7.5% Pay Reduction and Postponement of 2-2.5% Raise 

June 30, 2020

Brothers and Sisters of CAL FIRE Local 2881:

We have reached a tentative agreement concerning the proposed reduction in the state’s budget. Below is a summary of the side letter agreements. Please note that from the beginning, CAL FIRE Local 2881 strongly opposed any monetary impact on our membership. Due to the budget deficit of the State of California, caused by COVID-19, it became apparent that we needed to work cooperatively with the administration to mitigate the impacts to Bargaining Unit 8. This tentative agreement is due to the long hours put in by the bargaining team and our lead negotiator, Gary Messing.

L2881 Bargaining Unit 8
Summary of Side Letter Agreements

1. 7.5% base salary reduction from July 2020 through June 2021.

2. July 2020 salary adjustments of 2% and 2.5% deferred until July 1, 2021.

3. During the one year of reductions, 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 employees to receive 16 hours of PLP per pay period and 8.4 employees to receive 14 hours PLP per pay period.

4. The reductions will not change salary levels for the purpose of determining overtime, retirement level, cash out of leave credits upon separation from employment.

5. During the one-year period of reductions, the employees’ OPEB contributions of 4.4% will be suspended.

6. Henceforth, beginning July 2020, the clock for EDWC and UPOT shall be 53 hours.

7. During the year of reductions, MOU 17.14 is amended to allow year-round Fire Mission pay.

8. PLPs must be used before any other leave, except sick leave, for which it may be used at the employee’s option. It may be used like vacation/annual leave and may be cashed out upon separation from state service.

9. PLPs will not affect any other monetary benefits, seniority, insurance benefits, service credit, break in service, transfers, workers’ compensation, or disability compensation.

10. There will be no other compensation reductions for BU8 employees during the one-year period of reductions. The state may restore reductions based on state or federal funding.


Darren Dow
State Rank & File Director

The Reduction Comp 20-21 Calculator can be used to help plan for your reduction in pay.

Reduction Comp 2020-21 Calculator


Nominations for Director of Rank and File (1 position), Deputy Director of Rank and File (1 position), Rank and File Representative (10 positions), District Secretary (1 position), Retiree Representative (1 Position), and Supervisor Representative (1 position) have now closed. The District received nomination and acceptance letters for/from these members.

Director of Rank and File
Mark Garcie
Mark Grasso

Deputy Director of Rank and File
Pete Boctor

Retiree Representative
Rob Hladik

Supervisor Representative
Phil Rawlings

District Secretary
Bryan White
Mike Scholl

Rank and File Representative
Dan Williams
Luis Alvarez
Jeff Schmitz
Jose Sanabria
Travis Rye
Robert Cluff
Dan Hofshi
Tyler Williams
Jesse Park
Mike Egan

Ballots are in the printing process. On 10/21, Matt Brandt and I will mail the ballots. Ballots must be postmarked no later than 11/15.  They will be counted at the union hall on 11/21.

Nominations are open for 2020 Convention Delegates.  The 54th Annual Convention will take place in Sacramento from January 9th-12th.  Please send nomination and acceptance letters to Deputy District VP Robert Garcia if you are interested in representing District VI at the L2881 convention. Interested members are required to attend the general membership meetings on November 21st and December 10th located at the District union hall at 21160 Box Springs Rd. Suite 105 Moreno Valley.  Union release time cannot be provided to general members for the November meeting.  However, if elected, union release time will be requested for delegates attending the December meeting. Members in attendance at the November 21st general membership meeting will vote to select delegates. If you have any questions please contact District VP Bobby Davis.