Membership Meeting Friday Sept. 30th

September Membership Meeting:

Friday, September 30, 2016
Meeting Starts at 7:30 pm
Dinner Served after 6:30 pm

Arroyo Seco Regional Library

6145 N. Figueroa Street

Los AngelesCA 90042

Communicator: Volume 41, No. 1 (July 2016)

To see the color version of the mailed Communicator, click here:

Professional Concerns Meeting Sunday (6/24/16)

Brunch this Sunday (food on us):

Hey Librarians: Got a professional concern?

Come to the Guild’s professional concerns brunch on Sunday, June 26 at 11am located at:

Fiddler’s Bistro
6009 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90036
RSVP is necessary:

Membership Meeting Friday (6/24/16)

Membership Meeting Friday:

Friday, June 24, 2016
7:30 pm  (dinner provided beginning at 6:30)
Council 36 HQ.
514 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90020

1.  Interview process – is the supervisor ‘allowed’ to be on the interview panel. Our MOU says so, but is Management complying?

2.  Probationary Evaluations

2.  Health and Safety – incident reports, banned patrons, etc.

3.  New Members – questions

All librarians are welcome, including our Retirees, our Substitute Librarians, and library school attendees and graduates. Remember, only Librarians’ Guild members may vote on motions.

To reserve your supper and seat, email: GUILDRSVP@GMAIL.COM

January Membership Meeting

Our first membership meeting will be on Saturday, Jan. 30th at a restaurant to be announced shortly. Please check back for more details.

Our schedule for this year’s Membership Meetings and Executive Board Meetings is here:

Guild Summer Party: Sunday, Aug. 16

Summer Party

Universal Healthcare Speaker’s Training

If anyone is interested in attending a training session on how to advocate for single payer, universal healthcare on Saturday, April 25 (8:30am-4:30pm) please get information on the link below:

The Guild and Coalition Pushes to Fix LA

As we have already reported, the City continues to demand a host of paycheck and benefit cuts in the next contract that is currently in negotiation.

fixlaHowever, the Librarians’ Guild, allied with the LA Coalition of Unions and many neighborhood organizations and movements, continues to push back against Mayor Garcetti’s and CAO Santana’s (a.k.a. “Gartana’s”) draconian vision of Civil Service and City Services in Los Angeles. The entire partnership is called Fix LA.

Last week, representatives from the CAO’s office met with principals from the Coalition and the aforementioned neighborhood organizations in FixLA to hear the group’s concerns about the city’s ongoing budget austerity plan and how it hurts the entire city of Los Angeles, especially the middle class and working poor. The Coalition is charging that the city should renegotiate (or FIX) the $300 million fees that Wall Street Banks are charging the city each year on loans (yes you read that right: fees, not interest).

Someone needs to pick up the $300 million tab for Wall Street fees, and Gartana thinks City Employees, the middle class and working poor are ideal candidates.

After the meeting, the Coalition and FixLA members collected trash in a city alley that hadn’t been cleared incheryl several years and dumped the trash at the downtown location of the Bank of New York Mellon, one of the leading Wall Street institutions that is charging the City of LA so many excessive bank fees.

In a media event Wednesday (8/6) members of FixLA and the Coalition paid for kids to swim free between 1:00-2:00pm at the John C. Argue swimming pool in Exposition Park. The action protested the new $1.00 fee that the Mayor charges our city’s children to swim in our public pools.

Meanwhile, our own LAPL Librarian, Eugene Owens, was quoted in an LA Daily News article about the recent Employee Relations Board ruling that the city’s unilaterally-implemented Tier 2 pension plan was illegal. Eugene’s part is near the end, but to access the article please go to:

The Facts about Retirement Ages

In the blog post below, Richard Kraus compares Tier 1 and Tier 2 Retirement Ages with National Data on Social Security Retirement Ages:

Rather than opinions or rhetoric, let’s stick with the facts about retirement ages, examining Tier 1, Tier 2, Social Security statistics, and, finally, Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) studies showing the percentage of people actually retiring at various ages and comparing actual vs. anticipated retirement ages.

In essence, though Social Security participants can earn full or normal retirement benefits at age 65 to 67, depending on their date of birth, a large percentage of Social Security participants retire before this time. But to see these statistics, you need to jump ahead to Section IV.

I. Tier 1:

Normal Retirement:

– Age 55 and 30 years of Service

– Age 60 and 10 years of Continuous Service

– Age 70

Early Retirement:

– Age 55 and 10 years of Continuous Service

– Any age with 30 or more years of Service

Reduction Factor will be applied based on age.

