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 24, 2023
Bulletin 2 – 23

MEMBER UPDATE

The UFLAC Fire Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to support firefighters and their families, is proud to announce another round of scholarship award winners.

This scholarship grant is available to any active firefighter and their immediate family to assist in their educational and career pursuits. This pool of applicants included 48 applications, the most that we have ever received. In response to the large turnout, the Foundation voted to increase the number of scholarship recipients this cycle by adding an additional 5 grant awardees.

In order to properly review the applications, we extended our review period to give each application its due consideration.

The following individuals will be presented with their scholarships at the General Membership meeting tomorrow, on January 25th:

$2,000 Award Winners
Brandon S. Smith
Dean E. Hirsch

$1,000 Award Winners
Kayla J. Ferreras
Sarah G. Kemp
Roy W. Egizi
Katlyn P. Hamm

$500 Award Winners
Jordan T. Handy
Ashlyn D. Quinn
Luke K. Vargas
Emily S. Arellano
Tyler L. Serrano
Isabella N. Fortini
Leanne E. Grant
Presley E. Jones
Matt Pritchard

Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients and their families. For more information regarding the UFLAC Fire Foundation, contact any Executive Board Member.

In Solidarity,

UFLAC Executive Board & Foundation Executive Board

January 13, 2023
Bulletin 1 – 23

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
January 25th at 0800 hours
UFLAC Offices
being held at 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

GUESTS:        scholarships recipients

  1. By-Laws Reminder
  2. Update on City of LA Covid-19 State of Local Emergency
  3. AH Update
  4. Unfinished Business
  5. New Business

Adjournment

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

December 19, 2022
Bulletin 65 – 22

IAFF – LOCAL 112 UNION ELECTION – PRESIDENTIAL RUNOFF RESULTS

To all of our Local 112 Sisters and Brothers,

The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) Election Committee met on December 19th, 2022, at our IAFF Local 112 union hall to complete the final election runoff process, of counting and verifying all the votes for the President of the Executive Board. The Election Committee began meeting and preparing for the Local 112 Executive Board elections back on August 23rd, 2022.

As a reminder, on November 18th, 2022 – the Election Committee completed the process for the Executive Board and Negotiating Team elections. However, pursuant to Article V (OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS) Section 8 of the UFLAC (IAFF – Local 112) Constitution and By-Laws requires the President to be elected by a 50% plus 1. This majority requirement was not met; therefore, it forced an historical situation in our Local’s history, a runoff election for UFLAC President between the two top candidates:

• Freddy Escobar (630 votes – 47.0%)

• Anthony Ferro (604 votes – 45.1%)

The goal of the Election Committee was to be compliant with the Constitution and By-Laws of UFLAC -IAFF Local 112, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the United States Department of Labor (DOL) voting provisions. The Election Committee worked independently from the Executive Board ensuring full transparency to the Membership.

The UFLAC Election Committee worked with the California Elections Committee (as has been the UFLAC past practice), a professional election company, that directed and oversaw all actions of the UFLAC Election Committee, counted all votes in a voting machine, with professional witnesses, all while having open doors at the union hall for candidates on the ballot or any member in good standing to observe.

The entire Election Committee wants to sincerely thank the Local 112 Membership for their trust in allowing them to oversee, and more importantly ensure, a fair democratic labor union voting process. The Election Committee provided integrity to the election process and a proud democracy for our labor organization.

The Election Committee wants to thank everyone who voted and participated in the voting process for their union, and congratulations to the re-elected Local 112 President.

