Labor Rep Corner

Save The Jokes. Don’t Quit Your Day Job.

We live in an era in which every word we utter is carefully scrutinized. This is particularly true in the workplace. In the City’s “Guide to Disciplinary Standards,” “Using abusive language toward or making inappropriate statements to the public, supervisors, or co-workers,” is punishable by up to a 5-day suspension for a first offense. “Making…

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Do You Enjoy Your Job?

Every City employee will have a different answer to this question. Maybe you don’t love what you do. Maybe you don’t go home feeling 100% satisfied with what you gave to the world for the day. Maybe you think technology is not as sophisticated as it should be in your workplace. In general, most City…

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Can They Really Do That To My Work Schedule?!

One of the issues that EAA deals with on a regular basis is the issue of employee work schedules. To be more specific, we routinely deal with the issue of management making changes to an employee’s weekly work schedule. “Can management, on a repetitive basis, change an employee’s weekly work schedule?” Article 5.0 in the…

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The Anatomy of a Hostile Work Environment

At least once a week I receive a phone call from a member, who wants to report that he/she is the victim of a hostile work environment. The complaint is often along the lines of “My boss is always mean to me. He is always saying rude things to me and he often swears. He is…

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It’s Called #MeToo or ‘The Reckoning’ and It’s Not Going Away

Sexual harassment is being redefined and if you are not paying attention, or worse, ignoring the writing on the wall, you will be calling us soon to represent you to save you from the New Rules! It’s called #MeToo or “The Reckoning”, and the number of celebrity males being brought to account for sexual harassment,…

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A Day In The Life Of A Labor Rep

People often ask me what I do for a living. When my response is “I’m a Labor Representative,” it can be met by a look of confusion. I then go on to explain… “Every employee in the City of Los Angeles belongs to a Union. For the employees in my Union, I enforce their contracts,…

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