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