It’s time for a wake up call for our union leaders, they are not hearing our message clearly enough and the men and women on the ground who represent us aren’t free to share their ideas with those who make decisions.
We need More union support of our Member Driven Job Actions and we need more exposure of the budget lies.
Our workforce is full of ideas, one constant issue is the question of why some members were left behind when we are part of a Coalition?
How could the unions decide it was ok to implement furloughs on some of it’s membership and not put foward and all or nothing stand?
Why was the CAO allowed to turn our union and the Coalition of City Unions against each other?
It is no secret Sanitation workers are the most visible when it comes to job actions, if trash doesn’t get picked up people notice, Having job actions asking people to deliver their trash to their councilpersons home or office would be very effective, magically the lie of special funds developed.
This is an issue I am tackling in a legal forum I will keep you all informed on.
Where are we and which way are we going?
It is no secret we keep organizing Sick-outs. Nor is it any secret I have made 911 operators and Detention officers my priority.
When furloughs are lifted for these classifications, it won’t be because of any union action, it will be solely because of this website.
Weak members are bringing us down. Those who are “happy” to have a job forget they actually tested for the position they hold, seemingly forgotten is the nearly year long struggle to get the job’s we have, or the testing and interviewing we go through, or the fact we were the best candidates.
I am pointing the finger at those members who are to scared or to weak to stand up and fight for our future, the ones who cave in to anything they hear and are fearfull of losing a job they worked so hard to get.
These members are the Reason that we are in the position we are in.
Too lazy or to scared to participate in job actions or attend union meetings, yet always vocal against others who are fighting collectively for all of our future.
The CAO, the Mayor, the council continue to use our salary and pension as excuses to continue spending money on pet projects and contract out our work because we let them.
Unions have fought for decades to protect workers, we have gotten far to comfortable with the sacrifices made by those who came before us, So now I’m ture4ning the fight around.
I’m calling on the workforce; “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
If you don’t support job actions, you want furloughs, you want the attacks on our pensions which are coming, and you want to pay sky high medical. If you don’t join your co-workers when they say enough is enough don’t complain about the situation we are in.
Better yet Put your Money where your mouth is and take Two additional Voluntary UNPAID furlough days, I bet the hypocrites won’t be so quick to complain then.
DWP Parity, It will never happen, because you don’t belong to IBEW, you don’t have the same heart nor are you willing to fight for those gains. It is as simple as that.
DWP earned their wages, they pay for representation and they follow Union directions, do you believe the Power went out in the middle of a heat wave and negotiations by accident?
Job Actions will continue and now that the taste of a smaller check is taking it’s toll maybe you will ask your co-workers to join us, or maybe they need to be treated like the scabs they are. After all it is their Inaction that is keeping money out of your pocket.
Where do we go from here?
Job Actions will increase in frequency, count on them monthly.
Federal law prohibits management from taking any action against you for using your medical sick time or scheduling vacation days.
Management is terrified of our next action because the anger against the furloughs is growing, employees are more actively getting involved, and they know there is nothing they can do. LAPD officers used the Blue Flu very effectively to get their point across, and at the end of the day Police and Fire are as Public Safety as you can get.
LAPPL Leaders have been critical of the furloughing of civilian employees and have pointed out the effect the loss of civilian has on public safety.
So if you haven’t yet participated in our job actions your time is coming.