Give Thanks and Take Action

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I’m reminded of the importance of gratitude. Specifically, I’m grateful that Commissioner Annie Chao is leading an effort to make sure that retiring L.A. City employees currently covered by LACERS do not start paying hundreds of dollars more per month for Medicare coverage due to a program known as IRMAA, or Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount. The full story behind the program is included in this newsletter; the city is taking public comments NOW via this via this form. You can also comment in public at the L.A. City Council meetings starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; please visit the city’s website to check their agenda.

We are also currently bargaining for the biggest raises in L.A. city history, and I’m grateful for every one of you who has shared your vision of what our new contract should contain. If you haven’t filled out our online L.A. City Bargaining Survey yet, please be sure to let me know what’s important to you!

Speaking of the City Council: we’re in the process of making our voices heard in public forums, from the City Council to a series of rolling rallies. For those of you who will be in L.A. on November 22nd, please don your green 3090 shirt and join us for a rolling rally at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, 90071, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There’s a popular maxim that 90% of success is due to showing up—and 3090 is definitely showing up.

Our brothers and sisters at FixLA are also planning another rally for December 6th—we will post specific details about the rally as soon as they are available on our website.

Finally, as I shared last week, several of our executive board members have lost a loved one recently. For all of you who may be missing loved ones this season, please know you’re not alone. Our solidarity isn’t just about winning contracts—we also share our strength through heartbreak. Here’s to celebrating the lives of those we’ve lost while making joyous new memories with our family and friends.

In Unity and Solidarity,

Larry Gates

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