A union representing nearly 700 prosecutors has filed a complaint with the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission alleging that District Attorney George Gascon is refusing to engage in collective bargaining because its members are trying to recall him. overwhelmingly support the efforts.
An unfair labor practice charge filed by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys on April 27 claims that the Gascon administration “simply ignored ADDA’s request for a mid-term bargain and failed to provide materials related to the bargaining requested by the union.” “
“It is worth noting that there has been no response from the Gascon Administration, no phone call, no letter, no email; neither has the Gascon Administration raised any issue with the validity of the union’s request for a mid-term bargain; The same administration has expressed any objection to the material requested by the union,” the filing said.
ADDA argues that in violation of city law and city ordinances, Gascon is retaliating against the union because 98% of its members voted in February to support its recall efforts.
Organizers of the recall effort have collected 400,000 of the 566,000 signatures needed by July 6 to put the measure on the ballot. Additionally, more than 30 Los Angeles County cities have taken “no-confidence” votes at Gascon.
The union is requesting that the Staff Relations Commission order Gascon’s administration to participate in the bargaining and provide the materials needed for those negotiations.
According to ADDA, bargaining is necessary to solve:
- Increase in the number of class IV sub district lawyers.
- compensatory time.
- Special Pay Adjustment for Selected Grade IV Deputy District Attorney.
- Environmental protocols and metal detector issues.
“George Gascon broke the law within the first five minutes of his administration,” ADDA Vice President Eric Siddle said on Wednesday, May 4. “His contempt for the judiciary and the rule of law continues to this day. He is now indulging in anti-worker activities. His authoritarian approach reflects the oath he has taken and the position he holds. This is bullying. , not lead… plain and simple.”
The district attorney’s office referred questions about the filing to the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
ADDA has been with Gascon since its election in late 2020 amid broad promises of social justice reforms, which prompted several lawsuits. The union sued Gascon in December 2020 for blocking some of their instructions, which it considers illegal.
In particular, the suit focused on the abolition of certain sentence enhancements, including the “three assaults” law—enacted in 1994 by California voters to add jail time to the terms of already convicted criminals.
ADDA President Mitchell said, “While an elected district attorney has broad discretion in determining what to charge in an individual case, that discretion may allow him or her to be in breach of the law or by attorneys representing the district attorney’s office.” does not authorize him to violate the law.” Hansie said in a statement.
More than a half-dozen prosecutors have filed the lawsuit, alleging that they were retaliated and demoted for refusing to carry out Gascon’s policies.
In December 2021, former head deputy Richard Doyle received an $800,000 settlement from Los Angeles County for refusing to drop charges against three anti-police protesters accused of attempting to wreck a train in Compton. had claimed retaliation.
In the latest lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 25, Deputy District Attorneys Peter Cagney, Richard Todd Hicks, Mindy Paige and Karen Thorpe allege that Gascon accused him of refusing to retaliate. retaliated.
“Each plaintiff either protested or disclosed to their supervisors that laws were being violated if they followed Gascon’s hasty new protest guidelines, and that prison inmates posed a serious and dangerous risk to society.” or will be released from prison,” the suit says.
“Gascon’s policies effectively prevent prosecutors from wrongfully concealing a number of violent crimes and an inmate’s propensity for violence and threats to the community to annoy the courts, to the courts and to the judges.” There was a need to hide the truth from him.”
The four lawyers are seeking unspecified damages.