April 17, 2020
Bulletin   18-20

UFLAC General Membership Webinar
April 29, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

UFLAC General Membership Webinar

 

0800 General Membership Live Stream Webinar

 

Continuing with the Mayor’s directive of canceling all public gatherings within the City of Los Angeles, UFLAC’s General Membership Meeting for the month of April will be held electronically on April 29th via the live stream webinar.  Please click HERE for more information and to register for the April 29th General Membership Webinar.

 

We are encouraging all members to follow the link and pre-register for the live stream webinar. There will be no actionable items at this informational webinar but we will be answering questions.  Please email your questions to [email protected] by Friday, April 24th and President Escobar will answer them at the webinar.

 

Agenda Items:

  • Update on COVID-19
  • Update on LAFD Budget

 

UFLAC Offices remain closed to the public, but we are available via telephone and email during 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)

Executive Board
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF, Local 112

Bulletin 17-20

April 16, 2020

 

Message from UFLAC President Freddy Escobar

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

 

First and foremost, your UFLAC Executive Board would like to thank all of our members for stepping up and serving on the front lines day in and day out, risking your own safety during this global pandemic. From staffing stations to working at the COVID-19 testing sites, your work is saving lives in the City of Los Angeles and you are all demonstrating once again why you are the most dedicated, well-trained, and all-around best Firefighters and Paramedics. It is truly my honor to serve as your President of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112.

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including our work and how we go about protecting ourselves and all Angelenos. These last few weeks have been very difficult and filled with a lot of uncertainty as we all work to try to slow the spread of the virus. Now more than ever, UFLAC remains committed to our mission to lead the way in protecting the health and safety of our members as we fight for better working conditions and constantly advocate for top wages, benefits and a secure retirement for our members and your families.

Last week, I attended the LAFD Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony and was proud to welcome 49 new recruits to our Department. As you know, in an effort to increase overall Department resources, the recruits graduated four weeks early and are now serving alongside our members in preparation for the potential surge of coronavirus patients in the days and weeks to come. The Department also launched a new telemedicine program at its emergency dispatch center using specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to screen potential COVID-19 patients and other individuals calling 911 with non-life-threatening issues. This new program will help to minimize exposure within our ranks while still delivering exceptional care to those most in need.

UFLAC continues to have a seat at the table during the Department Operations Center’s (DOC) daily briefings in order to remain informed and give critical input from the field and the nearly 3,500 members that we represent. As of April 15th, the LAFD had a total of 19 employees who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Nine LAFD employees have recovered from this virus and returned to duty. The remaining ten employees are isolated and recovering at home. We have been monitoring our members’ progress and wish all LAFD employees a full recovery from this global pandemic.

COVID-19 is having an impact on people throughout the world, despite age, gender, or occupation. This virus is hitting our first responders especially hard, regardless of the precautions that our men and women are taking to be as safe as possible. With that said, UFLAC would like to extend our deepest condolences to our 5 IAFF brothers who have died due to complications from COVID-19. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones. May they Rest In Peace.

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

We know that these are stressful times, so please take a moment (if you haven’t already done so), to view the “Family Webinar” that took place on April 14th. The “Family Webinar” was designed to create and find supportive resources to maintain a first line of defense on the home front for our first responder families and their relationships. The goal is to build a community of Firefighter families to support, guide, inform, and provide resources in the fire life. Behavioral health resources are available to you and your families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! To view the “Family Webinar” video click HERE and for additional resources log onto UFLAC’s Peer Support page.

 

TRADES AND CTO UPDATE

On April 20th, the use of trades (360) will be reinstated. Additionally, beginning April 24th, all other CTO (VC, TS, HO) will be approved. The Planning Section is currently working on updating NSS to allow members to enter trades and CTO – a notice will be issued to members when NSS has been updated.

 

PROMOTIONS

For those members who have been inquiring about the next promotion, promotions have been posted on the LAFD Portal and will be effective April 26, 2020.

 

BENEFITS

One other important note, 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.

 

UFLAC MONTHLY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & OFFICE OPERATIONS

Continuing with the Mayor’s directive of canceling all public gatherings within the City of Los Angeles, UFLAC’s General Membership Meeting for the month of April will be held electronically on April 29th via the live stream webinar.  Please click HERE for more information and to register for the April 29th General Membership Webinar.

UFLAC Offices remain closed to the public, but we are available via telephone and email during 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)

 

ONGOING 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.

The testing will be conducted by appointment for members who are on or off duty and 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.

Please remember to be safe out there and do everything possible to look out for your fellow Firefighters on the front lines. If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please 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]

 

Stay Safe!

Freddy Escobar

President

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

 

 

Click HERE to download a PDF of the Flyer.

Click HERE to watch a recording of the Webinar.

Update from President Freddy Escobar

Today’s General Membership meeting was canceled in order to comply with LA City & California #covid_19 regulations. Please view an update from UFLAC President Freddy Escobar as he discusses COVID-19 and IAFF Legislative Conference.

UFLAC E-Blast/Member Communication

Re: Important Benefit Contact Information for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we wanted to be sure our members and retirees have a peace of mind with access to available resources, just in case you or your loved ones start feeling sick. If you are enrolled in a UFLAC Anthem Blue Cross medical plan, you can always contact your Anthem Blue Cross provider, but please know that you and your enrolled dependents also have access to the following resources:

NEW! Sydney Care

Enrolled members/retirees and dependents now have access to Anthem’s Sydney Care mobile app at no cost. Sydney Care is available to help members assess their risk for COVID-19 and connect with a doctor if needed. Within minutes, you’ll be able to check your symptoms and connect to care. A Coronavirus Risk Assessment is embedded in Sydney Care. If you need medical care after you assess your symptoms, the app will connect you to a doctor through a LiveHealth Online video session or Virtual Care text session.

