August 1, 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
After nearly four (4) months of bargaining, on July 16, 2015, the AFSCME Local 685 Negotiations Committee and the County of Los Angeles reached a Tentative Agreement (T/A) on a successor Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that covers more than 3,800 members in the Probation Department and Department of Children and Family Services.
Ballots are to back to Local 685 by 5:00 PM on August 22, 2015. If you are a member and did not receive a ballot in the mail, please call (213) 386-5860 today!
This tentative contract on our great Union's 70th anniversary creates an historic pathway to modernizing the Probation Department and improving public and personal safety.
The deep and meaningful dialogue that took place over the last four months between subject matter experts - Local 685 members who are truly the authorities on your fields (e.g., halls, camps, field, transportation, pre-trial services, specialized units, DCFS, etc.) - and CEO and Department representatives represents a significant improvement over the prior negotiating stalemates.
On behalf of the Negotiating Committee and our Executive Board, we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished but we recognize that this is a process and we do have further to go. Toward that end, the T/A includes an unprecedented review by the County CEO of Probation Department operations and programs, including:
- Professionalizing the Juvenile Halls;
- High risk offender assignments (both juvenile and adult) and specialized cases in all units - field, camps, halls, and transportation; and
- Establishing a DPO III position to serve as a Training Officer, or to handle highly complex and specialized cases under AB 109 and SB 678 programs.
This comprehensive review - if approved by a majority of Local 685 members and the Board of Supervisors - will significantly enhance public safety and bring 21st Century methodologies into the Probation Department. It will also better equip the dedicated and professional employees in our bargaining unit to continue to perform our law enforcement duties in an outstanding manner.
The Local 685 Contract Negotiations Committee, as well as your Executive Board, strongly recommends a YES vote on the Tentative Agreement.
Ralph Miller, President