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This week's news headlines

UNION LEADERS MEET TO DISCUSS JANUS

Over 30 Officers from the 5 Local Unions that make up the General Committee of Adjustment 875 met at the union offices in Irwindale, CA, over the weekend to discuss the Janus vs AFSCME Supreme Court case and any potential fallout from its decision. The Janus case essentially attempts to make "Right to Work" the law of the land across the entire US.

The General Committee was joined by president of the LA County Federation of Labor Rusty Hicks, SMART General Counsel Kevin Broader, Labor Rights Attorney Peter Dickinson.

“While anti-worker extremists are seeking to divide working people and the ability to have a voice on the job in the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case, we will continue doing what we have always done, “said Rusty Hicks. "No court case, no legislation, and no propaganda campaign can stop us from standing together.”

General Chairman Marco Gudino expressed his desire for unity and solidarity during this time no matter what the outcome.  

In solidarity we find strength. In strength we find courage. In courage we find victory. In victory we find solidarity. When we are united in solidarity, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

Marco Gudino Meets with Gavin Newsom

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General Chairman Marco Gudino met with California Lieutenant Governor, and Candidate for Governor, Gavin Newsom.  The meeting was a huge opportunity for General Chairman Gudino to put the issues and concerns of its nearly 5000 members in front of one of California’s most progressive and influential leaders.

Lieutenant Governor Newsom having been the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco was very interested and very knowledgeable of the issues that Chairman Gudino raised in the meeting.  Quality pay & benefits, subcontracting, operator safety and decreased transit ridership were amongst the topics in the hour-long meeting.  Unprovoked Operator Assaults was an area of concern for Newsom having dealt with that same issue with Parking Enforcement Officers in San Francisco.   Newsom also expressed his hope and desire for the members of General Committee 875 to stay strong, vigilant and united in the wake of the Janus v AFSCME decision, no matter what the outcome may be.

The 2018 Election season is upon us with California holding its Primary Elections on June 5th, 2018.  The SMART Transportation Division Legislative Director and the California Labor Federation will meet and make endorsements for all the Statewide and State Legislature races in late April.  General Chairman Marco Gudino will be making his recommendations to the Legislative Director to ensure that the 5000 members in Los Angeles have the political influence they deserve.

You can find out more information about the election, voter registration and deadline information at the California Secretary of States website http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/statewide-direct-primary-june-5-2018/.

You can also find out more about Gavin Newsom and his campaign on his website https://gavinnewsom.com/.

Tentative Contract Agreement Reached with the LACMTA

General Chairman Marco Gudino and General Committee 875 are excited to announce that they have reached a tentative contract agreement with the LACMTA.  The final agreements were signed on the final day of the contract following a late-night session earlier in the week.

The details of the agreement will be shared at a mass meeting to be held on Saturday July 8th, 10AM at the Hilton Hotel in Pasadena.  The vote will be by mail referendum, so every member will need to ensure that the General Committee has updated contact information.  Please call the Union offices in Irwindale at 626-962-9980 if you need to update your information. 

The ballot handling and count will be conducted by the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service (SMCS). The SMCS is an independent state agency that provides mediators for grievance disputes, representation, card check, and union elections services.  Details on the dates and times of the mailing will be made available as soon as they are known.  For more information on the SMCS you can visit them on the web at www.perb.ca.gov/csmcs/smcs.aspx.

Tentative Contract Agreement
Information Meeting


Hilton Hotel Meeting
Saturday July 8th, 10am
168 S Los Robles Ave,
Pasadena, CA 91101

Previsich attends contract negotiations as significant progress is made

On Friday May 19, SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich attended and observed contract negotiations between GO-875 and the LACMTA at the Union offices in Irwindale, CA.  Previsich has attended a previous negotiation session and has continually monitored the progress through frequent status updates.  He has also signaled his willingness to attend more sessions in the future.  Previsich’s presence lets LA Metro know just how serious the entire SMART Union organization is taking these negotiations.  General Committee 875 is grateful for SMART Transportation Division and John Previsich’s continued support through these negotiations. 

Friday was a very good day with many articles moving forward with tentative agreements.  Although no details on those tentative agreements can be shared at this time, it is significant progress that moves negotiations ever closer to a contract proposal. 

There are six weeks left until the end of the current contract on June 30th, and there are at least nine negotiation sessions and meetings planned to bring a contract by that date.  Although the MTA is eager for a contract before the June 30th deadline, the General Committee is dedicated to taking as long as is necessary to get the right contract for the members. 

Payroll deductions due to “glitch” put on hold

Many of you have received notices that the MTA will be deducting from pay checks, “overpayments” that were made by a “glitch”  in the payroll system.  The General Committee was informed of the “glitch” at the same time the letters were sent.  The General Committee argued against these unfair deduction as they were no fault of the employees, and demanded a cancelation of the deductions.  When the MTA refused to relent, the General Committee studied the labor code and found potential violations of the law.  The General Committee then directed legal council to investigate the issue and find a legal solution.  As a result, the deductions, that were scheduled for today, have been put on hold until a legal review can run its course.  This does not mean that the deduction may not eventually occur, but for now the deductions will not happen.  An announcement will be made once a legal decision has been made. 

