The right to make a choice regarding your own health has triggered a political firestorm. And by the time this issue prints, who knows where we will be with negotiations, the County’s deadline and its impact on personnel.
Yet, with certainty, your union is present in this fight to protect the rights of members and to ensure they are treated fairly in any process. Several long hours have been put into covering concerns surrounding the coronavirus, fringe benefits and vaccination mandates.
I have taken a number of calls and have received emails and texts as to what PPOA’s position is. “What will they do? Will they fight this, will they fight for us?” Absolutely.
Between myself, the president, our executive director, labor representatives and our legal counsel, questions have been asked relating to authority and legal standing. Our counsel has and will monitor all legal standing and challenges both current and forthcoming.
Your union is present in this fight to protect the rights of members and to ensure they are treated fairly in any process.
We also respect the feelings of those members who have chosen to vaccinate on their own accord. Their questions about the security of their information and mandates are just as impactful. PPOA will continue to utilize every tool available to them and put out messaging that is clear, concise and as up to date as possible.
In the midst of this, our Fringe Benefits contract was finalized. The agreement between the County and the CCU will span nine months. The previous contract expired on June 30 and the new contract will expire on March 30, 2022. This is separate from our salary contract, which has to be negotiated separately.
On a lighter note, I’d like to acknowledge Custody Assistant Kevin McGilliard of North Facility. McGilliard is a member of the LASD Boxing Team, and back on August 21, he and two of his peers participated in an event in Houston, Texas. McGilliard’s work ethic and dedication to the sport has accelerated his development as a boxer with many more rounds to come.
Take care and be safe.