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News and Notes from the President of AFSCME Local 2432

Local 2432 Update – Evergreen, Negotiations, and more

Evergreen has completed the draft compensation study for the General Bargaining Unit. The Union is scheduled to meet with the City on Thursday, September 3rd @ 2 PM in City Hall room 215 for Evergreen to present their findings.  Click here to read the draft report ->> Draft Report – Compensation Study for the City of Hollywood FL (AFSCME).

Professional and Supervisory Bargaining Units negotiation session is scheduled for this Tuesday, September 1st @ 2 PM in City hall room 215.

The City held a Joint City/CRA workshop in which the CRA has agreed to work with the City to give back money to the City’s General Fund.  Hats off to Commissioner Callari for pointing out that it is very disappointing that this offer wasn’t made during “Financial Urgency” (FU). The CRA’s response was basically – nobody asked (seriously).

Any General Bargaining Unit members who are due a FY 2015 merit increase (not topped out), but either has a past due performance review, or has received a satisfactory review but has not received their PA for the increase, please contact HR if you have not already. President Chris Cassidy has brought this issue to the attention of Tammie Hechler, HR Director,  who has sent the message to the Departments to process the PA’s per the contract.
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Memorial Service for Walter Crosson, South Florida union leader and friend of Local 2432

It is with much sadness to report the passing of Walter Crosson, a local community activist and a true friend of the working man and the labor movement.  We encourage our members to attend the memorial service tomorrow (see below for info).  Walt’s helped our Local many times in the past and will truly be missed.

Message from Mike Williams, Florida AFL-CIO

Sisters and Brothers, 

As a reminder, the memorial for Walter Crosson is this Sunday.  See below for the details.

When: Sunday, August 9th, at 3PM-6PM
Where: Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home
Address: 6301 Taft St. Hollywood, FL

Walt Crosson, 70, of Miami passed away July 22, 2015 at Aventura Hospital after a short illness. Walt was a lifetime Miami resident, born August 9, 1944. He graduated from North Miami High School and served in the U.S. Air Force.

Following his discharge, Walt went to work for Florida Power and Light. He retired after over 46 years of service.

Walt was a community and labor activist. He was a member of the IBEW, the Broward County AFL-CIO, the United Way and many other community agencies.

Survivors include Walt’s wife, Dayna; daughter, Rachel and his beloved Maltese companion, Livi. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Walter and Margaret L. (Keplinger) Crosson.

Walt was laid to rest near his parents at Southern Memorial Park in North Miami, Florida.

Vice Presidents, Treasurers, and Bears… oh my!

Ladies and Gentlemen of Local 2432, we need to update our selection of officers slightly. We need to make our Treasurer a ‘full-time’ position. No, not a full-time job, just a position that does nothing but treasury stuff.

Currently we have a Secretary/Treasurer and their function includes a lot of work, a lot of which overlaps each other, a bit which works in opposition to each other.

The suggestion the Executive Board wishes to place before the members is to split the current position into one Secretary position and one Treasurer position. In order to keep the Executive Board an odd-number of people the First Vice President position will be removed at the end of the current office holders term.

The “New” Executive Board will be a President, Vice President/Chief Steward, Secretary, Treasurer, and the current five Board members. Nine members.

In order to make this change the members must first elect to change our Local Constitution. Then our changed Local Constitution is submitted to AFSCME National for approval. Once approved by National we’re done and can start the process of electing and appointing the new positions.

So, having said all that here is the proposed schedule for these changes:

General Member Meeting, Tuesday, May 20th, starting at 5:30 pm. will be the first formal reading of the proposed changes to the Constitution of Local 2432.
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Unfair Labor Practice – Update

And another update, or rumor control if you are hearing the whispering voices….. via email from Local President Chris Cassidy to the Mayor, City Commission, and City Manager:

Cathy,
I have been informed that you have expressed disappointment with the fact that I did not inform you, at our last monthly meeting, of AFSCME’s intent to file the ULP.  Just to be clear, AFSCME has been holding off on filing the ULP in the hopes negotiations would go well thus making it unnecessary.  When we last met I did not know what you were going to be proposing at negotiations.  When my bargaining team met with yours last week, it became crystal clear that the City had no intention of rectifying the pay and benefit losses AFSCME bargaining unit members suffered as a result of the City’s declaration of financial urgency.  Not only did your proposal fail to resolve the inequities our membership is currently experiencing, you actually proposed further cuts to our membership’s pay and benefits.  It was that slap in the face, along with the numerous other attempts to take from our membership (such as ceasing longevity payments, contracting out AFSCME positions/work, the changing of full time positions to part time, the promoting of select individuals, etc…) as well as your refusal to sit down and partake in the negotiation process (AFSCME has been trying to meet with you for over seven months now and we still have not been provided any financials) that led AFSCME to file the ULP.
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It has been brought to our attention…..

A bit of rumor control, or a bit of information if you haven’t been hearing the rumors….. the following email went from our Local President Mr. Cassidy via email to the Mayor, Commissioners, and City Manager today:

 

It has been brought to AFSCME’s attention that you have been advising City Commissioners that AFSCME is not and/or has not been seeking some form of pay restoration for our membership, prior to the implementation of successor agreements in our three units.  I want to make it perfectly clear that nothing could be further from the truth.  AFSCME has consistently been seeking restoration for our membership.  We would be more than willing to enter into MOUs with the City to accomplish this goal.  Unfortunately, given the City’s ridiculous contract proposal at our last Supervisory Unit negotiation session, as well as the lack of proposals in the Professional and General Units, it appears that the City has no intention of working with AFSCME to attain restoration.  Hopefully that mindset will change so we can get back to the business of attempting to obtain fair and equitable pay and benefit packages for the workers who make up the backbone of this City.

  

Christopher Cassidy President,

A.F.S.C.M.E., Local 2432

Job Descriptions

Let me take this opportunity to share with you my thoughts on why Job Descriptions are so important. each employees written job description.

Each employee hired by the City of Hollywood through the Civil Service System for a position in the classified service and has an approved job classification title and an approved job description. This job description lists the classifications, characteristics, examples of essential functions, training and experience requirements, knowledge, abilities, and skill requirements.

Every employee has the responsibility to know what their job classification title is and how their job description is written.

Knowing your specific job description is an asset and necessity for each employee, especially as management has the tendency to ask employees to work out of their job classifications due to the decrease in the numbers of employees to perform the City’s operational needs. Even more so during the hiring freezes that occur every year.

So be smart – know your JOB!

Each one of us was hired to perform ONE job.

Each one of us is paid for ONE job only.

…republished from an earlier Local 2432 Newsletter