This year’s Janus decision has placed us in a precarious position. As of June 27th there are no more “Agency Fee” payers. There are only members and non-members. Anyone who was paying the agency fee is now paying zero dues while still enjoying the benefits of union membership. This is not acceptable. We need to fight harder now more than ever to ensure that our union is strong. The best way to help our fight right now is for you and your coworkers to become more unified and strengthen our membership together. The best way to do that is by asking your coworkers to sign up with the Union including the voluntary PAC donation. Existing Union members should sign a new card as well and recommit our strength. The bottom line is we must Organize. When we organize, we will become stronger. When we are stronger, we will improve all aspects of our working conditions. This includes the wages, benefits and specials in your contract.
LAUSD: We have been negotiating with the District for well over a year now. Unfortunately, we are still far apart in terms of the wage increases we expect for our members. There is a possibility that we could come to an impasse in the near future unless there is some movement on their part.
LA County: As of this writing we are still diligently negotiating for our wages and benefits. The County does not pay retro-active wages so we understand the urgency that our members have in terms of getting a new contract. However, we want to bring you a contract that is worthy of your vote. I thank you in advance for your patience and I hope to have something for you to vote on very soon!
LA City: Our MOU 2 and 13 negotiations have been placed on hold for about 2 months now. The reason for this is that we are focusing our efforts on the Coalition of City Unions negotiation table in order to get the wage increases that our members deserve. Once that is complete, we will resume our individual table negotiations so that we can focus on bonuses, inequities, and other items that pertain specifically to our trades.
HACLA: Negotiations for our successor MOU will begin shortly. If you have any proposals, please get them to me as soon as possible.
For further information, please attend our Unit 14 Civil Service meeting which is held every 4th Thursday of the month! If you would like to speak to me directly, please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at (626) 712-4769. Alternatively you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luis Arida, Civil Service