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News from AFSCME Local 2432

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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Candidate Spotlight – Jeffrey Ladner for District 6

Jeffrey “Jeff” Ladner has been a proven leader for positive change in the Hillcrest community.  He was instrumental in making sure the residents received a fair deal with the developers who will be building new homes in his community.  As a health care administrator for the past 20 years, he brings a wealth of much needed knowledge to the City Commission.  He is a critical thinker and will listen, build consensus, and work towards positive change for Hollywood.

From Jeff’s website: “Jeff intends to bring his experience of proven leadership and consensus building to the residents of Hollywood. Jeff understands the importance of listening and responding to the cares and concerns of the residents and the business owners of Hollywood-particularly those of District 6.”

 

AFSCME Supports Jeff Ladner for District 6 Commissioner!

http://ladner4hollywood.com


 

We need your help this election, so come out on Tuesday to find out what you can do to help.  Elections matter and we’ve already felt the consequences of poor leadership.  DON’T SIT THIS ONE OUT…WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!  Call or text Bob Strauss at 954-881-2724 or email robert.strauss@local2432.com to get started today!

MAYOR – ELEANOR SOBEL

DISTRICT 1 – VICTOR DEBIANCHI, JR.

DISTRICT 2 – PETER HERNANDEZ

DISTRICT 4 – BARRY FASKE

DISTRICT 6 – JEFF LADNER
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Candidate Spotlight – Victor Debianchi, Jr. for District 1

Victor “Vic” DeBianchi is a lifelong resident and civic minded citizen of Hollywood.  His civic involvement includes President Hollywood Kiwanis Club , Hollywood Civil Service Board, Hollywood YMCA Board, as well as leadership roles in the Broward County and the Nativity Parrish. 

 

Mr. DeBianchi, “Vic” clearly defines his purpose and goals for being a City Commissioner;

 

1) Safe, secure, happy and healthy environment for our city.

 

2) Improve integrity. Create community through respect, caring and honesty.

 

3) Support those who look after us; the police, fire and city personnel.

 

AFSCME Local 2432 supports Victor DeBianchi because Vic will try to understand our issues, and understands there are more than one side of the issues to be considered.  Victor is not solely for Beach CRA. Vic is dedicated to improve life for everyone and everywhere in this city.

 

Vic needs our support.  We need Vic as District 1 Commissioner. 
Join us on Tuesday, October 18th @ 6:30 PM at the Union Hall to work to make sure Victor DeBianchi gets elected as District 1 Commissioner.

 AFSCME MEMBERS – WE NEED YOU!
Join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM for a special meeting to update you on the November municipal election and to find out how you can be the difference between a Hollywood that values it’s workers and invests in its people and services or a Hollywood that goes back down the road to mismanagement.
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Call To Action for Election 2016 – Special Member Meeting, Tuesday, 10/18 @ 6:30PM

AFSCME MEMBERS – WE NEED YOU!

Join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM for a special meeting to update you on the November municipal election and to find out how you can be the difference between a Hollywood that values it’s workers and invests in its people and services or a Hollywood that goes back down the road to mismanagement.

We need your help this election, so come out on Tuesday to find out what you can do to help.  Elections matter and we’ve already felt the consequences of poor leadership.  DON’T SIT THIS ONE OUT…WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!  Call or text Bob Strauss at 954-881-2724 or email robert.strauss@local2432.com to get started today and see you on Tuesday!

MAYOR – ELENOR 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

 

Contract Ratification Vote: Results!

The vote to ratify all three AFSCME contracts passed overwhelmingly and is headed to the City Commission for a vote  tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/6) @ 1PM at City Hall.  Thanks to all who’ve worked hard during this process and to everyone who came out for the vote today.

Come by the Commission Chambers tomorrow @ 1PM  in your AFSCME green as a show of solidarity if you can and thanks again to our members for your continued support.

Member Holiday Party, December 19th!

AFSCME XMAS

It’s that time of year again!  To show our appreciation for our Union members, we’re planning a party to celebrate the holidays on Saturday, December 19th at Tropical Acres, 2500 Griffin Road, from 7PM – 11PM.  We had a great event last time and look forward to seeing you there.

Please click the attached flyer with RSVP coupon here–>  Holiday party invitation –>  fill out and return it to your union steward or Barbara Armand (I.T. Helpdesk) or mail/drop in the Union Hall mailbox  – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020.  MEMBERS ONLY – AND THE RSVP DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015!

 

Status of Contract Negotiations

Dear Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME Local 2432

I am writing to provide you an update as to the status of our Union’s contract negotiations with the City. In the Professional and Supervisory groups, our bargaining teams have met with the City’s management team only 3 times (real negotiations) over the course of the last two months. The latest negotiations session was held last Thursday, October 8th 2015. We were told prior to the meeting to be prepared to stay until we have an agreement, and were hopeful that we might make real progress toward a new agreement.

With that understanding, our bargaining teams presented all of our counter proposals, including a new proposal regarding our pension plan. In case you had not heard, the Police just negotiated a modified planned retirement with only a 0.5% employee contribution down from 8%, and changed the normal retirement date to 25 years of service regardless of age). We requested the same modified planned retirement with a 30 years of service normal retirement date provision, regardless of age. This was only the 4th item out of approximately 57 items that were on the table, but the meeting immediately turned negative from management’s side.  We were berated and accused of playing games.  We all took this as very condescending and disrespectful not only to our bargaining team, but to our membership as a whole.
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Labor – Management Meetings: Send us your work area issues

AFSCME Local 2432 representatives and City Administration will be meeting monthly to discuss work area issues in various departments.  The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23rd. Please email afscmelocal2432@local2432.com any issues in your work area that you’d like to have brought up.  The goal is for better employee/management relations going forward and to work towards a better workplace environment.  Your identity will remain anonymous, so speak up.  Please email your issues/comments by September 11th and we’ll keep you posted.