New Member Information

Greetings!

If you are a Psychiatric Social Worker, Mental Health Clinician, or Mental Health Service Coordinator I, AFSCME Local 2712 is the union that is proud to represent you!

THIS IS SOME OF WHAT WE DO:

  • Negotiate our contract or MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Establish and protect the conditions under which you work.
  • Negotiate salaries
  • Vet proposed policies that might impact you
  • Assist in filing and hearing grievances
  • Provide representation and ensure due process during investigations and disciplinary actions
  • Take legislative and political action to protect your pension and other benefits
  • Sponsor a members-only chat group for mutual information-sharing and support
  • Provide a variety of members-only discounts
  • To choose CAPE/Blue Shield as your medical coverage you must be a union member

More information about our local can be found at: https://www.afscmelocal2712.org/

More information about Council 36 can be found at: https://www.afscme36.org/ or download the new employee packet here: PDF icon New Employee Packet

The Executive Board members of Local 2712 are elected by the members, are/have been line workers just like you and understand your concerns. Your Executive Board members are:

PRESIDENT - Teddy McKenna, PSW II Full-time with Local 2712, formerly of Juvenile Court MHS and Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. Contact: [email protected]


VICE-PRESIDENT - Hector Martinez, PSW II Augustus Hawkins MH
Contact: Martine[email protected]

SECRETARY-TREASURER - Ike Martinez, PSW II CCR
Contact: [email protected]

RECORDING-SECRETARY - Joy Burgner, PSW II Dorothy Kirby Center
Contact: [email protected]

MEMBER-AT LARGE - Alex Elliott, PSW I Administration
MEMBER-AT LARGE - Amanda Garrick, PSW II Court Linkage
MEMBER-AT LARGE - Beni Hernandez, PSW II Augustus F. Hawkins
MEMBER-AT LARGE - Liza Pershing, MH Transformation Advocate, SPAs 1 & 2

STEWARDS:
Local 2712 has trained a number of our members, some of whom are also Executive Board members, to act as Shop Stewards to help resolve member grievances. If you have a question, and have a steward at your site, you may contact that steward for assistance. If you do not have a steward at your site, contact [email protected] or [email protected] to be connected to one.

Your shop stewards are:

ARCADIA MHC Cliff Chinfoo, PSW II [email protected]
AUGUSTUS HAWKINS Beni Hernandez, PSW I [email protected]
AUGUSTUS HAWKINS Hector Martinez, PSW II [email protected]
CCR/SPA 4 Ike Mendoza, PSW II [email protected]
COURT LINKAGE Amanda Garrick, PSW II [email protected]
SPECIALIZED FOSTER CARE Betsy Hammonds, MHC II [email protected]
SPAs 1 & 2 Liza Pershing, PSW II [email protected]

BUSINESS REP:
While ideally your first contact for any union matter should be a Union Steward or Board member, our District Council provides us with a professional Business Rep, whom you may also contact for questions, concerns, and assistance.

Our Business Rep is:
Igor Kagan
[email protected] (626) 780-4140

INVOLVEMENT/HOW TO JOIN:
All unions gain strength from an active membership. There are a variety of ways to be involved: as an Executive Board member; as a Steward; by participating in ad hoc committees; and/or by being a point person for distributing flyers.

To join: Complete and return the membership enrollment card in this packet to [email protected] or sign up online at: https://www.afscme36.org/membership-form

Dues are ¾ of 1% of your monthly salary, deduced in two increments, half of that on the 15th and the other half on the 30th of the month. Any questions about enrolling, contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

MEETINGS:
Since the pandemic started, we moved from in-person meetings to a series of ad hoc Zoom meetings, primarily SPA, site, or sector (e.g., Juvenile Justice) focused. Please feel free to request a meeting to meet your needs, and we will keep you posted on upcoming Town Halls or membership meetings.

And WELCOME! to Local 2712!