Holiday Party?

Many of you have asked about the Holiday Party….

Sorry, No holiday party this year. Well, not during the holidays at least.

With the Contract Negotiations and all the work to get our pay and benefits restored, having a holiday party would just be much more than could be handled now. Too much cost, too much time, too much all around.

Watch this space for more details, the tentative date for the party is in early spring. There’s some holidays in the spring so technically it will still be a Holiday party.

Math is hard….

Math is hard. And the City has three whole departments whose job is to do math. Why is it, then, that during our contract negotiations we can’t get a straight answer when it involves math?




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Last night and the contract…

Thank you to everyone who made it out last night. Great crowd, nice to see the Hall full for a meeting.

Lots of questions about the negotiations, lots of questions about what-if and how-abouts…. all of them good questions. The one thing we all agreed upon was Management doesn’t seem to have a good grasp on reality.

By the time you are reading this the negotiation teams will be at the Hall working on the latest information provided by the City. At the briefest of glances it looks like the City is moving in our direction. The Negotiation Team will share more as they have more.

And a few reminders…..

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Thank you again to everyone who made it out. We as a Union are nothing without our members. United We Stand!

Contract Negotiations – City’s Latest….

The City has presented a summary of their latest proposal (attached below) to AFSCME. It covers all three Units and our summary of their summary is this:

The Good:

  • 7 % wage restoration over 2 years (4.5% to Enterprise).
  • Longevity raises at 10, 15, and 20 years. If you missed your longevity during the F.U., you will get it now going forward.
  • 2.5% Merit increase for everyone not maxed out in the second year of the contract (2015). While technically that isn’t a merit, it’s still good for us.
  • Employee Pension Contribution going down to 8%.
  • Tuition Reimbursement returns (maximum return of $1,800 annually).
  • Improved Benefits for Part Timers (see attached).


The Bad:

  • Wage restoration still does not equal what was lost during F.U.
  • “Salary Survey” may result in more wage freezes or possibly wage cuts.
  • No Merit Increases. That means no raises until you hit a longevity date.
  • Probationary period for all new hires or promotions is one year. This applies to all full and part-time employees.
  • Pension benefits being reduced to 2.5% multiplier for everyone. The Police and Fire both got 3% or better.
  • No Cola in the pension plan. Ever.
  • If you bump down in pay grade and your  pay drops to the lower level. This is an attempt by management to get rid of bumping rights.
  • Assignment pay does take effect until 40 hours (now 4). You cover the shift for 4 days, Bob over there will cover the fifth, none of you get assignment pay.
  • (more…)

We don’t want to….

Today’s spotlight comment from the negotiations was Management saying “We don’t want to pay more to the employees.”


2:30 – Update

We’re in a side-bar caucus at the request of Management.

So far its an interesting meeting:

  • Cathy made it to this meeting, which is her first.
  • The City’s proposal is actually worse than the last meeting.


3:00 – Update

Sneaky…. They are trying to get rid of bumping and hoping we don’t notice.


3:15 – Update

No merits. Just a one-time merit for anyone who isn’t already maxed out. Just once, not a repeating thing. Doesn’t matter how good a job you do, no raise for you. No more pay for performance.


3:30 – Update

Back from side-bar. Cathy didn’t make it back.

No change to the recall process, if you don’t accept recall you get cut (grade AND pay) to the lower grade.

Done for now.

Thank you to everyone who made it out for today’s meeting. Having an audience was really great considering this is the first time the City Manager has bothered to join us.