LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT CLERKS ASSOCIATION
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2007 EDITION
Lyn Klein/Susan Barrett –Editors
None of the other bargaining units came close to
gaining anything near what we (Local 575) did.
This month AFSCME has launched a campaign to
have every member become an MVP member of
P.E.O.P.L.E.. This is our legislative arm of
NEXT MEETING AFSCME. Recently we've seen the results of
SATURDAY: Saturday September 8, 2007 P.E.O.P.L.E. at work in finally getting the Bill
TIME: 9:30 A.M. passed that will get us our Retro pay from the first 2
PLACE: Council 36 514 Shatto Pl 3rd Fl. months of the "Re-Class". This has been a long hard
Los Angeles, CA fought battle. We've proposed more than one Bill
Between 1 block North of 6th street and East of trying to get the court's to pay AFSCME members the
Vermont. difference that came with our reclassification. There
AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE: was a two-month period that SEIU received
Council 36 Convention and Delegate nominations. substantially more than AFSCME members simply
because they did not question the amounts and
Questions or comments: numbers assigned by RSG. That has now been
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org rectified and all AFSCME members will get the
******************************** money to which they were entitled at the time of the
Officers: re-class. The difference only existed for about two
Carole Prescott: President months, but that money should have been yours.
Gwendolyn Jones: Vice-President AFSCME, P.E.O.P.L.E., in particular kept up the
Yvonne Lane-Treasurer fight until the Bill was signed by your Governor
Vivian Yoshioka-Secretary directing the Court to pay you your money. All this
having been said and a prime example given of how
P.E.O.P.L.E. helps each of us, I encourage all of you
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE to become regular MVP donors to P.E.O.P.L.E. that
amounts to $4.00 per pay period or $8.00 per month,
Message from your a really small price to pay to keep someone fighting
president. for your rights as workers in the Capitol.
Remember, elections are at the end of this year.
Think about becoming involved in your Union.
I hope that all of you are as pleased Nominations are set for November, plan on attending
with our new contract as I am. I have finally reached that meeting and nominating or being nominated to
one of my personal goals. that was to obtain some serve on your Executive Board.
parity for the members of the unit not receiving the
51/2% bonus. I had hoped that we would be able to In Solidarity!
obtain that same 51/2% bonus for everyone that was
on their top step, but that was not doable. We did Carole Prescott
however get a form of parity for those not receiving
the "bonus", 14 Special Paid Leave days each year of
the contract, which equals 42 days over the life of the
contract. I offer KUDOS to the entire Negotiating
Team for hanging-in and fighting to gain these days.
Also I invite anyone of you to submit any labor
HAVING TECHNICAL ISSUES related, or other materials that might be of interest or
ON YOUR JOB? importance to our members.
LET YOURSELF BE HEARD-
Quarterly (or somewhere in that
vicinity) I attend a Joint Labor Management
Technology Ad Hoc Committee that addresses issues
that may arise when working with the many archaic
computer systems that we have been given to do our MESSAGE FROM YOUR
jobs. CHIEF STEWARD’s
We have brought and resolved issues to the table that MASON :
have made some of our Greetings!
lives simpler. Many people don’t realize the
sacrifices that the families of shop
After several years and stewards have to make as well as the
many meetings there is shop stewards themselves. I have gone many nights
finally a system that without homework help or someone to talk to about
allows the juvenile clerks how my day went because of my mother’s union
to prepare minute orders on the computer. Although involvement. However, I have also seen what great
not yet complete it is a start. things my mother and other Executive Board
members have done for otherpeople.