TOTAL VOTE COUNT: 1,776

PERCENTAGE OF THE MEMBERSHIP TURNOUT: 54%

Name – Vote Count – Percentage

President

Freddy Escobar –  1,140 – 64.2%

Anthony Ferro – 634 – 35.8%

UFLAC Election Committee

UFLAC Election Committee members:

• Martin Gutierrez (co-chair)
• Frank Lima (co-chair)
• Larry Lee
• Ian Soriano
• Dwight Sankey
• Miguel Guerrero
• Shane Hirsch

December 16, 2022
Bulletin 64 – 22

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
December 28th at 0800 hours
UFLAC Offices
being held at 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

GUESTS:        LA City Councilmember Traci Park, 11th District

Traci Park was elected to the LA City Council on November 8, 2022 and officially took office on December 12th. Her election was one of the most contested races in the City of LA and ultimately, with the strong support of UFLAC, Councilmember Park defeated her far left opponent by 4,000 votes. Councilmember Park is committed to making public safety and our firefighters a top priority and cleaning up our homeless problem. She will be a true partner with UFLAC and bring desperately needed common sense back to the city council. CD 11 includes the communities of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Sawtelle, Venice, Mar Vista, Playa Del Rey, Plays Vista, and Westchester. All members are invited to hear from our newest councilmember.

  1. Swearing in of 2023-2024 Executive Board Members
  2. Final expenditures for Election Cycle
  3. Unfinished Business
  4. New Business

Adjournment

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


December 7, 2022
Bulletin 63 – 22

MEMBER BULLETIN

 

This bulletin provides an update regarding UFLAC’s efforts to remedy the Department’s failure to correctly pay bargaining unit members.

Many bargaining unit members are still waiting for the Department to increase their salaries based on promotions, 6th Step, wellness, education bonus, RIP, special duty/platoon duty, longevity, etc.  Or, where the Department has finally corrected the payment amount, it still has not paid unit members retroactively for all of the missed payments.  The Department has admitted that it owes these payments and it continues to blame backlog, staffing issues and payroll system problems.  UFLAC rejects all of these excuses: there is NO excuse to underpay unit members.  UFLAC lawyers and IAFF lawyers are currently working on a lawsuit.  Unfortunately, these types lawsuit take time to process through the legal system.  UFLAC shares your frustration and is trying to push this forward as fast as possible.  If you have not already done so, and if you believe you are underpaid, please notify UFLAC Director Richard Ramirez at [email protected] as soon as possible so we can include your claim.

UFLAC is also pushing the Department to immediately fix the issues they are having with implementing the new payroll system Workday.  These issues have caused the Department to freeze transfers and promotions or have led to underpayments to those who have transferred or promoted.  This is unacceptable.  There should have been a better plan to ensure a smooth transition to Workday without harm to the members.  UFLAC has been demanding accountability from both the Department and Workday – with both playing a blame game.  There is no time to deal with pointing the finger, so UFLAC arranged an emergency meeting with the Department, the City and Workday.  During that meeting, UFLAC was able to get all parties to admit to the problem and agree to expedite fixing it.  UFLAC has been informed that the Department has corrected Workday related issues for about 400 unit members, and has about 600 more.  UFLAC is pushing the Department to provide a specific time line for completion.  At UFLAC’s insistence, all parties agreed to have a follow-up meeting within 30 days.

We will continue to keep you up to date.

UFLAC Executive Board

December 6, 2022
Bulletin 62 – 22

UFLAC RUNOFF ELECTION BALLOTS

 

To all UFLAC Local 112 members,

By now you should have received a ballot for the runoff election. If you have not received a new ballot, please email election committee member Shane Hirsch at [email protected]

Please make sure your home address is updated with the UFLAC benefits office. To verify, stop by in person at 1571 Beverly Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90026 or contact the union office at 800-252-8352 or 213-977-9001.

Ballots will be verified and counted on Monday, December 19, 2022.

It is important that you return your ballot to the P.O. Box in its new color envelope. Mailing ballots back in a previously unused envelope will not be counted.

