CSEA LOS ANGELES CHAPTER #500 COVID-19 UPDATE - 03-24-2020 5:30 PM

Today we met with the District via video conference to negotiate the effects of the District's response to COVID-19. We will send a detailed update on bargaining to everyone via email.

 

The District also sent two relevant communications today to employees. The first identified that there was a diagnosed COVID-19 case tied to LAUSD. The email has guidance for employees, although the District has already contacted those most at risk.

 

The second provided further guidance to non-school worksites other than Beaudry on identifying essential work. This email also contained news that the District will provide a $5 per hours worked differential for workers who must report to a worksite that is otherwise closed to students and employees. We have more details on our response to this differential in our upcoming email update. However, in short, we think this differential still leaves some workers out. We believe the District should recognize all workers taking risks to continue essential services to our students and community. 

CSEA LOS ANGELES CHAPTER #500 COVID-19 UPDATE 03-20-2020 10:00 AM

We have read public health orders from the Governor and Los Angeles County. We believe they align with what we've been demanding from LAUSD since the beginning of this crisis, which is LAUSD should only direct essential personnel to report to a physical worksite. We know that some of us will have to continue to report to work, to make sure workers get paid, students get fed, and the digital infrastructure that enables distance learning continues to function. We expect this essential work, and for many of us, it's why we work for LAUSD in the first place. But we want assurances from LAUSD that their definitions of essential won't be frivolous or arbitrary.

 

You should continue to follow directives from your supervisor unless they put you or someone else's health or safety in immediate jeopardy. However, if you believe your position does not facilitate distance learning or an essential function, and you are being directed to report to a physical worksite. Please reach out to a local leader or a Labor Relations Representative so that we can capture your situation as an example to be addressed by LAUSD management.

 

Thank you for all your hard work during this crisis; we will continue to do everything in our power to support LAUSD workers and the community.

Los Angeles Chapter 500

CSEA LA #500 COVID-19 UPDATE - 03-18-2020 5:30 PM

 

We have had multiple calls with the District today. We are exploring meeting for negotiations early next week. We continue to push the District to send all non-essential personnel home and to compensate employees who must report for work at a physical worksite equitably.

 

We have made some progress with the District on Beaudry. It appears the District is now moving in the right direction on the issue of non-essential workers reporting to physical worksites. The District has sent out further guidance on Beaudry workers' return to work tomorrow and decided to direct division leaders to only bring back a minimum level of staff for essential operations. The minimum level of staff will look different in each department. Please reach out to your local steward, leadership, or Labor Relations Representative if your department's definition of a minimum level of staff doesn't make sense or is unsafe.

 

We have also been pushing the District to address the concerns of non-Beaudry non-school site workers, such as those working at M&O Area Offices or Local District. The District has not provided additional guidance for these areas yet but promised progress shortly.

 

We will continue advocating for the safety of our members and the public! Please continue to keep an eye on our website, Facebook, and your email for updates. 


 

CSEA LA #500 COVID-19 UPDATE 03-17-2020 6:30 PM

Check your email for additional guidelines from the District. The District is now urging supervisors to work with individuals who might be a caregiver for an individual in a population that is vulnerable to COVID-19. The District made the right call in this regard by making it easier for workers to care for their families and prevent infections of people who might have more serious reactions to the virus. If you have someone at home who falls into a vulnerable population, speak with your supervisor about a work from home arrangement. 

 


CSEA Los Angeles Chapter #500 continues to urge the District to send home all non-essential personnel and compensate essential personnel appropriately. Please continue to reach out to your local steward, leadership, or a Labor Relations Representative if you need support!
 

LOS ANGELES 500 COVID-19 UPDATE 3-16-2020 5:10 PM

We had another call with the District this afternoon.

 

The District is cutting back services offered at the Family Resource Centers that open on Wednesday. This cut back is in the interest of worker and community safety. The focus is now solely on feeding students who need the meals provided by their school. The food service provided will be grab-and-go. Additional services will be determined as public health professionals assess the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County. You can still volunteer for these centers.

 

We are still pushing the District to allow all non-essential personnel to work from home or be sent home with pay if their work can't be completed from home. We are also asking the District to explore additional compensation for members who must report to work due to the essential nature of their job.

 

The District has said that supervisors should be as flexible as possible with alternative schedules and work from home arrangements. We encourage all members who are concerned about reporting to work to request an alternative schedule or work from home arrangement from their supervisor.

