UFLACUnited Firefighters of Los Angeles City
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Under union rules, UFLAC will be required to hold an election by the end of the year.
UFLAC is the last major union not to have an agreement, with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Coalition of City Unions and the Engineers and Architects Association all covered by agreements.
The city wants to declare an impasse in its contract negotiations with UFLAC, which would send the issue to the city's Employee Relations Board to decide.
McOsker said UFLAC opposes that, and a hearing will be held later this month.
We believe the signs we've put up and the interactive company-closure map are very responsible," UFLAC President Pat McOsker said.
Councilman Dennis Zine, who serves on the Public Safety and Personnel committees, said he is sympathetic to the unions because of his former work with the police union but believes UFLAC is going too far.
Garcetti said he hoped to see a delay in the service cuts to give officials more time as they negotiate a new contract with UFLAC.
Councilwoman Janice Hahn has introduced a proposal, agreed to by UFLAC, that would waive the bonuses paid to firefighters this year.
Yet a consultant hired by UFLAC to evaluate discrimination in the department said there remains a feeling that the firehouse is the ``young man's idea of a workplace.
Contract negotiations have been stalled, and outgoing UFLAC President Pat McOsker had a strained relationship with department management, boycotting meetings to discuss disciplinary issues and calling for Bamattre's resignation.
Earlier this week, as criticism of Bamattre mounted, outgoing UFLAC President Pat McOsker said the Fire Department's leadership is responsible for setting the tenor of the agency -- and must be responsible for changing it.
Steve Tufts and Jon McDuffie are seeking to oust UFLAC President Pat McOsker and First Vice President Paul Gilbrook, saying the union has gone in the wrong direction in recent years, including its support of former Mayor James Hahn in the last election and the failure to reach a contract with the city.