II. Tier 2:

Normal Retirement:

– Age 65 and 10 years of Continuous Service

– Age 70

Early Retirement:

– Age 55 and 10 years of Continuous Service

Early Retirement Factor will be applied based on age.

III. Social Security:

Benefits can start as early as age 62 but they are significantly reduced till you reach the age for full benefits (see chart next).

Age To Receive Full Social Security Benefits

(Called “full retirement age” or “normal retirement age.”)

Year of Birth*

Full Retirement Age

1937 or earlier



65 and 2 months


65 and 4 months


65 and 6 months


65 and 8 months


65 and 10 months




66 and 2 months


66 and 4 months


66 and 6 months


66 and 8 months


66 and 10 months

1960 and later


IV. Actual Retirement Ages (for Social Security):

A Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows trends in actual retirement ages as reported in surveys between 1991 and 2014 (Look for figure 33 on page 27). To access full report, go to:

Essentially, the report shows:

before age 60 ranges from 26% to 38% of retirees

ages 60-64: ranges from 32% to 41% of retirees

age 65: ranges from 11% to 16% of retirees

age 66-69 ranges from 1% to 8%

age 70 or older 5% to 10%

What is interesting is to compare these actual retirement ages with what people predict will be their retirement age (figure 32, page 26) with more pessimistic estimates in recent years showing people expecting they will have to postpone retirement.

before 60: 9% to 19%

60-64: 14% to 31%

65: 23% to 34%

66-69: 2% to 11%

70 or older: 9% to 26%

never retire: 5% to 10%

“One reason for the gap between workers’ expectations and retirees’ experience is many Americans find themselves  retiring unexpectedly. The RCS has consistently found that a large percentage of retirees leave the work force earlier than planned (49 percent in 2014) (Figure 34 on page 28). Many retirees who retired earlier than planned cite negative reasons for leaving the work force when they did, including health problems or disability (61 percent); changes at their company, such as downsizing or closure (18 percent); and having to care for a spouse or another family member (18 percent). Others say changes in the skills required for their job (7 percent) or other work-related reasons (22 percent) played a role. Of course, some retirees mention positive reasons for retiring early, such as being able to afford an earlier retirement (26 percent) or wanting to do something else (19 percent).”

City’s 2nd Tier Pension Plan Ruled Illegal

This past Monday, the Employee Relation’s Board (ERB) ruled that Mayor Garcetti’s 2nd Tier Pension Plan was illegal. However, the city intends to appeal the decision, so the Tier 2 plan, or concept, is technically ON HOLD.

The 2nd Tier plan was unilaterally implemented for new employees hired after July 1, 2013. Monday’s ruling was a major victory for the Librarians’ Guild, the LA City Coalition of Unions and our newest Librarians and Clerk Typists who were enrolled automatically in the 2nd Tier.

The 2nd Tier plan significantly reduced retirement benefits. For example, the plan:

-Raised the retirement eligibility age from 55 to 65.

-Reduced the formula for calculating one’s retirement allowance. Normal Retirement for Tier 1 is 2.16% x 12-month Final Average Compensation x Years of Service Credit. Tier 2 is 2.00% x 36 month Final Average Compensation x Years of Service Credit. (We realize that only Richard Kraus gets this part on first read…)

-Dramatically altered benefits for survivors of Retired Members. Tier 1 gives continuance of benefits to the survivor; Tier 2  provides continuance if the retired worker (while still alive) elects to take a reduced allowance at retirement.

-Added 5 extra years of continuous service to qualify for disability benefits. Tier 1 people need 5 years of continuous service; Tier 2 people need 10 years–making it horrific if Tier 2 people became permanently injured on the job and had only worked 9 years for the city.

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and CAO Miguel Santana created the plan two years ago, and former Councilmember (and now Mayor) Garcetti, as well as the rest of the City Council, supported it (and promoted it) as well. The so-called “pension reform” plan was unilaterally implemented July 1, 2013 without bringing it to the collective bargaining table first, which the Mayor(s) argued that the city could do because the plan only impacted “future hires” not current city employees.

Of course, the Librarians’ Guild and LA City Coalition disagreed with this sort of reasoning (or rationalization), and with the help of our labor attorneys filed an unfair labor practice. Yesterday, the ERB sided with the unions.

For a good article in the LA Daily News about this, featuring our own librarian Jeff Sargeant, go to:

Sincerely, Roy and Henry