(Minutes not formally adopted until next meeting)

Meeting Date:   December 29, 2004

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), Rosemary Chavez (Criminal Director)

SEIU Local 347 Representative Present:  Bob Hunt (General Counsel)

I.        Old Business

A.      MOU Proposal Recommendation

Board members on the MOU bargaining team, assisted by SEIU, Local 347, met to recommend to fellow Board members a tentative MOU agreement reached with City management.  The significant terms of the agreement include the following:

Salaries:  The MOU will run from July 1, 2004 until June 30, 2007.  There will be no salary increase during the 2004-2005 fiscal year.  There will be a 2% increase on July 1, 2005, a 2% increase on July 1, 2006, and a 2 1/4 % increase on January 1, 2007.

Advancement:  Effective July 1, 2005, attorneys who have Step F of the DCA II level for at least four years will advance to Step A of the DCA III level and will be eligible for future step advancement in accordance with existing rules.  The four year waiting period will be reduced to three years on July 1, 2006. Additionally, a letter of intent will be attached to the MOU which will enable LACAA to address on an on-going basis career opportunity issues including posting, budgetary resources and other procedures.

Health Insurance:  The current insurance subsidy program will be maintained during the term of the agreement, including indexing the subsidy amount based on Kaiser for health insurance and the City-sponsored plan for dental.

The negotiation team discussed what it saw as a significant change to the career opportunities of deputies beginning City service; that given satisfactory performance, all deputies starting their career would be assured of reaching the wall between DCA III and IV.  Under the agreement, in July of 2005, 41 deputies at the wall between DCA  II and III would be promoted to DCA III, Step A.  Another significant part of the agreement is that all deputies would receive the same cost of living given to City personnel who have already adopted a new MOU, and thus the City would absorb the increased cost of dismantling the wall between DCA II and III without requiring the rest of the membership to pay by giving up a portion of the cost of leaving increase.  The team members further explained that the City's fiscal constraints prevented further reforms covering the walls for higher level attorneys but the Office has made commitments through the letter of intent to address career opportunity issues on an on-going basis..   

Board Secretary Judith Reel explained that City Attorney Delgadillo supported the Union's efforts to assure career advancement, and that it was City Attorney management who met with the CAO and his staff to convince them of the need to modify our promotional system. 

The Board voted unanimously to recommend to the membership that it approve the MOU.

II.       New Business

A.      Deferred Compensation Update

As reported earlier, the Board of Deferred Compensation's decision to award the Plan Administrator contract to Nationwide was vetoed by Council action pursuant to Prop 245.   The Council recommended that the Board survey Plan members regarding the Plan, and issue a new RFP to bid on the contract.

Nationwide filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the City, contending that Council lacked the authority to veto the Board's decision.  Nationwide sought issuance of an injunction to compel the Board to execute a contract by which Nationwide would serve as Plan Administrator, and the Court declined to issue an injunction.  Great West, the unsuccessful bidder, has joined the litigation.  The Board will keep you apprised of any developments in the matter.

B.      City Hall East Parking

The issue of entitlement to parking in City Hall East was discussed.  Shelley Smith explained the history of the City-wide MOU provision authorizing parking by City management in CHE.  Absent a provision in an MOU granting parking privileges, parking in CHE is determined by seniority, and employees have to wait approximately 17 years to obtain such privilege. 

Parking rights are negotiated on a City-wide basis by a coalition of City unions on the City's Joint Labor-Management Committee on Parking and Commute Options.  The City originally agreed to allow management personnel to park in the building, and determined that managers would be defined at a certain level.  Under this standard, however, all LAPD sergeant, LAFD captains, and Deputy City Attorneys II were eligible to park in the civic center lots.  Since the City did not consider all such employees to be management, the City agreed that managers eligible for parking would consist of LAPD lieutenants, LAFD Battalion Commanders, and Deputy City Attorneys III and above.

Vice-President Mary Dennis agreed to sit as Shelley's alternate on the Joint  Labor-Management Committee on Parking and Commute Options.


Next meeting: March 5, 2005

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.

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