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Contract Updates – Part 5

Still waiting on Management to set some dates for the next round of contract talks. While we wait here are some of the highlights of our proposal to management….

Remember, this is what we proposed to Management. This is what we are asking to get, negotiations have to have a starting point.

 

Part 5 – General CBA – Article 49, Educational Reimbursement Program

“Upon ratification of this agreement the tuition reimbursement program which was eliminated effective October 1, 2011, shall be restored.”

Pretty much sums itself up…. put the program back and allow us the opportunity to improve ourselves so we can improve the City.

Contract Update – Media Wars

So the City has posted on their website their response to the negotiations so far….

http://www.hollywoodfl.org/index.aspx?NID=727

Which is funny because they haven’t told us any of this yet.

Lets take a look at what they do say, and I’m going to start with their last line first just to make something clear:

Additional negotiation meetings are anticipated with each of the AFSCME bargaining units.

Yes, additional meetings would be nice. There’s been a total of two so far, neither of which were anything more than us presenting our proposed contract to them. We’ve been waiting, are still waiting, for Management to set meetings for the next round of talks. Supposedly we are waiting on the results of an Executive Session with the Commission, but none of the Commissioner’s we’ve talked to know anything about any Executive Session.

Then back to the beginning for a point-by-point:

Currently the City is analyzing and costing out proposals regarding pension changes, health care contributions, salaries, merit pay increases and sick leave accrual payouts.

Funny, you would think they could have had this information done and ready before the meetings were even scheduled. It’s not like we surprised them or anything.

The City has indicated to AFSCME that it is seeking to have all employees on the same pension plan and with consistently priced health insurance benefits (employees whose salaries and benefits are paid out of Enterprise Funds were not impacted by the pension reforms or salary and benefit changes put in place under Financial Urgency).

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Contract Updates – Part 4

Still waiting on Management to set some dates for the next round of contract talks. While we wait here are some of the highlights of our proposal to management….

Remember, this is what we proposed to Management. This is what we are asking to get, negotiations have to have a starting point.

 

Part 4 – General CBA – Article 26, Work Rules

“Any work rule(s) and/or regulation(s) that is not complied with or adhered to by Management employees shall not be enforced upon bargaining unit employees…”

Basically, if you aren’t following the rules you can’t write me up for not following the rules.

Contract Updates – Part 3

Still waiting on Management to set some dates for the next round of contract talks. While we wait here are some of the highlights of our proposal to management….

Remember, this is what we proposed to Management. This is what we are asking to get, negotiations have to have a starting point.

 

Part 3 – General CBA – Article 24, Health Group Benefits Plan

“Employees co-pay will be reinstated to $20.00”

The Co-pay seems like such a small thing, but those of you with small children or chronic ailments…. that extra $20 adds up.

Contract Updates – Part 2

Still waiting on Management to set some dates for the next round of contract talks. While we wait here are some of the highlights of our proposal to management….

Remember, this is what we proposed to Management. This is what we are asking to get, negotiations have to have a starting point.

 

Part 2 – General CBA – Article 17, Review and Merit Pay Increases

“Upon ratification of this Agreement, the City hall retroactively reinstate merit pay increases to all employees who had the eliminated effective October 1, 20112, through financial urgency imposition as well as merit pay increases to those employees who had them eliminated through the 2012 contract re-opener…”

Basically, give us our money back. And if you lost, or missed a merit increase during FU it will be reinstated.

JAT – Evergreen Consulting

Many of you are aware the City has hired Evergreen Consulting to do a City-Wide Job Assessment with the reported goal of finding who is doing what, where, when, and how much of it they are doing.

HR says the goal is “to do an in-depth analysis of all the positions in the City.”

Why? The plan is to make sure that everyone is getting paid the average, that when you look at how much the City is paying its employees compared to anywhere else we are in the middle of the pack, none underpaid, none overpaid.

The first question many of you are asking is ‘Why are we hiring this out? Don’t we have an HR Department to do this kind of stuff?

No one has offered an answer to the first question.

The second question, and the one that is causing some confusion, is “Do I have to do this?”

Short answer, yes.

The long answer…. the City wants to do this and it is their right, as far as the Union is concerned, to do however many surveys they want to do. Evergreen Consulting, or any other consulting company, can survey all they want.

The Union, however, doesn’t have to agree with the *findings* of the survey.

If the results of the survey go against any article of the Contract, or the City tries to delay negotiations while the survey is ongoing, then there will be a problem.
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Contract Updates – Part 1

While we wait on Management to set some dates for the next round of contract talks we thought we would share some of the highlights of our proposal to management…. There are many highlights and we don’t know how long we have to wait so let’s do this in parts.

Remember, this is what we proposed to Management. This is what we are asking to get, negotiations have to have a starting point.

 

Part 1 – General CBA – Article 10, Wages

“Upon ratification of the agreement, the City shall retroactively reinstate all wages the City suspended and eliminated because of its claimed financial urgency as well as wages decreased via the wage reopener in the 2010 MOU…”

Very simply… give us our money back.

And that concludes Round 1, Part 2

And that concludes Round 2 for our Contract Negotiations…..

This second round of meetings from the last couple of days… done. The City has our proposals and they are best summed up as reinstatement of our benefits to the levels they were at before the City declared F.U..

That is the simple answer, there is obviously much more to it than just simply give us our money back. We will put together some posts with more information while we are waiting on the City to schedule the next round of talks.

Stay tuned and stay strong.