Hollywood elections – Sun-Sentinel

The Sun-Sentinel has a nice article today focusing on the Mayoral candidates as well as Districts 2 and 5.

As it rebounds from last years $38 million budget shortfall and with every seat up for grabs, this city has 18 candidates clambering to serve as mayor and commissioners of districts 1 through 6.

via Hollywood elections: A city activist challenges the mayor, seven candidates vie for two open commission seats. – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

Follow the link and read more. And, if you missed it, you can see who Local 2432 is endorsing this year here.

This year more so than any other it is important that we as Citizens, Residents, and Employees make our voices heard. Vote on November 6!

We support these local candidates

Many of you have asked who Local 2432 is going to support this election season? The Election Committee has made their recommendations as follows:

 For Mayor of Hollywood – Cliff Germano

 For District 1 – No Candidate supported.

 For District 2 – Peter Hernandez

 For District 3 – Traci Lynn Callari

 For District 4 – Justin Serian

 For District 5 – Kevin Beiderman

 For District 6 – Freddy M. Suastegui

 

 A.F.S.C.M.E. Local 2432 Executive Board voted to approve the above list of candidates.

 Watch this space for more details about each candidate, why we choose to support them, and what you can do to help as an employee and/or resident.

Balanced Budgets and Paycuts?

So the leadership of Hollywood is patting itself on the back for presenting a balanced budget this year and most of the employees are breathing a sigh of relief that the budget is not being balanced on their backs again as it was in the previous four years.

But……

In looking at the schedule of meetings, there is an item on this Wednesday’s Agenda (http://agenda.hollywoodfl.org/cache/00001/184/AGEN%209-19-12.pdf_) at 1:45 pm where the Human Resources Director is recommending that the Merit Increases and Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) paid in 2012 be taken back from all of  the employees who received them.

What madness is this?

This is just an arbitrary cutting of employees pay. Who does this pay cut benefit? Where do the savings go? If the City has balanced the budget and doesn’t need this pay cut to close any budget gap why are they doing it?

So this is what the Commissioners mean by “Equity.” Let’s treat all the employees like they are (bad words go here).

Hollywood Boulevard Closures – FDOT Work

Westbound Hollywood Boulevard to close at I-95

Nighttime Closures Begin September 10

 

Hollywood – All westbound lanes on Hollywood Boulevard will be closed at I-95 and traffic will be detoured from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Thursday nights, for three weeks, beginning Monday, September 10, for bridge demolition work, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials report. Drivers traveling west on Hollywood Boulevard who want to go south on I-95 and drivers traveling north on I-95 who want to go west on Hollywood Boulevard will also be detoured.

 

During these closures the following detours will be in use:

  • Westbound Hollywood Boulevard through traffic and westbound Hollywood Boulevard to southbound I-95 traffic: Drivers will be detoured on to northbound I-95 to Sheridan Street, exit and go west on Sheridan Street to the southbound  I-95 entrance ramp and take I-95 south to exit at Hollywood Boulevard or continue southbound on I-95
  • Northbound I-95 to westbound Hollywood Boulevard traffic: Drivers will be directed to continue north on I-95 to Sheridan Street, exit and go east on Sheridan Street to the Southbound I-95 entrance ramp and take I-95 south to exit at Hollywood Boulevard

 

This is one of a series of local street closures for bridge demolition work on I-95 at Hollywood Boulevard and Stirling Road. Upcoming closures include: full weekend closures of Hollywood Boulevard, scheduled for late September 2012; and eastbound and westbound lanes on Stirling Road, scheduled for October 2012. Details about upcoming closures will be available as construction dates are confirmed.
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A picture is worth…

Due to the Financial Urgency recently imposed by the City Commission all pictures from City Employees will now only be worth 925 Words.

While the Picture to Word value is under discussion, the need for those Pictures is real!

We need your Pictures!

Here on the website. To put on display at the new Hall when it opens. To include in our printed materials….. we need your pictures!

We are looking specifically for pictures of you and your smiling face.

And pictures of groups of employees.

And pictures of employees working.

Pictures of the Working People of Hollywood doing our thing for the residents.

Please email your pictures to webmaster@local2432.com.

Or send them via interoffice to CK in the Copy Center.

Or hand them to your Shop Steward. Or drop them by the Union Hall.

Whatever the worth in words of the picture, lets put a face to our members.

 

Please put physical pictures in an envelope with your name, they will be returned to you later.

Generous Contracts?

The City of Hollywood, Florida, regularly scheduled meeting is in session. Being presented at this particular moment is the Resolution that is ‘formally’ imposing the contract changes on the three bargaining units represented by AFSCME Local 2432.

By the time you read this the meeting, at least this part of it, will be over so you will have to either wait for the re-broadcast or file a Public Records Request.

We, as Local 2432, will be filing a request for the records so we can share here some of the specific issues the Commissioners and their outside Legal Counsel point out as being the fault of us, the employees of Hollywood.

Yes, today’s presentation is just a formality. It is the last step of many in a process that started over a year ago with the Special Referendum.

But!

We as Local 2432 know something the City Commission doesn’t….. it’s an election year.  And after today’s presentation, or maybe because of today’s presentation, we as Local 2432 are more willing than ever to put time, money, and effort into making a change in leadership this November.

Let’s remind the City Commission who we are!

Wednesday, September 5, at 1:45 pm the Hollywood Commission is ‘officially’ imposing their changes on our contracts. This is the last formal step in a process that began over a year ago with the Special Referendum Vote.

This last step in the process is a formality and there is little we can do to change it now, we can, however, remind the Commissioners who this effects.

Please join us in the Commission Chambers on Wednesday at 1:45 pm wearing green and let’s remind the City Commission who we are and why we’re here.

Florida’s pension system relatively low on workers – Business – MiamiHerald.com

If you spend any amount of time paying attention to the comment sections of any news article about Public Workers and their benefits you will hear over and over about the ‘outrageous benefits’ we receive as Government Employees. Well a Census Bureau report, by way of the Miami Herald, has this to say about Florida…

…gives Florida low marks for the actual benefits paid to state pensioners. Florida’s average payout is $19,940 a year, well below the national average of $24,140

via Florida’s pension system relatively low on workers – Business – MiamiHerald.com.

And while that data is specific to the State’s retirement system (FRS), it still manages to point out the fallacy about ‘outrageous pension amounts.’

Mayor: Pensions might bankrupt Titusville | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com

Another cry of Unfunded Pension Liability. This time from right up the road in Titusville. A really good read if you keep this particular point in mind:

“The city can get out of the problem by paying 100 percent of its annual required contribution for about 30 years…

via Mayor: Pensions might bankrupt Titusville | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com.

The City of Titusville, like most Cities that have Pension Plans, has not been contributing what their share into their own pension plans. They have been withholding monies from the system because the Market was doing so well they could get away with it. Which is fine, and legal too. But it has set up a situation where nothing is set aside for the ‘rainy day,’ and now it is raining.

And, being politicians, are trying to pass the blame to the workers.

Don’t let them treat us like an ATM Machine.

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