AFSCME Fighting Big Cut for LA County Workers

Say what?! On August 1, 2018, Los Angeles County negotiators broke a decades-long pattern of funding the cost of standard health care inflation and proposed to freeze the County’s contribution to their employees' (including several thousand AFSCME members) Choices Plan at 2018 levels for the next three years.

The County’s proposal is a major reduction from past practice, a cut of more than $207 million over the term of the employees' Fringe Benefit contract. The County’s proposal would result in a SIGNIFICANT CUT IN TAKE HOME PAY as health insurance premiums grow.

The FIGHT IS ON. AFSCME is a partner in the Coalition of County Unions, which is united in fighting back. We won’t back down at the bargaining table and AFSCME members and their co-workers may be called upon to TAKE TO THE STREETS if need be.

The %207 million figure represents the difference between the County’s historic 6% per annum negotiated increase into the Choices Plan and a proposed 0% increase from 2019-2021 based on April 2018 payroll data provided by the County.