As we come up on the end of a very busy and politically challenging 2016, it’s time to unwind and turn our attention to the holidays and good, relaxing time with family and friends. I’ve only been President for a short time, but already we’re off to a good start. I am excited to work with you to continue the awesome strides that Local 3090 has made in the labor movement.
I, for one, am grateful to be a part of AFSCME 3090, the best union around. Make no mistake, the years ahead are going to be tough for all unions, and particularly for public sector unions. But when have we ever run from a fight? Our solidarity will be tested and I am proud to be able to lead you into battle for dignity and respect in the workplace. There’s a reason they call us the Mighty 3090!
While it’s easy to look back and second guess a lot of political decisions that were made on the national front this past year, here in Los Angeles, the union has had a good, productive year with some notable wins. On Nov. 8, the Los Angeles labor movement did great with our propositions and measures that we cared most about, most notably Measure RRR which we soundly defeated. The measure would have begun to dismantle the merit-based civil service system and set us back 50+ years. Congratulations!
In finishing up the Settlement Agreement from the last round of contract negotiations, we asked and you responded to a survey regarding “acting pay.” Thanks again to the 250-plus members who responded – very quickly, I might add – to meet our tight deadline. The information you provided has been extremely helpful.
On Dec. 1, Local 3090 along with the Coalition of City Unions had an initial meeting with an impartial mediator. We established guidelines for the review process by which each he will use to gauge the merits of each of these cases. The mediations can be very time consuming, with each case reviewed individually, however we were able to come to an agreement to a speedier process. We have not come to a resolution yet, but progress is being made and the mediation process will continue after the first of the year. Thank you for your patience and stay tuned for more information when we get the final report from the mediator.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to give us a call at the union office. Or you can come with your inquiries and ideas to our next membership meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. I hope to see you all there!
Have a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year!