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2018 Meeting Calendar

 AFSCME Local 685 ® 3701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90010
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General Membership Meeting
Jan. 11; 7:30 PM

Stewards' Council Meeting
Jan 25; 7:30 PM

General Membership Meeting
Feb. 8; 7:30 PM

Stewards' Council Meeting
Feb. 22; 7:30 PM

General Membership Meeting
Mar. 8; 7:30 PM

Stewards' Council Meeting
Mar. 29; 7:30 PM

General Membership Meeting
Apr. 12; 7:30 PM

Stewards' Council Meeting
Apr. 26; 7:30 PM

AFSCME Local 685 was founded in 1945 by a group of World War II veterans who sought to create an outstanding Probation Department for Los Angeles County. The new Union was granted a charter by AFSCME. In 1969, under the strong leadership of John Seferian and Henry Fiering, the union won an election that made Local 685 the recognized certified majority representative of all employees in the County Probation Series and, later on, in the Detention Series.

Local 685 has been charged with, and has always maintained, the responsibility of protecting the rights of its employees within the County Probation Department. The union negotiates, on behalf of its membership, all matters concerning wages, hours, benefits, and working conditions with the Department. Since 1969, Local 685 has successfully negotiated every new contract with Los Angeles County political and bureaucratic leaders. It has effectively represented its members in every aspect of dealing with the Department.

The Executive Board is posting this notice to clarify any confusion there may be about the Local 685 General Membership meeting place and time. Pursuant to our Local 685 Constitution, the General Membership meeting has been fixed on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Hall (except November and December/ 1st Thursday of the month).  

Our general membership meetings have been fixed on this time and place by the membership and by the Executive Board for more than 15 years. President Kent Swift has caused confusion by circulating a notice today to some of our membership in an attempt to unilaterally change the place and time of the scheduled January 11th general membership meeting to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall.  The Executive Board must be clear to the entire membership that the place and time of the general membership remains Thursday, January 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Hall.  

The Local 685 Constitution has a procedure that must be followed in order to change the place and time of the General Membership meeting. That procedure is critical so that we may insure that the entire membership has adequate notice of the time and place of the General Membership meeting. The Executive Board has set meetings at our facilities in the past, and we held meetings last year in each of our Juvenile Halls. For any change in place/time of our meetings, your Executive Board follows the constitutional procedures to make sure that our entire membership has proper notice and the best opportunity to attend our meetings. As your Executive Board, we will continue to operate according to our Local 685 Constitution for the benefit of our entire membership.  

The General Membership meeting for January 11th will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Hall.