LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
MINUTES - BOARD MEETING
Made up of five labor & five management representatives. The City is recommending replacing Blue Cross PPO, HMO narrow network and full network with Blue Shield. Hand-out of some of the particulars provided. Next meeting July 11th CHE. Change to Blue Shield is expected to save the City $8.6 million, reducing (or eliminating) the amount Employees should have to pay towards their healthcare.
2. Cal. Supreme Court EAA Decision
The Unions were successful in the appeal. The Court ruled against the argument regarding legislative purview. Enacting an MOU is itself an exercise of legislative discretion. Result: Enforcing the MOU is arbitrable.
3. Meeting with Feuer and Andrea Ordin, co-chair of his transition team.
Feuer indicated he wants to work with the Board and the Membership.
4. Litigation Update
Federal Impairment lawsuit:
It is suspected that the Federal Court was waiting for the EAA decision before it rules on the City’s 12(b)(6) motion. There is a new Fed. case supporting class certification.
Summary Judgment date is February 28, 2014.
Writ challenging the City's capping of the retiree medical insurance subsidy. The defense filed 140 pages of objections (about 500 total). The court questioned whether they should be sanctions for abusive tactics. New hearing date: Nov. 12, 2013.
Four meetings have been held with the CAO so far; next Bargaining sessions are scheduled for 6/24 & 7/3.
The Bargaining Committee discussed generally the process and its progress in negotiating. The Membership will be provided information related to bargaining as appropriate, and as much and as often as possible.
A brief summary of the bargaining process under the MMBA and the ERO was provided by LACAA's attorneys
6. Welcoming Reception for Feuer
At its June 9 meeting, JLMBC awarded new contracts for health insurance providers. Anthem Blue Cross has been selected to replace Blue Shield as the exclusive provider for PPO, HMO Full and Narrow Network plans, and a new alternate regional network plan, "Vivity." Anthem anticipates minimal disruption of services for members who use UCLA and Cedars facilities. Kaiser Permanente is still available for alternate HMO health insurance coverage. For more information on how this may impact your options during Open Enrollment for 2017, contact the City's Employee Benefits Division: (213) 978-1655
LACAA congratulates Civil Director Marie McTeague on her well deserved retirement. Her brilliance, fierce advocacy for LACAA members, personal sacrifices and sense of justice have been the cornerstone of LACAA's success. We will truly miss her presence in the office (but still have her cell phone number).
The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.