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

 

September 18, 2020
Bulletin    35 – 20

 

UFLAC Special and General Membership Meetings
September 30, 2020

UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

0730     Stewards Meeting
0800     Special 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. UFLAC Nominations for Executive Board members and Negotiating Team.

0900     General Membership Meeting

GUEST:  Councilmember-Elect Kevin de León

Kevin de León served as a member of the California Assembly from 2006-2010 and as a California State Senate from 2010-2018 representing large portions of Northeast and Downtown Los Angeles. While Serving in the State Senate, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to be the President of the Senate, widely considered to be the second most powerful position in state government. In March of 2020 with the strong support of UFLAC, Kevin was elected to serve on the Los Angeles City Council’s 14th District which includes the communities of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, and parts of Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sworn in on December 1, 2020.

 

  1. Update on Captain Victor Aguirre by Victor Aguirre
  1. End of Fiscal Year financial report 2019-2020
  1. Update on APX 8000 Radio Antenna
  1. Budget Update
  1. Assign Hire Update/Out of Rank Hire Update
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. New Business

 

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

Bulletin 34-20

September 17, 2020

UFLAC & LAFD Join Forces to Support       Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

 

UFLAC and the LAFD have joined forces to promote and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our primary goal is to support those personally affected by cancer and to reach thousands of people with the lifesaving message that cancer prevention and early detection can mean the difference between life and death.

During the month of October, all members are authorized to wear the newly designed pink LAFD shirt while on duty to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  By this very public display, LAFD Firefighters and Paramedics can help to raise public awareness of this devastating disease. We hope as many of you as possible will wear the pink T-shirt.

Breast Cancer Facts to Consider:

  • Breast Cancer incidents in LA County are three times higher that that of the next leading cancer
  • Second leading cause of mortality among Caucasian, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islander females
  • Leading cause of mortality among Latina / Hispanic women in LA County
  • Late diagnosis carries a survival rate of less than 7%
  • Early diagnosis and treatment has a survival rate of over 91%
  • #1 mortality rate of females between 21-40 years of age in LA County

All net proceeds will go to UFLAC Fire Foundation to support LAFD families battling this devastating disease. Pink LAFD/UFLAC T-Shirts can be ordered at www.fdthreadz.com/pink

Please click HERE to download a flyer to print for your Fire Station or Hospital.

 

UFLAC Executive Board

September 15, 2020
Bul 33-20

UNION ELECTIONS

On September 30, 2020, nominations for Local 112 Union Officers and Negotiating Team will be accepted at the Union hall prior to the General Membership meeting.

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 our Union and the Fire Department.

Qualifications for office are; President – 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.

1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer – 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 L.A.F.D. 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 (in accordance with UFLAC Local #112, Constitution and By-Laws, Article II, Section 1 – revised 2017).

Please closely review the current Constitution and By-Law requirements and process for nominating a member.

Nomination Process:

UFLAC Constitution and By-Laws

 

ARTICLE V

OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

Sec. 4. Nominations and Elections – The President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Directors shall be nominated by a member in good standing and seconded by a different member in good standing, neither of which shall be the member themselves, and elected by the membership-at-large.

Sec. 8. Method of Nomination and Election – Each member in good standing shall be given at least fifteen (15) days’ advance notice, in writing, of the date, time, and place at which nominations shall be made, and at least fifteen (15) days’ advance notice, in writing, sent by U.S. mail to the last known address of the member, of the date, time and place at which elections shall be held. Any member in good standing may nominate eligible members for office. No member may accept nomination for nor be a candidate for more than one office. Elections shall be by secret ballot, even though only one candidate is nominated for a given office. There shall be no voting by proxy in any election of Local Union officers.

Elections may be conducted by mail. No elective officer shall be entitled to hold more than one Executive position. The candidate receiving a plurality vote shall be declared elected for all offices except the President.

For the UFLAC President office only, the candidate receiving 50% plus 1 of the vote shall be declared elected. If the required 50% plus 1 of the vote is not met in the initial election, as in the case of multiple candidates (more than two) vying for the UFLAC President position, a runoff election will commence within 10 days between the top two vote getters for UFLAC President. The candidate with the most votes in the runoff shall be declared elected.

If nominating a friend or co-worker, please include their work assignment and shift.  All Executive Board Offices including four positions on the Negotiating Team are open for election.

