Most of the AFSCME-supported candidates and measures won big in the primary elections held on March 7. This marks yet another victory in the world of local government at a time when government at the national level continues to push regressive policies. Almost every endorsed candidate District Council 36 backed on March 7 won their race. Measure H, which will help address homelessness over the next 10 years, passed; and the extremely misleading Measure S campaign went down in flames.
And we have you, the voters and members of AFSCME 3090, to thank!
With these victories, Angeleno’s have established a stable path forward in a time of baffling political uncertainty. But we’re not done: For those races that require a runoff, a general municipal election will take place on May 16. Every single vote is critical in our current climate, so again, thank you for making sure progress continues. With every new challenge, AFSCME 3090 will continue to fight in solidarity.
On the Local front, there is continuing good news in the Acting Pay cases. With the enhanced acting pay language that was negotiated for this brief process, we are moving along with the process. We agreed to settle as many cases as possible with the CAO before calling the mediator back to mediate any cases we cannot agree on. The CAO so far has approved at least 15 Local 3090 cases and many more cases of the other city coalition partners. In some cases, where there are full units of workers who were affected, their departments have been instructed to calculate and process their acting pay bonuses. In most cases where there are individual acting pay cases, they will be processed at the end of this negotiation. We will continue to report to you as we get further in this process.
The Joint Labor Management Benefits Committee negotiated a NEW EYE CARE PROVIDER to provide eye care citywide. Instead of your medical provider facilitating your eye care needs, the new provider is called “Eye Med Vision Care”. The city has sent multiple mailings sent to the homes of all city employees to give everyone more information, since open enrollment. Eye-Med has also scheduled many pop-up clinics in various city locations where you can have your exam and even get eye wear. Those notifications are being pushed out via city email. As soon as you get the notification, you click the link and make an appointment.
I must tell you the Eye Med benefit does not, I repeat, DOES NOT replace the negotiated eye care benefit with Local 3090!! The provider is still Vision Service Plan (VSP). You are still entitled to 1 pair of glasses or contacts every 2 years AND 1 pair of computer glasses every 2 years. Go to www.VSP.com to make an appointment.
Thanks to all the members who came out to the Saturday membership meeting last month. We had a delicious breakfast and some great discussion. Congratulations to Williana Johnson, who won our monthly “Proud to be a Member” drawing and took home a free Chevron gas gift card. That can be you next month, bring your green and white AFSCME membership card and enter the drawing. You have to be present to win.
The next membership meeting is Wednesday, April 5. Hope to see you there!