LockerDown Mobile Gun Safe

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My mission is not only to build a Powerful Union, but also to provide you more Value!

Dear Association Brothers and Sisters, I have negotiated a deal with LockerDown.com to provide our association members a valued price.  Please visit LockerDown.com and if there is anything there that you would like to purchase, contact me for a coupon code so you can receive a discount.

ld2028cd-2tHere is some information on the company.
Driven by the need for secure storage in a vehicle, Lock’er Down was created. Although other products were available for some applications, none met our standards. We wanted to build a product the was both secure and sleek. Each product we have designed had to meet our strict standards.

 

 

  • Made from tough domestic 12 gauge domestic cold rolled steel.
  • Have a secure locking mechanism.
  • Look like it was installed on the factory assembly line.
  • DIY simple installation.
  • Have a lifetime warranty.
  • MADE IN THE USA!

We are 100% dedicated to providing the highest quality products at a reasonable price and the highest level of customer service.

QUESTIONS? CALL US!

LockerDown.com
TOLL FREE: 800-583-9820
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MON-FRI 9 AM-4PM CST
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Open Enrollment until Oct 31 for Voluntary Benefits

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My mission is not only to build a Powerful Union, but also to provide you more Value!

 

Senior patient broken arm in doctor office

Open Enrollment until Oct 31 for Health Benefits. Something to keep in mind are the Voluntary Benefits. Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Pet Insurance and more.

Key Points:

1) This Year only No Medical Exams. (life insurance up $100,00 no medical), next year medical exams required.

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Open Enrollment until Oct 31 for a Flexible Spending Account

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My mission is not only to build a Powerful Union, but also to provide you more Value!

saveOpen Enrollment until Oct 31 for a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), City & County employees can save up to 40% paying pre-tax for qualified out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses.

A Health Care FSA allows you to pay pre-tax for qualifying health care expenses, including medical, dental (braces) and vision co-pays, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture, for yourself and eligible family members. A Dependent Care FSA allows you to pay for certified day care, pre-school and elder care needed by eligible children under age 13 or aging parents. ( Note: if you have a stay-at-home parent in your household, you are not eligible for a Dependent Care FSA.) (more…)

How to file a Grievance – Samples and Forms

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blackandyellowleadershipRecently, I have helped an association member follow up on a grievance that was supposed to have been submitted to the U.S.  As I looked into this matter, I discovered that the person that said they wrote a grievance and sent it to the U.S. never did.  When it comes to serious matters like this, I recommend you write and file your own grievances this will guarantee it gets done.

I will place the instructions in this post on the grievance procedure steps.   Also in this post will be a link to downloadable a grievance form. If you would like a copy of a Sample Grievance, please contact me, it will give you ideas and you can see the steps in the process.  I have also located some helpful grievance checklists and worksheets from another association which we can adopt to assist and use to write a solid grievance.

1st Step  the procedure.  The grievance procedure is written in the Collective Bargaining Agreement starting on page 8.  

2nd Step Complete a Grievance Form.  Download this form.

Downloadable Association Grievance Form

 

3rd Step download the Example Grievance  Checklist 

Grievance Checklist by Ken Lomba on Scribd

 

4th Step download the Grievance Worksheet

Grievance Worksheet by Ken Lomba on Scribd

 

 

Strong and Smart Contracts

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We need stronger and smarter contracts.  We are getting beaten at contract negotiations every time.  Take a look at these news excerpts about other union contracts.

The salaries of San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies are at least 7 percent higher than those of deputies in eight other Bay Area counties, and they’ll receive a 3 percent bump in 2015 thanks to the Board of Supervisors.

“I’m glad to see they’re making 7 percent more,” said Supervisor Don Horsley, the county’s former sheriff. “San Mateo County has a much higher cost to live in the county than Alameda, Solano, and Contra Costa counties.”

Gina Papan, who has been endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs Association, said she had not reviewed the agreement but understands that, “significant concessions were made and the county is saving millions on this contract.” The Deputy Sheriffs’ Political Action Committee also made a $37,000 expenditure in support of Papan’s campaign, for a mailer.

County Human Resources Director Donna Vaillancourt said the county originally decided to guarantee deputies they would get at least 3 percent more than others because it was having difficulty recruiting and training quality candidates. With the current economy, that is no longer the case, she said.- Mercury News

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Achieving Parity Pay

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Parity clauses’ historically have been included in collective negotiation agreements between municipal employers and public employee unions, particularly those involving police and firefighter’s unions.

By maintaining recognizable relationships between the levels of compensation afforded various occupations, parity clauses were used as an aid to negotiators, arbitrators and political officials in calculating the salaries of municipal employees. (more…)

Why didn’t We VOTE on the Tentative Agreements?

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Why didn’t We VOTE on the Tentative Agreements in 2014?

