SACRAMENTO- On April 16, 2019, California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) officers and directors met at CSLEA headquarters for their first board meeting of 2019. New to the board of directors is recently elected Resource Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA) President Ryan McCoy. McCoy was introduced to the board by former RPPOA president and now RPPOA vice president, Matt Yarbrough.
“On behalf of all game wardens, park rangers and peace officer-lifeguards, I look forward to working with CSLEA to achieve many positive outcomes in the upcoming contract,” said McCoy.
Before going into executive session to receive updates regarding Unit 7 contract negotiations, the board received updates from CSLEA Political Consultant Peter Mitchell, Legislative Advocate Shane LaVigne, CFO Ricardo Sanchez, Communications Director Teri Cox, Conference Committee Chair Tina Brazil, and Chief Counsel Kasey Clark.
“The executive session involving contract negotiations was extremely informative,” said Alysia Ballinger, Association of Conservationist Employees (ACE) Northern Representative. Ballinger attended the meeting for ACE President Shawn Fry. “I hope membership understands why, at this point, we can’t share specifics, but know that the CSLEA negotiations team is hard at work and fighting for you.”
“CSLEA is working hard to negotiate a contract to benefit all members,” said Lynn Brenneman, CSLEA director and president of the Association of Motor Carrier Operation Specialists (AMCOS). “Thank you for your membership and continued support, be proud you are a member of CSLEA!”
“Negotiations are just starting and I’m looking forward to a fruitful bargaining session,” said CSLEA Director and Association of Criminalists-DOJ (AC-DOJ) President John Miller.
“Thank you to the negotiations team and CSLEA for forging ahead and trying to get a great contract for our members, they deserve it,” said CSLEA Vice President and California Association of Regulatory Investigators and Inspectors (CARII) President Tom Ineichen. “CSLEA did a good job explaining the negotiations process and status. Great updates on the LEG and PAC report and our regular work and activities. It was also great to know the membership conference was a success.”
“Today’s meeting was full of updated information. We welcomed a new director to the board, talked about how successful our membership conference was and the training classes given,” said CSLEA Senior Vice President Tina Brazil. “We met with the Governor’s chief of staff and she wanted each of us to let her know of the issues our affiliates face.”
“The final push is on. We are extreme strength for labor and for our membership. We have the support of our strong membership, and efforts like the Janus Supreme Court case will not bring us down,” said Enrique Razo, CSLEA director and president of the Coalition of Licensing Registration Examiners (COLRE).
CSLEA Senior Vice President Brazil advised the board that as president of the CHP-Public Safety Dispatchers Association she was invited to speak at an April 17th news conference with Congresswoman Norma Torres who is making an effort to reclassify dispatchers from clerks to protective services. Also planning to attend is CSLEA Director and Fire Marshal Emergency Services Association President Daren Watkins.
“Thank you to all public safety telecommunicators for all you do,” said Watkins. “You are the golden thread that holds together public safety at its core.”
Public Safety is a key issue in the legislature, explained Legislative Advocate LaVigne, specifically the use of force debate and Assembly Bill 392(Weber-D) which CSLEA opposes.
“CSLEA and Shane LaVigne are on the forefront in the fight against AB 392,” said CSLEA Director and California Association of Criminal Investigators (CACI) President Dennis Maffei. “CSLEA is leading the fight to get this bill defeated, a bill which affects so many. Great work by our team.”
“I urge you to take a look at the bills making their way to the Governor for consideration," said CSLEA Director and Association of Special Agents-DOJ President Al Cardwood. "After 30 years of serving this state, I would not ever have thought that our profession would find itself under such attack. Legal representation is a must!”
“I continue to be impressed with the passion and commitment the union consistently brings to the cause of representing members and striving to improve their working conditions,” said CSLEA Director and California Association of Fraud Investigators (CAFI) President Bruce Todd. “With the continuing attacks on unions nationwide, it is now more important than ever to support ours.”
The meeting concluded with a special visit from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary. O’Leary explained that she was meeting with CSLEA directors on behalf of Governor Newsom who was away from Sacramento and attending the funeral service of a fallen CHP officer.
You can read more about O’Leary’s conversation with CSLEA directors, here.
“The information provided during the board of directors meeting was very enlightening as always. I am looking forward to negotiations and what the future holds for us,” said CSLEA Director and Hospital Police Association of California (HPAC) President Luis Jimenez.
“As always, it is an honor to come together as a board of directors and work collectively on the issues facing our members,” said CSLEA Vice President and Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California (AMVIC) President Kenneth Ehrman.