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Union Officer Update, Officer Elections Tomorrow, Contract Update

Succession

The AFSCME Local 2432 Executive Board held a Special Meeting to address succession in light of President Christopher Cassidy’s retirement. Per the AFSCME Local 2432 Constitution, the Vice-President fills the remaining term as President and the Secretary fills the term as Vice-President

Bogdan (Boki) Corsovic has accepted the position as President.

Siana Lakhan has accepted the position as Vice-President.

The position of Secretary will now be filled by Agne Treckione since Siana Lakhan has accepted the Vice-President position.


Officer Elections

Brothers Daniel Chamblin and Joseph Schroeder have withdrawn their candidacies for Trustee. Therefore, members will be voting for the following candidates tomorrow:

Executive Board General – 2 year term –
Ameer Khan
Chris Roper

Trustee – 3 year term –
Chris Manning
David Blum
John Weitzner

Elections for Executive Board General and Trustee will be held tomorrow, December 7, 2021 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Union Hall. This is a Union Member only vote. Please bring ID to vote.


Contract Update

The City Commission approved the ratified contracts at the December 1st Commission meeting and the raises are now being processed by HR Payroll.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and received your member meal vouchers. If you still haven’t received it, please email afscmelocal2432@local2432.com with your contact info so that we can follow up. See you tomorrow for the vote!
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Contract Ratification Vote, Tuesday, November 16th, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

UPCOMING CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
A ratification vote for new General, Professional, and Supervisory contracts will be held on next Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 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:

Full contract drafts, clean:

·        General Contract
·        Professional Contract
·        Supervisory Contract

Full contract drafts, with mark-up:

Summary of items being proposed for ratification:
2% COLA on the base salary
1% one time Lump Sum on the base salary to be issued via a separate payroll check.
HRA Card amount Increases beginning 1 Jan 2022 as follows.
Employee only = $300 to $400
Employee + 1 = $400 to $600
Employee + 2 or more = $700 to $1000
Increased mental wellness counseling sessions (EAP) from 6 sessions to 10 sessions at no additional cost.

Changes to health care premiums as follows:
OAPIN PLAN:
·       Employee only = no change
·       Employee + 1 = increase of $2.82 per pay period
·       Employee + 2 or more = $6.20 per pay period
OAP PLAN:
·       Employee only = increase of $6.29 per pay period
·       Employee + 1 = $12.59 per pay period
·       Employee + 2 or more = $20.14 per pay period.

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Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM AFSCME INTERNATIONAL:

 

For 20 months, we have answered the call on the front lines of this pandemic. We stood together to demand PPE, to protect our jobs and to fight for funding for public services. We know the power of joining together in a union and having a seat at the table.

Yet in about half of the states, public service heroes don’t have a voice on the job or basic workplace protections we deserve. That’s why Congress has reintroduced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which would set a minimum nationwide standard of collective bargaining rights for public service workers that states must provide.

Watch this video about the introduction of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act.

For our work strengthening our communities, we deserve a voice on the job. Video still of healthcare worker with play button.

Momentum is with us — a wave of working people across the country are mobilizing and even striking for better working conditions and respect on the job. There’s no better time to join together and demand what we deserve — the freedom to sit down with the boss and negotiate a fair contract.

Congress is going to need a strong push from all of us to pass this legislation. I hope you’ll join me in building support for the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act.
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Proposed Contract Agreement for Ratification

Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME Local 2432

This continues to be a challenging year as we try to turn the corner on this pandemic and it’s affects on our health and livelihoods. The City was able to avoid pay cuts and job eliminations by using Federal Rescue Plan funds to balance the budget.

Therefore, the Union and City have agreed to a one year 2022 stop gap contract to hold us over until we get back to the bargaining table this January. We will also be voting to memorialize the one year MOU that we voted on last year. Once the formal 2022 agreement has been received from the City, we will notify you of the date and time of the ratification vote.

Summary of items being proposed for ratification:

  • 2% COLA on the base salary 
  • 1% one time Lump Sum on the base salary to be issued via a separate payroll check. 
  • HRA Card amount Increases beginning 1 Jan 2022 as follows.
  • Employee only = $300 to $400
  • Employee + 1 = $400 to $600
  • Employee + 2 or more = $700 to $1000

 

  • Increased mental wellness counseling sessions (EAP) from 6 sessions to 10 sessions at no additional cost.
  • Changes to health care premiums as follows: 
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Nomination Results!

The following members were nominated and elected or re-elected (ran unopposed) at the November 10, 2020 Special Meeting for Nominations:

President – 2 year term – Chris Cassidy

Treasurer – 2 year term – Barbara Armand

Executive Board Supervisory– 2 year term – John Brummer

Executive Board General – 2 year term – Robert Kine

Executive Board At Large – 2 year term – Marjorie Readon

Trustee – 3 year term – Ameer Khan

Congratulations to all of the re-elected/new officers and thank you for your service.

Union Officer Nominations and Elections

Nominations for Union Officer positions will take place at a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Union Hall. Nominations will close after 3 calls have been made for each position. Elections will be held on December 1, 2020 (see flyer). Any member with more than one (1) year of active membership is eligible to be nominated. You will also receive this notice vis U.S. mail.


Per AFSCME Constitution, voting must be conducted face-to-face. Due to social distancing requirements, the meeting will be held right outside the Union Hall due to COVID-19 and all employees coming to vote must wear a face mask.


Meeting with the City Manager: Telecommuting Due to COVID-19

Hollywood AFSCME Local 2432 has been working with the City to address concerns and guide its members regarding safety in the workplace due to COVID-19. Some of these concerns have been related to telecommuting to accommodate greater physical distancing in the workplace.
On July 7, 2020, Local 2432 representatives had a phone meeting with the City Manager to discuss our concerns regarding the status of the existing protocol for telecommuting and any possible updates to it due to the apparent increase in the spread of the COVID-19 in the South Florida area.

Per the meeting discussion, requests for telecommuting are still being accepted. AFSCME agreed to help get the word out to its members that employees who would like to telecommute, whether they telecommuted or were previously denied, may re-apply in writing for the City Manager’s approval. The City Manager advised that granting the requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

In Solidarity,

AFSCME Local 2432

City’s Offer for Free Antibody Testing – Union Concerns

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

In Solidarity,

AFSCME Local 2432

City Manager’s Response to AFSCME / May Member Meeting Cancelled

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.

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