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Your Monthly Meeting

Local 2432 holds a monthly meeting for all members in good standing. The monthly meeting is the platform for all brothers and sisters to bring forth items of concern, news of other members, and suggestions on how to make Local 2432 a better Union.

Business meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month (excluding December) at 5:30 PM at the Union Hall, 2415 Hollywood Boulevard.

It is YOUR Union! YOUR voice is very important!

 

Important Information for the Membership

ATTENTION MEMBERS!

 This communication serves to notify the Members of Local 2432 of additional changes within Local 2432.

Ralph Dierks has tendered his resignation as President of Local 2432. The Executive Board accepted his resignation, and by mutual agreement, his resignation is effective immediately.

Pursuant to AFSCME Local 2432 Constitution, the 1st Vice President will assume the role of Local President for the rest of the term and the 2nd Vice President will assume the role of 1st Vice President. As a result of these actions, the Local Constitution states that any other vacancies are appointed by the Executive Board. The Board made nominations for replacements and are as follows for the remainder of the term; the new appointees are in italics:

President, Christopher Cassidy,

1st Vice President, Robert “Bob” Strauss

2nd Vice President, Troy Porter

Secretary/Treasurer, Rafael A. Quintero

E-Board General, Alan Corriveau

E-Board General, Marleen Pierson

E-Board Professional, James Rusnak

E-Board Supervisory, Jose Vazquez

E-Board At Large, Bernadette Roelofs

Trustee, Dennis Harrington

Trustee,Victor Swackhammer

Trustee, Charles “CK” Kerr

Further, an agreement was reached for full-time legal representation with Local 2432  with Attorney Barbara R. Duffy. Mrs. Duffy will represent our Membership in all legal matters.

Over the past several months, the Board has made a number of fiscal changes that has saved approximately $6,000 per month. The hiring of a full-time attorney will not cause a negative impact on the Local treasury in any way and in fact, will be more cost-effective, as fees are set, regardless of the amount of time required for legal issues.
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Membership Update Information

ATTENTION MEMBERS!

 This communication serves to notify the Members of Local 2432 of recent changes within the Local.

Attorney George Tucker has submitted his letter of resignation, effective immediately.

The Local 2432 Executive Board has been actively seeking a qualified full-time attorney. The full-time Attorney will work as an independent contractor.   The Executive Board is close to reaching an agreement with the new Attorney in the immediate future.

Details will follow upon completion. It is in the best interest of the membership, to have in-house legal counsel dedicated solely to this Local, Monday through Friday during business hours. Considering the battles we have ahead, now is the time to move forward with positive change.

Additionally, in order to keep the lines of communication open with all members, please visit the new and improved website http://local2432.com/. It is an interactive site, which includes a message board and links to other relevant information. While it is under construction, feel free to browse around, and add your comments & suggestions.

As another form of open communication, a Facebook Group has been approved by the Executive Board. Please request to be added to the group page Hollywood Municipal Employees, Local 2432.

All members are invited and encouraged to get involved and participate in the General Membership meetings which are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
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What is this “Unfunded Liability” we keep hearing about?

We keep hearing a lot from our City Leaders about the ‘Huge Unfunded Liability’ in the Pension Plan. They make it sound like a group of pensioners are sitting on the front steps of City Hall demanding some insanely huge pile of money RIGHT NOW!

No. They aren’t.

No. Pensions don’t work that way.

Yes. There is an Unfunded Liability in the current Pension Plan. There always has been. And unless or until the Market starts returning very high double-digit returns there always will be an Unfunded Liability in the Pension Plan.

Don’t believe us? Read this little explanation from the Public Pensions Online website.

Two of the highlights from the linked article:

Florida local retirement plans covering police, firefighters and general employees are not
underfunded. They do have an unfunded liability. There is nothing intrinsically wrong
with having an unfunded liability.

and

Local government plan sponsors do not have to take drastic and immediate actions to
reduce or pay off the plan’s unfunded actuarial liability….

That last one kind of goes against the message the Commissioners were using last year with the Special Referendum, doesn’t it?

Read through the article. Get the word out. Share the link with anyone and everyone and let them see for themselves. It is a Pension, not rocket science. Don’t let them spin the message to their own ends because it is our ends that have worked for those very same Pension benefits.
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