The Impacts of Statewide Pension “Reform” on AFSCME District Council 36 Members and Where We Go From Here
For quite a while now public employees have been dealing with a very difficult economic and political environment, spurred on by the Great Recession and conservative attacks on the “unfunded liabilities” of public pensions. The retirement security that California’s public employees have long counted on is suddenly now being threatened.
July 11, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Let me be the first to thank all of you for ratifying the AFSCME Contract on Saturday, July 8, 2017, with a 99% approval.
As we wait for the METRO Board to confirm the ratification on July 27, 2017, we anticipate and are quite hopeful that the board will approve our new contract.
There were no concessions, every bit of protection which exist for you and your families remain secure.
There were no take a ways to your Health and Welfare benefits/coverage. Your Medical Coverage is guaranteed throughout the term (5 years) of the Labor Contract. Our health plan is one of the best in the nation and we are determined to keep it that way.
When I took office as your President – Elect in 2015, as promised I was totally committed to bring change to our Local and fight to negotiate a contract that we all can be proud of. I believe I made good on my commitment and I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve you as President. Yes, the Union has made progress bringing about change and we will continue to do so.
Tim Del Cambre
President AFSCME Local 3634
RECENT EVENTS-Union Boards/New Stewards
Please check your Union Boards to see who your Union Officers are in your area (EBoard Member, Steward). They are there to assist you with contractual issues, Weingarten Rights, Skelley Rights, and other concerns affecting your rights. Please don’t hesitate to contact them. I am available as well.
A Primer on California Transit
The Legislative Analyst’s estimates $28 billion in transportation revenues will be provided to all levels of government for fiscal year 2016-17. Local governments provide more than half of all transportation funding in California. About one-fifth of the state’s transportation funding comes from the federal government. The remainder of transportation funding comes from a variety of state revenue sources. The recent passage of Measure M will also provide additional funding for LA County.
As you know the City of LA has taken on an aggressive plan to expand public transportation, reduce traffic congestion, and multitude of capital projects throughout the city affecting most neighboring counties as well. Public Private Partnership (P3’s) will play a significant role in these projects. AFSCME, other Labor Unions, friendly politicians, and various watchdog groups will be monitoring these projects and fighting to ensure that Union jobs are protected, created and maintained.
Tim Del Cambre
AFSCME Local 3634
AFSCME District Council 36 Locals
AFSCME Local 3634 Believes in Community
AFSCME Local 3634 was organized in 1999. We represent 788 METRO first-line Supervisors. This group Supervises primarily Bus and Rail Operators and Mechanics, including 35 other Operations support units.
From our inception, we have made it a point to be involved with the greater community in Los Angeles County.
We continue to seek opportunities with non-profit groups that benefit both parties. Our latest venture was a donation to Benjamin Franklin High School (special needs program) for athletes, the program is called Inclusive Sports Program (IS) and is added on to the traditional track and field team.
Amino College Prep academy, this donation was to help 9th and 11th grade student to go on a College tour.
Project fighting chance is based in San Bernardino, because of our contribution, six (6) young boxers can prepare for the Junior Olympics.
AFSCME Local 3634 is a proud sponsor of education.