We were able to divert a program called Agis which
would have dumped some of the work the probation The grievance process may seem long and
officers are responsible to process on the clerk/JA. It cumbersome, but it is well worth it. I have heard of
has however come to my attention that once again the many people getting their suspensions lifted or their
probation department is trying to raise the issue “u” time reversed because they called my mom and
again...We stopped them once, we can do it again. decided they were ready to fight. Honestly, I see no
downfall to filing a grievance. They may not all end
Please feel free to e-mail me up the wayyou want them to, but at least you can say
GJones@lasuperiorcourt.org with any issues you may that you put up a fight.
feel need to be addressed. I will respond to each
inquiry as quickly as I can. I recently heard about a grievance from my mom and
I think it is my favorite one date. My mother was
defending a veteran clerk from Compton. She was
having an issue with management demanding
DID YOU KNOW …… doctor’s notes out of her despite their own policy that
requires them only after someone has returned to
If you don't have the DMV work. Well, needless to say that my mom won the
CONFIDENTIALITY FORMS at your grievance because she had the best defense; the
location contact Human Resources @ words straight from management’s own mouth
(213) 974-0020 and request them. (policy.) But that was not the best part of the
grievance. The best part was the phone call that my
FROM YOUR EDITOR: mother received the day after the clerk found out that
Dear members, she had won. The clerk was so happy she was giddy,
Usually I post a message directly and she was so grateful towards my mom that she
from Cher Mason re: Steward made the lack of homework help worth it for me. I
Activities. However this month I am love listening to that message on my mom’s phone
publishing an article by her daughter because it reminds me of the great things that she is
Phoenix. I hope you find it inspiring. doing. It reminds me that there are people out there
It is nice to know that daughters are who really need help at work. Management does not
still proud of their parents. care about them, and someone needs to. I am very
proud to say that one of those people is my mom.
Since my mother began her extended union mentioned this morning that he believes it is a
involvement, I have spent many nights at union violation of our MOU.
meetings. I have heard the issues that people have at
work. I have been informed of their mistreatment. I I don't have a copy of our MOU, what do the masses
have imagined their grief. But I have also seen the think?
accomplishments that the union has won for workers.
I have met people like the aforementioned clerk Penny Daniel Doval
whom have been given a voice through my mother. Judicial Assistant
And for those of you who don’t know Cher Mason, Long Beach Superior Court
that voice is a very loud one!! I have seen people get Department 3 - Drug Court
redemption for their situations, get peace of mind and (562) 491-6240
a sense of justice.
I am going to end this article with a call to action for
EVERYONE. Everyone needs to participate because DELINQUENCY COURTS:
management does not discriminate when it comes to Memo to Deliquency Clerks:
oppression. Old or young, you are eligible to be a Monday of this week, 8/27/07, the Delinquency
victim of management’s “mis-management.” Administrators and representatives from Probation,
Employees need to file grievances and send a strong Pubic Defender, Alternate Public Defender, and DA
message to management that they need to follow the met with Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Nash to
rules, too. As a young person, it restores my faith in discuss SB81 which goes into effect on Saturday,
the power of the working class knowing that people 9/1/07. Although at this time no concrete
like the members of Local 575’s E-Board are implementation policies and procedures are in place,
protecting the rights of the rank and file. I do want to give you a brief overview of the main
points of this bill so that you will have a general idea
Phoenix Q. Mason of what it is about if you should receive an SB81
The 4 main points of this bill are as follows:
MESSAGES FROM AROUND
THE COURTS 1. Any minor who was ordered committed to DJJ, is
Dear Fellow Members, still confined in a DJJ institution and the commitment
I have gotten a few tidbits of offense was not a 707(b) WIC offense, could have his
info from your fellow clerks that commitment recalled by the Court. In such cases the
I have put in the column below. Court shall have a recall disposition hearing so that
I encourage all of you to send me your “bits and an alternative disposition can be made. Pending this
pieces” for the newsletter. Who knows, maybe hearing, the minor must remain detained.
