Happy Holidays to all our AFSCME Local 3090 members. Where did the time go?  We’re in the midst of the holidays and the close of another year.  As we look back over 2013, there have been many changes to reflect upon and many that will greet us in 2014.

The year saw the election of a new Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, along with a new City Attorney, City Controller and the largest group of new City Council members in many years. We are looking forward to working with each of them on your behalf over the coming year.

Other significant changes include:
    The contracting out of operations at the Los Angeles Convention Center
    Granting GLAZA (Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association) an MOU to do the marketing of the Zoo
    Loss of pension reciprocity with the Department of Water and Power
All of these changes present a major challenge to our contract and the way in which the city now seems to view their obligation to adhere (or not) to the contract.  More and more we are forced into filing unfair labor practice charges or taking legal action to protect our rights. We will continue to do whatever is necessary.

For 2014 – We will receive the last raise, 5.5%,  of our current contract effective January 1.  As you know, our contract expires June 30, 2014, so our focus will be on negotiations for the greater part of the year.  In anticipation of upcoming negotiations, members from the Coalition of L.A. City Unions met on December 7th to begin the dialog about what should be addressed at the bargaining table.  Low staffing levels was an overriding concern as it came up repeatedly from members across all departments and classifications who spoke about what it was like on the job every day – heavy sometimes impossible, workloads.  The ongoing use of “acting” or “interim” assignments is also an across the board issue.  These issues are symptomatic of low staffing levels.  We want to see city services restored but in order to do so, we need adequate staffing levels.  For those who were able to attend, we thank you for your participation and continue to solicit input from everyone as we will need to be creative at the bargaining table.  Bargaining issues and your proposed solutions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On a positive note – the economy is turning around and anticipated revenues to the city are up.  The city’s reserves are at an all time high.  We hope to persuade city leaders to focus on restoring city services and the workforce.

The next Local 3090 membership meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8.  I and the executive board members can’t do it alone.  This will be a critical year so I can’t stress enough the need for your participation.  We can only do this together.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy New Year!

In Solidarity,

Alice Goff, President

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