March 18, 2019
Bulletin 6 – 19

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
March 27, 2019
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

8:30 GUEST:

Monica Rodriguez

Our special guest speaker at our March General Membership meeting is Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, who represents the 7th Council District which includes several Northeast San Fernando Valley such as Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, North Hills, and several others. In early 2019, Councilmember Rodriguez was appointed to serve as the Chair of the LA City Council Public Safety Committee, which oversees the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the LA Police Department, and other city departments that work on public safety issues.

Councilmember Rodriguez is the daughter of former LAFD legend Ralph Rodriguez, who served the LAFD and the people of Los Angeles for more than 25 years as a Firefighter, Captain, and instructor at the LAFD Drill Tower.

UFLAC was proud to endorse Councilmember Rodriguez in her successful election to the City Council in 2017. Since she was sworn in on her first day on the city council on July 1, 2017, Councilmember Rodriguez has been a tremendous advocate for public safety in general and our Firefighters in particular. As the newly appointed Chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee, UFLAC looks forward to continuing our work with Ms. Rodriguez on issues of importance to our Firefighters and the LAFD.

We welcome Councilmember Rodriguez to UFLAC at our March GM Meeting and look forward to working with her over the next several months.

1. Report on I.A.F.F. Legislative Conference
2. Negotiations update
3. Action Item: Local 112 Lifetime Member Committee report and presentation to the General Membership, including a recommendation.
4. Unfinished Business
5. New Business

2 Drawings for the Membership (UFLAC Board Members are NOT eligible)
Last month’s raffle winners:

$100        Mike Pacheco FS94-A
$1000      Jorge Gomez MFC (not present to receive)

 

Adjournment

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

February 17, 2019

Bulletin 5-19

Important Reminder

Purchase Your Recruit Training Time Today!

 

Dear Local 112 Members:

 

Your UFLAC Executive Board would like to remind our members about your ability to buy back recruit training time. Purchasing your recruit time will increase your overall years of service on the job and count towards your pension. The sooner you purchase your time, the less interest you’ll have to pay. If you haven’t completed this purchase, we encourage you to review the information below.

 

Why Purchase Time?

  • Brings you closer to having five years of service, which is when you become eligible for nonservice-connected disability benefits
  • Brings you closer to the five-year threshold for a nonservice-connected lifetime survivor pension
  • Brings you closer to the minimum years required for a service pension, depending on your Tier
  • Adds to your service pension percentage, up to the allowed maximum pension percentage for your Tier

 

 

Steps to Purchase:

STEP 1

Submit a Request to Purchase.  Complete a Request for Service Credit Purchase Estimate. Indicate the type of service credit you are interested in purchasing and the method of payment (lump sum, payroll deduction, or transfer from the City’s Deferred Compensation Plan or another eligible retirement plan). You may submit your request by mail, fax, email or by phone to Active Member Services Section. It takes about 6-8 weeks to receive your cost estimate.

 

STEP 2

Complete Purchase.  Based on the payment method(s) you selected, additional forms will be mailed to you.  In order to finalize the purchase, please complete and return the forms as instructed.

 

For more information, please call Active Member Services Section at 213-279-3140 or visit www.lafpp.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

Executive Board

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112

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February 15, 2019

 

 UFLAC General Membership Meeting

February 27, 2019

Fire Station 64

“B” Building 

10811 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA  90061

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

 

0730    Stewards Meeting

0800 General Membership Meeting

GUEST: Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8)      

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. Introduction of UFLAC’s Foundation
  2. Peer Support Training (April 2nd– 4th@ UFLAC)
  3. Update on Los Angeles Firefighters Association
  4. New Business

 

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

 

Last month’s raffle winners: 

$100 Dave Diaz

$1000  John Lefeber FS 112″A”.  Not present to receive.

