L.A. City Furloughs Have Been Postponed

Since the beginning of this crisis, AFSCME has worked non-stop to identify  any and all alternatives to furloughs – because at the end of the day we don’t believe in furloughs, we believe in our ability to flex our union power and come up with ideas that will have the least negative impact on our hard-working members, who make this city happen!

As part of our extensive work with the Coalition of City Unions, AFSCME District Council 36 and our Los Angeles City Locals have come to terms and signed a Letter of Agreement with the CAO to create additional savings for the City of Los Angeles. 

These are savings on top of those we successfully achieved earlier this summer. These new savings are enough to push the City of L.A. to postpone any thought of furloughs until after January 17, 2021. This gives our officers and business representatives more time to recommend more cost savings for the City in an effort to eliminate the remaining furlough days.

The main elements of this agreement are:

  • Each employee will take an unpaid day on November 3, 2020 and another unpaid day on April 2, 2021, except in operations where minimum staffing levels must be maintained, employees will be paid for hours worked.
  • You will receive a one-time paid eight (8) hour floating holiday during fiscal year 2020-21
  • The excess sick leave cash payout due in January 2021 will be deferred to January 2022 and will be paid at the wage in effect when the payout is made.

As this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn continues to be our reality, we must stand AFSCME strong and always push our elected leaders to finds ways to safeguard working people.

Our AFSCME International Union continues to urge leaders in Washington to appropriate much needed funding for local governments to help get our local cities and counties through this economic crisis. Your vote in the upcoming election matters now more than ever before. Ballots will be arriving next week.

Please support the candidates and propositions that AFSCME District Council 36 has officially endorsed so that we can continue to safeguard our jobs and the vital services our City depends on.  You can find our union’s voter guide here. Make sure to use these guides when casting your ballot and mail your ballot back as soon as possible.

We are AFSCME and we are AFSCME strong!