UFLAC Election Committee

UFLAC Election Committee members:

Martin Gutierrez (co-chair)
Frank Lima (co-chair)
Larry Lee
Ian Soriano
Dwight Sankey
Miguel Guerrero
Shane Hirsch

 

December 2, 2022
Bulletin 61 – 22

LABOR LAW & LABOR ARBITRATION CONFERENCE

 

On Thursday, January 19th, 2023, the Labor Arbitration Institute will be hosting a 1-day conference titled “Labor Law and Labor Arbitration”.  This informative conference will provide attendees with important information with up-to-date coverage on discipline/discharge and contract interpretation issues and all new case studies to discuss and review.

The cost to attend the conference is $450.00, which will cover the attendance to all sessions, the workbook and all breaks.  UFLAC will pay for the registration fee for a limited number of attendees, which will be done on a first come, first serve basis.

In addition, UFLAC will host a follow-up training in February which will be facilitated by UFLAC’s Lead Counsel, Dana Martinez, which will provide more information and useful resources that will further strengthen the knowledge gained from the January 19th conference.

Our goal is to create a list of stewards from those who participate in these seminars so that we can further strengthen our pool of candidates as needed to serve the needs of our brothers and sisters at Local 112.
For more information on the “Labor Law and Labor Arbitration” Conference hosted by the Labor Arbitration Institute, visit:

https://laborarb.com/event/los-angeles-labor-law-labor-arbitration-conference/

If you are interested in representing members on PSD and grievance cases and are interested in attending the conference and the follow-up training, contact Christine Piper via email at [email protected].

 

December 1, 2022
Bulletin 60 – 22

WINTER 2022 UFLAC FF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD DELAYED

 

We would like to thank all the individuals who applied for the 2022 Fall/Winter UFLAC Fire Foundation Scholarship!  Your determination and commitment to your personal and professional goals is inspiring and we thank you for taking the time to express your interests in one of our bi-annual scholarships.

With the large number of applicants who submitted complete applications, we are in need of additional time to properly review and score every applicant.  To ensure fairness in the process, we will be announcing this round of scholarship awardees in January 2023.  All steps are being taken to ensure that every applicant’s package gets the review that it properly deserves.  Committee members will be receiving hard copies of all applications submitted for their review within the next week so that you may properly review.

UFLAC Fire Foundation Scholarship Committee

November 23, 2022
Bulletin 59 – 22

UNION RUNOFF ELECTION

To all UFLAC Local 112 members,

Now that the results of the initial UFLAC 2022 election have been announced, the UFLAC Election Committee has encountered a historical situation in our union’s history. The Election Committee members have reconvened to resolve this situation.

Article V (OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS) Section 8 of the UFLAC Constitution and By-Laws require the President to be elected by a 50% plus 1. This requirement was not met, therefore there will be a runoff for UFLAC President between the two top candidates Incumbent Freddy Escobar and Anthony Ferro.

The details for the runoff election are as follows:

Thursday, December 1, 2022 – Ballots will be mailed
Monday, December 19, 2022 – Ballots will be verified and counted 

Note; the new ballot will be required to be returned to the P.O. Box in its new color envelope. Mailing ballots back in a previously unused envelope will not be counted.

Please make sure your home address is updated with the UFLAC benefits office. To verify, feel free to stop by in person at 1571 Beverly Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90026 or contact the union office at 800-252-8352 or 213-977-9001.

If a ballot has not been received after a few days, please email election committee member Shane Hirsch at [email protected].

UFLAC Election Committee

UFLAC Election Committee members:

Martin Gutierrez (co-chair)
Frank Lima (co-chair)
Larry Lee
Ian Soriano
Dwight Sankey
Miguel Guerrero
Shane Hirsch

November 21, 2022
Bulletin 58 – 22

 

General Membership Meeting
November 30 at 0800
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112
being 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

  1. Vote on Motion from Brother Carranza to override UFLAC Executive Board decision regarding his grievance on 12/12/21.
  2. Report on UFLAC Executive Board and Negotiating Team Election results for 2022-24 and Runoff Election.
  3. Update on LA City Council District and citywide races.
  4. Unfinished Business
  5. New Business

Adjournment

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