The doctor you see through your telehealth visit can evaluate your symptoms, help you understand whether you are at risk for COVID-19, and let you know whether you need to visit a local health care provider for COVID-19 testing.

The Sydney Care Coronavirus Assessment is always free. From now through June 14, 2020, members have access to one free virtual text session with a doctor through Sydney Care. Additional virtual text sessions with Sydney Care cost $19 each.

Members can download the Sydney Care app through the App Store and Google Play and get started in just minutes.

LiveHealth Online

Enrolled members/retirees and dependents can sign up for LiveHealth Online which provides you access to a board-certified doctor from the comfort of home, minimizing the risk of exposure to yourself and others. Doctors are available 24/7 via smartphone, tablet, or computer webcam. The doctor you see via LiveHealth Online can evaluate your symptoms, determine whether you’re at risk for COVID-19, and let you know whether you need to visit a local health care provider in person for COVID-19 testing.

You also have access to virtual visits with licensed psychologists and therapists via LiveHealth Online Psychology and Psychiatry. Visits to LiveHealth Online psychologists and therapists are easy, confidential, and in most cases, you can see a provider within four days or less.

Effective immediately, visits to LiveHealth Online providers are available at no cost for enrolled Anthem members/retirees and dependents until June 14, 2020. Please note that you will be required to enter a credit card upon registration due to system requirements.

You can register for LiveHealth Online on your computer or mobile device via the LiveHealth Online app or on the web at www.livehealthonline.com. Alternatively, you can find LiveHealth Online through the UFLAC Mobile Health Consumer app; simply tap the tile on the home screen to launch LiveHealth Online from your mobile device. To make your first appointment with a LiveHealth Online psychologist or therapist you may also call LiveHealth Online at (844) 784-8409.

24/7 NurseLine

Registered nurses can answer your COVID-19 health-related questions wherever you are — any time, day or night. All you need to do is call the number included on the back of your Anthem Blue Cross ID card at (800) 977-0027.

IngenioRx Early Prescription Refill Limits

Anthem is relaxing early prescription refill limits, where permitted, for members/retirees and dependents who wish to refill a 30-day supply of most maintenance medications early. Additionally, please talk to your doctor about whether changing from a 30-day supply to a 90-day supply of their prescriptions is appropriate. Those filling 90-day prescriptions can get most of their medications through our home delivery pharmacy. Please call the Pharmacy Member Services number included on the back of your Anthem Blue Cross ID card at (833) 261-2466.

 

UFLAC – Benefit Resources re COVID-19 – Flyer

Anthem – Sydney Care Flyer

 

March 23, 2020

Bulletin 15-20

Los Angeles Fire & Police Pensions Update 

 

On March 19th at the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions (LAFPP) meeting, with your UFLAC leadership in attendance, the Pension Commission Board voted to increase the maximum retired sworn non-Medicare health subsidy by 5.5%. This vote will raise the unfrozen non-Medicare retiree subsidy from the current maximum of $1,820.29 per month to a maximum of $1,920.41 per month. The increase will become effective on July 1, 2020. 

Los Angeles Administrative Code (LAAC) Section 4.1154(e) states in part: 

“The Board is authorized to make discretionary changes, on an annual basis beginning in 2006, to the maximum monthly subsidy, so long as no increase exceeds the lesser of a 7% increase or the actuarial assumed rate for medical inflation for pre-65 health benefits established by the Board for the applicable fiscal year. 

Per the City Charter, retiree subsidy increases were previously tied to increases for active sworn employees or retired civilians. Because of delays in contract negotiations for active employees, the retiree subsidy increases were often years late, causing a hardship to many retirees. This Charter amendment (passed in March 2005) gave authority to the City Council and Mayor, via ordinance, to determine a more efficient way to provide timely retiree subsidies.” 

Your Union continues to work diligently on behalf of you and your family, fighting for your rights, and benefits you deserve. Please be safe out on the front lines. 

Executive Board 

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112 

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

 

March 18, 2020
Bulletin    13 – 20

UFLAC OFFICE Public Access Suspended

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 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.

Postponed event previously scheduled at the UFLAC office for the month of March and April:

  • EAP GRN Training – March 31 to April 2

For assistance, please utilize the following resources:

Main Office Numbers

  • TOLL-FREE: (800) 252-8352
  • PHONE: (213) 895-4006
  • FAX: (213) 250-5678 (DO NOT send any medical personal health information/PHI)

As a reminder, please contact the Emergency Medical Services Bureau at (213) 978-3885 if you have questions regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. You can also direct your questions to UFLAC’s Health & Safety Committee at the following email address: [email protected].

 

Stay Safe,
UFLAC Executive Board

March 16, 2020
Bulletin    12 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
 March 25, 2020
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. Report on the outcome of the March 3rd LA City elections.
  1. Update on the 2020 IAFF Legislative Conference
  1. Update on the COVID-19
  1. Unfinished Business 
  1. New Business

 

2 Drawings for the Membership (UFLAC Board Members are NOT eligible)

Last month’s raffle winners:

$100 –  Eric Ingstad                                         3

$1000 –  De Juan Talley                                 107 – not present to receive

 

Adjournment

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