General Chairman Gudino meets with LB Mayor Robert Garcia

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Last week General Chairman Marco Gudino and Rail Local Chairman John Cabanas Jr. met with the newest member of the LACMTA Board, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.  The meeting was an opportunity for the leaders to get to know one another and discuss important transportation matters.  Topics of discussion included the new multi-agency police contract, the aging Blue Line and contract negotiations.  Mayor Garcia discussed his priorities for improvements to the Blue Line as well as safety and security on the system.  When discussing subcontracting, Mayor Garcia also expressed his preference to have “municipal employees do municipal work,” instead of outsourcing to private contractors.  Union and city staff were also able to meet and exchange information so that a closer relationship could be developed.  

Recent changes to the members of the LACMTA Board of Directors represents a massive shift in the political ideology of the Board.  Supervisors Janice Hahn, Kathrine Barger and Mayor Robert Garcia are substantially more Union friendly than their predecessors.  It is vital that the General Committee keep an active presence with the Board of Directors to ensure that the issues and topics of the members remain a priority.

Shorts Year Round

Contract negotiation provide labor and management an opportunity to discuss matters both contractual and non-contractual, in order to make positive changes for the employees of LA Metro.  An issue that had been raised by union members, and then taken by the General Committee to the negotiating table, was the MTA uniform policy limiting the time frame that shorts could be worn as part of the uniform.

It is not uncommon for winter days in Southern California to reach above 90 degrees.  The requirement for pants to be worn during these months left many operators with very hot and uncomfortable working conditions.  Although it is not a contractual matter, the General Committee felt that the policy needed to be changed and argued for it at the negotiating table.  The MTA agreed and beginning April 1, operators will have the option to wear cargo shorts year round. 

 

LA Metro to Vote on Police Contract February 23

On Thursday, February 23rd, The Board of Director for LA Metro will vote on a new police contract at the Board of Directors- Regular Board Meeting.  For more Information follow the link below:

http://www.gca875smart.org/news/2016/12/9/go-875-requests-members-opinion-on-transportation-police

The meeting starts at 9AM and members of the public are welcome to speak.  There is a full agenda and there is no telling when the agenda item (#42) will be taken up.  If you would like to speak at the meeting be prepared to wait through the entire meeting.  A SMART representative will be on hand to help you fill out speaker cards and inform you of the public speaking process.  You can see the entire agenda by following the link below:

https://metro.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=517044&GUID=5B227E61-0C48-44F2-8F7B-74BAA576050F&Options=info&Search=

For more information please visit

http://www.gca875smart.org/la-metro-police-contract/

SMART & LACMTA hold first negotiation session

Yesterday, February 15th, 2017, SMART General Committee 875 and the LACMTA held its first negotiation session at the SMART offices in Irwindale, CA.  

SMART Transportation President John Previsich was in attendance to observe and offer his advice and support. “Bus and Rail Operators are an important piece of the SMART Union organization. I am here to offer my support and assistance to get an equitable and fair contract that our members deserve.” said Previsich.  Transportation President Previsich will continue to monitor the progress of the negotiations and attend sessions on occasion to continue that support.

The two sides will meet again today at the LACMTA offices at Union Station. 

During the duration of the negotiations, no specific agendas, proposals or tentative agreements will be shared publicly, by either side, until an agreement is ready for ratification by the members.  This policy is not in place to unnecessarily keep information from the members but is designed to protect the negotiations process.  There are no agreements until both sides have signed, so it would be premature to offer any specific information until that time.

You can stay up to date on contract negotiations by visiting  http://www.gca875smart.org/2017-contract-negotiations/

Previsich visits Irwindale

Yesterday,  SMART Transportation President John Previsich visited the General Committee 875 offices in Irwindale.  A delegation from Cleveland accompanied Previsich to discuss important Union matters, and General Chairman Gudino had an opportunity to provide a local perspective and input.

GO-875 REQUESTS MEMBERS OPINION ON TRANSPORTATION POLICE

In February 2017, the LACMTA will vote on a comprehensive security policy to provide police services to the LA Metro system.  The LACMTA Staff recommendation is to end its current contract with the LA County Sheriffs Department and enter into a multi-agency policing strategy with Los Angeles Police, Long Beach Police and Los Angeles County Sheriffs combined.

You can see the LACMTA Staff recommendation by following the link below.

Metro Comprehensive Policing and Security Strategy

The LACMTA Board has requested more information before it votes on a final plan.  This request for more information gives the LA Metro operators a unique opportunity to have an impact on who will be policing the system for the next 5 years.  The General Committee is looking for stories of when operators had a situation that required assistance from the LA Sheriffs or other law enforcement agencies while operating a bus or train.  What was the outcome?  Did the interaction make you feel safe or protected?  Who do you think should police the system?

The General Committee is asking for these stories to be written so that they may be delivered to the LACMTA Board in February.  Write a letter or use the form below to draft your response.  Mail or deliver it to the union offices in Irwindale or to any Local Chairman no later than Monday, February 13, 2017.  Please only send one response or letter, please keep your comments brief and please no emails.

General Committee Meets in Preparation for Contract Negotiations

Earlier this week, SMART General Committee 875 met at the the union offices in Irwindale to discuss the upcoming contract negotiations with the LACMTA.  The returns of the employee questionnaire were discussed and plans for additional negotiation training were set.

Transportation Division Vice President Reddy Adhi has been assigned by SMART Union International to assist GO-875 in these contract negotiations.  “Mr. Reddy” was formerly the General Chairman for SMART members at Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus and was instrumental in securing their contract.  This addition to the GO-875 negotiating team is a much appreciated and valuable resource.

Finally, the General Committee set a list of dates and times for the special union meetings to discuss the upcoming contract negotiations.  All members are welcome to attend any of the meetings being held over the next month and a half.