LASPA’s mission is to keep our members well-informed. That is why you’ll find these FAQs about LASPA helpful. If you have a question that is not covered below, please contact our office at (323) 981-2850 or submit your question(s) through our Contact Us page, and we will provide a prompt response.
What is LASPA’S purpose?
LASPA was founded in 1999 to provide employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department a union that holds and represents its members’ best interest. In order stay competitive with other unions, LASPA provides all of its members a variety of services.
Who founded LASPA & Why?
Visionary deputies founded LASPA to provide LASD personnel an alternative to their current unions and a choice in union representation. LASPA was born out of conflict between the founders of LASPA and the leaders of their previous union, the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff’s (ALADS). The conflict was a result of one simple reason, that some members of ALADS wanted public information to be made available. They wanted ALADS to publish its financial statements, its contracts with employees and attorneys, expense account records and allow all members of ALADS to be eligible to run for office; all the basis of a democratic organization.
How has LASPA grown in the past 19 years?
We currently have new and enthusiastic Board of Directors that want to make a difference, while keeping our member’s best interest in mind. Our mission is to provide the best services available to law enforcement with our experienced panel attorneys fighting for you. Through the years we have shown more results, with less talk. We have sustained our membership to well over a thousand and growing. We definitely welcome LASD personnel who are in search for a better union.
Why has there been so much controversy surrounding LASPA?
Since the inception of LASPA, there has been a great deal of passion and struggles surrounding the opposition to ALADS. Over time we have come to learn that it’s in our best interest not to entertain the angry rhetoric of other unions and stick to what we do best; representing our members ethically and responsibly. We are very pleased with the results, which is evident in the significant increase in our membership.
How are LASPA dues spent?
All dues paid to LASPA are used in the best interest of its members to improve and expand benefits. In fact, on demand members are able to obtain financial breakdown illustrating how their dues money is spent.
How does LASPA compete with other unions?
We are different from the other unions in many ways and we firmly believe that a union should be managed to serve the best interest of its members. We know what members need and expect from their union, that is why we provide our members with union experience and expertise; better customer service; stellar group of attorneys with a 24/7 roll out team; and payroll reimbursement, all for far less then what other unions charge. We are not here to overtake any other union, but rather to provide the department with a democratic choice in representation.