LA County Sanitation Districts Staff to Employer: "Don't Be A Grinch!"

Despite the cheery, light-hearted atmosphere last week at an annual staff holiday party, AFSCME members demonstrated their seriousness about winning a fair first contract with their employer, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.  The employees – including environmental scientists, civil engineers and an array of professionals and supervisors, unionized months ago to gain a voice at the bargaining table.

But in negotiations, Management has refused to budge and make reasonable compromises, prompting the union to create Christmas-themed signs and bring them to the party to reinforce their demands.

An administrative court, the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB), has recently ruled that the employer has used bad faith bargaining tactics.