something that is happening in your court may be
happening elsewhere as well. Also send some 2. Any minor who is paroled from DJJ on or after
positive (if any) “puff” pieces if you want! We could 9/1/07 and their commitment offense was not a
all use a good joke, smile and good feelings every 707(b) WIC offense, that minor shall be returned to
once in a while! and supervised by the committing county. Upon
Lyn Klein Dept. 21 Central Courthouse. receipt of the minor, the Court shall have a parole
I work in Long Beach Court. Here in Long Beach 3. Effective 9/1/07 any DJJ parolee whose parole is
there is a practice of rotating staffing when Judges suspended, canceled, or revoked shall be returned to
are asked to call other court calendars. For instance, the custody of DJJ if the commitment offense was a
yesterday, my Judge was asked to sit in another 707(b) WIC offense or to the custody of the county
courtroom. Another Judge came to my court (with his of commitment if the commitment offense was a non
JA/Clerk), which meant I had to go with my Judge to 707(b) WIC offense.
another courtroom or float. I have been a Judicial
Assistant for 20 years, and have worked in many 4. Effective 9/1/07 any minor adjudged to be a 602
locations, and have never seen anything even WIC ward of the Court shall not be committed to DJJ
remotely similar to this practice anywhere. My Judge when their most recent offense is not a 707(b) WIC
offense, unless it is a sex offense as described in Invite your manager to your courtroom to
paragraph (3) of subdivision (d) of 290 PC. show you how they would do all this in 8
Probation estimates that currently there are • REMEMBER: State law requires only 8
approximately 133 non 707(b) minors at DJJ. About hours worth of work shall be done in an 8
58 are to be paroled and between 125-160 are hour period. We know that many of you
currently on parole. There is a 70-90 percent have much more than 8 hours worth of work
revocation rate per Probation. per day!
Probation and the DA have stated that they will not
be recalling any minors' DJJ commitments. The PD UNION MEMBER BENEFITS
estimates that it has between 6 and 13 minors who Check out the Member Welfare Center at
fall within the recall guidelines. If a minor is AFSCME.org. Among numerous benefits are: credit
recalled, the case may come across the Detained cards, legal services, homework help web sites, pet
Desk for placement on the detention calendar. Please services, moving van discounts, and car rentals. The
be on the lookout for any of these cases as described web site includes additional benefits and information
above, i.e., any case that involves a minor who was important to our members.
previously committed to DJJ. If you should come
across any, please notify me immediately. These
cases should not be calendared or filed as 778 HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT
petitions!! Instead the hearing may be either a Parole OUR WEBSITES?
Disposition Hearing or a Recall Disposition Hearing. LOCAL 575:
Once more info is received I will make certain that Check out our links to other Union
you also receive it. Thank you for your cooperation. sites and your legislators. Our MOU is now on the
Check for all updates for pending legislation
DON’T STRESS OUT! effecting labor issues, committees, Union activities,
Remember the following and P.E.O.P.L.E., and the AFSCME ADVANTAGE
guidelines; PROGRAM (Includes: education scholarships,
mortgage loans, credit cards, life insurance, travel
discounts, car rentals, legal services, theme parks
• Work to Rule: Do your job, and do it
thoroughly. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
• Work at your pace, DO NOT go into “WEINGARTEN RULES”.
overdrive and stress yourself out! YOU HAVE THE
• Your working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to RIGHT….If management
5:00 p.m. plus two 15 minute breaks and requests a meeting with you
your lunch hour (of course who gets those and you believe (and even if
15minute breaks, those are normally added you don’t, but after you start the meeting you might!)
to the lunch break). it may result in disciplinary action; you have the right
• If it is noon and your Judicial Officer is still to union representation.
on the bench, call your supervisor for relief EMPLOYEE MUST MAKE CLEAR THEIR
clerk! If no relief available, they must pay REQUEST for UNION REPRESENTATION
you for working through your lunch! BEFORE OR DURING the hearing/interview.
• WORKING AFTER 5:00P.M? An employee CAN NOT be punished for this
Call your supervisor get relief, no relief they request. After the request the EMPLOYER must
must pay the overtime! choose 3 options:
• DON’T LET MANAGEMENT • Grant the request and delay questioning until a
INTIMIDATE YOU. union representative (steward) can be present.
Don’t let them tell you “a good clerk can do Employee should be given reasonable time to
all this work in an 8 hour period”! consult with their Union Representative.
