Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Mr. Finstad, thank you for creating this blog that allows us employees stay in the loop. I bring up the concern that a group of HVAC fitters were sent down from the north region to C1. The C1 area has been averaging 76 degrees while the valley is averaging 90 degrees. What's the explanation for this?

M&O personnel may be temporarily assigned to a different location when we’re faced with urgent and emergency situations. We are in this situation now with air-conditioning service calls due to the hot temperatures. The North Region has adequate Fitter staffing and is managing their service calls well. Some of our other locations need assistance. One fitter has been temporarily re-assigned from the North Region FCA program to C1. Another North Region FCA Fitter has been temporarily re-assigned to C2. In addition, Fitters assigned to the project units have been temporarily re-assigned to do service calls. 

I’m not sure where you are getting the average temps but most of C1 schools are inland and not on the coast.

If you’re interested, I receive a daily report of HVAC service call activity.You may download a copy of today’s report (August 28) here

RF 

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Are union plumbers being call to work to fill temporary plumber position?

When there are openings for trade positions we will inform the appropriate union in the Building Trades Council so they can help us recruit candidates. It’s possible we have temps from the Union hall but I’m not certain about it.  RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Hello mr. Finstad. I have a question i am currently on probation as an assistant p.m and also inline to be interviewed for p.m. Im worried that if i take the p.m spot and down the road there's cut backs ill get bump back down to b&g.if i become p.m that doesnt add to my assistant señority? Any suggestions

If you are in a permanent assignment as APM, even if you’re probationary, and you get appointed as a permanent PM you will earn seniority in both classifications since PM is a promotion from APM. The Personnel Commission will always make the final determination should bumping occur. Also, I cannot predict the future, but I don’t foresee budget reductions that would cause bumping in the near future. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Hello RF, I'm all for the surveys as it helps us address some customer service issues. However, isn't it counter productive of us when we have to return in two weeks to install parts, that use to take us one day? The reason it's taking us so long, as you are aware we are no longer able to order extra parts to keep in our trucks. And, since I have to drop off parts at the area for my supervisor to order it's taking about 1-2 weeks time . How are we going to address that issue?

Thank you for the comment. The customer feedback will help us identify where we have service delivery problems. BTW - I have not given a directive that extra parts cannot be carried on trucks. Only that shops cannot become a place to stock material. If you believe the material policy in your M&O area is too restrictive, discuss it with your Supervisor and/or the AFSD. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Mr. Finstad, In 2008 we had three drinking fountains that were shutdown and removed due to high levels of lead. I have asked my plumbing dept about it but they said they need my principal to give a written request. Why?

Schools are built with many more drinking fountains than what is needed either by code or operational necessity. The cost to maintain drinking fountains is high. If we have any that are not needed they may be taken out of service. You should discuss this with your CPM. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Do we really have to have the Superintendant visit a site in order for the site to receive all the attention, in beautifying the site? Should we not allow the Superintendant to see the real colors of how difficult it is to maintain a site with the amount of staff that we now have?

The Superintendent visits schools very frequently and often unannounced. He sees first hand the condition of our schools and knows how difficult they are to maintain. From his perspective, the entire education system is underfunded and there’s many services that have been cut that students need. RF

Service Call Completion - Email Notification
In order to improve transparency Maintenance and Operations will begin notifying Principals via email when a service call is completed at their campus. The email is auto-generated and will include the description of the work requested and the date it was completed. The Plant Manager will also receive the email notification and if the Principal prefers to delegate another to receive the notification, they can do so by contacting Danny Lu at danny.lu@lausd.net. There will also be the opportunity to take a short, 5 question Satisfaction Survey where the information provided will help us improve our service. If the Principal wishes to opt out of receiving the email, there’s a link provided for doing so. We hope you find this information helpful. The M&O team recognizes how challenging the Principal’s job is and we are looking forward to supporting you in the coming school year.