CSEA LA #500 COVID - 19 UPDATE 03-15-2020 2:35 PM

We had another call with the District this afternoon. We also requested a follow-up call to address the concerns of workers assigned to the central office and administrative sites.


The District has confirmed supervisors are being encouraged to allow employees to work from home whenever their job duties permit. If you are a classified employee assigned to a central office or administrative site and believe your duties can be accomplished from home, you should speak to your supervisor and request a work from home arrangement.


We've asked for a review of the District's visitor policy at administrative sites and the central office. More stringent restrictions were put in place last week, but we asked them revisit and do everything possible to avoid unnecessary additional in-person contact between individuals.


Family Resource Centers will open Wednesday. The number of centers looks to be expanding beyond the original forty, but we haven't seen a final total or list. We are awaiting final confirmation of classifications needed at these sites. The District has so far stressed that the goal is to utilize volunteers if possible. These centers will provide essential services for families and children of first responders and meals for students in need.


We will provide more information as we receive it. Don’t forget to check your email for the latest information from the District or see our last post with the link to what we received yesterday evening.

CSEA LA 500 COVID-19 UPDATE 3/14/2020 9:20 PM

The District has emailed all classified workers a memorandum and frequently asked questions document. The District's email should answer some questions, although it does not meet all our expectations. We have also learned the District may send an additional memorandum and FAQ to workers assigned to Beaudry.


Our response to the closures was to request all related information and demand to bargain the effects on CSEA represented workers. Our last proposal to the District included sending home all non-essential District personnel; the District has refused that option thus far, preferring to start with closing school sites and a move towards work from home arrangements over the next week. We believe it's imperative to increase the social distance of all workers, not just those at school sites. We are urging the District to send all non-essential personnel home as soon as possible.

 

Here's what we know about the District's Memorandum and FAQ:

 

Some school-based classifications will continue to work as needed, although they will likely work partial schedules rather than the whole week or the entire day. It appears this is an effort to ensure the completion of time-reporting and other time-sensitive tasks. Check the memorandum from the District to see if you are in one of these classifications.

All non-school based classifications are expected to report unless they meet specific criteria.

 

At-risk employees will be permitted to work from home, or if that is not possible, they will be allowed to stay home without loss of pay. At-risk employees include anyone 60 or older, pregnant, ill, or living with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or immune deficiencies. Speak to your supervisor if you fall into this category.

 

It appears the District will address the concerns of employees who are now facing the burden of childcare complications as their children's schools close. We brought this concern to them yesterday evening. The Districts memorandum states you may be able to work from home or stay home if you have COVID-19 related childcare complications. Speak to your supervisor if you fall into this category.

 

We'd also highlight that it appears anyone, with the approval of their supervisor, can arrange to work from home. But this policy keeps the power to approve or deny such an arrangement with the supervisor. It also doesn't outline justifications for denials, which concerns us because it runs the risk of being applied arbitrarily.

 

We will continue pushing the District to do what is right by workers, students, and the community and update you as we learn more. Please bear with us as some of this information may change over the next few days or even hours.

 

We've uploaded a copy of the memorandum and FAQ here:

DistrictMemorandumandFAQ

NEXT CHAPTER MEETING - POSTPONED DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES

THURSDAY, March 26, 2020 POSTPONED

 

 

 

Executive Board

 
CHAPTER PRESIDENT
LETETSIA FOX

1ST VICE PRESIDENT
JOAN RICHARDSON

CHAPTER SECRETARY
ANITA PERSOFF

CHAPTER TREASURER
RONALD BAUCUME

ASSISTANT TREASURER
BELVA DOUGLAS

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
PEGGY SHANNON

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
LINDA PEREZ

POLITICAL ACTION CHAIR
FRANCES PARRISH

CHIEF STEWARD
ANGELA BIVENS

CHAPTER WEBMASTER (appointed)
PEGGY SHANNON

Union Contacts


AREA I

AREA DIRECTOR
DON SNYDER

REGION 69

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
LETETSIA FOX

FIELD OFFICE
COSTA Y VALLES
1505 GARDENA AVE
GLENDALE  91204
(800) 834-9959

FIELD DIRECTOR
ESPIE MEDELLIN

LABOR RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE
LEANNA NOLAN

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