In one of the most bizarre events of this budget year Two LA City Attorneys Juliann Anderson who is the Secretary of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association and Jule Bishop have attempted to convince members of the LA City Attorneys Association to hold a Second Vote.
Although fairly standard in this cycle of concessions, what makes this story odd is that these two Board members are NOT authorized to take these actions, and goes against everything the elected board has been working for to benefit the members as a whole.
Setting up a webpage they convinced other attorneys that this was a legitimate meeting, bypassing the duly elected board and asking members to sign a petition to revote on the concession contract.
It is a shame that these members are asking for a second vote with NO claims of impropriety, they simply want to have their way. Now SEIU 721 has begun the Voting process and plans on mailing ballots to the LA City Attorneys without an attached contract which will include three choices; 1. The coalition agreement* 2. The new agreement from CAO – 26 days furloughs + 4% 3. Status Quo – Keeping Colas and avoiding pay reductions and huge contributions.
Julie Butcher Returns
Who could possibly convince these people that this is the proper course of action to take?
Sources close to the investigation reveal a twisted plot involving none other then Julie “Giveback” Butcher from SEIU Local 721 the affiliated union of the LACAA.
This is the work of one very desperate former City Union representative who has been shipped out to meddle in county business and no longer works for the LA City members her personal relations with one of the individuals may have clouded her judgement in this matter.
In an email exchange we have obtained, Legal Counsel for SEIU 721 Bob Hunt clearly states that, ” There are potential legal issues if anyone asserts that some official action must be taken as a result of the meeting. I would advise that SEIU avoid doing
anything based on this meeting absent authorization from the LACAA board.”
Julie Butchers response,” That’s not my understanding & we’re preparing to mail ballots.”
David Sanders, SEIU Regional Director for LA Cities did not return phone calls for comment.
LACAA Board Will Respond
It is unclear at this time just which of the many avenues the LACAA Board will take to remedy this ridiculous situation, but you can count on them not standing by idly while the entire membership and their will is hijacked by an outdated irrelevant union boss and some vigilante attorney clamoring for a bigger office and management favor at the expense of her co-workers.
*Coalition Agreement can not be voted on as the agreement would be modified no guarantee of what the employees would get would be included because the members elected board are not in current discussions with the office of the cao in this fashion.