The protracted negotiations continue with the City of Los Angeles both at the Coalition table and our individual table. Both sides agreed to mediation for the Coalition table which has helped to push things along. Again, we signed a confidentially agreement so I can’t give details, but what had been stalled for many months is now moving. We have extended mediation for short periods of time to ensure that there is continued progress because progress at the Coalition table means that we will be able to focus more directly on the 3090 table.
Please continue to check our website for updates (www.afscme3090.org). Also, we ask that you sign up with your personal email address and encourage your co-workers to do the same so that we can get information to you quickly when the time comes.
Our fight is only part of a larger struggle in this country to hold the line on dignity, respect and decent wages for America’s workers. While union members are striving to maintain living wages, there are many workers who struggle to pay bills and put food on the table for their families. One of our goals in this contract is to bring up our members who are currently earning less than $15 an hour. Yes, we have members who earn less than $15 an hour – imagine their challenge.
The Fight for $15 campaign is a struggle for what is right to keep America’s middle class strong. The campaign had a strong national showing on April 15 as Los Angeles’ labor movement joined tens of thousands across the country who came together in solidarity for low-wage workers’ rights. We will continue to support our brothers and sisters here in Los Angeles in their Raise the Wage campaign until all workers are able to achieve a decent standard of living.
The Mayor released his budget in compliance with the City Charter and as we did last year, the Coalition of LA City Unions made our budget proposal before the Budget and Finance Committee on Monday, May 4. We acknowledged that the City was making small steps towards restoring service and staffing, but more could be done. Committee members were very interested in our suggestions for revenue generation to fund staffing.
April 22 was Administrative Professionals Day. I and the AFSCME 3090 Executive Board would like to say thank you to all of our members who have shown dedication to the job through the good times and the bad. I am proud to call you sisters and brothers, and the citizens of the city of Los Angeles should be grateful to have such devoted and caring employees at their service. You help make this great city what it is, and for that we say Thank You.
Our next membership meeting is scheduled for May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Come and bring your questions and concerns, find out what’s going on in other worksites – We’re Stronger Together.
Alice Goff, President, AFSCME 3090