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January 22, 2018 <br />Ms. Grace Robinson Hyde <br />Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County <br />1955 Workman Mill Rd. <br />Whittier, CA 90601 <br />RE: AFSCME Negotiations <br />Dear General Manager and Chief Engineer: <br />It has come to my attention that almost 1000 of your professional, energy recovery, professional <br />supervisory, supervisory, technical support, and white collar employees have recently affiliated <br />with AFSCME and that labor-management negotiations between AFSCME and your office appears <br />to be strained. You should understand that I have a great working relationship with AFSCME and I <br />feel it appropriate to weigh in on the importance of addressing their concerns. <br />It has been my experience that LACSD employees provide exceptional service to the agency and <br />the community. Such service shouldn't be degraded by proposals that seek to take benefits, or <br />otherwise diminish employe~ earnings -especially when your agency is blessed with strong <br />financial capacity. <br />I understand their proposal for a full swap and COLA not only addresses their concerns about <br />longstanding agreements and vesting, but also meets the agency's mission to attract and retain <br />exceptional employees. I urge you to reach that settlement and honor your great workforce and <br />recognize their value to the community. <br />Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your leadership on this pressing issue. If you <br />have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at XXXX