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.
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!
Alice Goff, President