LA County Federation 'House of Labor'
December 13: PPOA 2nd Vice President Tony Coleman joined fellow LA County Federation of Labor members on Monday evening for the monthly "House of Labor" teleconference. Discussions included the many issues impacting union members, including COVID-19 and the vaccination mandate for County employees.

The County Fed is comprised of more than 300 unions and labor organizations, representing more than 800,000 members.
COVID-19 Legal Meeting
December 14: On Tuesday, PPOA hosted its weekly meeting in order for President Tab Rhodes, Executive Director Wayne Quint Jr., Senior Labor Rep. Venise Wallace, Labor Rep. Teresa O'Neil, Intake Rep. Kevin Thompson and PPOA attorneys to address COVID-19 issues impacting PPOA members. These meetings help PPOA representatives stay current on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related negotiations with the County. Additionally, with the Sheriff's recent directive that non-compliant LASD personnel must now register on the Department's internal registration system, these meetings will now examine the legal and labor issues associated with the directive. 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.
'Meet and Confer' re: COVID-19 Mandatory Registration
December 14: PPOA took part in a 'Meet and Confer' with LASD executives regarding COVID-19 mandatory registration on the LASD internal registration system for non-compliant PPOA members who are LASD employees. PPOA was represented by President Rhodes, Executive Director Quint and PPOA legal counsel for this teleconference.

Sheriff Addresses Budget Issues Impacting LASD
December 14: Sheriff Villanueva hosted a press conference on Tuesday to address the continued funding issues facing the Sheriff's Department and their effects on public safety.

Meet and Confer re: Population Management Bureau
December 15: PPOA joined Department executives from Custody Division's Population Management Bureau for a Meet and Confer regarding the decision by the State of California to let the LASD Community Transition Unit contract expire this month without renewal for 2022. PPOA was represented by President Rhodes, 2nd Vice President/Custody Assistant Coleman and Executive Director Quint for this teleconference.

Later that afternoon, 2nd Vice President Coleman sent an email with more details to impacted PPOA members. Click here to read that email.
Star & Shield Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
December 15: 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, Nancy Escobedo, Tony Coleman, Jose Rios, Joyce Kato as well as Members-at-Large Juan Carlos Calderon, Gold Lee, Julie Sherman, and Kevin Thompson.
Public Hearing re: SEB Breacher Program
December 15: President Rhodes provided public comment at a virtual hearing regarding the Sheriff's Department and ALADS remaining at impasse over the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) explosive Breacher program. To PPOA's dismay, the Department seeks to gut the program, which appears to be a purely financial decision. Additionally, the Department has not contacted PPOA to discuss any impacts to designated Sergeant positions within the Breacher program. PPOA is presently engaged in administrative actions to address this issue.
Coalition of County Unions Meeting
December 15: Executive Director Quint participated in the monthly meeting with fellow representatives of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) to discuss labor issues affecting PPOA members and other 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 Contract Negotiations
December 16: PPOA's Unit 612 contract negotiations team met with County executives via videoconference on Thursday for the third round of negotiations for a successor Memorandum of Understanding with the County. The current salary contract for Sergeants and Lieutenants from the Sheriff's Department and DA's Office expires on January 31, 2022.

This was the third meeting between PPOA and the County regarding the salary contract of Bargaining Unit 612 (Sergeants and Lieutenants). The comprehensive negotiation discussions remain focused on exchanges of information and perspective as to the County’s economic forecasts and the recent staggering increases in the Consumer Price Index. Additionally, both parties are taking the opportunity to address long overdue edits to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which includes archaic/obsolete verbiage. Negotiations are currently scheduled to resume following the holiday season.

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
Welcoming New Sergeants to PPOA
December 16-17: PPOA representatives proudly welcomed 99 newly-promoted LASD Sergeants to this Association over the last two days. The Department's newest supervisors reported to the Sherman Block Building in Monterey Park to pick up their new badges and were joined by PPOA board and staff members in order to answer questions and ensure the Sergeants would be protected by union representation. The Sergeants will begin reporting to their new assignments tomorrow and will soon be scheduled to attend their two-week "Super School."
Custody Assistant Class #104 Graduation
December 17: PPOA 2nd Vice President/Custody Assistant Coleman attended yesterday's graduation ceremony for Custody Assistant Class #104. PPOA congratulates all 23 graduates (15 from participating agencies and 8 from LASD) for working hard and working together to complete the academy and begin their promising new careers. 
PPOA "Steer Clear" Safe Ride Program for Members
PPOA wants to ensure all members make it home safely while celebrating and socializing during the holidays. Our annual “Steer Clear” program offers reimbursements to members of this association who use UBER or LYFT between November 25, 2021 and January 1, 2022. The reimbursement offer is limited to one round-trip or two one-way trips not exceeding 30 miles total. Valid for UberX and Lyft Standard rides only. Tips not included. Offer limited to active, full-dues paying PPOA members. 

If you plan to enjoy adult beverages this season, please do so responsibly. And if you’re not in condition to drive safely, make sure to use Uber or Lyft and email your receipt to (using your personal non-County email address) for reimbursement. 

We sincerely hope that all PPOA members enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!
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.

Fraternal Order of Police
PPOA is a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world's largest organization of law enforcement officers, with more than 364,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges nationwide. All active PPOA members are part of California FOP Lodge 1, which represents public safety organizations throughout LA County and operates under the capable leadership of former PPOA President Roger Mayberry

Please make it a point to check out the Washington Watch — a weekly update provided by the National FOP. We encourage PPOA members to stay up to date on the legislative news and activity impacting public safety personnel nationwide.