We have started to enter some very exciting times as city employees. After many years of budgets running in the negative or flat, the City of Los Angeles is finally starting to hire! Exams are being administered and people are beginning to promote!
Importantly, I want you to take a moment and consider this: Do you know what is in your personnel folder? Well, you should. You don’t want there to be any surprises that may trip you up as you grow in your career.
All guidelines pertaining to personnel folders are laid out in Article 14 of our Memorandum of Understanding between AFSCME 3090 and the City of Los Angeles. Yep, it’s all right there in our contract.
It is your right to have access to review your personnel file on your personal time during normal business hours. “An employee shall be entitled to review the contents of his/her official departmental personnel folder at reasonable intervals, upon request, during hours when his/her personnel office is normally open for business. Such review shall not interfere with the normal business of the department, office or bureau.”
Be sure to check for any disciplinary actions in your folder. As per our MOU, “No disciplinary document shall be placed in an employee's official departmental personnel folder without providing said employee with a copy thereof.” There’s more information in our contract about disciplinary documents in personnel folders, but if you find something you didn’t know about, you can file a grievance. Also, request that commendations and awards are placed in your packet as well.
Believe it or not, we’re starting to look ahead to the 2018 election. On May 18, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke before a group of AFSCME members, including myself and 3090 Secretary Adriane Buchanan, as he makes the rounds in his campaign for Governor of California. I was struck by his ongoing failure to understand the issues important to our union. This includes his position on Measure RRR, the DWP reform measure we fought so hard in defeating last year. On June 23, DC36 is hosting Gavin Newsom, the current Lt. Governor and former San Francisco Mayor who is also seeking the state’s top position. I encourage you to attend these sessions. There will be additional events with various candidates as AFSCME District Council 36 go through the endorsement decision process.
Lastly, I’m happy to introduce out new AFSCME 3090 Selfie Contest. “I Serve L.A.” will highlight the most important factor in what makes Los Angeles run – its dedicated and talented workforce – YOU! Please check out this flyer for details on the contest.
As always, I urge you to attend one of our membership meetings. The next one is on Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at the union’s headquarters. Be sure to bring your green AFSCME membership card as we will be holding our monthly drawing for a great prize! Hope to see you there!