As we move forward in 2014, Local 3090 continues to prepare for upcoming contract negotiations. Surveys are being printed now and should go out from the mailing house no later than February 21st.  I cannot impress upon you enough how important your ideas, suggestions and engagement are to a successful contract campaign.  Now is the time to have your voice heard so please take the time to complete the survey and return it as soon as possible.  We are also planning worksite meetings to answer questions; bring your survey along and we will complete it together over lunch.  We want to be able to paint a complete picture of our membership and we can’t do it without your participation. So bring your ideas and your enthusiasm!

We are stronger together. That is why we are encouraging our Agency Fee payers (AF designation on your check stub) to sign up as a voluntary member by filling out the Payroll Authorization Deduction Card.  A letter with full explanation and a card has been mailed to Agency Fee payers.  The card needs to be completed and returned in order to have full membership rights, primary among which is the right to participate in the negotiation process and then vote on the tentative agreement.

At our February membership meeting, we answered a variety of questions from our members and discussed the latest raise many members received effective January 1. Our next membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 am.  This is another opportunity to have your concerns addressed and complete the survey.

In ongoing issues with the City, the Coalition of L.A. City Unions’ Unfair Employee Relations Practice charge on the change in reciprocity between LACERS and DWP Retirement System was sent to mediation and the first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th. The UERP on the unilateral implementation of a two tier pension system was sent back to the hearing officer for consideration on case law which was not addressed in the decision.  As you may recall in December, the hearing officer ruled against us on a technicality, saying the claim had not been filed timely.

Thank you for all your hard work as employees of the City of Los Angeles.  You may not hear it often, or at all, but you are noticed.  The Interim General Manager of the Department of Building and Safety, Mr. Ray Chan, held a meeting recently with all of our members and invited Union Representatives to attend.  He thanked our members for all that they do to make the department tops in providing service to the public.

Keep up the good work!! You’re awesome.

In Solidarity,
Alice Goff

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