LA County Federation of Labor Political Directors Meeting
November 15: PPOA Executive Director Wayne Quint Jr. met with fellow union leaders from the LA County Federation of Labor for a political directors meeting on Monday. Discussions were centered on upcoming LA City, LA County, state and federal elections as well as geographical redistricting in California.
County Services Bureau Security Officer Job Fair Update
November 15: PPOA Board Member/Security Officer Henry Jimenez and President Tab Rhodes were advised by the Sheriff’s Department that the job fair tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th has been postponed.

Department representatives explained that additional funded items are expected to be available by the end of the year. Due to this development, the Department will not conduct a job fair until the availability of the additional Sheriff's Security Officer (SSO) positions is confirmed. At this time, the job fair is tentatively scheduled for January 2022, following additional meet-and-confer negotiations. 

PPOA appreciates the ongoing professionalism and dedication of the SSOs who were advised they may be impacted by a job fair. The postponement of the job fair will allow County Services Bureau SSOs to remain in their current assignments until further notice.
COVID-19 Legal Meeting
November 16: On Tuesday, PPOA hosted its weekly meeting in order for President Rhodes, Executive Director Quint, Senior Labor Rep. Venise Wallace, Intake Rep. Kevin Thompson and PPOA attorneys to address COVID-19 issues impacting PPOA members. This same group met again on Thursday (Nov. 18) to continue their discussions. These meetings help PPOA representatives stay current on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related negotiations with the County. This dedication of PPOA resources supplements the efforts of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) to negotiate reasonable terms as well as mitigate impacts on PPOA membership.
COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Mediation
November 16: PPOA and the Coalition of County Unions began the formal process of mediation with the County regarding the vaccination mandate. This re-engagement in negotiations lasted approximately six hours and was overseen by two mediators who interviewed representatives from both sides of the table in an effort move this contentious process toward a resolution. PPOA was represented by Executive Director Quint at this meeting.

The next round of mediation is expected to be scheduled soon.
Unit 612 Negotiations Team Pre-Meeting
November 16: Members of the Unit 612 contract negotiations team joined PPOA legal counsel for a pre-meeting on Tuesday to continue discussions about upcoming negotiations for a successor Memorandum of Understanding with the County. The Unit 612 team is comprised of the following PPOA members:

  • President/LT. Tab Rhodes, Negotiations Chair
  • SGT. Juan Calderon
  • SGT. Ruben Pastran
  • SGT. Jose Rios
  • SGT. Anthony Romo
  • LT. Geoffrey Chadwick
  • LT. Nancy Escobedo
  • LT. Todd Knight
  • LT. William Moulder
  • LT. Marshall Yelverton
  • DA SGT. Jay Chapman
  • DA SGT. Yvette Hartwell
  • PPOA Executive Director Wayne Quint Jr.
  • PPOA Legal Counsel
Judge Denies Request for Temporary Injunction on Vaccine Mandate
November 16: As predicted by PPOA legal counsel, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge denied a request from a small group of misguided County employees for a temporary injunction on the vaccination mandate issued by the Board of Supervisors. Unfortunately, this ill-advised legal misstep only emboldens the County to continue moving forward with the mandates and ultimately harms the efforts of PPOA and the Coalition of County Unions to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 Executive Order.
Star & Shield Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
November 17: Board members of PPOA's Star & Shield Foundation took part in a teleconference on Wednesday. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has proudly raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support worthy causes, including its most important mission: providing assistance to the families of fallen officers. Meeting participants included Board Members Tab Rhodes, Jim Blankenship and Tony Coleman as well as Members-at-Large Juan Carlos Calderon, Gold Lee, Wayne Quint Jr., Julie Sherman, Aaron Straussner, and Kevin Thompson.
Coalition of County Unions Meeting
November 17: Executive Director Quint participated in a teleconference with fellow representatives of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) on Wednesday to discuss COVID-19 and other issues affecting PPOA members and fellow County employees. 

The CCU collectively represents more than 30,000 union members employed by the County of Los Angeles and is their unified voice on Countywide matters including health insurance, vacation pay, retirement and more.

Unit 612 Salary Contract Negotiations
November 18: Representatives from PPOA and the County officially opened negotiations on Thursday for a new Unit 612 Memorandum of Understanding. The current salary contract for sergeants and lieutenants from the Sheriff's Department and DA's Office expires on January 31, 2022.
Board Election/Proposed By-Law Amendments Ballot Deadline
November 18: Thursday marked the deadline for members to submit completed ballots for the Unit 612 and Unit 621 board elections as well as proposed by-law amendments. The official ballot count will take place this Monday (Nov. 22) at 8:30AM in the PPOA Conference Center. PPOA is grateful to the members who volunteered to assist with and verify the ballot count and we are definitely thankful to all members who took the time to cast a ballot and help move this union forward.
Reminder: Increase in CHOICES Monthly Benefits Allowance
Attention active PPOA members: Please be advised this chart reflects the 2.5% increase in the County's contribution to the Choices health plans in order to help offset health insurance premium increases. This increased financial contribution from the County was negotiated by the Coalition of County Unions, including PPOA and 13 other member organizations.

If you have questions, please call the LA County Benefits hotline at (213) 388-9982.
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