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!

 

AFSCME | Cities in Default, a Mouthpiece in Denial

From the AFSCME National Blog….

AFSCME | Cities in Default, a Mouthpiece in Denial.

While the target of the article is the Wall Street Journal and their rather obvious bias against Municipal Workers and Public Benefits in general, the article can be read with a more local tone.

Click the link above, but when you read the article replace the instances of WSJ with City Leaders…. the article still makes perfect sense.

 

 

Stockton set to become largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.

While Stockton is far away from Hollywood, Municipal Bankruptcy is still something to pay close attention to.

This article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune is reporting some of the problems the City of Stockton is facing in their filing of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy protections.

One of the interesting lines in the article:

Multi-year labor contracts for city workers carrying escalating costs and generous retirement plans added to the burden.

A phrase that is appearing more and more often about Municipal Workers across the country….. Generous Retirement Plans. They make it sound like we Municipal Workers don’t work for and earn those retirement benefits.  And just who, exactly, is deciding what is ‘normal’ and what is ‘generous?’

 

via Stockton: City set to become largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. – SGVTribune.com.

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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Congratulations

From the AFSCME website:

Congratulations Muskogee City Employees!

AFSCME members in Muskogee, Okla., and their uniformed sisters and brothers in the fire and police departments are cheering the return of collective bargaining rights to the city’s non-uniform employees.

The city council’s ordinance restoring the rights takes effect July 15. On that day, workers who make up AFSCME Local 2465 will file a petition to qualify for a union recognition election – recognition that was stripped away after an anti-worker state law repealed their rights last spring.

Local 2465 members are the men and women who keep Muskogee’s streets, parks and water safe and clean every day. Winning back their bargaining rights came after members got involved in the spring city council elections, securing the victory of three pro-worker candidates.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Congratulations to AFSCME Local 2465! Keep fighting the good fight!

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