@ Tropical Acres – More details to come!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
We have a new date! If you sent an rsvp for the previous date, please still rsvp to confirm. Thank you! – email@example.com
Come out for a day of food and fun on Saturday, November 19th @ TY Park – Pavilion 12 from noon – 4 PM. We appreciate the hard work and contribution of our members and look forward to a day of play for us and our families (immediate family please). 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 and face painting for the kids and food from Scruby’s BBQ!
If you plan to come out, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and how many people you’ll be bringing by Friday, November 11th . Hope to see you there!
Eleanor Sobel has been a fighter for Hollywood for over 20 years. She has served the people of Hollywood with integrity and has been honored as an advocate for children and seniors. She has the experience to ensure that Hollywood residents’ voices are heard locally, in Tallahassee, and even in Washington. We need a fighter who knows how to get our fair share to improve our community.
As a State Senator, Eleanor exposed the “Financial Urgency” debacle by requesting a state audit into the shenanigans of City Hall’s financial mismanagement which resulted in the scapegoating of employees and a tax increase for residents. Eleanor is NOT endorsed by the current Mayor who lead us down the road to annual budget shortfalls, poor garbage pick up (sanitation outsourcing), and low employee morale. She represents a new and better direction for Hollywood.
From Eleanor’s website: “Hollywood needs a fighter, someone who cares passionately about our future and has the experience to make a difference for the people who call this city home”
Please see this great Sun-Sentinel bio of Eleanor -> Sun-Sentinel Bio
AFSCME supports Eleanor Sobel for Mayor of Hollywood!
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 email@example.com to get started today!