Greetings, AFSCME Local 3090 members! Thank you so much for your vote of confidence in nominating me as your new Local 3090 President. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Carmen Hayes-Walker and I am looking forward to working even more closely with all of you in my new position. I have been your Local 3090 Vice President for the past 6 years. Prior to that I was recording secretary for 26 years, working with the Executive Board on your behalf. I have been an L.A. City employee for the past 35 years and currently work as a Senior Administrative Clerk at the Department of Building and Safety, so I know the positives and negatives of our challenges well.
At our last membership meeting I was nominated and accepted the office of president of Local 3090. I will do my absolute best to use my knowledge acquired as a City employee, along with the example laid out by my excellent predecessor Alice Goff, to keep our union strong. I especially look forward to working with you, the members to ensure all Local 3090 members are treated fairly with dignity and respect in any and all aspects of the work environment.
Now, let’s talk about the election. I cannot stress enough the importance of this upcoming election for working families. On one side we have Hillary Clinton, who has long been a champion for the middle class. On the other side, we have one of the most narcissistic candidates to ever be nominated by his party. The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is unimaginable. Even with Clinton’s healthy lead in the polls, we cannot become complacent. We must do all we can to stop him and ensure that Hillary Clinton, AFSCME and Local 3090’s pick for president, gets elected on Nov. 8.
But while most of the press is centered at the top of the ticket, there are many important down ballot races as well – like Measure RRR – that hit close to our members’ lives.
Vote NO on Measure RRR
If you live in the city of Los Angeles there is one measure that is detrimental to city workers, personally. It is Measure RRR. This measure seeks to privatize the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power while moving its employees out of civil service. It drastically effects tenure and seniority for any city employee who has worked at DWP in the past and DWP will no longer be an option for promotions and transfers in the future. We cannot let this happen!
Proponents are falsely billing RRR as a “reform” measure that will curb rate increases. This is not true. In reality, Measure RRR would actually make it easier for unelected officials to bump the prices up, without any City Council oversight. In addition, it threatens the diversity and equal access to good City jobs if the merit-based civil service system is dismantled.
AFSCME is also throwing its full support behind Rickk Montoya for Garden Grove City Council. Rickk has been a Police Service Representative (911 dispatcher) for LAPD for many years and knows what it means to take action while listening to the needs of others. He will make a terrific, caring councilman. If you live in Garden Grove, we hope you will join us in voting for Rickk this November.
Stay Tuned for Job Opportunities
As employees continue to leave or retire from the City, many new jobs will be opening up. We will keep you posted of new opportunities. But in the meantime, I encourage anyone interested in moving up to take any exams and training classes to improve your skills. That way you will be eligible to fill slots as they become vacant. Check the Save the Date section on the home page of the AFSCME 3090 website for upcoming exams and classes.
At the September membership meeting, several members came forward with various concerns they are experiencing at the workplace. This is exactly what these meetings are designed for. Thank you to all those members who attend and give us your time, perspective and your grievances. We will work diligently to address those concerns and correct any workplace injustices.
Nominations for the full AFSCME 3090 executive board were made at the October meeting. I, along with Adriane Buchanan for the position of secretary and Sherry Gardner for Harbor area coordinator were nominated without opposition and sworn in. The positions with numerous candidates are, Vice President, Treasurer, Civic Center Area Coordinator (2 seats), Valley Area Coordinator and 2 Trustees. At the meeting members volunteered to serve on the election committee. As always, all elections are done by mail. A ballot will be mailed to all voluntary dues paying members. If you are paying agency fee, you are not entitled to vote. Look at your check stub if you are not sure of your status. If you are still not sure, call the office and speak to Bernice at (213)487-9887 ext 340 and she will check for you.
Our next membership meeting is Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 a.m. I hope to see you there.