Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEYS' ASSOCIATION

BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Date: Tuesday, June28, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: L.A.P.D., CompStat Room, 100 W. First St., L.A.
Present: Oscar Winslow (President), Howard M. Fuchs (1st Vice President), Mark Lambert (2nd Vice President), Chris Bob (Proprietary Director), Marie McTeague (Civil Director), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director), Ann Rosenthal (Criminal Director), Patrick Hiscocks (Criminal Director), Nick Karno(Criminal Director)                     

1. Discussion of Illegal Ballots and Newly Proposed LOA

The Board advised members of a recent attempt by Juliann Anderson, Jule Bishop and SEIU, during ongoing negotiations by the bargaining team, to conduct an unauthorized election to ratify another LOA.   The Board made a demand on Juliann, Jule and SEIU to deliver the unauthorized ballots to President Winslow and to immediately cease the ballot counting.  Since they did not agree to do this, the Board had no choice but to seek a TRO against them.  Prior to the hearing on the TRO, SEIU's attorneys advised LACAA’s counsel that ballots had been delivered to President Winslow's office that morning and that the vote would not occur  The judge confirmed this representation on the record and, accordingly, the application for a temporary injunctive order was withdrawn.

2.Newly proposed LOA

A new proposal was made by the CAO which will be going to a vote soon - in accordance with the bylaws.  A copy of the LOA will be available on the LACAA website tomorrow.  The basic terms of the contract are: 13 days of furloughs, 4% additional contribution towards the Retiree Medical Insurance Subsidy, and 3.5% return of "bonuses" previously bargained for [1.75% cash payout in November 2012 and 1.75% increase in 2013 (It will be confirmed whether or not this is an actual COLA that would affect your base salary).]  The concessions equate to approximately 12.5%.  The 4% additional contribution to LACERS is intended to be permanent.   The language of this LOA provides that the City may negotiate additional increases to the LACERS contribution.

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.