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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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!
A ratification vote for new General, Professional, and Supervisory contracts will be held on next Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Union Hall – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear). This is a secret ballot vote and the ballots will be counted immediately after the closing of the vote. Below is the bargained contract information; please review prior to casting your vote:
A brief summary of the contract changes, pension article, and pension chart can be found here:
Below are full contract drafts:
Below are the pay grade ranges and classification charts:
WHAT: EARLY VOTING FOR PENSION BOARD TRUSTEE
WHEN: THIS Monday, JAN 28th – Friday, FEB 1st
TIME: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: CITY HALL, PENSION OFFICE 2nd Floor Annex Building
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE: FULL TIME EMPLOYEES
***UPDATE*** – It has come to our attention that full time eligible employees have been turned away when attempting to vote. We are working to get the situation addressed. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you were turned away by the pension office. Also, remember to bring your City ID badge.
The Pension Board trustee position representing City employees is up and Christopher Cassidy, AFSCME Local 2432 President, is being challenged by Lorie Mertens-Black who is an Executive in the City Manager’s Office. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE UNION MAINTAINS THIS SEAT ON THE PENSION BOARD. CHRIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE!
The City Manager’s Office and City Commission already control 4 seats on the 7 member Board, and we can’t afford to lose a Union voice. Christopher Cassidy is committed to following the ordinance as written, not as re-interpreted by different City Hall administrations. With contract negotiations on-going, this is a critical time for our Union to keep OUR voice on the Pension Board.
Since we elected Chris to represent us on the Pension Board 3 years ago, OUR pension fund has grown by $65 Million, from $285 Million to $350 Million.
Marjorie Cooper-Readon was elected to the E-Board at Large 2 Year Term position in Tuesday’s election. We thank both Marjorie and Levauris Pierre for their desire to serve the membership and thanks to the members who took the time to vote.
Nominations and Elections
Nominations for the following Officer positions will take place at a Special Meeting on November 20th @ 6:30 PM. Nominations will close promptly at 8PM. Elections will be held on December 11th (see flyer below). Any member with more than 1 year of active membership is eligible to be nominated. Member election notices have been sent in the mail.
- President – 2 year term
- Treasurer – 2 year term
- E-Board General – 2 year term
- E-Board At Large – 2 year term
- E-Board Supervisory – 2 year term
- Trustee – 3 year term
Member Holiday Party
The Member Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 7 – 11 PM. Seating is limited, so RSVP is first come first serve. Limit one (1) guest per member. Email your full name and guest info to email@example.com by November 23rd to be added to the guest list which will be checked at the door. Non-member employees are prohibited. No exceptions!