BREAKTHROUGH ON NEGOTIATIONS!
On WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2013 we will have a special and urgent General Membership Meeting to discuss potential settlement of Negotiations.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT IN YOUR MAILBOX FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS AND OFFICIAL VOTING BALLOT!
When: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th.
Time: 3:00 – 8:00 (Come anytime in between)
Location: Home Town Buffet
1008 E 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & PARTICIPATION!
It is that time again,
NOMINIATIONS OF OFFICERS.
Jan.9th we will have a
meeting concerning the
nominations. Please be
keep an eye out for the
mailer that will be out
sometime around Dec. 9th.
What's Going On
A: 2012 /2013 Negotiations
We had one meeting with the County on October 11, 2013. The County made a package proposal which we are countering. Negotiations will be scheduled for early November. The settlement of the VLF lawsuit has left open some possibility for productive negotiations.
B: Member Investigatories, Grievances, Arbitrations & Rights Disputes.
1) Custodial Matters – A custodian was assaulted and battered in the parking lot of the Civic Center by what appeared to be a homeless person. He was saved from further harm by the timely and brave intervention of a fellow custodian.
Subsequent to the incident, the County held a safety meeting and took suggestions for improving custodian safety. This is a reminder to all employees who work nights in the Civic Center that the jail lets out prisoners at midnight and some of the homeless population is not particularly stable. The Civic Center can be a dangerous place, particularly after dark.
Never walk in the Civic Center alone after dark. Report all problems with doors and gates. Keep your cars in good working order. Do not open the doors for panhandlers. Consider taking classes in personal safety.
Our hearts go out to the victim and our heartfelt thanks to the co-worker who came to his rescue.
2) Representational Matters – We held three interactive and one investigatory meeting this month. We resolved two problems regarding overdue performance evaluations.
We are working with two employees who have incurred serious work-related disabilities to either, find them modified work or assist them in initiating the process of obtaining a disability retirement.
C: OTHER MATTERS:
1) Retirement - The Retirement Board will reconsider decreasing the time the County has to pay off their unfunded liability, as well as decrease their projected income from investments. These changes mean that both the County and employees would have to contribute more money to fund the pension and less money will be available for wages.
The last vote on this subject was close, and the issue has been rescheduled for the November Retirement Board meeting. Attorney Kathleen Sage spoke at the last Retirement Board meeting and will speak again in November. She urged the Board to keep both accounting assumptions at current levels.
Julie Wynne, associate general counsel and assistant CEO for OCERS has taken a position as the head of the Sonoma County Employees Retirement System. Julie was a knowledgeable, personable and level-headed voice in the increasingly politicized atmosphere of Retirement Board advisement. We will miss her.
Thank you for your support.