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LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICERS UNION
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 19, 2018
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 14 , 2018
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 23, 2018
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Special Local 685 E-Gram, April 4, 2018
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 29, 2018
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 16, 2018
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Local 685 E-Gram, February 20, 2018
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Local 685 E-Gram, January 26, 2018
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Arm-on-Request Policy E-Gram, December 2, 2017
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Special Holiday Greeting E-Gram, November 29, 2017
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Election Notice E-Gram, November 24, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, November 11, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, October 31, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, October 17, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, September 27, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, September 12, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, August 29, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, August 10, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 23, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 7, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 27, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 21, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 1, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 8, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Apr. 18, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Mar. 25, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Mar. 13, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 6, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 10, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Dec. 23, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Dec. 1, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Nov. 14, 2016
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Endorsement E-Gram, Nov. 1, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 27, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 13, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 10, 2016
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Response to 9/28/16 LA Times article
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 27, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 23, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 9, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 23, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 22, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 3, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 27, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 18, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 29, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 15, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 1, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 15, 2016
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State of the Union E-Gram, Jan. 7, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 4, 2016
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Local 685 News
Dear Members:

Chief Probation Officer McDonald, with the alleged support of the Board of Supervisors and Chief Executive Officer, has proposed to ELIMINATE THE 56-HOUR SHIFT at all L.A. County Probation Camps and FORCE PERSONNEL TO WORK A 5-40 schedule.

Your Local 685 Bargaining Team needs to hear from you to understand the IMPACT ON YOU AND to gain insight into the IMPACT ON THE TREATMENT OF THE MINORS you supervise.

Please make your voice heard by taking a few minutes to complete our short, 3-MINUTE SURVEY on your phone, tablet, or personal computer.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY.




July 18, 2018

Statement from Kent Swift, President of Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union, AFSCME Local 685

“As the new president of Local 685, who ran on a platform of transparency and accountability reforms, I applaud the recent audit by the International Union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

In fact, I requested this audit soon after I was elected in December, 2017. The request for one is a power afforded to any local union President.

These initial findings brought to light a number of financial issues and concerns. Now is the time to get to the bottom of this.

The general membership of our union passed a motion, which I spearheaded, to conduct a forensic audit by a third party, independent authority, to pursue additional fact-finding and investigations. This forensic audit is the next logical step in getting to honest answers that our members deserve.

I am committed to assuring that our local union is democratic, responsive to our members' needs and concerns and most of all, fiscal responsibility.

I ask that you support these efforts to increase transparency and accountability by participating in our membership meetings and letting your voice be heard by our Local leadership.”

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June 29, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE CHIEF STEWARD

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

The Executive Board of Local 685 is aware of the Draft version of the Audit Report that has been circulated to the members. The release of the draft has created quite an inquiry and within the last 48 hours, we have received many calls in regards to the information on the document. We acknowledge all of your concerns. However, at this time we would like to inform you as to the distribution timeline of the completed audit information.

The final audit has been received and the final meeting with the auditor took place on June 27, 2018. We are awaiting the final notes from the auditor in regards to the audit. We expect to have those within the next week and once the Executive Board has received all the necessary documents, reviewed and approved for distribution, the final audit will be released. We anticipate, with a great amount of certainty, that the distribution will take place at the next General Membership Meeting on July 12, 2018, at 7:30pm, at Union Headquarters.

At that time, we will address any and all questions as it pertains to the Final Audit Report. 

Have a safe and memorable 4th of July with loved ones!

In Solidarity,

The Executive Board of Local 685 – We stand together as one!

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June 27, 2018

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE LOCAL 584 PRESIDENT FOR ALL PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES WITH “FAIR SHARE” AGENCY FEE PROVISIONS:

AFSCME Local 685 Sisters and Brothers -- 

As you may have heard, the U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a blow to working people in the much anticipated landmark case, Janus v. AFSCME District Council 31.

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned 40 years of legal precedent in an effort to crush organized labor, the only way to protect ourselves is to stand together like never before. No public employee can take his or her union rights and freedoms for granted.

If AFSCME’s history tells us anything, it’s that the strength of working people standing together beats our enemies and their money, hands down. There is no match for the collective power of union members asserting their rights and freedoms at the bargaining table!

But our enemies, disguised as “free speech” advocates, are already taking the next step, campaigning to convince AFSCME members to drop the union. If that happens, we can expect to have a much harder time winning fair wages, safe working conditions, affordable health care and retirement security at the bargaining table.

Currently, no one is more aware that we have some issues in Local 685 than I. But you should also understand that people don't always deal with change in a positive way. In fact, I believe that now is the time for corrective action in the union. Don't run. Fight!

AFSCME Local 685 will never quit. We will never quit fighting for our rights, health and safety on the job, pay equity, nondiscrimination policies. No matter what differences we have, we will continue to look out for each other. With your support, participation, and fight we will only grow stronger.

Stay tuned for a message about the improvements you will be seeing under our President of Local 685, Kent Swift!