(Minutes not formally adopted until next meeting)
Meeting Date: May 3, 2005
Board Members Present: Shelley Smith (President), Bob Cramer (Vice-President), Mary Dennis (Vice-President), Jule Bishop (Treasurer) Judith Reel (Secretary), Phil Sugar (Civil Director), Lisa Berger (Proprietary Director), Christine McCall (Civil Director), Terri Seigel (Criminal Director)
SEIU Local 347 Representative Present: Bob Hunt (General Counsel)
I. Old Business
A. MOU Status
The City Council voted to approve the proposed MOU, which had earlier been ratified by the Association membership. The 2% raise and automatic promotion to DCAIII of DCA II’s who have been at the wall for four years will be effective July 1, 2005.
A copy of the MOU is posted on the LACAA website (www.lacaa.org). A link to the City’s CAO is provided. Both sites include pay scales for the contract years.
II. New Business
A. ITA Policy
City Attorney management issued a memorandum to all City Attorney employees purporting to establish a policy prohibiting personal computer use while at work and downloading software onto City computers. The Board believes that these matters are a mandatory subject of bargaining, and sent a letter to management informing them that unilateral issuance of the ITA policy violated management’s duty to meet and confer, and demanded a retraction.
In response to this demand, management retracted the policy, and is currently negotiating the ITA policy with the Association.
There was a discussion at the Board meeting about management’s e-mail informing employees of the rescission. There was a consensus that the e-mail was misleading in that it failed to acknowledge any Association involvement in the decision to rescind the proposed policy memo.
B. City Insurance Benefits
The issue of whether the City would offer long-term care insurance as an employee benefits option was raised. Shelley Smith said that the City’s Joint Labor Management Benefits Committee (a coalition of City management and City unions that negotiate health benefits) was exploring how a flex plan could incorporate long term care benefits, and offer a continuation of health care benefits for employees who become totally disabled. In the meantime, a long term health care insurance plan is offered through SEIU, Local 347 (Association members may join Local 347 at no cost), and ACEBA.
C. Noise on the Ninth Floor of CHE
There have been complaints from attorneys assigned to work on the ninth floor of City Hall East about a lack of proper sound insulation in some of the offices; attorneys have complained that private - and privileged - phone conversations are easily heard by others in adjoining offices and in the hallway.
The Board and Local 347 complained to City Attorney management, who said that the offices were properly insulated. The Board voted to ask management to again look into the matter, and will independently contact General Services Division employees to determine if the offices were properly insulated.
D. Contribution to SEIU, Local 347
The Board discussed Local 347's recent activities related to pensions and other Association and member concerns. The ability to communicate with members is an important component of these efforts. The Board voted to contribute $10,000 to Local 347 to fund future member communications on critical issues of mutual concern. Local 347 will acknowledge LACAA’s assistance on these efforts.
E. Association Web-Site and Member Communication
The Board would like member input regarding what members would like to see on the Association web-site (www.lacaa.org). If members have ideas about additional content and links to other sites, please tell Jule Bishop or a current Board member.
The issue of ensuring that members receive Association minutes, notices and other communications was raised. Judith Reel reported that she posts all Association communications on the bulletin boards dedicated to labor matters on the 5th - 9th floors of City Hall East, and sends copies to over 50 Association members with the expectation that a recipient in each Office work site will post or distribute the communication in the workplace. If you would like to be added to the list of recipients, please contact Judith Reel and let her know. Also, if you are aware of work sites where members do not receive the communications, please let a Board member know so that we can arrange for someone at that site to distribute the communications.
F. Criminal Director
The Board has a vacancy for a representative from the Criminal Division. Anyone wanting to serve should contact a Board member.
G. ADA Compliance
Board members have noticed that it takes much longer than would seem necessary to obtain equipment prescribed by medical practitioners and which the City is obligated to provide pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other provisions of law. The Board raised this issue with City Attorney management, who said that they share our frustration, and that delay is caused by the City department charged with ensuring ADA compliance. SEIU, Local 347, will contact persons in the City department charged with ensuring ADA compliance to ascertain the reason for the delays. If necessary, the Board, and Local 347, will lobby the City Council to increase funding for ADA compliance.