Bulletin 25-21
September 2, 2021

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine & Exemption Request Update

Local 112 Members:

As you know, on August 18 the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 187134, COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for All Current and Future City Employees, requiring all city employees to receive one of the three available coronavirus vaccines. The ordinance went into effect on August 25 and UFLAC continues to oppose a mandatory vaccination policy as a condition of employment.

Pursuant to Ordinance 187134, all current and future City employees shall have the right to petition for a medical or religious exemption from the mandatory vaccination requirement to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, consistent with City procedures for reasonable accommodation requests.

If you intend to file a request for a medical or religious exemption, you must submit the “Intent to File a COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form” no later than September 7, 2021. Specific forms and procedures are currently in development. If you intend to file for a medical or religious exemption to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination pursuant to Ordinance 187134, please complete the Intent to File COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form no later than the close of business on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Please contact your LAFD Human Resources representative at (323) 283-3933 if you are unable to fill out the online form.

You are not obligated to file an exemption if you fill out the Intent to File COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form should you change your mind, but it allows you to complete the process as soon as procedures and forms are established. You will be contacted soon with details about how to complete your exemption application for final review and approval. If you are on vacation or on an approved leave of absence, you must file your Intent to File Exemption Form prior to your return to work.

We want for our members to know that the UFLAC Negotiating Committee is actively participating in the meet & confer process with the City of Los Angeles to discuss the impact of this mandate. We are at the table along with representatives from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Coalition of LA City Unions, and other city employee labor leaders.

We know that this is an issue that our members feel passionately about. UFLAC consists of nearly 3,400 firefighters who have very personal feelings on all sides of this debate. We represent all of our members and are working on your behalf every single day. In the meantime, let’s stand united as professionals on the job serving the City of Los Angeles. There are clear limitations to what we can and cannot do while in uniform. Do not give anyone a reason to put a target on your back or to come after your brothers and sisters in the LAFD.

We will continue to keep you updated with additional information as it develops.

In Solidarity,
UFLAC Negotiating Committee

August 25, 2021

Bulletin 24-21

UFLAC Continues to Meet and Confer with City over Vaccine Mandate

Local 112 Members,

On Tuesday, August 24, the UFLAC Negotiating Committee had an official meet and confer with designated LA City negotiators to address the recently passed LA City Ordinance regarding a vaccine mandate.

At this meeting, UFLAC President Freddy Escobar, 1st Vice President Chuong Ho, Treasurer Domingo Albarran, Secretary Adam Walker, and our attorney Dana Martinez continued to express our position that whereas UFLAC supports vaccination, we DO NOT support a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. A decision to get a vaccine should not be a condition of employment that could lead to penalties including, but not limited to, termination, for LAFD firefighters. No decision was reached.

We are in the process of scheduling another meet and confer in the next couple of weeks.

UFLAC will keep you posted on our progress, and we want for all of our members to know that we are fighting on your behalf every single day.

In Solidarity,
Freddy Escobar
President
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Mandate Information Town Hall

Many of our members have questions concerning the COVID-19 Mandate.  Please register for the CPF Town Hall meeting for the latest information from around the state.

As the Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus takes hold and infection rates rise, local governments and private industries are beginning to make decisions on COVID-19 vaccine mandates. CPF has been closely monitoring these developments and will be hosting a town hall for members to discuss the developments and answer questions.

Join us on Friday, August 20th at 10am for a town hall with medical and legal experts discussing the Delta Variant, COVID-19 vaccines, and the legality of mandates.

Date: August 20th

Time: 10am

Where: Zoom

RSVP here today, families are invited to join as well. If you would like to submit questions ahead of time please send your questions to [email protected].

August 19, 2021

Bulletin 23-21

Los Angeles City Council
Passes Mandatory Vaccination Ordinance

Local 112 Members,

On Wednesday, August 18th, the Los Angeles City Council passed an emergency ordinance with a unanimous 13-0 vote mandating that all Los Angeles City Employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or request an exemption, and report their vaccination status no later than October 19, 2021.

A copy of this ordinance is attached and can also be viewed by clicking HERE.

Yesterday (August 18th), UFLAC also hosted our Monthly General Membership Meeting which was attended by nearly 200 Local 112 members in good standing. At this meeting our UFLAC Board heard all concerns regarding this mandatory vaccination policy and answered every question.

We also made it clear to our membership that UFLAC does NOT support a mandatory vaccination policy as a condition of employment.

Over the coming weeks, UFLAC will be joining other Los Angeles City unions in the meet and confer process to determine what, if any, punitive action will be taken against city employees who choose to not take the COVID-19 vaccine.