You may download a copy of the email notification flyer/Satisfaction Survey here

To view a sample of actual survey responses, click here

RF

Thank you from the Superintendent

In case you haven’t seen it, the Superintendent was very impressed with all the work done by Facilities personnel to get schools ready for the start of school. He sent a letter out via email and you can view/download a copy of the letter here .

I want to also add my own appreciation for everyone’s hard work this summer. We had a very successful school opening thanks to all of you. Getting our schools ready is no small feat. It’s truly amazing what get’s accomplished and I’m very proud of the M&O Team. Thanks again and I hope everyone has another successful and productive school year. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Hey Roger, As you said in a previous answer "the sky is not falling". Can you some way get that message out to the rank and file, because the rumors and talk is we're done. Maybe a meno or video message that can be showen at our safety meeting. Morale is pretty low right now, so some reassurance that the m&o employee and management are all on the same team would be a big boost. Just a thought. Thanks for listening.

Thanks for the message. I know how the rumor mill works around here and that’s part of the reason for this blog which is to set the record straight. Some people like to spread rumors and cause churn. But there’s nothing to worry about because we are far from being done. We are thriving and meeting the biggest challenges I’ve seen in my 35+ years working here. There’s always room to get better and we’re doing that, and we will continue to find ways to improve. Change is always hard, but its necessary. The world around us is not standing still. So tune out the rumors. With an improved economy we’re on a steady course to recovery. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Hello Roger, One last thing from me about all this material talk. I've been told for years here by supers, directors and the like, Customer service is our number1 goal, cuz if we don't do it someone else will. Our service used to be great, and it can be again! Board tradesmen have a pride in ownership you can't get from contractors. Hindering us too much will make us unsustainable financially. Please don't continue to take away the valuable resources we need to accomplish this. Thx JK

See the post below. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Schools complain about our response times to trouble calls. Is it true that we are no longer going to have any inventory at our M&O's? That we are to generate a PO for every call and wait for the purchase and probably go to pick up our own material and equipment? If this is true, how will that make us more efficient?

M&O areas will still have inventory of those items that get used most. Where there will be less inventory is in the shops and that’s because they don’t have control of the material. There’s lots of people saying the sky is falling but we need to do this. I did it at every M&O area I was a Director for and I heard plenty about how it would negatively impact the operation. The fact is we were always able to do it and still meet the needs of schools. RF 

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

hi roger can we please get the phone number to Maria in your office. thxs

Here’s the M&O Branch main number: 213-241-0352. Maria, Rob and myself can be reached at this number. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

The plumbers at Monte Vista El. told me that there mold in a closet and no one wants to remove it. They said that the CPM has seen it and that ATU has been told about it. Maybe you can get some one to act on this problem. Thanks

I submitted this comment to Lamonte D @ FETU and here’s his response:

First, I would like to take this opportunity to let those who are not aware, that the Asbestos Technical Unit (ATU), is now the Facilities Environmental Technical Unit (FETU).  FETU not only addresses asbestos issues, but also takes care of lead, water intrusion and mold; these services necessitated the name change.

Depending on the nature of the call, FETU will typically respond to the call from 1 to 48 hours to address the problem.  The best way to engage FETU for services, is by filling out our “Request for Assistance” form which can be found by clicking here.  Filling out the form provides critical information that will help the FETU address the problem quickly.

RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I was told that employees that work for the projects can't do overtime with the m/o? Why?

Whoever told you that is mistaken. When overtime is needed for RRGM funded work the project unit staff can be considered. And the converse is true. If overtime is needed for bond work RRGM funded personnel can be considered. RF

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Good morning R.F. If we are so far behind on service calls why is it that M&O still has craft people working in pairs even when they come out to take care of one or two calls. Let’s work smarter split them up and cover more ground.

I agree. Sometimes more than one person is needed but too often we are assigning workers in pairs. I’ve given the Directors in the Field offices reports that show when multiple workers are assigned to the same service call. They will be working with the Craft Supervisors to reduce this and improve our efficiency. RF 

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