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News from AFSCME Local 2432

Union Executive Board

On Tuesday night, I shared with the Executive Board that I have been left with no choice other than to reduce my involvement in Local 2432 activities, as my family needs my attention on a priority basis. Regrettably, I advised the Board that I had to step down from being Union Vice President, but shared my pride in their efforts on behalf of all of us, my continuing commitment to help our union however possible, and my interest in staying involved, as my time permits.

Thankfully, many years ago when our Local Union Constitution was drafted, it took into account that we each have our own lives and commitments, and that despite our best intent, some of us after being elected, may not be able to complete our elected terms of office.

In this instance, the Constitution provides that when the Union Vice President leaves office before his/her term has expired, the Union Secretary is automatically elevated to Vice President.

Union Secretary Ian Albertson stepped up his game and graciously accepted the appointment, without any reservation, knowing full well all of the responsibilities and time required to serve our membership. Based upon my prior experience working with Ian, I am confident that he will undoubtedly prove to be a worthy successor to me as our Local 2432 Vice President.
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Pending PERC Ruling – Financial Urgency

As most of you know, when the City took away some of our pension benefits back in 2011 in Financial Urgency, Local 2432, the PBA and IAFF Local 1375 filed unfair labor practice charges against the City with PERC to contest Financial Urgency, and ultimately, those claims ended up before the Florida Supreme Court.

The Florida Supreme Court held that the City violated the State Constitution, and ordered PERC to hold hearings to determine what remedies would be appropriate. Those hearings have now been held, and we are awaiting PERC’s decision as to whether the City will be required to restore all of the pension benefits back to what was in effect before Financial Urgency. Once the PERC process has run its course, we do not expect that the PBA, IAFF nor AFSCME will bring any additional litigation against the City regarding Financial Urgency.

During our first contract negotiations session, the City expressly stated that it recognized that it needs to treat all of its union-represented employees equitably, whether members of Local 2432, the PBA or IAFF Local 1375. Not only are we seeking to have our pension benefits fully restored, but also, to have the City address the shortcomings that we have all experienced with our healthcare coverage since the switch from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.
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PERC – Bargaining Units

The Florida Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC), based upon the Florida Constitution and state laws, determines which city jobs are to be included with the General, Professional or Supervisory Units, and which must be excluded.

Last year, we filed a petition with PERC to have our units recertified, and to get clarification as to which jobs should be included within our bargaining units. Based upon this process, it became clear that over the years the City had improperly slotted several job classifications outside of our bargaining units into Managerial or Confidential positions.

We have a final hearing on May 1st, and then PERC will issue its final orders listing all bargaining unit positions, and all excluded Managerial or Confidential positions.

Once this PERC recertification process has been completed, and since we have already started contract negotiations with the City, we will also bargain hard for these additional employees.

Stay tuned.

Possible End to 4 Day Work Week

Brothers and Sisters of Local 2432,

Please see the below survey link about neighborhood priorities. Anyone that is in Hollywood can take this survey……. from what I hear is that a few Commissioners want the employees to go back to a 5 day 8 hour work week. Have friends, family or anyone you know complete this survey as it is good for Hollywood as a whole. If they enjoy the enhanced services by having City Hall open till 6…….. As Friday it is closed… please let them know. This also is a great conduit for any other issues of concern.

Survey Link:

 https://www.hollywoodfl.org/945/Vision-Hollywood-2020-and-Neighborhood-M”

Christopher Cassidy, President
AFSCME Local 2432

Broward AFL-CIO Legislative Breakfast: House Bill 25

Officers of AFSCME Local 2432 attended the Broward AFL-CIO legislative breakfast this past Saturday where they received updates about bills being proposed in Tallahassee that will impact workers statewide.  The most egregious bill being proposed is House Bill 25 introduced by Rep. Scott Plakon (R) which should be called the “De-certify Your Union” bill.

This bill seeks to make it much easier for you to lose your union representation in bargaining for wages and benefits by automatically de-certifying  local unions and requiring that they re-certify from scratch when membership falls under 50%.   The bill is going to Senate committee on this Tuesday, December 5th @ 10:30 AM.  Please contact the Florida Senate  now to stop this new attack on labor unions which represent working families in Florida.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/25

Read The Bill Text

Contact your State Senator: Find your State Senator by entering your address here -> https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Pictures from the Broward AFL-CIO Legislative Breakfast

2017 Broward AFL-CIO Legislative Breakfast


2017 Broward AFL-CIO Legislative Breakfast


2017 Broward AFL-CIO Legislative Breakfast


2017 Broward AFL-CIO Legislative Breakfast

Friday Dec.1st Deadlines – Open Enrollment/Holiday Party RSVP

RSVP by this Friday to reserve your seat at this year’s Union holiday party at Tropical Acres on Saturday, December 16th. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

REMINDER: – Open enrollment is mandatory this year and you will lose coverage if you don’t elect an insurance plan during this open enrollment. Please see the message below from HR and pass this on to your Union brothers and sisters. Contact HR at 954-921-3216 with questions about open enrollment

Members need to register for one of the open enrollment sessions at this link (Use Google Chrome) -> https://secure.e-registernow.com/cgi-bin/mkpayment.cgi?state=2061.

You can review your current plan at www.mybentek.com/hollywood – This is also the site for electing a plan during open enrollment.

Open Enrollment Presentation Schedule

Bentek Quick Tips

Search doctors on Cigna.com

Mandatory Open Enrollment beginning Monday, Nov. 6th

IMPORTANT – Open enrollment is mandatory this year and you will lose coverage if you don’t elect an insurance plan during this open enrollment.   We have consulted with the Union attorney and have been advised that members need to comply as this is not explicitly addressed in the Union contracts.   Please see the message below from HR and pass this on to your Union brothers and sisters. Contact HR at 954-921-3216 with questions about open enrollment

Members need to register for one of the open enrollment sessions at this link -> https://secure.e-registernow.com/cgi-bin/mkpayment.cgi?state=2061.

You can review your current plan at www.mybentek.com/hollywood – This is also the site for electing a plan during open enrollment.

Open Enrollment Presentation Schedule

Bentek Quick Tips

Search doctors on Cigna.com

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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