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Los Angeles County Probation Officers Union

Local 685, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO


Our Union, AFSCME Local 685, was founded on May 10, 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 probation peace officers and Pre-Trial Investigators in the Probation Department and in that year we negotiated our first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Local 685 also proudly represents the Group Supervisors and Transportation Workers in DCFS.



Local 685 has been charged with, and has always maintained, the responsibility of protecting the rights of union members employed by the L.A. County Probation Department. Our elected union leaders negotiates, on behalf of the 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, and we have effectively represented Local 685 members in every aspect of dealing with the Probation Department and Department of Children & Family Services.


AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers, and more. With working members in hundreds of different occupations and retirees across the country, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

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