LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Deaton Auditorium, PAB
Present: Oscar Winslow, President
Counsel (by phone) David Mastagni
1. Reimbursement for plaque for Marie McTeague
Winslow purchased a plaque on behalf of LACAA in honor of Marie McTeague for her many years of service to LACAA and its members.
Motion: By Geller: To reimburse Winslow the full expense of the plaque ($297.62) Second: Embry
Preparations are being made for the November elections and are on schedule.
3. Survey Monkey.
Survey Monkey is an online survey program that LACAA has used in the past to survey the Membership. LACAA pays $24/month for this service. We should look into whether we can suspend Survey Monkey with no penalty, and start it up again if we decide to use it in the future.
The process has started for the next PRP. The Office wants to be sure that everyone has a chance to participate. The Office is sensitive to fact that some locations are having trouble accessing the website, and they have agreed to be flexible. LACAA has been told that this PRP will be slightly different, with attention to 'worker bees' and not just those who handle high-profile cases.
Re-opener talks: Our reopener was tied to raises throughout the City. We saw some MOUs negotiate for raises, but those raises are scheduled to hit in 2016, 2017 and 2018. LACAA will be looking at COLA issues in the next contact talk. Perhaps the Board can use Survey Monkey to ask members again about their priorities.
The MOU specifies that April is when negotiations begin for the next MOU. The process starts when one of the bargaining parties sends a note to the other. Real talks are expected to begin at the end of April, beginning of May.
Geller has been LACAA's point person at the JLMBC, which is the Committee that sets the rate the City and its employees pay for healthcare. In the past there has been pushback from Kaiser to lowering premiums. Kaiser has backed off on some of their rates, but not as much as they should. Anyone can be a member of the audience, but the Committee itself is 5 members of the Coalition of Unions, and 5 members of Management. LACAA is seeing of it can get a seat at the JLMBC or find another way to make an impact on the Committee. A question was raised if it makes sense to have a member as a spectator when we can get the information later from another source. Priorities on the Labor side have been to reduce out of pocket expenses for employees. The City has been able to remove about 500 people from the insured ranks, saving the City about $5 million annually.
Motion: By Winslow: See if it is possible to send Survey Monkey-type questions with ballots, as long as it does not exceed $5,000 for the election. Second: Rosenthal.
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.