Contracts, Budgets, and Presentations….

Again, thank you very much to those that took the time to join the negotiation meeting yesterday. The City Manager was going to join us, but apparently she had rehearsals to attend to ahead of the Budget Hearing.

We are still sifting through all the different bits of the latest proposals to see what is actually being offered and what is being taken away. The proposals have the removed or changed language in strike through so we have to carefully read everything  so we don’t lose something by accident. The three proposals were posted yesterday if you want to see for yourself.

During the negotiation meeting the City changed up a few things verbally that sound good but need careful comparison against what we would give up in the process. The verbal proposal was to change the wage offer to 4% restoration staring October followed by a 3% COLA next October. That *does* sound good, but many other things in the proposal are going to make those amounts turn out not so great, things like increased health care costs, decreased health benefits, decreased pension benefits, and no merit increases.

And then the Budget Hearing….



This is page 37 of the City Manager’s presentation last night. This page specifically is interesting for two reasons:

Contract Negotitiations – Updated

First, thank you to everyone who made it out to watch this mornings meeting. It wasn’t the most exciting of meetings, but  you did get to see first hand how absolutely crappy Management is trying to treat the AFSCME employees.


Yesterday we shared the General Contract Proposal. Today we have the Professional and Supervisory Proposals to share.

AFSCME General – City Proposal 09-10-2013

AFSCME Professional City Proposal 09-10-2013

AFSCME Supervisory – City Proposal 09-10-2013

Both are in PDF format, it is best if you right-click and choose save-as.


And Then…

We will have a lot more updates over the next day or three as we continue to evaluate and discuss what the City is offering for our contracts.


And Then….

Tonight at 5:30 is the First Public Budget Hearing. If you can make it please wear your green and ‘remind’ the Commissioners and, more importantly, the Public that we are here and we are professionals and we are tired of being treated like an ATM.

Proposed Contract

Finally! The City has made their first formal offer of the AFSCME Contracts. Well, at least for the General Employees we have something in writing.

Keep coming back to this article throughout today and tomorrow, as we go through and figure out what the City is offering we will update it here.

And don’t forget…. tomorrow, Thursday Sept 12th, the negotiation meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. in room 215. You are welcome to sit in the audience, no that’s not quite right…  You are encouraged! to sit in the audience and see first hand what the City is offering as they offer it.

First Item of Interest:

Article 10 – Wages:

Starting October 2013, 2.5% for everyone.

Starting April 2014, 3% for all non-enterprise funded employees.

AND in April 2014, a possible wage re-opener.

What this means for you:

For the year, 2.5% for enterprise employees, 4% for everyone else, with chance of having the wages dropped again in April because of the re-opener.

Edit – Sorry for the confusion…. the proposal includes a 3% starting in April, which is effectively 1.5% because it is only for 6 months. 2.5% and then effectively 1.5% makes 4% for the year. The following year it works out as 5.5%.

Second Item of Interest:

Article 11 – Assignment Pay:

Negotiation Dates!

We have dates for the next meeting to negotiate our contracts!

If you can get away from your post for a few minutes  and would like to see first hand what happens in these meetings please join us in the Commissioners Conference Room (215, the small room behind the Commissioner Chambers) starting at 9:00 a.m. All three contracts will be under discussion so the meeting will last most of the day.

Watch this space for more details!


Please wear your green and join us in the Commission Chambers Thursday at 5:30 for the first public Budget Hearing. Lets remind the Commissioners, Management, and most importantly the public, that we are here and won’t be ignored.