California Government Code 3505.1. If a tentative agreement is reached by the authorized representatives of the public agency and a
recognized employee organization or recognized employee organizations, the governing body shall vote to accept or reject the tentative agreement within 30 days of the date it is first considered at a duly noticed public meeting. A decision by the governing body to reject the tentative agreement shall not bar the filing of a charge of unfair practice for failure to meet and confer in good faith. If the governing body adopts the tentative agreement, the parties shall jointly prepare a written memorandum of understanding. (more…)

How does Arbitration Work?

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Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts, wherein the parties to a dispute refer it to one or more persons (the “arbitrators”, “arbiters” or “arbitral tribunal”), by whose decision (the “award”) they agree to be bound. It is a settlement technique in which a third party reviews the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding for both sides.

There isn’t 1 Arbitor.  City Charter stated an Arbitration Board is created of 3 Arbiters.  The 3 Arbiters are formed from both parties involved and 1 neutral party.  That means 1 person from the City, 1 person from the Union, and 1 Neutral Arbiter as the Chairperson (Usually an attorney). (more…)

Past Behavior is a Prediction of Future Behavior

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Lomba for Vice President Within the last 6 months, I have presented ideas that would be beneficial to our membership.  In January of 2016, I made a decision to do more for the association. I started attending the association meeting in Jan and by February I decided to become a Shop Steward. In February, I researched which I believe is a valuable tool that should be used to better our wages, retirement, secure our jobs, and add additional jobs to our department. This tool other agencies have used to their advantage. The tool I am referring to is using ballot initiatives. I placed this idea on the February association general membership meeting agenda and gave a presentation on the subject at the meeting.

This same tool SFPOA/PD had used it approximately 157 times, and SFFFA/FD had used it approximately 140 times. We SFDSA/SD, however, have used this tool 15 times. At the general membership meeting on February 9th, I spoke about how this idea came about from a simple conversation with other association members at SFGH. That day I started the Ballot Initiative Committee. After a month of research, I taught the Executive Board, Shop Stewards and members that were at the meeting how to place a ballot initiative on the ballot for vote at no cost.

In April, several members and I proposed a bylaw update. For ease and security purposes, we proposed to update a 1999 bylaw article to modernize our voting process. Approximately 250 members signed our signature drive to update the voting process. We are currently working on this to make it happen.

As you can see any member can submit a bylaw change by following the bylaw amendment article XXIII.  Once you have followed the above steps, it states, “The Secretary SHALL mail to each board member copies of the proposed bylaw change. The Shop Stewards will pass out the ballots to members they represent.  The ballots shall be returned via ballot boxed and counted at the general body meeting”  You are a paying dues member and have membership rights.  You have the right to do this and the right to vote on the bylaw change.  Currently, the Secretary has not mailed out the copies of the bylaw change nor have they placed the ballots/ballot boxes out for members to vote on the Elections bylaw change which incorporates Online Voting.  This bylaw change per the Bylaw Amendment XXIII is the decision of the members and should not be stopped as long as it complies with state law.  At the May and June 2016 general body meeting, the Union attorney stated that the Elections bylaw change can go to membership vote.  The beauty of this is that even if there is a small error or if we wanted to add something to it and make a small change, it can be done easily by following the above process but once Online Voting by a secure third-party voting service is initiated anything voted on can happen a lot quicker, easier, less labor intensive and the turn around time would be a lot faster moving the Union business along quickly.

Also in April I started a Shop Stewards Training Tips email. I send training tips on Roberts Rules of Order and other important topics to the shop stewards.

In June, I conducted a review of our collective bargaining agreement based on information from members on a change in regards to Staffing Levels.  I found that the original staffing level language from the 2012-2014 collective bargaining agreement was removed from the 2014-2017 collective bargaining unit and replaced with new language.  I discovered that the Union signed a  Tentative Agreement on May 2, 2014 agreeing to this change.  Also I had found that the original Entry and Promotional Qualifications language from the 2012-2014 collective bargaining agreement was removed from the 2014-2017 collective bargaining unit completely during the contract negotiation process.  I discovered that the Union signed a  Tentative Agreement on April 24, 2014 agreeing to this removal.

In closing, I would like to say I am a person with experience, a person you can depend on, a person that will voice the concerns of and represent each and everyone one of you, a person that will put in 110% is the type of person you need in serving as your DSA President.

I would be honored if you would vote for me as your President.

Best regards,

Ken Lomba

See all of my 25 years of law enforcement experience here.

Staffing Level Change

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What Happened to the Staffing Levels?  So let’s look at the documents.

 In the 2012 – 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement, paragraph 82 and 83 stated the following.  See SFDSA CBA 2012 – 2014 https://www.scribd.com/book/316119397
StaffingLevelChangeMay2
In the 2014- 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement, it had been removed and changed, paragraph 90 states the following.  See SFDSA CBA 2014 – 2017  https://www.scribd.com/book/316119452

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