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    • Next Union meeting is June 21, 2018. Dinner served (BBQ) at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm

      Janus v. AFSCME

      Should the Court's Decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education be overturned so that public employees who do not belong to a union cannot be required to pay a fee to cover the union's cost to negotiate a contract that applies to all public employees, including those who are not union members?  To here the oral arguments click onto the following link or copy and paste to link    https://apps.oyez.org/player/#/roberts8/oral_argument_audio/24460

      RDA Report

      Resource Development Associates has completed and submitted its million-dollar Governance Study to the Board of Supervisors for approval.  It is imperative that every supervisor takes the time to make themselves aware of this proposal as it will directly impact you and your employees.  Rather than reading the 500+ page report which assesses the Department’s structure and operations in relation to best practices, and makes recommendations for improvements, sit down and read the PowerPoint presentation “Final Recommendations” as presented to the BOS.
      Download: Governance Study-Power Point.pdf , Governance Study-Full Report.pdf

      Fraternal Order of Police

      Legal defense protection is a necessity for law enforcement professionals.  As the frequency and cost of allegations rise, the FOP Legal Defense Plan offers you and your lodge members a very affordable and comprehensive plan.  This program is designed specifically to cover the law enforcement exposures faced by members of the FOP Legal Defense Plan by paying legal defense costs on behalf of participating members for the following actions and proceedings: Coverage: Administrative and Criminal (Job Related) Contact the Association for more details regarding membership into this program. 
      Download: Legal Defense Fund FOP Cost revised.pdf , FOP-Presentation_2017-10.pptx , FOP form 721.pdf , FOP LDF Non-SEIU Application.pdf

      SEIU 721 Membership

      Over 95,000 workers comprise the membership of SEIU Local 721 – making it the largest public sector union in Southern California. SEIU Local 21 represents people working in hospitals, foster care, mental health, courts, law enforcement, libraries, street services, beach maintenance, sanitation, water treatment, parks services and watershed management.
      Download: 721MembershipApplication_LACounty_Oct2015.pdf

      2017 Accomplishments – 2018 Goals

      The Executive Board is proud that our new union website and app are up and running. This and our association with the Fraternal Order of Police and offering legal protection to our members through their Legal Defense Fund rounds out 2017. We are also proud to have added Special Editions to our monthly Newsletter and the opinion pieces bringing to light our position on major issues affecting our Department. We will continue our defense of our membership impacted by amoral leadership decisions. 2018 will be a year dedicated to our next contract. Let negotiations begin!


                                    Fletcher, Benjamin Harrison (1890-1949)

      Ben Fletcher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1890, was the most important African American in the most influential radical union of his time, the early 20th century, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

      Fletcher became active in the IWW while working as a longshoreman, loading and unloading cargo ships.  In 1912 he joined the union, nicknamed the Wobblies, and Socialist Party.  Quickly, Fletcher became a popular leader and speaker, winning many accolades for his oratory style and arguments for overthrowing capitalism, the Wobblies' ultimate goal.

      Fletcher proved the most prominent leader of Local 8, the IWW branch of Philadelphia longshoremen, organized in 1913.  Fletcher and his union seemed to prove one of the Wobblies' central tenets: the union could overcome racial and ethnic divisions that employers encouraged.  In Local 8, thousands of African Americans and West Indians belonged to and led an organization that also included thousands of European Americans and European immigrants.  The union integrated work gangs, meetings, social gatherings, and leadership posts—all unusual in American labor history.

      During World War I, Fletcher and other IWW leaders were targeted by the federal government because of the union's anti-war stance.  Though Local 8 called no strikes during the war, the government feared its power and more generally the influence of the IWW.  Fletcher was the sole African American among over one hundred Wobblies tried and convicted in 1918 for treason.  Though no evidence was brought against him specifically, Fletcher was sentenced to ten years in a federal penitentiary and a $30,000 fine.  As the judge announced the sentences, Wobbly leader "Big" Bill Haywood reported, "Fletcher sidled over to me and said: ‘The Judge has been using very ungrammatical language.'  I looked at his smiling black face and asked: ‘How's that, Ben?  He said:  ‘His sentences are much too long.'"

      Fletcher served three years in federal prison, his sentence commuted in 1922. Fletcher's release became a celebrated cause among black radicals, championed by The Messenger, co-edited by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen. Afterwards, Fletcher remained committed to IWW ideals, though never again played an active role in the union. 

      Ben Fletcher died in Brooklyn, New York in 1949 but the union he led, Local 8, became a model for the effort to establish interracial equality in the early 20th Century.  

                                  History of the Association is a work in progress 

      The Association of probation Supervisors Celebrated its 50th year in 2014.  It is the strength of the coalition between our Membership-Supervising Deputy Probation Officers, Supervising Detention Supervisors, and Supervising Transportation Deputies as well as our continued relationship with SEIU 721 that affords us our strength and unity.   In 2017 our Association formed Lodge 702 Fraternal Order of Police, with this came a Legal Defense Fund that will offer legal services to our members who decide to join the Lodge as well.   Below is a brief history our Association dating back to 1969 which is taken directly from our second contract. 

      Pursuant to the provisions of the Employee Relations Ordinance of the County of Los Angeles and applicable State law, Joint Council of Supervising Deputy Probation Officers Association/Los Angeles County Employees Association was certified on December 10, 1969 by County’s Employee Relations Commission (Employee Relations Commission File No. 23-69) as the majority representative of County employees in the Supervising Deputy Probation Officers Employee Representation Unit (hereinafter “Unit”) previously found to be appropriate by said Employee Relations Commission. Management hereby recognizes Joint Council of Supervising Deputy Probation Officers Association/Los Angeles County Employees Association as the certified majority representative of the employees in said Unit. The term “employee” or “employees” as used herein shall refer only to employees employed by the County in said Unit in the employee classifications listed in Article 7, Salaries, as well as such classes as may be added hereafter by the Employee Relations Commission.  Notwithstanding the above, if Management and Joint Council agree on exclusivity, then it will become effective in this Unit.

      It is the purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding to promote and provide for harmonious relations, cooperation and understanding between Management and the employees covered herein; to provide an orderly and equitable means of resolving any misunderstandings or differences which may arise under this Memorandum of Understanding; and to set forth the full and entire understanding of the parties reached as a result of good faith negotiations regarding the wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment of the employees covered hereby, which understanding the parties intend jointly to submit and recommend for approval and implementation to County’s Board of Supervisors.  Take note that there were only two classes of probation Supervisors, the SDPO's and the Transportation Supervisors.  The Salary in 1972 was:  SDPO $1170.00-1485, and the Transportation Supervisors' pay scale was $819-1020.00

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