April 17, 2018
Brothers and Sisters:
Over the last couple of years there has been a substantial increase in the verified need to use Union Release Time. Union Release Time is used for a multitude of reasons including negotiations, grievance representation, disciplinary actions and funerals.
The negotiation process usurped a vast amount of the release time bank due to attending meetings with CALHR and the legisla-ture. The L2881 Fire Fighters in Crisis Rally held at the State Capital used release time to remind legislators of the need for a contract.
It is unfortunate over the last few years the Department has taken a more drastic approach with disciplinary actions, causing the need to use release time to represent our members. Contract violations are occurring more frequently, creating more time spent defending our contract.
Union release time is also used in support of district and chapter issues, such as attacks on staffing levels and other local issues which has kept our union officers busy.
And furthermore, there has been an increase in usage due to the sudden and unexpected deaths of our brothers and sisters from job related illness and injuries. CAL FIRE Local 2881 Honor Guard has been performing non-stop to ensure our members re-ceive the honor they deserve during their memorials.
Did you know, you can donate to the Release Time Bank to further support all of the services listed above. Vacation, Annual Leave, Holidays, PLP's and CTO time can be donated in one day increments.
Please go to:
and download the form to start the donation process. Please remember to print and attach the form to your timesheet (E-Pay) and email a copy to
at Union Headquarters.
Stay the Course,
State Rank and File Director