 

Respectively submitted,
UFLAC Election Committee

Frank Lima                (Chairman)

Dave Miranda

Martin Gutierrez

Larry Lee

Jerry Puga

Al Balestra

Ian Soriano

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August 25, 2020
Bulletin    31 – 20

 

LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH PRESUMPTIVE BENEFIT FOR COVID-19 SIGNED INTO LAW

 

Reminder to Update Your Beneficiary Information
and Increase Your Supplemental Life and AD&D Coverage

 

As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of our Brother Jose Perez, who passed due to complications from COVID-19, UFLAC wanted to provide information to our members regarding recent bipartisan legislation that was endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters to establish a presumptive benefit under the Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) Program for public safety officers who contract COVID-19. This also serves as a stark reminder to review your own Dependent and Beneficiary information and confirm that your affairs are in order to make sure your loved ones are financially secure should the unthinkable happen.

Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

On August 14th, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to improve timely access to financial assistance for families of public safety officers lost to COVID-19. The Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR) clarifies certification requirements for survivor benefits under the PSOB Program to account for the unique challenges presented by the current coronavirus pandemic.

“While this pandemic has changed daily life for so many Americans, our brave first responders have continued to put their lives on the line to protect our communities – and they’ve done so at significantly increased risk to themselves and to their families. We have lost far too many first responders to COVID-19, and their families will now without question receive the federal benefits they deserve in their time of unimaginable loss. Our first responders never hesitate to answer the call, and we must always answer theirs,” Booker said.

“Today’s vote sends a loud and clear message to America’s public safety officers: We appreciate your steadfast dedication in the most trying times and we’re here to help if the unthinkable happens. Losing a first responder in the line of duty is always devastating. Families of those lost to COVID-19 shouldn’t face an uphill struggle to access financial support promised to them. The government already provides payments to families of officers or first responders who die or are permanently disabled from a work-related event. This bipartisan bill recognizes the unique challenges posed by this pandemic and better ensures that public safety officers’ families can quickly access financial help,” Senator Grassley said.

The PSOB Program, administered by the Justice Department, provides death benefits to survivors of police officers and first responders who perish in the line of duty or as a result of a work-related event. It also provides disability benefits to those who are permanently disabled due to their work. The program requires evidence linking deaths or disabilities caused by an infectious disease to work-related activity. In many cases, the origin of an infection can be easily identified, but determining where and when someone contracts COVID-19 in the midst of a global pandemic presents a unique challenge.

SAFR works to overcome this challenge by establishing a temporary presumption that COVID-19 infections will be considered to be contracted while on duty if diagnosed within 45 days of an officer’s last shift. The legislation ensures that families of officers and first responders lost or disabled while fighting the pandemic don’t face unnecessary barriers to benefits they’ve already been promised.

As the PSOB Office receives claims based on COVID-19 exposure, it will work closely with survivors, officers, and agencies to obtain whatever evidence may be needed to support each claim, through all available information, including incident reports and related documents.

For questions regarding the PSOB Program or filing a claim, visit PSOB’s online portal at www.psob.gov or email the PSOB Director at [email protected].

Confirm Your Beneficiary Information

When is the last time you checked your beneficiaries? Although it may not always be on the top of your mind, please remember to confirm and update your current dependent and beneficiary information on all of your personal documents. Should there ever be a need to use this information, we want to make sure that you and your loved ones are covered in case of an emergency.

Most of us sign-up for a policy and forget that our lives are constantly changing. Your status may change due to marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, etc., which is why we recommend taking the time to review and update your personal accounts (pension, bank and brokerage, and life insurance policies) on an annual basis.

You can update your Beneficiary information by calling the UFLAC Benefits Office at 213.977.9014, extension 2. To make changes and learn more, visit www.uflacbenefitenrollment.com.

Increase Your Supplemental Life and AD&D Coverage During Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is right around the corner and this is your chance to increase your UFLAC Supplemental Life/AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) Coverage. If you participate in the Basic coverage, you are eligible for Supplemental Life and AD&D coverage.

Open Enrollment will take place from September 14th – October 31st and this is your only opportunity to change plans and add or remove dependents from coverage unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event. During the 2021 Open Enrollment, active members and their spouses may enroll in or increase their coverage without a medical exam:

  • Up to $200,000 for active members
  • Up to $80,000 for active spouses

Stay tuned for more information during Open Enrollment! 

Stay Safe & Healthy!
UFLAC Executive Board

August 14, 2020
Bulletin    30 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
August 26, 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

GUEST:         None

  1. Update on recent Letters of Agreement.
  1. Suggestions and input on Assign Hire Process. 
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. New Business

Adjournment

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


Bulletin 29-20

August 12, 2020

UFLAC Announces Expansion of Behavioral Health Team

 

 

UFLAC is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Behavioral Health Team with the addition of Clinical Psychologist Dr. Samantha Tamburro, who will work alongside Dr. Steve, and Vera Rodriguez, who was brought on board as a Behavioral Health Intern at UFLAC’s Center for Health and Wellness.

