Could EAA members contract negotitations depend on who is elected to the board? It certainly could. With reports coming in detailing Michael Davies secretive meetings with the CAO prior to bargaining by your elected bargaining team members and a delay by the city to review the contract it only begs the question, Is the CAO hoping to install a board full of sympathetic, inexperienced members?
We all remember Michael Davies famous Quote, “It is not enough to just say no. The days of (city employees) contributing nothing towards healthcare are over.” Now members identified as a quasi slate sympathetic and intimately familiar with Davies are running to take over EAA, and the City is hedging their bets if the wrong group is elected it can reduce members pay and swing talks back into their favor.
Whats At Stake?
Pay, benefits, security. Simple you can end up losing salary quicker with the wrong board in place if the current board is replaced and here is how.
Current negotiations are favoring the workforce to achieve cost mitigating factors having employees remain whole vs an immediate financial blow of 3500 – 5000 per year depending on the members salary. Negotiations are ongoing but what we have learned indicate the EERC is hoping to hold out till after the EAA election in order to eliminate these hard fought for gains and return to their original positions.
“Members First” a group of employees who have shown clear support and loyalty to another union AFT have formed to tout reform and change but offer little in real plans other then catchy lines promising to make changes, problem is the changes they seek were made long ago by current board members, Namely Isaac Maya, who all members of EAA should thank for bringing change to EAA, that is why he has earned our endorsement for MOU 01 Governor.
Either we fight the city or we sell out the employees who trust us for personal gain, this has been norm for the last few years with most unions in the City of Los Angeles.
Michael Davies opened the flood gates to these concessions permanently giving away a portion of the city health care subsidy in exchange for a small reduction in temporary furloughs. If he were still in office today employees could have been assured of the full retiree health care subsidy having been implemented in full at once, and many other cuts the city wishes to impose namely the FLSA which could be huge savings if the city plan to reduce overtime had been implemented.Some examples of what folks who wish to please management can do to the workforce, we should never be having lunch like old friends as Davies is accused of doing with Miguel Santana before bargaining sessions began as a retired employee.
All unions should instill methods for removal of office which make it easier to remove those serving from office when their loyalty shifts away from the employees to serving management. Below is a list of candidates some of which we have endorsed and we will be providing you with Live Updates of the election results as they happen on Wednesday.
Reminder ballots must be received at the receiving address no later than 8:00 a.m. February 29, 2012 to be counted. If you do not receive your ballot or have a spoiled ballot, please call the EAA office immediately at (213) 620-6920 so a duplicate ballot can be requested.
Candidates on 2012 EAA Election Ballot Our endorsements in Bold*
|MOU 1 Governor||MOU 1 Unit Council|
John R. Dierking
Lita B. Jacobs
Philip B. Pate
Désirée I. Guzzetta
James E. Miller
|MOU 19 Governor||MOU 19 Unit Council|
|Larry D. Day
Larry D. Day
|MOU 20 Governor||MOU 20 Unit Council|
|Charles A. Siegler
Esperanza M. Shaffer
|MOU 21 Governor||MOU 21 Unit Council|
Mark D. Santistevan
Larry A. Peelen
Emelyne R. Carreon
Lita B. Jacobs
Victoria (Vicky) Lira
Désirée I. Guzzetta
Amelia P. Hernandez
Lawrence Jay Rolon
Ashley M. Stracke
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