Sisters & Brothers,

When you receive your paycheck on July 19, 2017, you will be in for a pleasant surprise: a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA). This raise, which went into effect on June 24, 2017, was negotiated by the Coalition of L.A. City Unions during the last bargaining cycle. AFSCME Local 3090, along with District Council 36, played a significant leadership role in those negotiations.

You work hard to keep Los Angeles running, from the Harbor to Downtown, from the Valley to the Westside. No matter how well deserved, these raises aren’t magic, they don’t come out of nowhere. Nor are they a given, like the sun rising in the morning or the 405 being jammed during rush hour. And these raises certainly don’t appear because of the good graces and benevolence of management. They are the result of a contract that your union leaders and negotiating team fought for. Management would prefer takeaways and cutbacks. We prefer that all our members be compensated equitably for their work so they can maintain a livable standard of living for themselves and their families. This is why we do what we do.

In addition to raises, the union also negotiates benefits. I want to make sure that all members are taking advantage of the two vision plans available to them. One is, VSP, through the union which provides 1 pair of regular glasses and 1 pair of computer glasses, biannually. The Joint Labor Management Benefits Committee (which AFSCME is part of) negotiated the newest eye benefit called EyeMed. Through this plan you get one pair of glasses every year (with minimal copays) and your dependents are covered as well. Between the two, you could end up with as many three new pairs of glasses in a year. Plus, EyeMed providers are offering exams at some worksites. Keep an eye out – sorry for the pun – for this opportunity and take advantage of this benefit.

Each AFSCME 3090 member plays a critical role in the functioning of one of the world’s largest city. Let people know how you “Serve L.A.” I hope you’ve entered into our “I Serve L.A.” Selfie Contest, which we’ve extended into July. This is a fun, interactive way for you to show support for your union and win a prize, but more importantly, it’s a way for you to tell your story. What do you do to keep Los Angeles running? Enter the Selfie Contest today. Plus, be sure to share the link with friends and coworkers, and like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The photo with the most “likes” wins!

Last week we had the opportunity to hear from gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, who spoke of issues important to working families. This was part of an ongoing series hosted by AFSCME District Council 36 inviting candidates running for the highest office in California to speak directly to members. We’ll have announcements about endorsements at a later date, but 2018 is right around the corner.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July Weekend.

In solidarity,
Carmen Hayes-Walker

Alice Goff

Carmen Hayes-Walker
President AFSCME 3090

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