October 14, 2020
Bul No 39-20

UFLAC Nominations

The following UFLAC members nominated on September 30, 2020 have accepted their nomination and are running for the following offices

 

President  
Freddy Escobar

1st Vice President     
Chuong Ho

2nd Vice President
Adam Van Gerpen
Ryan Quigley

Secretary
Adam Walker

Treasurer
Domingo Albarran

Director
Richard Ramirez
Dave Riles
Steve Addleman
Shawn Connolly
Kent Koffler
Dreon Brown

Negotiating Team
Freddy Escobar
Chuong Ho
Domingo Albarran
Adam Walker
Kent Koffler
Ryan Quigley
Dave Riles
Adam Van Gerpen

 

Election ballots will be mailed out November 4, 2020 and will be counted on November 20th. All ballots must be mailed through the U.S. Post Office and must be received at the Election Committee Post Office box on or before 1000 hours on November 20, 2020 in order to be valid. No ballots will be accepted at the UFLAC offices.  Any questions please contact the UFLAC Election Committee

Bulletin 38-20

October 13, 2020

UFLAC & LAFD Join Forces to Support Movember

(Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention )

UFLAC and the LAFD will join forces to promote and support Movember during the month of November.  October was the month for women to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Now it is time for men to step into the spotlight for Movember.

This month men around the United States and the globe are trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

The primary goal of LAFD and UFLAC’s involvement in Movember is to support those personally effected 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.

All members are authorized in the month of November to wear the newly designed Movember LAFD shirt while on duty to support Mens Health Awareness.  By this very public display, LAFD firefighters and paramedics can help to raise public awareness of these devastating health issues. We hope as many of you as possible will wear them.

Prostate Cancer Facts to Consider:

  • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Early detection is the key and can mean the difference between life and death.

Testicular Cancer Facts to Consider:

  • Testicular Cancer starts young. It’s the most common cancer in young American men.
  • Testicular Cancer has 95 percent survival rate but 1 in 20 meant doesn’t make it.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Facts to Consider:

  • Globally, on average 1 man dies of suicide ever minute of every day.
  • Improving Mental Health and establishing better social connections can reduce the risk of suicide.

Members can purchase their t-shirts at www.fdthreadz.com/movember for $25.00 until October 20th.

 

UFLAC Executive Board

September 30, 2020
Bul 37 – 20

 

UFLAC Nominations

On September 30, 2020 the following UFLAC Members in Good Standing were nominated by their peers for election to the Executive Board and Negotiating Team. Nominees have until October 14, 2020 to accept or reject their nominations. A Bulletin will be sent on that date announcing the candidates for each office.  All nominees will be receiving a package from the Election Committee in their mail in the next couple of days.

President

Freddy Escobar

1st Vice President

Chuong Ho

2nd Vice President

Adam Van Gerpen

Ryan Quigley

Secretary

Adam Walker

Treasurer

Domingo Albarran

Directors

Richard Ramirez

David Riles

Steve Addleman

Shawn Connolly

Kent Koffler

Dreon Brown

Enrique Borboa

Negotiating Team

Chuong Ho

Freddy Escobar

Domingo Albarran

Kent Koffler

Adam Walker

Ryan Quigley

David Riles

Adam Van Gerpen

Election Committee – 2020

September 29, 2020
Bulletin 36 – 20

 

Los Angeles Firefighters Association Makes Motion to Dissolve Association with CSFA

The Los Angeles City Firefighters Association (LAFFA) was established in 1924 to represent the members of the LAFD. LAFFA is also a strong supporter of improving the training of its membership and looks forward to developing programs that assist in promotional development of its members. LAFFA is a proud organization that has a long history of hosting the Firefighter of the Year luncheon and supporting our LAFD Firefighters. By dissolving our association with the CSFA, LAFFA will be able to redirect the money given to CSFA to help pay for things like the training and professional development of our LAFD Members.

A motion at the February meeting was made to dissolve our association with CSFA as of 2021. The LAFFA Board will be voting on this motion at their next monthly meeting on October 7, 2020. Your UFLAC Executive Board is asking members attend the meeting and vote on the motion for LAFFA to break ties with CSFA and concentrate on the exclusive needs of the LAFFA membership.

Of the dues paid to CSFA, over 60% goes to K Street Consulting for the management of CSFA. This leaves very little in the way of benefits to our active members. It is incomprehensible for us to ask our members to spend the majority of their dues to pay for CSFA management.

We are encouraging UFLAC members to reply to the survey email sent out by LAFFA and to attend the October 7th meeting to take back control of the funds that we have been giving to the CSFA.

 

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

We Are No Longer Taking Orders. Thank You For Your Support.

 

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