District 2 Members,
I wanted to give everyone the heads up that the new policy regarding mandatory overtime is ready to be sent out to EMS All. District 2 Leadership and Administration has been working on this since June. It has been a long and many times an unpleasant process. Our goal throughout this process was to assure that the road staff had the ability to control their mandatory requirement. Administrations goal is to eliminate brownouts. The policy will allow road staff to sign up in advance and be placed at the bottom of the mandatory list. The concession to this option is that when you sign up in advance and work your sign up day you will be paid at 1.5 not doube time. There remains the ability to take mandatory at double time but that opportunity has changed from current practice. The initial proposal, from administration, was true mandatory. That meant each of us could and probably would be called as we were getting off shift and told you were staying. We were not in agreement with this, since we all have lives outside of LCEMS. As with the majority of policies recently put out, this too has discipline attached to it. The initial draft, from administration, went straight to corrective action for non compliance. This has been changed to counseling form as stated in contract and county policy. It is imperative and each individuals responsibility to be aware of where you are on the mandatory list, when you can sign up, and to fulfill that commitment. If you cannot fulfill your obligationa as it relates to Article 13 Section 13.4, as far as mandatory, expect to be required to provide a doctors statement. Please read the policy, understand how it works, be responsible, and contact us if needed.
Our administration refuses to acknowledge that there is a staffing or retention issue. We were presented with information, a pie chart for November, that the road staff is not doing their part to keep trucks up. That fact is with what they presented, approximately 2/3 are meeting the expectation of staffing trucks and 1/3 exceed the expectation of staffing trucks. We brought up standbys as we have all heard they are either going away or decreasing. As recent as Monday, Chief Abes stated that they are not ready to change standbys since they are uncertain how that would impact the compliance for delta and echo calls. He stated that it was still being looked at, but with all of the other items being dealt with it has been set to the side and they will get back to it. We have heard from others that administration has all of this information. It is being stated that District 2 leadership is not willing to agree to concessions and this impacts the organization negatively. Our administration feels as if they have made all the concessions. It has been stated that the leadership almost did not allow the BLS trial to take place and we are the reason for the lack of road staff applying for FTO. What we are not willing to do is continue to decrease the time requirement for those able to apply for FTO. The leadership was 100% on board with the BLS trial just not how they wanted to go about staffing the trucks. Administration had certain people they wanted on these trucks and that is not nor has it been the practice when it comes to staffing.
I ask each of you not to buy into rumors or rely on others for your information. At least two of Dstrict 2 leadership and Administration are at these discussions. At times JP and Missi (1826 Principal Officers), ocassionally Captain Bertulli, and a 533 representative are at these meetings. There are no other captains or lieutenants at these meetings. If you have questions or concerns, please bring them to myself, Jon, or Eric. We are more than happy to supply you with information and documents when applicable.
I hope that each of you have a Merry Christmas!!
Angie Young - DVP