The election of Donald Trump as president was a tough pill to swallow. And over the next several years we will discover just how tough his presidency will be on labor in America. Until then, we have to press forward. At the state and local level there were many victories to be thankful for; and we must continue to move forward and make progress within the City of Los Angeles, and as a union as well.
In the victory column, California sent a powerful voice to the U.S. Senate in Kamala Harris and in Los Angeles sent the destructive Measure RRR packing. This measure was being sold to Angelenos as DWP reform. RRR would have made it easier for unelected officials to hike prices and would have dismantled the merit-based civil service system. Thank you to all the AFSCME 3090 members who helped defeat Measure RRR! GO MIGHTY 3090!
Other wins include Proposition JJJ for affordable housing and good jobs in L.A., Measure M to improve transit and Prop 55 to fund education in California for years to come.
I want to thank everyone who took time to fill out the survey regarding Acting Pay/Higher Level Assignments, Article 52 of our MOU, and more than 250 of you responded! We are currently going over your responses and compiling the data. We will be contacting those who meet the minimum requirement per the MOU provision. A mediation meeting on the matter is set for Dec. 1 and we will keep everyone up to date as progress is made. Again, thank you for responding during the allotted time period. Your responses are invaluable to the process and we look forward to a positive outcome for all.
We are also welcoming a new Business Representative here at AFSCME Local 3090, Lylwyn (Ling) Esangga, as well as a new Executive Board Member Sherry Gardner as the Harbor Area Coordinator. We are very happy to have them as part of the team and I can assure you they will represent the Mighty 3090 well.
As a union and as a society we are going through a period of transition, and despite the outcome of the presidential election I know we have much to be thankful for. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you all soon.
Our next membership meeting will be in January 2017. There will be no membership meeting in December.