Weekend Edition ~ May 19-20, 2018
As the LA County Probation Dept. Tears Apart School-Based Program...
Another School Shooting Devastates America
On Friday, the unthinkable happened… AGAIN .

On Friday, in Santa Fe, Texas, for the 22 nd time this year, a deranged individual started shooting inside a school.

Paige Curry, a Santa Fe High School student who survived the shooting, told CNN , "It's been happening everywhere. I've always felt it would eventually happen here too."

It’s no wonder – just take a look at 2018 so far:

“The school shootings in 2018 so far have ranged from mass casualties seen in Santa Fe or Parkland, Florida, to shots fired in college residence halls. Days before the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School, a 14-year-old boy brought a semiautomatic rifle to his Palmdale, California, school, shooting one student in the shoulder. In March, a gunman shot two students, one of whom later died, at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland before an armed school resource officer responded,” wrote Time Magazine on May 18, 2018.

It’s clear our schools are unsafe. It’s clear that now, more than ever, we need school-based officers to protect our children, to keep our schools safe.

Which begs the question: Why is Chief McDonald shutting down the school-based program and reassigning school-based DPOs when the threat is imminent?

 Our children know what Santa Fe High’s Paige Curry knows, that a school shooting was coming. It came. And where will we be?
Thank You, Local 685 Members For Your Vigilance!
Over the last several days, our Union office has received numerous calls and emails from Local 685 members alerting us to newspaper stories and web postings referring to an event at Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ voter registration project , in which FORMER Local 685 business representative Lee Wax identifies himself as a representative of our Union.

For the record, Mr. Wax has not worked at Local 685 in over ten years . Wax is neither an employee nor a member of Local 685. Further, he is retired from AFSCME Council 36 and even if he was still employed by the Council, he would neither be authorized to speak on behalf of our Union nor would he be authorized to represent any Local 685 member (or elected officer). 

We are deeply concerned that Mr. Wax has attended an event in connection with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, posing as a representative of Local 685. We are also concerned that local media outlets like the Los Angeles Sentinel are falsely posting this information without fact checking their story with our Union. We are taking strong action to protect the interests of Local 685 members.

We are grateful to those Local 685 members who have brought this to our attention. We are a team and we appreciate the vigilance and eagerness of the members who assists us in staying on top of activities in our probation community.
Calendar of Events
Local 685 Meeting Schedule*

May 2018
Stewards Meeting
May 31; 7:30 PM

June 2018
General Membership Meeting
June 14; 7:30 PM

Stewards Meeting
June 28; 7:30 PM

AFSCME Local 685
3701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 510
Los Angeles, CA 90010


15 th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608

Cocktail Reception: 6 pm-7pm
Event: 7pm

For a limited time, Local 685 members’ tickets are $40.00 (this includes a member plus 1 guest).

For group sales and to RSVP, please contact Local 685 at (213) 386-5860. RSVP can also be sent via email to: clommel@afscme685.com or dbraxton@afscme685.com .

*Pursuant to our Local 685 Constitution, the General Membership meeting has been fixed on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Local 685 Union Hall at 3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (except November and December/1st Thursday of the month).
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AFSCME Local 685 Constitution
Article I: Name

The name of the Local shall be Los Angeles County, California, Probation Department Employee Local Number 685 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.

Article II: Affiliations

This Local shall be affiliated with California District Council Number 36 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

Article III: Objectives

The objectives of this local union shall be to carry out on a local basis the objectives of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and the following additional objectives and methods:
A. To promote the organization of workers generally and public employees in particular.
B. To advance the social, economic, and general welfare of its members.
C. To foster and promote a liberal and progressive public attitude toward probation services.
D. To promote efficiency in public service generally and to cooperate in providing efficient service.
E. To extend and uphold the principle of merit and fitness in public employment.