots. For those of you who didn’t have a chance to vote or to learn more about the key provisions of the MOU Amendments, please feel free to reach out to any UFLAC Executive Board Member to learn more about the details of this new agreement that was supported unanimously by your UFLAC Executive Board.

We want to give special thanks to the Election Committee members who took their own time to help with this process and ensure that there was a fair and transparent election. These individuals are Chairman David Miranda, Co-Chairman Martin Gutierrez, Ian Soriano and Larry Lee. Thank you for the critical role that each of you played in this process.

In Solidarity,

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

June 13, 2022
Bulletin 25 – 22

 

General Membership Meeting
June 22, 2022
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

 

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. MOU #23 Update
  2. LA City Election Results
  3. Covid-19 Update
  4. Unfinished Business
  5. New Business

Adjournment

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

 

Bulletin 24 – 22
June 13, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

UFLAC has become aware that the City has failed to timely pay several UFLAC bargaining unit members amounts owed relevant to promotions, pay grade/step advancement, bonuses and/or premium pay.  UFLAC is researching the City’s liability and the extent to which its failure to timely adjust members’ compensation is unlawful.  As part of our investigation, UFLAC would like to identify all bargaining unit members who may be affected by the City’s delay.

If the City owes you back wages and has acknowledged this fact, please send UFLAC Director Richard Ramirez the following information:

•    Your name and rank
•    Your assignment
•    The reason the City owes you back pay
•    The date the back pay was first due
•    Proof that the City acknowledges its duty to pay the amount at issue

If you have any questions about this matter, please contact UFLAC Executive Director Richard Ramirez at [email protected].

Feel free to contact any member of the UFLAC Negotiating Committee or Executive Board for additional questions.

In Solidarity,

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

Bulletin 23 – 22
June 8, 2022

MEMBER ALERT
TA VOTING AND INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

On May 27, the Los Angeles City Executive Employee Relations Committee (EERC) approved a Tentative Agreement that was reached with the UFLAC Negotiation Committee and the City Administrative Officer (CAO).

This Tentative Agreement addresses the 18-month deferral, future Cost of Living Adjustments, and our Medical Subsidy. It must be ratified by a vote from the UFLAC membership.

Informational Video

This morning, UFLAC hosted an informational video presentation for all members regarding the details of the TA. If you were unable to view the presentation earlier, you are able to view it by clicking here or by scanning this QR Code:

Contract Reviewing and Q&A with UFLAC Executive Committee

June 9 and June 10
0800 – 1400 Hours
UFLAC Office

Ratification Voting

June 13, June 14, and June 15
0800 – 1400
UFLAC Office

Feel free to contact any member of the UFLAC Negotiating Committee or Executive Board for additional questions.

In Solidarity,

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

Bulletin 22 – 22
June 7, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

The City is issuing decisions relevant to requests for religious or medical exemptions to the City’s COVID vaccine mandate.  As set forth in the notice of decision, if the exemption request is denied, you only have 5 days to appeal.  UFLAC strongly encourages everyone who receives a denial and who wish to appeal, to appeal as soon as possible to preserve all rights.  UFLAC addressed this issue with the City and learned that if you miss the deadline for a valid reason you may ask the Department to allow you to still file an appeal.  Accordingly, if you miss the deadline and wish to request that the Department consider allowing you to appeal after the deadline, you should send the request to [email protected] or call one of the UFLAC Executive Board members for assistance.

In Solidarity,

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

Bulletin 21 – 22
June 1, 2022

SPECIAL MEMBER ALERT

Later this month, LAFD Captain II Ruben Navarro will be retiring from the Los Angeles Fire Department after serving the City of Los Angeles for more than 38 years. He will also be attending his final meeting as the active duty, elected member of the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners where he has served for more than 13 years.

UFLAC members have consistently demonstrated our trust in Ruben Navarro’s integrity and financial acumen by repeatedly electing him to serve as our elected, active duty LAFD representative on the Los Angeles Fire & Police Pension Board.

In addition, Ruben spent a total of six years serving as a Trustee, Vice President, and President of the Relief Association, where he continued his work supporting firefighters and their families.

On behalf of the nearly 3,300 active members of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 and our retirees, UFLAC would like to thank our brother Ruben Navarro for his leadership and public service caring for the residents of Los Angeles and the proud men and women of the LAFD.

Captain Navarro will be working his final shift with the LAFD on June 18 at Fire Station 35 in Hollywood, not too far away from the Northeast LA communities where he was raised.

Ruben Navarro has been a true brother to everyone who has worn our LAFD uniform and touched the lives of countless Angelenos that he has protected and cared for over the years. He will be missed.

In Solidarity,

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

Bulletin 20 – 22
May 30, 2022

MEMBER ALERT

For all UFLAC bargaining unit members who have requested an exemption to the City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, please remember that during the time your request is being processed, you must continue to test weekly for COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please contact a UFLAC Board member.
In solidarity,

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

Bulletin 19 – 22
May 27, 2022

MEMBER ALERT
TENTATIVE AGREEMENT SIGNED

This morning the Los Angeles City Executive Employee Relations Committee (EERC) approved a Tentative Agreement that was reached with the UFLAC Negotiation Committee and the City Administrative Officer (CAO).

This Tentative Agreement addresses the 18-month deferral, future Cost of Living Adjustments, and our Medical Subsidy. It must be ratified by a vote from the UFLAC membership.

Informational Opportunities

Video Presentation Regarding TA Details
June 8
0800 Hours
Scan the QR Code Below for Video Details

Contract Reviewing and Q&A with UFLAC Negotiating Committee
June 9 and June 10
0800 – 1400 Hours
UFLAC Office

Ratification Voting

June 13, June 14, and June 15
0800 – 1400
UFLAC Office

Feel free to contact any member of the UFLAC Negotiating Committee or Executive Board for additional questions.

In solidarity,

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

May 11, 2022
Bulletin 18 – 22

 

General Membership Meeting
May 25, 2022
UFLAC Offices
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   General Membership Meeting

  1. Presentation of the 2022-23 UFLAC Budget
  2. Report on the LA City Budget
  3. Update on MOU salary deferral
  4. Update on COVID 19
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. New Business

Adjournment

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