A Call To Action!

This Is A Call To Action For All AFSCME Employees
and Supporters!

Wear your green and attend next week’s Budget Workshop.

The City Commission needs to see that A.F.S.C.M.E. employees are watching and waiting for real action in regards to wage restoration.

Your attendance is Needed!

Don’t let them think we don’t care!

Tuesday Sept. 3rd

4:00 PM

City Hall Commission Chambers.

While we wait so more….

Typical Government…. Hurry up and wait.

Still waiting on Management to return our calls and set a date so we can continue negotiations.

While we wait there are  a couple of things to share….

First, Labor Day! Not just a long weekend, although that is very much appreciated! Check out the history of the day from the Department of Labor website.

Next Tuesday, September 3, the City is having its Budget Workshop starting at 4:00 p.m. There will be a couple of updates about this in separate broadcasts today and Tuesday, stay tuned! And get your Union Colors ready so we can represent!

And if you have a few minutes to kill here are some previous posts to look at…

From just a couple of days ago, now you can get notices from the Union via text message.

From back in June, the ‘great salary survey‘ that no one has heard about since it was announced. What ever happened to that project?

And from back in March, the Voice of the Employee. Another project that was a big deal but then kind of fizzled and faded away with no real resolution, or even much of an announcement of what it revealed.

And lastly, the Communication Committee is still looking for anyone interested in photography or writing to help with the website and newsletters. No experience needed, just the desire to help.

Killing time?

So we are still waiting on the City to schedule some dates so we can actually try and negotiate a contract…. Can’t really negotiate anything when the City won’t return your calls or requests for meetings.

While we wait for them to actually do their jobs and be the professionals they claim to be, tell us what you do when you have to kill time waiting on someone or something?

Updates via Text Messaging

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome as a Union is Communication. We have over 700 people scattered over 28 different office locations, shift workers covering all 24 hours on the clock, and field workers covering all 31 square miles of our City…. sharing information in a timely manner is, to put it mildly,  a challenge.

We are rising to that challenge!

Your Executive Board and your Communication Committee are using every channel of communication available to make sure that you, the members of Local 2432, have access to the most up to date information when you need it, where, and how.

This website was the first step. The current display is ‘adaptive’ and should be readable on both your desktop or your mobile device. Up to the top is the navigation menu, down to the bottom are the options and settings and fiddly-bits.

Email Notices and Email  Newsletters was the next step. Approximately once a month you should receive an email digest of the news articles from this website, if you signed up that is. Scroll down there to the bottom and put your email into the Join Our Newsletter box. Like we said, about once a month you will receive an email digest, and if something interesting or exciting is happening we’ll send a specific email notice with the required information.
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Interesting article from the NY Times on Detroit

An interesting article from the New York Times regarding the failure of Detroit. The highlight of the article is where they lay the blame for the failure of the system….. where it belongs! With the leadership that took the opportunity to line their own pockets instead of actually leading. From the article….

Who was to blame for this? Not the unions. They did what they were supposed to do: ask for higher pay and more benefits. No, the fault lay with the top corporate managers: it was their job, as capitalists, to deny such increases if they were not justified by productivity trends.

via What Really Ails Detroit – NYTimes.com.

 

Thanks Kim for pointing out the original article.

4 Myths About Public Pension Retirees

A very informative article shooting holes in the common myths about Government Pensions.

From the linked article:

Think public retirees have it made? Not necessarily.

True, there have been plenty of headline-grabbing cases of public-sector retirees with seemingly over-generous pensions — even some whose retirement pay outstrips what they made in their working days. But the fact is that most public retirees enjoy modest lifestyles.

Still, in the ongoing debate over reforming public pensions, retirees sometimes are portrayed as living high on the hog, a characterization employee advocates say is unfair — and one that’s clouding the issue.

4 Myths About Public Pension Retirees.

Just to give a small bit of context to the article, the average pension amount from the Florida Retirement System (FRS) is $18,000 annually.  (source here, it’s a PDF, page 3)

Thanks to Kim for pointing out the original article.

Negotiations, Round 2

 As many of you are aware we are meeting with the City for Round 2 of negotiations. Yesterday was the meeting for the General Unit CBA, today for the Professional and Supervisory Unit CBA’s.

Yesterday’s meeting can best be described as weak. The City did not have actual written proposals to present, no numbers, in short the meeting could have been concluded in 10 minutes, nine of which would be checking the calendar for the next available date.