• Deny the request and end the interview How P.E.O.P.L.E. Makes a Difference
immediately; or P.E.O.P.L.E. works to affect the political process on
• Give the Employee a choice of many levels. Since by law union dues cannot be used
a) having an interview with representation or to fund political campaigns, voluntary member
b) ending the interview contributions to the P.E.O.P.L.E. fund are used to
help elect pro-worker candidates.
IF THE EMPLOYER DENIES THE REQUEST It is important to realize that pro-worker candidates
FOR UNION REPRESENTATION, and continues to are generally outspent by opponents — often by more
ask questions, it is committing an UNFAIR LABOR than 10 to one. Big Business is always a big spender
PRACTICE and the EMPLOYEE has a right to for their candidates. Without our member
refuse to answer. contributions, pro-worker candidates would face
The EMPLOYER may not discipline the almost impossible odds.
EMPLOYEE for such refusal. But P.E.O.P.L.E. provides more than money to
candidates and campaigns. Trained AFSCME
CONTACT: volunteers participate in campaigns to give pro-
Cher Mason: Dept 19 CCH worker candidates the winning edge. Our political
213 974-5615 email@example.com activists can make the crucial difference in any race.
Carole Prescott: firstname.lastname@example.org AFSCME also serves as a strategic resource for pro-
worker candidates to help map out successful
Be a P.E.O.P.L.E. person! And last but not least, P.E.O.P.L.E. works with
Now more than ever, AFSCME members at the council and local levels to
Please join the P.E.O.P.L.E. help create a structure for evaluating campaigns and
PROGRAM; our jobs depend endorsing candidates in state and local races. Politics
on Union friendly legislators. is everywhere, but fortunately, so is P.E.O.P.L.E.
P.E.O.P.L.E. Needs You
Like all aspects of our union, P.E.O.P.L.E. is nothing
Make Things Happen With P.E.O.P.L.E. without our members. To provide a strong political
NOTE: In accordance with federal law, the voice for public employees, we need your help. You
P.E.O.P.L.E. Committee will accept contributions can become an active part of P.E.O.P.L.E. in many
only from members of AFSCME and their families. ways. The easiest way is by participating in a
Contributions or gifts to AFSCME P.E.O.P.L.E. are P.E.O.P.L.E. check-off program to provide a regular
not deductible as charitable contributions for federal contribution that we can count on as we work with
income tax purposes. candidates and campaigns throughout the year to
Politics Affects Everyone make sure our members' interests are represented.
P.E.O.P.L.E. (Public Employees Organized to Politicians will make decisions that have a great
Promote Legislative Equality) is about the difference impact on you — from privatization to pensions —
between having things happen to you and making with or without your input. Make your voice heard by
things happen. joining with other members in P.E.O.P.L.E.
By participating in P.E.O.P.L.E. (AFSCME's Join Now and Get Involved By:
political, legislative and fundraising arm), you can • Making a P.E.O.P.L.E. donation. Individual
have a direct impact on the political process — from contributions can be made by check, money
helping shape policies on privatization and other order, cash, or credit card.
issues that affect us to helping elect the public • Signing a payroll deduction card for
officials who are your bosses. P.E.O.P.L.E. check-off.
As a public employee, your job, wages and working • Signing up for Electronic Funds Transfer
conditions are directly linked to politics. We need the (EFTs) through a credit union account, your
active participation of all members in order to make regular checking or savings account.
our legislative/political program strong and in turn, to • Organizing P.E.O.P.L.E. fundraising events.
be effective when we work on behalf of our • Becoming active in your union's
members. From possible changes in Social Security P.E.O.P.L.E. committee.
retirement benefits to anti-union initiatives in the • Joining the Presidents Club, for an annual
states, politics affects everyone. No other group of contribution of at least $35.
employees has such a direct connection to politics as • Becoming a VIP (Very Important
AFSCME members. That is why P.E.O.P.L.E. P.E.O.P.L.E.). For an annual contribution of
$50 you will receive all the benefits of the • Health Club Discounts
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Service NEXT MEETING
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