Explanation of the Sick leave to Personal time Conversion
The CITY Human Resources & Labor Relations offices unilaterally designed and distributed a NEW conversion form mid-day Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. In that NEW form, it was stated that in order to receive Personal time benefit in FY 2015 the NEW form needed to be signed and submitted to Human Resources no later than Oct. 31, 2014.
AFSCME Local 2432 was not given advance notification of the NEW form nor did we have a chance to discuss or review the NEW form prior to its distribution to our Bargaining Unit Employees. As a result, there has been considerable confusion amongst the employees as is evidenced by the previous emails about this matter.
To make clear, the NEW contract increases the number of Personal days for the General Unit employees from 3 days per fiscal year to 5 days. For the Professional & Supervisory bargaining unit employees, Personal days were increased from 0 (zero) days to 5 days per fiscal year so long as they would have a remaining Sick leave balance of 96 hours AFTER the conversion.
Additionally, language was added in all 3 contracts that the Personal leave time conversion will be determined in the month of October. However, there was never a process or a form to facilitate the NEW contract language. So it appears that the form the City used to facilitate the Sick leave to Vacation time conversion was MODIFIED to facilitate the Personal time conversion. But again, this NEW form was not previously reviewed by AFSCME Local 2432. As a result of the confusion caused, we, Local 2432 had to address the issues with Labor Relations and Human Resources.