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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

Meeting with the City – Return to Work Site Concerns

Local 2432 representatives met with the City yesterday to discuss our concerns regarding work site safety conditions and the short notice given for employees to end Telecommuting. The Union gave accounts of recent incidents where the Union had to intervene for employees who had been directed to return to a work site that had not been changed to meet CDC guidelines for social distancing or protective barriers put in place to protect both the employee and the public.

Deputy City Manager George Keller and Human Resources Director Tammie Hechler both committed to ensuring that employees have a safe work site. They advised that Management had been directed to ensure that work sites met social distancing guidelines and arrangements be made for employee and public safety.

If you are at a work site that does not meet social distancing guidelines (6 feet), please email us at afscmelocal2432@local2432.com and Deputy City Manager Keller assured us that those sites would be addressed.

Per Deputy CM Keller, approval for continued Telecommuting requires documentation from your doctor showing COVID related concerns. Deputy City Manager Keller advised that the City Manager’s Office and Human Resources are reviewing applications from employees to continue Telecommuting. The final approval or denial will be done by HR/City Manager’s Office (not the Department). All requests will be forwarded to HR/City Manager for review. If you completed a request and you believe it was not sent to HR by your department, please notify HR.

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Return to On-Site Work – Member Concerns, Request to Meet with the City

In response to the City Manager’s memo directing employees to end telecommuting and return to their work sites on Wednesday, June 10, members have reached out to report that they have concerns about the safety of their on-site work areas due to COVID-19.

President Christopher Cassidy has requested a meeting with the City to discuss your concerns and get these issues addressed. Please see the attached letter to the City.
In Solidarity,
AFSCME Local 2432

Reminders: Healthcare Survey and Member Picnic, Saturday, Feb 24th @TY Park

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to complete the healthcare survey.  Your input is important as we give feedback to City Management about the current Cigna  plan  – healthcare survey link

Also, there’s still time to RSVP for the picnic!  E-mail rsvp@local2432.com with your name and number of guests (immediate family please). 

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Come out for a day of food and fun on Saturday, February 24th @ 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, games, and face painting for the kids and food from Scruby’s BBQ!

If you plan to come out, please send an email to rsvp@local2432.com with your name and how many people you’ll be bringing by Friday, February 2nd.  Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Union Member Meeting, Tuesday, 3/21 @ 6:30 PM

AFSCME Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,

Just a friendly reminder that our monthly Union member meeting is tomorrow, 3/21 @ 6:30 PM at the Union Hall: 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear).  Come out every 3rd Tuesday of the month to share your concerns, meet other members, and hear the latest on topics that are of interest to our members.

Ratification Vote for 4 – 10 Workweek

***UPDATE***

The proposed contract article changes are at the links below:  The vote is tomorrow from 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM @ 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear).

General Employees CBA – 4 Day Workweek Changes

Professional Employees CBA – 4 Day Workweek Changes

Supervisory Employees CBA – 4 Day Workweek Changes

 

AFSCME Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,

Toward the end of June, the City notified Local 2432 that it wanted to implement a one-year pilot program, to explore the possibility of achieving cost savings by changing employees’ workweek from 5 days, 8 hours per day, to 4 days, 10 hours per day.

Local 2432 held several meetings with the City to address concerns raised by our membership, including potential scheduling conflicts, and impacts upon work and meal breaks, holiday pay, vacation pay, sick pay, and upon employees’ child care arrangements. The proposed changes will not impact employees who are in one of the job classifications listed in the joint letter from the Union/HR that went out with last week’s paycheck.  A link to the letter is below.  We will post the contract language changes shortly.

If approved, Local 2432 will monitor this program with the City on an ongoing basis, in order to address and fix any issues that result from this change. Additionally, the City has agreed to incorporate some measures of flexibility to take into account the individual needs of, and personal circumstances facing our membership.
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Reminder: Union Member Meeting, Tuesday, 7/19 @ 5:30 PM

AFSCME Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,
Just a friendly reminder that our monthly Union member meeting is tomorrow, 7/19 @ 5:30 PM at the Union Hall: 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear).  We’ll share what we know so far regarding the proposed four-day work week and we’d appreciate your feedback.  Come out every 3rd Tuesday of the month to share your concerns, meet other members, and hear the latest info about what Local 2432 has been doing on your behalf.

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.

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