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Contract Ratification Vote – Results!

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!

TWO VOTES THIS WEEK: Pension and Contract

Pension Restoration Vote – Pension Plan Election
The next step for Pension Restoration begins today with early voting for the negotiated pension changes. Early voting will be held from Monday, June 10, 2019 through Friday, June 14, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the Employees’ Retirement Fund Office on the 2nd floor of the City Hall Annex building (door next to ATM).


Election day will be June 17, 2019, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM, in the 1st floor lobby of City Hall (east side). Full time employees who contribute to the pension plan are eligible to vote.



AFSCME Contract Ratification Vote
The contract ratification vote which includes Pension Restoration will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Union Hall – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard. All full time and part employees in AFSCME covered positions are eligible to vote.


Contract Ratification Vote!

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:

Negotiation Update: Proposed Two Year Deal

Below is the proposed deal for a two year contract for AFSCME General, Professional, and Supervisory bargaining units:

TWO YEAR CONTRACT (10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020)

MAJOR CHANGES YEAR 1
  •   3% wage increase effective October 2018 (lump sum if topped out)
  • Additional wage increase for PERC employee for loss of benefits due to move to AFSCME (General and Professional 1.5%, Supervisory between 1.5 – 2% depending on the position)
  • Paygrade ranges (bottom and top) increase by 3%
  • Lump sum $1,500 for full-time employees who are not eligible for Pension Restoration
  • Pension Restoration for employees who were employed and impacted by Financial Urgency
  • General Fund employees hired before October 1, 2011
  • Enterprise Fund employees hired before March 5, 2014
  • Option of Planned Retirement or DROP Plan
  •   Part-time employees receive all holidays
    • Employees who average 30+ hours receive 6 hours per holiday
    • Employees who average 15 – 29 hours receive 4 hours per holiday
MAJOR CHANGES YEAR 2
  •   2% wage increase effective October 1, 2019 (lump sum if topped out)
  • Paygrade ranges (bottom and top) increase by 2%
  • Healthcare
    • OAP Plan 80/20 cost split with plan changes (employee pays 20%)  LINK TO WORKSHEET
    • OAPIN Plan, no proposed changes
    • Free Lifescan Screening
    • Wellness program incentives (prizes including gift cards)
We will send more details once the language is ready for a vote. We are working to get this deal wrapped up ASAP. More info to come, so stay tuned.

Member Picnic 2019

Picnic Flyer 2019

Where:       TYPark Pavilion 12
                        3300 N Park Rd,
                        Hollywood, FL 33021

When:        Saturday, March 23, Noon – 4:00PM

Join us for a family day of food fun and music!

FOR MEMBERS AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY
ONLY – NO AFSCME NON-MEMBERS

There is a $1.50 park entrance fee but kids
under 5 are free

RSVP Your full name and number of guests
to rsvp@local2432.com by Wednesday,
March 20th – HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Your Pension, Your Vote!

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 afscmelocal2432@local2432.com if you were turned away by the pension office. Also, remember to bring your City ID badge.

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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. 
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Holiday Party 2018 Pictures

Shout out to all who attended and to Tropical Acres and X-hale Productions for making it a great event!

Nominations and Elections – Results!

Election Results

The following members were nominated and elected (ran unopposed) at the November 20th Special Meeting:

  • President – 2 year term – Christopher Cassidy
  • Treasurer – 2 year term – Rafael Quintero
  • E-Board Supervisory – John Brummer
  • E-Board General – Robert Kine
  • Trustee – 3 year term – Warren Winston

An election will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM for the E-Board Board At Large – 2 year term position at the Union Hall – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard. The candidates are:

  • Marjorie Cooper-Readon
  • Levauris Pierre

All current members in the 3 bargaining units are eligible to vote. We hope to see you there!