Minutes

Negotiation Update
Tentative Agreement Reached [10/19/07 version]
Los Angeles City Attorneys’ Association
LACAA affiliated with SEIU - MOU No. 29

The Coalition of City Unions and the City of Los Angeles have reached a tentative agreement on an economic framework which will affect about 22,000 civilian employees including the 500 attorneys represented by LACAA.  Additionally, LACAA and the City have agreed to additional changes in the current MOU.  Here is a summary of the economic framework with respective effective dates:

Salaries

  • 7/1/07:  2% across the board raise
  • 1/1/08:  2% across the board raise
  • 7/1/08:  3% across the board raise
  • 7/1/09:  3% across the board raise
  • 1/1/10:  Special Salary Note*—any employee at top step for at least 12 months will receive an additional 2.75% added to their base pay.
  • 7/1/10:  2.25% across the board raise
  • 1/1/11:  Special Salary Note*---any employee at top step for at least 24 months will receive an additional 2.75% added to their base pay.
  • 7/1/11:  2.25% across the board raise
  • 1/1/12:  Special Salary Note*---any employee at top step for at least 36 months will receive an additional 2.75% added to their base pay.

*The special salary notes are cumulative and will become a permanent feature of the compensation package.

Note:  With the effects of compounding, the above schedule of raises and salary notes represents a 25.2% increase in compensation over the 5 year term.  There will also be provisions for a salary re-opener to negotiate additional salary increases for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years IF City revenues exceed 3% of projections for the prior fiscal year.

Benefits

  • The Coalition and City will establish a joint committee to achieve costs savings.  If the parties achieve $25 million in cost savings over the next four years, the City will add $115 per month to each employee’s flex spending account.  This can be used to purchase additional benefits or convert to deferred comp or cash.

Besides the Coalition negotiated economic framework, the following changes will be added to the LACCA MOU:

  • Steps F and G for the Deputy City Attorney III, Deputy City Attorney IV and Assistant City Attorney will become automatic effective 1/1/10. [i.e., the wall between E and the remaining steps will be removed]
  • The differential between Steps E and F and between F and G will be standardized at 2.75% between each respective step at each grade level.
  • The wait period for advancement from Deputy City Attorney II to Deputy City Attorney III will be reduced from 3 years to 1 year, effective 1/1/08.
  • Protections against involuntary transfers will be incorporated into the MOU.
  • The current side letter on career advancement will be reaffirmed and incorporated into the new MOU.
  • The Office and LACAA will establish a joint committee to make recommendations on facilitating telecommuting and remote access issues.
  • All other provisions in the current MOU will remain unchanged including the current practice of indexing the insurance subsidy to increases in the Kaiser Plan rates.

 

 

 


As you know, our new MOU includes annual reimbursement for MCLE-related expenses. To ensure that you receive complete and timely reimbursement, we encourage you to follow the instructions contained in the MCLE protocol provided by City Attorney Management. You must complete and submit a reimbursement form in order to receive reimbursement.

You can reimburse expenses related to attending MCLE programs that are accepted by the California State Bar, even if the program takes place in another state. Eligible expenses include the cost of the program, travel, and per diems.

Please be judicious when choosing lodging and which food/drink expenses you submit for reimbursement.


The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.