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 7-21

March 3, 2021

UFLAC HEALTH & WELLNESS

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WEBINAR

Tuesday, March 23rd 7:00-8:00 PM

 

 

Who hasn’t found themselves experiencing conflict from time to time, whether at home or at work? Take a moment and think back to the last conflict or two that you have been involved with… Was it with your spouse or significant other? Was it with your child or teenager? Or was it at work with your boss or a co-worker? As you know from your own experiences, conflict can be a very uncomfortable and challenging thing to go through.

 

Conflict Management is “the process of limiting or eliminating negative aspects of conflict while creating solutions to increase positive outcomes.”

 

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112 and the Los Angeles Fire Department invite you and/or your significant other to join us for a webinar designed to help improve your understanding and increase your ability to navigate conflict in both your personal and professional life.

 

We will have a panel presentation led by subject matter expert Anita Avedian, MFT, along with Peer Support Team members Chief Nikki Brodowy and Captain Charles Boswell, EAP Director Nancy Mraz, and Director of Behavioral Health Dr. Steve Froehlich.

 

The Webinar will go live on Tuesday, March 23rd from 7:00-8:00 PM.

 

Please Register for the Webinar using following web-link or QR code below: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/68001908990983437. If you have any questions, feel free to contact UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness Coordinator Maria Rendon by e-mail [email protected] or phone (747) 200-6266. We look forward to connecting with you on March 23rd!

Thank you,

UFLAC HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEAM

 

2020 UFLAC INCOME TAX INFORMATION.pdf

February 12, 2021
Bulletin  6 – 21
 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
February 24, 2021
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. MOU update
2. Report of By-Laws that were submitted by the Membership
3. Arson update
4. Unfinished Business
5. New Business

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

Bulletin 5-21

February 9, 2021

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS OF FIRST RESPONDERS:

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO POLICE AND FIRE SUMMER SCHOLARS PROGRAM

 

As part of the Empower Initiative, the University of Chicago (UChicago) is excited to announce the Police and Fire Summer Scholars program.

 

To honor First Responders, UChicago is offering scholarship opportunities to eligible children of current/active LAFD sworn members. The student must be a high school sophomore or junior. This 3-week summer program is a unique opportunity for motivated students for educational immersion at one of the country’s most prestigious schools.

 

Under normal circumstances, this would be an on-campus residential program; however, due to COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on Chicago, the program will be entirely virtual this year.

 

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS MUST BE:

• High school sophomores or juniors

• At least 15 years of age

• The child (or legally adopted child) firefighter

 

APPLICATION DETAILS:

• Students can apply to the summer program online at: summer.uchicago.edu

• Applicants must complete the entire Certification Form or online at summer.uchicago.edu/ certification

• The Regular Deadline is March 1, 2021

• Applicants must upload their Certification Form to their UChicago Account or email a copy to [email protected] by March 1, 2021

 

Students can apply to the summer program online at: summer.uchicago.edu. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

 

Click HERE for additional information and to view the application.

February 5, 2021
Bul 4-21

MOU #23 Amendment Ratification Results

On February 3rd – 5th, 2021, the UFLAC Election Committee conducted a vote on the proposed amendments to MOU #23 – which is our current UFLAC MOU that had been set to expire on June 30, 2022.

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

92.5% voted to APPROVE the MOU amendment
7.5% 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, Larry Lee, and Gerry Puga. 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

January 25, 2021
Bulletin 2 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meetings
January 27, 2021
***CANCELED***
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. Update on status of City Budget
2. MOU Update
3. Unfinished Business
4. New Business

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

January 14, 2021
Bulletin  2 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
January 27, 2021
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. Update on status of City Budget
  2. MOU update
  3. Unfinished Business
  4. New Business

 

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

Bulletin 47-20

December 30, 2020

Excess Sick Time Cash-Out will be Paid 1-27-20

 

We have been notified by the City Administrative Officer (CAO) that the annual excess sick time cash-out for all sworn members scheduled to be paid on the January 13, 2021 pay check will instead be paid the following pay period (January 27, 2021).

Any member that has arranged a one-time Deferred Compensation contribution to coincide with the cash-out has until tomorrow, December 31, 2020, to modify the contribution, if desired.