It’s time, once again, for the Mighty 3090 to show what we can do! In an act of solidarity against President Trump’s war on working families, women, sanctuary cities and progressive ideals as we know them, men and women from across Los Angeles are marching from MacArthur Park to Grand Park for a big rally. This is the Resist LA march. Let’s show up in numbers!

It’s unfortunate that I have to write about our current administration every month, but we have entered into an unprecedented time in our country. There are a lot of hateful and careless ideas coming out of Washington today and a call to resist is the least we can do. This is our country, these are our brothers and sisters, let’s stand up for what we believe is right! I encourage you to join us starting at MacArthur Park at 11 a.m. on Monday and bring as many friends and family members as possible. Come on outside if you are working in the Civic Center Area, and post selfies of your participation. #Resist #Mighty3090. Let’s show them what democracy looks like!

It’s budget season. Several members, myself and others in leadership have been attending multiple sessions of the ongoing L.A. City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting discussing Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed 2017-2018 city budget. We’re still working to restore the approximately 5,000 jobs that were eliminated during the Great Recession. There are critical staffing issues throughout the City, such as Police Service Representatives, all call centers and positions in direct public counters, as well as other civilian positions within the Police Department. We’re also concerned that very few city departments are taking advantage of the Targeted Local Hire Program, in this budget as promised per our agreement. The Department of Recreation and Parks is doing a disservice to parents and children by relying on part-time exempt staff. To be continued.

In our continued action to strengthen our own union, we are getting more and more employees to sign membership cards. Many may not know they are agency-fee payers and we would like to see them become full members of Local 3090. This gives them the power to vote in the union and have a stronger voice on the job. If you know anyone in this situation, tell them to give us a call.

On Saturday, we have a special Promotional Skills Workshop. At this point I am proud to say we are full to compactly. We will continue to provide training in the future as exams are announced. When that happens we will post to the website and Facebook, so continue to check back for updates. And if you have any questions, you are always free to call the local.

We had another packed house for Movie Night! We showed the excellent Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” and a great time was had by all. Stay tuned for the next showing.

As always, I would like to thank our members who show up and lend their voice to our membership meetings. It is the voice and input of the members that makes us a strong as we are. Please come out to our next meeting on Wednesday, May 3 @ 6:30p.m. Be sure to bring your green AFSCME membership card as we will be doing our monthly drawing for a great prize! Hope to see you there!

In solidarity,
Carmen Hayes-Walker

Alice Goff

Carmen Hayes-Walker
President AFSCME 3090

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