UPDATE | September 7, 2011
Congratulations to Craig Kunesh from the Bureau of Engineering and Terry Keating from the Port of Los Angeles. They were elected by their peers to serve on the Professional and Engineering
Classification Study Committee.
Full election results:
Craig Kunesh 107 votes
Terry Keating 96 votes
Kesavan Korand 81 votes
Abhai Bhatia 20 votes
August 16, 2011
Los Angeles engineers’ new contract calls for the creation of an important new Professional and Engineering
Classification Study Committee
This joint labor-management committee will deal with
issues of professional certification, registration and engineering
classifications. To read more about this committee, click here.
Meet the Candidates
committee will be made up of two
representatives from MOU 8 and two representatives from MOU 17, four
representatives from management and one representative from the CAO’s
office. Only two members from MOU 17 submitted nomination forms, so MOU
17 will be represented by:
Environmental Engineer, Bureau of Sanitation
Geotech Engineer 3, Bureau of Engineering
Congratulations to Farsheed and Christopher.
MOU 8 Elections
Four candidates are running for the two slots from MOU 8. Their
statements are below.
, Control System Engineering Associate I, Bureau of
No statement provided.
As a member of our bargaining team, I took the lead role in establishing
two committees to pursue gains that could not be realized in our direct
negotiations. I want to continue that work on the Professional and
Engineering Classification Review Committee.
I am the sole researcher and the author of the 185 page “MOU 8 Article 8
Financial Justification” report that was the impetus for establishing
this committee. The report documents the evolving nature of our assigned
responsibilities, and directly compares our compensation with the
City’s own records of contractor and consultant compensation. This
report will be the framework for this committee’s work.
By December 22, 2011, the committee will deliver a new schedule of
premium pay, based on the report’s documentation of certifications and
licenses that the City recognizes and rewards for consultants, but not
for us, while retaining our current schedule of bonus pay.
It is imperative that our two committee representatives know their stuff
and be forceful in presenting our case. I believe I have established my
credentials by creating the impetus and the framework for both our
super committees, and by successfully delivering them.
Please give me your vote and allow me to begin immediately to improve
our contract through the Professional and Engineering Classification
Hello Friends: My name is Kesavan Korand and I am a registered Civil
Engineer. I have been with the City almost 22 years performing
Engineering and professional services for the citizens of Los Angeles.
As you all are aware, there were letters of intent with the settlement
of our recent MOU 8 & 17 contracts, to create two (2) brand new city
wide joint labor management committees for the welfare of MOU 8 &
17 members. The first one was labeled as “Joint Initiative for
Maximizing Engineering Efficiency (JIMEE)”. The second letter of intent
was labeled as “Job Class Study Committee” to evaluate present job
classifications relative to registration fees and certifications.
The election for the Job Class Study Committee for MOU 8 is around the
corner. Four candidates are running for the two (2) slots from MOU 8. I
plan to serve on this committee to make a fair deal for every single
member irrespective of their civil job classifications under MOU 8.
I hope that you will give me the privilege and support my candidacy to
serve on this “Job Class Study Committee” and work for the welfare of
MOU 8 members.
I personally feel that my past and current credentials will excel above
all other candidates. My first and foremost priority is to put members
Please Vote for me.
My name is Craig Kunesh and I am excited to be running for a position to
represent MOU 8 members in the joint labor management committee, which
will evaluate our current job classifications, fees, and registrations.
For the past 19 years, I have worked for the City of Los Angeles with
the Dept. of General Services, Dept. of Water and Power, and the Bureau
of Engineering (BOE) in several different civil service job
classifications, with the past 11 years as an Engineering Geologist
Associate with the BOE. During my time with the City, I have provided
services to many of the divisions within the BOE, as well as the Dept.
of Building and Safety, City Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Sanitation,
Bureau of Street Services, Dept. of General Services, Dept. of Water and
Power, Dept. of Airports, and many of the Council Offices.
I believe that I am well qualified to represent MOU 8 on the committee
because I have experience working in more than one job classification, I
have worked with many different professionals in a variety of job
classifications within the City, and I have two professional licenses
issued by the State of California.
If elected, my goals will be to (1) evaluate our present job
classifications relative to licenses and certifications; (2) review the
compensation we receive from our different licenses and certifications,
and (3) recommend changes in order to improve the compensation we, as
professionals, receive for our earning and maintaining our licenses and
Come Watch the Vote Count
As always, members are welcome to watch the vote count, which will take
place at Local 721 on August 31 at 5PM.
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213)