Unions are not all-powerful engines of rapacity. County workers have been struggling with layoffs and furloughs in the county, courts and cities. Unions and their members are addressing state and local government issues responsibly.
In what Orange County Labor Federation Executive Director Tefere Gebre says is the first ever vist by a sitting AFL-CIO President, Richard L. Trumka paid a visit to Orange County on Wednesday. He was here following through on his promise, made in September 2009, that following his election he would go out an visit labor…
In response to the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) asking its members if they might be interested in a brief collective work stoppage, Under Sheriff John Scott sent a memo out to all OCEA represented department members. He instituted a new policy, effective immediately, that any employee represented by OCEA who calls in sick must have a doctor’s note to return to work.
For the second round of draconian layoffs, the Sheriff notified OCEA on January 4th that they plan to layoff an additional 57 non-sworn personnel. These are the people who support our deputies, and in fact, make the entire department function.
Former State Senator Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) is proposing that the Board of Supervisors adopt a major reform of the Orange County political environment by regulating lobbyists and themselves thus establishing more transparency in the way county government decisions are made.
There were two public meetingsÂ Tuesday nightÂ whereÂ public employees showed up to express their interest in resolving the budget shortfalls affecting both employers. One at the Capistrano Unified School District Board meeting, and one at the Anaheim City Council meeting. The employees were met with dramatically different responses from their governing officials. From the Orange County Register,…
An IT Working Group, which had been chaired by Supervisor Janet Nguyen, was disbanded in 2008 just as it was starting to uncover these very contract issues. While the task force was being stonewalled by Mauk and Ajmani, Mauk recommended it be disbanded. Now it looks like we know why.