LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council President Nury Martinez announced today that the City has reached a tentative agreement with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) that defers firefighters’ scheduled salary increases for 18 months, saving millions of dollars to protect jobs and services over the next two fiscal years, as the City works to recover from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.
The tentative deal also protects LAFD resource deployment, ensuring no scheduled closures (“brownouts”) of field resources through the end of the term.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Los Angeles’ economy, and we asked our firefighters to help us protect critical emergency services by deferring their scheduled raises,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We have reached a tentative agreement with UFLAC that, along with the deals we reached with civilian unions this week, will help us avoid harmful layoffs and deep service cuts. I’m grateful for their collaboration, and I hope other bargaining units follow this example and come to the table during this difficult moment.”
“During this pandemic we've seen our city employees embody the meaning of ‘public servants’ beyond anything we have ever seen in our lifetimes,” said Council President Martinez. “Thanks to them, our city continues to move forward despite the devastation of Coronavirus. They saved us throughout the last year and when called upon to help solve our City's pandemic-driven fiscal crisis, they stepped up and saved us again. The City of Los Angeles is blessed to have public servants like UFLAC, AFSCME District Council 36, Engineers & Architects Association, The LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council, LIUNA Local 777, LAPMA, Operating Engineers Local 501, SEIU 721, Teamsters Local 91, and other unions. These dedicated individuals continue to serve the public and put the people of Los Angeles ahead of their paychecks and all else. We owe them our deepest gratitude.”
"The coronavirus has ravaged our country and families throughout our city. Los Angeles is the epicenter of this pandemic and our firefighters and paramedics on the frontlines see this devastation every single day,” said Capt. Freddy Escobar, president of UFLAC. "LAFD Firefighters are proud to reach a Tentative Agreement that is fair to our members and will help our city recover from this unprecedented human and financial crisis. Most importantly, this Agreement will maintain essential LAFD resources and ensure that the people of Los Angeles will continue to receive the first class lifesaving services that they expect and deserve. We thank Mayor Garcetti, Council President Martinez, the members of the EERC and LAFD Chief Terrazas for their support. The global pandemic has served as a reminder that we are truly all in this together and our members are proud to once again step up and do our part."
The COVID-19 crisis has caused the worst economic downtown Los Angeles has ever faced, decimating City revenues and depleting budget reserves. In recent months, Mayor Garcetti and the City Council, led by Council President Martinez, have asked the City’s labor partners back to the table to negotiate deferrals of scheduled raises to protect jobs and preserve critical services.
Earlier this week, the Mayor announced similar tentative deals with the City’s civilian employees, which, if ratified, will prevent civilian layoffs and furloughs, and save services that would have otherwise needed to be cut.