Local Update

February 22, 2018

Dear Member of CFI Local 39000,
Ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing of Local 39000 on Friday, February 23rd.  The election involves the following offices:
Local President
Local Vice President
Local Secretary
Local Treasurer
Executive Board Representatives:
Region 1
Region 2
Region 3, and
The ballots are being handled by Ballotpoint (a nationally recognized company that handles elections for unions and other organizations).  The ballots will be mailed from their mailing house in Michigan on Friday February 23rd.
825 individuals are on our rosters as members in good standing – and will be getting their ballots from the Local (via Ballotpoint).  In order to be counted, members must follow the instructions in marking their ballot and returning it via the small secret ballot and large return envelope.  BALLOTS MUST BE MAILED BACK TO THE POST OFFICE BOX – they cannot be accepted at the Local office.  Please be sure that you vote and get your ballot in the mail in time to be in the box when the mail is picked up the morning of March 15th.
The Election Committee and a representative of Ballotpoint will pick up the mail at 10am on March 15th, and those ballots will be counted in the Local office in Santa Fe Springs that morning.  The results will then be certified and released that day.
Mail should arrive early next week.  If your co-workers say they got their ballot and yours has not come – email us – [email protected] with your:
Phone number (in case we need to discuss this with you)
If the address is different from the one in the Local’s records – we will have a duplicate ballot sent to you by Ballotpoint at the new address (note we have sent mail to all addresses in the last couple of months about this election and corrected any addresses on mail that was returned).
If your envelope didn’t appear in the US Mail – a duplicate ballot will be sent by Ballotpoint.
Any duplicate or replacement ballots will be marked (by Ballotpoint) to ensure that only vote is cast by each member in good standing.  The secrecy of the ballot process is one more reason that you must mail these back in the envelopes provided by Ballotpoint.  The return envelopes already include the return postage, so that will not delay your vote.
Note your replacement ballot packet will be sent from Ballotpoint in Portland, Oregon.  Please recognize that it will take a couple of days for your replacement ballot to arrive, and then a couple for your return ballot to arrive at the Post Office Box in Santa Fe Springs.  Don’t delay in making your request for a replacement ballot.  Please email so that we have a record of your request and our response to your request.  You may call the office, but it will not be as efficient as we will only get the voice mail when the office is open (562) 944-2341.
Please mail your ballot as soon as you get it, so you don’t misplace it.  Ballots should be mailed back in time to be in the Post Office Box by March 14th – we will pick up the mail on Thursday morning March 15th and only ballots in the post office box at that time will be counted.
REGION 4 Executive Board Representative
Only one candidate stood for the nomination when the process was concluded, therefore Silvia San Martin was declared elected by acclamation.  Ms. San Martin has now taken office and is starting to represent the members of the Local in her region.
The race for Region 4 Bargaining Committee ended in the committee being elected by acclamation when some nominees decided not to stand for election.  The Committee is starting to plan meetings and collection of members’ suggestions for proposals. The Committee members are:
Silvia San Martin (also ex officio member as Region 4 Board Representative) – San Diego
Ana Fuller – San Diego
Rebeca Vera – San Diego
Jackie Ruiz - Riverside
LouLou Tovar - Orange
Juan Ramirez – Orange
The contract expires on June 30th.
REGION 4 PERB Retirement Case:
The hearing in the San Diego Retirement Case concluded on February 1st.  Our case in chief had been submitted last fall, and our attorney Anne Yen, feels that the case went very well.  She was assisted by Jackie Ruiz who had been on the bargaining committee and testified in rebuttal.
Jackie provided this recap:
“The following people testified:
Susan Rhode (not sure on the spelling)
-Was employed by Orange County Superior Court/HR Analyst
-She testified regarding OC's retirement system/reverse pick up. 
-the fact that CFI has always been tied to the General Unit 
-Notice of changes to benefits were always sent to CFI.
-CFI never asked to meet and confer
Monna Radulovich
-Region's attorney
-She testified that CFI had requested to meet and confer regarding the impacts of PEPRA.
-that although the Court was not conceding they had to M & C, they did. 
-Courts position was that it was not a PEPRA issue, but a state provision instead. 
-She stated that Mary Lou was frustrated that it was not dealt with at bargaining.
- She said that Stephen Cascioppo stated that it was discussed at the table and that the 9% raise was given because of retirement changes. 
-She discussed the details of the San Diego meet and confer and the fact that they didn't agree on anything other than having the EPMC phased in. 
Stephen Cascioppo
San Diego Asst. Executive Officer
-He testified regarding the PEPRA changes and the agreement they reached with LIUNA.
-He said they were aware that CFI was in negotiations with San Bernardino and Riverside for a side letter. 
-He said that the elimination of the EPMC was discussed at the Region table and that Joe Wiley said it was a local issue. That local issues such as retirement couldn't be discussed at the table.
-He said they didn't agree to a side letter because they didn't want to give CFI "more than what they had given the rest of the employees."
The judge had great questions for Cascioppo:
Q: When looking at CFI proposals you said that the Court wouldn't agree because CFI would be getting more?
A: Yes
Q: LIUNA got an 8% offset plus a wage increase?
A: Yes
Q: What did CFI get?
A: 9% over term of contract
Q: Did you discuss at the table that the 9% was an offset?
A: No
Lyn Bell
San Diego County Superior Court- HR Director
-She only testified to changes in health benefits that CFI was tied to the General Unit. 
* part of the complaint included bad faith bargaining re: health benefits.
Rebuttal witness:
Jackie Ruiz
-was asked if proposals included EPMC offset. 
Jackie said yes, at first.
Things changed when Riverside had a private Caucus with Ernie Durazzo, Silvia Barden, and Jackie. Riverside informed them that they would not discuss PEPRA/EPMC at the table, but that Riverside CEO was willing to offer interpreters a (non-wage) equivalent offset. Riverside imposed PEPRA increase and interpreters were FORCED to accept. 
After this conversation, CFI's proposals did not include offset, only cost of living increase.
Joe Wiley flipped!! Was insisting proposals DID include offset. 
Jackie stuck to her guns saying it didn't. Wiley go crazy & judge asked for a recess. Joe Wiley stormed out calling Jackie a liar saying "Lies, lies, lies! Judge could hear him in the hallway. Jackie told the judge that that's his demeanor at the bargaining table.
Joe Wiley took the stand at the end to state that the Court ALWAYS considered all of the wage proposals but declined them. He stressed that the raise that was given took I to account PEPRA. 
The Judge asked a lot of great clarifying questions that left Jackie feeling confident that he understood CFI's position.”
NOTE: Jackie has apologized for the delay in a report-back – she has been dealing with a family emergency, in addition to serving the Local on the Election Committee.
Briefs and reply briefs will be filed in this case.  And the Region 2 case continues on March 5th and 6th. Anne Yen is representing CFI (paid for by the TNG Legal Services Program) in both cases.
Please be sure to vote.
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Temporary Administrator