UFLAC will be partnering with labor leaders representing police officers, sanitation workers, librarians, construction workers, DWP employees, and many other city workers in continuing to advocate for alternatives to mandatory vaccinations. In addition, our UFLAC attorneys are continuing to examine the legality of the actions that have been taken by the City and the legal options that we have moving forward. In an effort to provide full and complete transparency, however, it must be clearly stated that labor attorneys all over the country have examined this issue and there is a near unanimous consensus that States, Cities, and Counties have the legal right to proceed with mandatory vaccination policies.

We are not the only ones experiencing this issue, as this ordinance (in its final implementation) will apply to ALL Los Angeles City Employees. In addition, firefighters from New York City to Seattle to San Diego are going through various forms of mandatory vaccination policies right now in their respective cities and states.

UFLAC will continue to keep our members updated with the progress of our meet and confer discussions with the City. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or any UFLAC Executive Board Member.

In Solidarity,
Freddy Escobar
President
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

August 6, 2021
Bulletin       22 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
August 18, 2021
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
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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. Lessons learned from Executive Board members who attended LRIS and PEP.
2. Update on staffing issues (Recall, Assign Hire).
3. Unfinished Business
4. New Business

Adjournment

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

Bulletin 21-21
August 2, 2021

Mandatory Vaccine Question & Answer
UFLAC Members,

This week, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council President Nury Martinez announced a proposal to require all city employees to either show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or to be tested weekly for the virus. Their proposal is similar to other jurisdictions, including the State of California, New York City, San Francisco, and Long Beach.

We know you have questions, as does UFLAC, about this plan and how it may impact you and your working conditions, privacy rights, and personal health. We want to be very clear, as of today, UFLAC has not been presented with any written policy proposal. We are, however, having ongoing discussions and have expressed our position that WE DO NOT SUPPORT A MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY.

Without a written plan to evaluate, we do not know the full scope of what the City is proposing. Regardless, UFLAC will do everything within our power to ensure that your contractual rights are protected, the provisions of our MOU are adhered to, and that the City complies with the law.

Here are some of the questions we have heard from many of our members along with our responses utilizing the best information currently available. It is important to remember that this is a very fluid situation and there is no written proposal to evaluate at this time. UFLAC will be meeting and conferring with the City over any and all proposed changes to working conditions and terms of employment:

Q: If I choose to provide proof of being vaccinated, how will I know my personal medical information will remain private? Who will have access to that information? How will I be able to transmit my proof of being vaccinated in a secure manner?

A: UFLAC will insist that any process implemented to provide proof of vaccination has redundant safeguards to protect your medical privacy and that only those personnel required to ensure compliance with the new mandate have access to your proof of vaccination. We will also insist that providing this information does not cause an additional burden (such as needless travel time, waiting times, or the need to provide redundant information) for our members.

Q: If I choose to be tested on a weekly basis, who will pay for this testing?

A: UFLAC’s position is that requiring testing is a change in working conditions and term of employment and thus the costs of any testing should be borne by the city.

Q: Where will the testing be conducted?

A: UFLAC will propose that testing occurs at locations convenient for our members (i.e. fire stations and work locations).

Q: Will I be required to be tested on or off duty? If off duty, will I be compensated for my time?

A: UFLAC’s position is that testing should occur on duty. If the City insists on requiring off-duty testing, UFLAC’s position is that this would be a condition of employment and that you should be compensated for your time.

Q: How will I be informed of the test results and who else will have access to that information?

A: UFLAC will insist that confidentiality is adhered to and that your results are communicated to you and only to an authorized representative of the Department so that appropriate contact tracing can occur if the result is positive. Return to work protocols after a positive COVID test will remain in effect.

Q: What is the latest information that has been provided by the City of Los Angeles on this issue? Where does the process currently stand?

A: As previously mentioned, the Mayor and the City Council President clearly stated their strong desire for a mandatory vaccine policy for all LA City Employees. This public announcement came on July 27th. The following day, City Councilman Mark Ridley- Thomas authored a motion that was co-signed by six other City Council Members directing the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief Legislative Analyst, and the Personnel Department to report back to the LA City Council within 14 days regarding their recommendations for a policy on mandatory vaccinations. 14 days from the date of this motion would be August 11th.

UFLAC continues to speak with City leaders regarding the direction of this proposal and we have made our position clear. As soon as we receive a written proposal from the City, we will engage in the meet and confer process. If you have other questions, feel free to email the UFLAC Health & Safety Committee at [email protected] and we will do our best to get them answered and include them in a future update. We will keep you apprised of any major developments on this policy matter, which is still very fluid at this time.

