(Santa Ana, Sept 3, 2019)

Dear R4 members,

Your committee attended the first mediation session held on September 4 in Santa Ana main courthouse.

Mediation requires that parties sign an agreement that they will not disclose the details of the session; therefore, we are simply not permitted to share that information with you. We can, however, proudly state that your committee fought hard, acted in good faith, and even came up with creative ideas in an attempt to get the best contract for all. By the end of a long day, however, we hit a roadblock and were shut down. 

After we ended the formal mediation session we attempted to speak with Jamie Newton (senior HR analyst) and Monna Radulovich (counsel and Joe Wiley’s assistant), regarding OC’s reverse pick-up. In a nutshell, we were told that OC should be grateful that the reverse pick-up has been frozen and we should see it as a gift. Your entire committee couldn’t disagree more. 

Your committee is still discussing this along with much more and appreciates your continued support as we try to get closure on this contract. Please bear in mind that there is a direct correlation between your active, vocal backing for a fair contract and our strength at the table. We are confident that with your active support we will succeed! 

In Unity,

Maria Benitez
Ana Fuller
LouLou Tovar
Jackie Ruiz
Silvia San Martín
Ed Venegas, spokesperson
Laurie Burgess, lead spokesperson