 

Adjournment

 

 

 

Executive Board

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112

 

Bulletin 03-19

February 8, 2019

 

UFLAC PEER SUPPORT

JOIN US FOR GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING

 APRIL 2-4, 2019

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) is excited to offer a three-day Group Crisis Intervention and Assisting Individuals in Crisis Training (GRIN) on April 2-4.

The Group Crisis Intervention section is designed to teach the central elements of a “comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum.” Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions and understand the value and importance of follow-up services, including when and how to make appropriate referrals to vetted professionals when needed.

As Peer Support has grown and developed over the years, the type of services that Peer Support personnel provide have also changed. In the past, most Peer Support occurred in a group setting assisting Mental Health Professionals with defusings and debriefings. While there is still an important place for group interventions, today, Peers are providing crisis intervention utilizing a Peer-based model.

While crisis intervention is NOT Psychotherapy, it is a “specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy.” This section of the class, Assisting Individuals in Crisis, is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention.

The curriculum that we are utilizing is material that has been developed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). We will provide each participant who successfully completes the full three days of training with Certificates of Completion from the ICISF, which is a nationally-recognized Certification.

Tiffani Collier, the main trainer for our class, is one of three CISM trainers for the United States Coast Guard and we are very grateful to the Coast Guard for releasing Tiffani to provide our training. In 2000, Tiffani achieved Trainer status with the ICISF after leading over 600 CISM interventions for first responders after the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261. Tiffani has coordinated CISM responses for maritime law enforcement teams, led interventions following suicides, line of duty deaths, and mid-air collisions of military aircraft, and she aided after Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. I have personally had the opportunity to work with Tiffani in the past and I know that you will get a lot out of her training.

If you are interested in taking this three-day training, please let us know so that we can provide enough materials for everyone. To receive the certification, each participant will need to complete the full three days of training.

Please RSVP to Maria Rendon at [email protected] by March 8th if you are interested in attending. If you have any questions about this training, you can contact me at [email protected].

Sincerely,

 

Steven. F. Froehlich, Ph. D., MFT #7666

Director

Behavioral Health Services

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

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January 17, 2019

UFLAC General Membership Meeting

January 30, 2019

UFLAC Offices

1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

 

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

0800   General Membership Meeting

GUEST:           LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas

  1. Update on DROP
  2. Report on IAFF ALTS
  3. Negotiations progress
  4. Unfinished Business
  5. New Business

 

 

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

Last month’s raffle winners:

  • Wayne Schultz received the $100.00 drawing – donated it to the LAFD Historical Society Foundation
  • Sergio Franco was NOT PRESENT to win the $1,000.00 drawing of the entire membership.  (NO Carry Over).

 

Adjournment

 

 

 

Executive Board

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112

Bulletin 2-19

January 17, 2019

DROP Amendments Approved by City Council

 

Dear Local 112 Members:

 

UFLAC has worked extensively with public safety bargaining units, including the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Airport Police Officers, Port Police Officers, LAFD Chief Officers Association, and other public safety unions to make revisions to the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).

 

After public hearings in December and January in accordance with the City Charter, the City Council approved changes to the DROP ordinance by a unanimous vote on Tuesday, January 15th.  The ordinance now awaits a signature by the Mayor followed by publication and implementation before its effective date.

 

The effective date of the ordinance implementing the changes will be February 1, 2019. Members entering the DROP after January 31, 2019 will be subject to the new requirements.

 

Additional details can be found in the official City Council motion and draft ordinance.

 

If you have any questions regarding the DROP, please feel free to contact members of the UFLAC Executive Board.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Executive Board

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112

Bulletin 36-18

December 28, 2018

 

MOU Negotiation Update

Our current Memorandum Of Understanding expires on June 30, 2019 and the membership recently voted in a new Negotiating Team.

 

Your elected Negotiating Team is:

– Freddy Escobar

– Domingo Albarran

– Adam Walker

– Tony Gamboa

 

Please email your contract negotiation suggestions to: [email protected]All email suggestions will be printed out with names removed and given to the Negotiating Team for consideration.

UFLAC Executive Board