Local 2432 representatives met with the City yesterday to discuss our concerns regarding work site safety conditions and the short notice given for employees to end Telecommuting. The Union gave accounts of recent incidents where the Union had to intervene for employees who had been directed to return to a work site that had not been changed to meet CDC guidelines for social distancing or protective barriers put in place to protect both the employee and the public.
Deputy City Manager George Keller and Human Resources Director Tammie Hechler both committed to ensuring that employees have a safe work site. They advised that Management had been directed to ensure that work sites met social distancing guidelines and arrangements be made for employee and public safety.
If you are at a work site that does not meet social distancing guidelines (6 feet), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Deputy City Manager Keller assured us that those sites would be addressed.
Per Deputy CM Keller, approval for continued Telecommuting requires documentation from your doctor showing COVID related concerns. Deputy City Manager Keller advised that the City Manager’s Office and Human Resources are reviewing applications from employees to continue Telecommuting. The final approval or denial will be done by HR/City Manager’s Office (not the Department). All requests will be forwarded to HR/City Manager for review. If you completed a request and you believe it was not sent to HR by your department, please notify HR.
In response to the City Manager’s memo directing employees to end telecommuting and return to their work sites on Wednesday, June 10, members have reached out to report that they have concerns about the safety of their on-site work areas due to COVID-19.
President Christopher Cassidy has requested a meeting with the City to discuss your concerns and get these issues addressed. Please see the attached letter to the City.
AFSCME Local 2432
Brothers and sisters of Local 2432,
Yesterday an all employee email was sent out offering a day off plus a $25.00 gift card to participate in an antibody testing program. The Union leadership was not notified or involved in the development of this program. The Union is now reviewing the City’s offer for free antibody testing for employees.
The Union has many concerns.
We are asking that you please hold off on signing up for this program. The Union attorney has drafted a letter (below) outlining our concerns and are waiting for a response from the City. We will keep you posted.
Local 2432 Letter to Director Hechler re COVID-19 Testing
AFSCME Local 2432
Brothers and Sister of AFSCME Local 2432,
In response to AFSCME Local 2432’s letter of March 31, 2020
voicing members’ concerns regarding protections from exposure to COVID
at the workplace, the City provided its response, which you will find below.
CM Response to AFSCME – April 20_ 2020
Please know that we had multiple discussions with the City to address the allegations that implied employee theft of safety supplies. It appears that those statements were simply a result of a misunderstanding and a series of miscommunications. Rather than dwell on that unfortunate comment, we will chalk that up to the chaos and confusion that everyone finds themselves in these days, and move forward together with the City.
Local 2432 would like to take this moment to commend all of its hard-working members for continuing to provide essential services to the public during these uncertain times, thereby keeping the City of Hollywood functioning for our first responders and for the community as a whole.
As your AFSCME Executive Board, we urge each and every one of you to diligently adhere to the City-mandated protective measures in order to protect yourselves and others, using all available protective equipment, and continuing to follow all safety guidelines. If you have not already been provided protective equipment, please report this to your managers and directors. If it is not promptly addressed and resolved, then contact HR and Local 2432. We want you to know that the City is considering the implementation of alternating shifts, as an additional safety precaution for our membership, and to ensure the ongoing provision of our essential services.
General Meeting for April 2020
The regular monthly AFSCME General Meeting for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. is cancelled due to the COVID-19 Virus.
Letter to the City Manager Regarding the COVID-19 Virus
On March 31, 2020, AFSCME President Chris Cassidy sent a letter to the City of Hollywood’s City Manager Dr. Wazir Ismael to express employee concerns regarding workplace safety due to the potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus while performing their duties. AFSCME is waiting for the City Manager to respond. Click on the letter or the link below to read the letter. Your health and safety is paramount, so we will keep you posted on a response.
Stay tuned for information on the next scheduled General Meeting.
Vacant Trustee and Treasurer Positions
The election of Trustee John Berak to the Vice-President position on the Executive Board created a vacancy in the Trustee position. Also, Treasurer Rafael Quintero’s retirement created a vacancy in the Treasurer position. Per the Union Constitution, the Union Executive Board nominates and elects members to fill vacancies for these positions during unexpired terms.
At the January 7th E-Board meeting, Sister Barbara Armand was nominated and elected to fill the vacant Treasurer position. Also, the members below were nominated to fill the vacant Trustee position:
- Ameer Khan
- Travis Morancie
- David Blum
The Executive Board elected Travis Morancie to fill the vacant Trustee position. Congrats to Barbara and Travis and thanks to all who were considered.
Holiday Party 2019 – Pictures
The following members were nominated and elected or re-elected (ran unopposed) at the November 12, 2019 Special Meeting for Nominations:
- Vice-President – 2 year term – John Berak
- Secretary – 2 year term – Siana Thompson (*Brother Travis Morancie was nominated but withdrew)
- Executive Board Professional – 2 year term – Glen Superville
- Executive Board General – 2 year term – Tim Foard
- Trustee – 3 year term – Bogdan Corsovic
The installation of these officers will be held at the AFSCME Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Email email@example.com
to reserve your seat for the party. Congratulations to all of the re-elected/new officers and thank you for your service.
Reminder – Nominations for Union Officer positions will take place at a Special Meeting tomorrow, November 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Union Hall. Nominations will close promptly at 8:00 PM. Elections will be held on December 3, 2019 (see flyer). Any member with more than one (1) year of active membership is eligible to be nominated. Member election notices are being sent in the mail.
The Member Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 7:00 – 11:00 PM at Tropical Acres. Seating is limited, so RSVP is first come first serve. Limit one (1) guest per member. Email your full name and guest info to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 6th to be added to the guest list which will be checked at the door. Non-member employees are prohibited. No exceptions!
The vote to approve all three AFSCME 2- year contracts passed by a unanimous vote of the City Commission.
Thanks to our members for a great turnout at the Commission Meeting and a special thank you to AFSCME’s negotiation team!
The vote to ratify all three AFSCME contracts passed overwhelmingly and is headed to the City Commission for a vote on next Wednesday, June 19th. Thanks to all who’ve worked hard during this process and to everyone who came out for the vote today.
We need our members to turnout for next Wednesday’s Commission meeting at 2:00 PM in your AFSCME green. Thanks again to our members for your continued support and see you next week at the Commission meeting!