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News and Notes from the President of AFSCME Local 2432

Jobs Saved!

AFSCME Brother and Sisters,

Our E-Board was recently notified of several part-time positions being eliminated resulting in layoffs in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

We promptly filed a demand with the City to bargain over its decision, and the potential devastating impact that would have on our fellow employees.

Since we were not able to save those jobs through bargaining, we attended the City’s budget hearing this week, and made sure that the City Commissioners were aware of this situation. After nearly 1.5 tense hours of debate, the Commissioners approved the budget, but gave clear instruction to the City Manager and his staff to find a way to save these jobs.

This is exactly why we are all members of AFSCME Local 2432. This time, the City Commission heard us loud and clear. We may not always succeed, but as you can obviously see, we fight hard for our membership.

Ratification Vote – MOU’s (Health Insurance)

Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,

There will be a ratification vote held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 between 7AM – 7PM at the Union Hall – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear). All employees in AFSCME covered positions are eligible to vote. Below are highlights from Memoranda of Understanding that were negotiated with the City regarding health insurance changes that will affect all three of our bargaining units.

1. Additional Cigna Health Insurance “In-Network Only” Plan Option

Extensive negotiations were conducted with the City over its interest in reducing healthcare costs. After much discussion and meetings with the City’s health insurance consultants, a third plan was crafted that provided for lower City costs, as well as lower employee up front costs, with an in-network only plan.

Through this plan, if elected, employees electing single coverage (no covered dependents) will have 100% of their premium paid by the City, and if any dependents are added, then the City will pay 90% of the premium, with the employee responsible for payment of the other 10% of the premiums.

Employee co-pays under the alternative “In-Network Only” plan are $30 for primary care visits, $40 for specialist care visits, and $75 for urgent care visits.

2. Flexible Spending Accounts (“FSA”) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (“HRA”)
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Monthly Member Meeting Reminder; Take Home Vehicle Policy

Reminder:  Monthly Member Meeting tomorrow @ 6:30 PM – Union Hall Address: 2734 Hollywood Blvd, parking in the rear.

Take Home Vehicle Policy

Last December, without any notice from the City, it modified Policy HR-038, which controls the use of take home vehicles.

Although Local 2432 has the right to contest the City’s unilateral action, upon review of the changes in the policy by our attorney, he advised that the changes appear reasonable in scope, and do not seem to place any substantial burden upon our membership. Consequently, Chris Cassidy, President, sent a letter to the City expressing the Union’s disappointment for the manner in which it adopted the changes to the policy, and warning the City that should it make any future changes to that policy, or any of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements in place for our General Employees, Supervisory Employees or Professional Employees, that Local 2432 will promptly review its options, whether through the filing of a grievance or an unfair labor practice charge.

We are providing this e-mail, not only to explain what has transpired, but also to explain what is now required by Policy HR-038.

1. The City explains that by Florida law, as interpreted by the courts (Garcia v. Hollywood), when an employee travels to and from home to work (portal to portal use), the employee is not considered to be working at that time.
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Living Wage Laws Under Attack!

Call the number below and tell your legislator to stand up for living wage laws in Florida!

Message from Florida AFL-CIO

 

This Thursday, April 20th, your state senators will be voting on SB 534, a bill that would eliminate local living wage laws and prohibit local governments from passing worker friendly ordinances in their communities on public works projects.

 

SB 534 reaches its final committee stop in Senate Appropriations on Thursday, marking our last opportunity to stop this bad bill before it hits the Senate floor.

 

Call 855-910-8513 to be connected with a state senator on the Appropriations Committee and tell them to vote NO on SB 534.

SB 534, represents one of the biggest threats to local control and working families this session. This bill creates sweeping new preemptions on local governments, restricting their ability to enact and enforce local ordinances designed to help workers and local economic development efforts.

 

This would make local living wage, prevailing wage, apprenticeship program requirements and other ordinances illegal on public works projects.

 

Aside from being a massive overreach by Tallahassee into the decisions of local governments, this bill boils down to a pay cut for thousands of workers across the state.

 

Call 855-910-8513 and leave senators with the message that you reject any attempts to limit local governments from passing pro-worker ordinances and urge them to vote NO on SB 534.
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Call to Action – Florida House Bill – HB 11, Attack on Public Employee Unions

The politicians in Tallahassee are taking aim at working families once again.   See the below urgent message from AFL-CIO Florida President Mike Williams.  Call your State Rep. at (855) 235-2469 to voice your opposition to this union busting bill!

This Thursday, March 30th, your state reps will vote on HB 11, the union busting bill that would eliminate public unions in a workplace if voluntary dues paying membership falls below an arbitrarily set percentage.

After workers packed committee meetings last week to voice their strong opposition against this bad bill, house leaders continued their push to roll back workers’ rights in our state.

HB 11 would allow for the decertification of any public sector bargaining unit that can’t demonstrate that their voluntary dues paying membership represents 50% or more of the total number of employees in the workplace.

Make no mistake, the intent of this bill is to strip our teachers and public servants from having a voice on the job. This bill would eliminate their ability to collectively bargain for fair wages and benefits, and silence their advocacy for the rights of all workers in Florida.  

HB 11 is one of the perennial favorites for anti-worker legislators, and template legislation from big business backed organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC.
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Union Election Results/Picnic Reminder

Election Results

The following members were nominated and elected (ran unopposed) at Tuesday’s Special Meeting:

  • President – 2 year term – Christopher Cassidy
  • Treasurer – 2 year term – Rafael Quintero
  • E-Board Supervisory – John Brummer
  • E-Board General – Robert Kine
  • E-Board At-Large – William Clift
  • Trustee – 3 year term – James Babich (John Berak has withdrawn)

The members will be sworn in at the General Member meeting on January 17th.

Union Picnic Tomorrow (11/19)

We look forward to seeing our members and family tomorrow @ TY Park from noon – 4 PM.  Feel free to bring a game ball as there’s plenty of open field space near the pavilion.  We’ll also have a bounce house, face painting for the kids, and food from Scruby’s BBQ.  Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Nominations and Elections

Nominations for the following Officer positions will take place at a Special Meeting tomorrow, November 14th @ 6:30 PM.  Nominations will close promptly at 8PM.    Elections will be held on December 6th (see flyer below).  Any member with more than 1 year of active membership is eligible to be nominated.

  • President – 2 year term
  • Treasurer – 2 year term
  • E-Board Supervisory – 2 year term
  • E-Board General – 2 year term
  • E-Board At-Large – 2 year term
  • Trustee – 3 year term

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Vote!

VOTE TODAY! – Don’t take your solemn right to vote for granted – there is too much at stake locally and nationally this election.


 

This election will be pivotal in determining the City’s direction.  As employees and residents, we’ve seen some of our best services outsourced (Sanitation, 911) and many City positions left unfilled.  We’re doing more with less and as a Union, we’ve come to the table to try and bridge the gap with City management.  Unfortunately, we are still a scapegoat and target during budget season.

AFSCME LOCAL 2432 ENDORSEMENTS

MAYOR – ELEANOR SOBEL

DISTRICT 1 – VICTOR DEBIANCHI, JR.

DISTRICT 2 – PETER HERNANDEZ

DISTRICT 4 – BARRY FASKE

DISTRICT 6 – JEFF LADNER

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE GROUP 15 – BARBARA DUFFY