 

Recognizing that the fire service is a unique workplace, we knew that we did not just want to find competent clinicians, but we also sought professionals who had knowledge of the fire service culture. It is widely recognized today that cultural competency is important for a clinician to be effective in the fire service environment.

 

Dr. Samantha Tamburro is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been working in the Conejo Valley for 25 years. Dr. Tamburro graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate degree from Pepperdine Universit

Dr. Tamburro has been in the fire family for 22 years. She is married to a Glendale Fire Captain and has three teenage daughters. She understands the stressors and benefits that come along with a fire service career and will be an incredible resource for our members and their families in her work with children, adolescents, and adults.

 

 

Vera is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (No. AMFT #120027), supervised by Dr. Steve (LMFT #7666). Vera recently graduated with her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from USC after completing her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She is currently working to complete her hours to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Over the past year, Vera worked as an MFT Trainee at a private high school where she provided individual and family counseling, as well as crisis intervention.

 

Vera has a passion to work with Firefighters as her father is a Captain for LACoFD. Growing up in a fire family, she has experienced both the challenges and the strengths that come with the nature of the job and recognizes the role mental health can play. As an AMFT, Vera can provide individual, couple, and group counseling.

 

Dr. Tamburro and Vera have a tremendous respect for the sacrifices, courage, and selflessness that Firefighters and their loved ones make every day, and this fuels their inspiration to work with our members and their families. In their short time at UFLAC, they have already worked with the Peer Support Team, assisted with debriefings and defusings in the aftermath of critical incidents, and participated in a webinar that focused on communicating with your child from a fire family perspective.

 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Samantha Tamburro and Vera Rodriguez to our Team!

 

Dr. Steve Froehlich

Behavioral Health Services Director

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112

Office: 1-800-252-8352, Ext. 245

Cell: 818-645-9027

 

Dr. Samantha Tamburro
Cell:  805-231-3032

Vera Rodriguez
Cell: 949-939-0640

 

July 17, 2020
Bulletin    27 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
July 29, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

0730                Stewards Meeting

0800               Special Guest: Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13

0830               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 LAFD Budget
    2. COVID19 update
    3. Update on members from the Boyd Street incident
    4. Unfinished Business
    5. New Business

2 Drawings for the Membership (UFLAC Board Members are NOT eligible)
Last month’s raffle winners:

$100 –  Greg Hoerner  CIU
$1,000 – Gabriel Batriz – not present
$1000 –  – not present to receive

Adjournment

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

 

July 15, 2020

Bulletin 26-20

GROWING UP IN A FIRE FAMILY

Tune into the next Webinar on July 23rd at (7 pm)

& Welcome our new Behavioral Health Team Members

 

To Our Members and Our Families:

 

As many of you know, UFLAC and the LAFD jointly conducted the very first Family Webinar on April 14, 2020. Together, the Union President and the Fire Chief began this conversation. Based upon the comments that we received, we realize the need to continue the conversation. The focus of the next webinar, “Growing Up In A Fire Family,” came about through your feedback and we thank you and look forward to receiving your input for additional topics that you are interested in learning more about from the behavioral health field.

 

Also, UFLAC is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Behavioral Health Staff. UFLAC has hired a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Samantha Tamburro, to work alongside Dr. Steve and we have brought on board a recent graduate from USC, Vera Rodriguez, who has joined our staff as our Behavioral Health Intern. Recognizing that the fire service is a unique workplace, we knew that we did not just want to find good, competent clinicians, but we sought professionals who also had knowledge of the fire service culture. It is widely recognized today that cultural competency is important for a clinician to be effective in the fire service environment.

 

We are excited to be able to share with you that both clinicians, Dr. Sami Tamburro and Vera Rodriguez, meet that standard. Sami is not only a Clinical Psychologist, but she is also a mother of three and married to a Glendale Firefighter. Vera comes from a fire family herself. Her dad is a Captain with the LACoFD and can help us better understand some of the issues that kids face growing up within the fire service since she brings both her higher education as well as her personal experience of the unique dynamics present in a fire family. Vera will take the lead in the upcoming discussion and Sami will guide the next Webinar, which will focus on the dynamics of being married to a Firefighter.

 

In this Webinar a variety of topics will be addressed from stress, anxiety, developmental growth, and as a parent, how to assist your child from a fire family perspective. There is an unpredictable and spontaneous element at the center of this profession which many of the challenges may derive from.  However, the Webinar will also highlight the strength and resiliency that come innately to fire families that may be beneficial in sharing with your loved ones.

 

We hope you can join us on Thursday, July 23rd for this discussion!

 

WEBINAR DETAILS:

DATE:   THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020

TIME:   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

 

RSVP to Maria Rendon, UFLAC Behavioral Health Program Administrator, at [email protected].

Please click HERE to register.