UFLAC Health & Safety Committee
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

Bulletin 20-21

July 26, 2021

2021 AWARDS FOR 2021

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation

Grants and Scholarships

The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation (UFLACFF) Grant and Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to fire service members and their immediate families.  In May of 2021, notices were sent out to firefighters via bulletins and email.  Twenty-one applications were received at the conclusion of the one-month application period.  The applications were reviewed, and all identifying information of the applicants was “REDACTED” prior to being sent and reviewed by the Foundation Board to ensure anonymity.  The Grants were funded by voluntary donations from the community; a member of the community participated in the initial review of the awards.  Awards granted were based on the information provided by the candidates.  Since the selection criteria were broad in scope, consideration was given for applicants in non-traditional scholarship grant programs.  The donors to the program wanted to reach out to those who just needed a “hand-up” or “support” to improve their lives and the lives of others.  The initial announcement of the $10,000 award was increased to $1,500 by The Greenspan Company/Adjusters International based on the application’s sincerity and need.

Awards included grants for higher education, trade school, tools for welding school, home school support (especially with COVID challenges), comitology school, etc.     The UFLACFF grants and scholarships awards mid-year 2021:

Two – $2,000 grants/scholarship

Matt David Pritchard – son Long Beach FD

Taylor Escobar – daughter LAFD

Four –  $1,000 grants/scholarships

Serena Nettles – step daughter LAFD

Lael G Williams – daughter LAFD

Carrie J Kehoe – daughter LAFD

Antonia S Felix – daughter LAFD

SEVEN (increased by three) – $500 grants/scholarships

Payton Springer – daughter LAFD

Maverick Teter – son LAFD (home school program)

Francesca M Lauro – daughter LAFD

Rebecca Lee – daughter LAFD

Austin D Ladd – son LAFD

Kylie D Elizarras – daughter LAFD

Tatiana A Johnson – daughter LAFD

 

 

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the awards, and special thanks to all those who applied for the awards to the program.  The Foundation has received enough funds for an additional round of grants later this year.   Applicant must be an active firefighter, or a dependent of an active firefighter, wishing to further their education, or in need of assistance with tuition, books, materials, trade-specific tools or equipment, internet access, etc.

*An active firefighter or his or her immediate family member is eligible for an Award Grant once every 12-month period.

Special thank you to the Foundation Board and the main Education Grant sponsors & our supporters!

 

Major Sponsors:

 

  • Matthew and Miho Blumkin – The Blumkin Family Foundation
  • Ed Avaness – Miller Kaplan
  • Jennifer Lincicum – Fickewirth
  • Aaron Straussner & Julie Sherman
  • UFLAC Fire Foundation
  • Brian and Mary Anne Hishinuma – Retired – LAFD

 

Supporters:

Jimmy Blackman & Associates

Sandra Jackson – Greenspan Co./Adjusters International

Maria Riggs – UFLAC

Chris Wann – UFLAC

UFLAC Executive Board

 

The reward for the sponsors is the rewards presented.  Thanks for your participation!

 

July 19, 2021
Bulletin 19 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
July 28, 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 current recall procedures

2. UFLAC Fire Foundation Grant Award announcements and presentations

3. Unfinished Business

4. New Business

 

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

July 6, 2021
Bulletin 18 – 21

MOU 23
ARPA Meet & Confer Status Update

As you know, in early February, the UFLAC membership overwhelmingly voted to restructure our contract in order to save the City of Los Angeles tens of millions of dollars over the next few years due to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This amended contract provided the City with economic relief and ensured that there wouldn’t be any cuts to the LAFD budget, including scheduled brownouts. With this action, we demonstrated once again that LAFD Firefighters and Paramedics are willing to step up to protect our city and the families that we serve.

On May 18, 2021, the City received federal relief fund totaling $639 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to use for government services and other eligible uses in support of 2020-21 General Fund budget balancing.

Immediately following the Year-End Financial Status Report (FSR) for Fiscal Year 2020-21 released on May 26, 2021, UFLAC submitted a letter to the City Administrative Officer (CAO) demanding that the City meet and confer over the use of the ARPA funds. UFLAC’s Negotiating Team met with the CAO on June 2nd and will be meeting again next week to discuss our issues, concerns, and interest in how the City plans to use the ARPA funds.

We will keep you posted as to what develops over the course of these meetings. For any questions, please contact elected Negotiating Team Members Freddy Escobar at [email protected], Chuong Ho at [email protected], Domingo Albarran at [email protected], or Adam Walker at [email protected].

In Solidarity,
Negotiating Committee
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

June 17, 2021
Bulletin 17 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
June 30, 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 2020 Year in Review book expenditure

2. Discussion on Budget and Finances LOA (American Rescue Plan Act)

3. Update on COVID Testing Vaccination

4. Unfinished Business

5. New Business

 

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