February 10th was a great day of action!!! AFSCME Local 3090 members and hundreds of other members of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions took a stand and came together for a “unity break” that showed the leaders of the City of Los Angeles that we are not willing to accept these draconian concessions for our next contract. I want to say ‘Thank You!’ to everyone who participated that day.

Let’s keep it up!

The Coalition and Local 3090 continue to meet with the city in our respective bargaining sessions. I’ve been reporting delays and the lack of any significant progress however lately; we have participated in mediation in an effort to move the process. I can’t report details because of a confidentiality agreement that was signed but I can say that it has been helpful. We are determined to fight back against further cuts and, with your help, win. We’ve done our part and while the city has not totally turned around, the financial position is much better as the economy continues to improve.

Currently, the workforce has been depleted by as many as five to seven thousand (depending on whose numbers are used) positions and there are several hundred employees who are retirement eligible. It’s time to recognize the sacrifices and collaboration of workers and begin an orderly restoration of service. We need workers to provide those services. To have the ability to recruit and retain workers, they want to know there is room to grow; have a career path with good wages and benefits to provide for their family. The proposed cuts do the opposite. These types of changes will only cripple a city that is already reeling from years of cuts and reductions in staffing and services.

Worksite meetings will continue so that we can provide you with as much information as possible. As meetings are scheduled they will be posted on the website.  Please log on and sign up with your personal email address to get the latest.

Finally, the City Council primary election is Tuesday, March 3.  If you live in Los Angeles City limits, this is your opportunity to weigh in on the candidates with the best record of supporting workers and working families – Vote. Yes, your vote doesn’t count if it’s not cast. See the list here of candidates endorsed by labor.

Our next membership meeting is Saturday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m.  See you there!

In Solidarity,
Alice Goff

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