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News and Notes from the President of AFSCME Local 2432

AFSCME LOCAL 2432 ELECTION 2016 ENDORSEMENTS

This election will be pivotal in determining the City’s direction.  As employees and residents, we’ve seen some of our best services outsourced (Sanitation, 911) and many City positions left unfilled.  We’re doing more with less and as a Union, we’ve come to the table to try and bridge the gap with City management.  Unfortunately, we are still a scapegoat and target during budget season.

We have interviewed the candidates and AFSCME Local 2432 proudly endorses:

MAYOR – ELEANOR SOBEL

DISTRICT 1 – VICTOR DEBIANCHI, JR.

DISTRICT 2 – PETER HERNANDEZ

DISTRICT 4 – BARRY FASKE

The members of Local 2432 made a difference in 2012 and we need to do it again this election.   Visit the candidates’ websites to learn more and to volunteer.  We need to be a part of the solution and get people elected who will support the workers of Hollywood.

AFSCME Local 2432 Member Picnic, Saturday, Oct. 8th @ TY Park, Noon – 4PM

Come out for a day of food and fun on Saturday, October 8th @ TY Park – Pavilion 12 from noon – 4 PM.  We appreciate the hard work and contribution of our members and look forward to a day of play for us and our families (immediate family please).  Feel free to bring a game ball as there’s plenty of open field space near the pavilion.  We’ll also have a bounce house and face painting for the kids and food from Scruby’s BBQ!

If you plan to come out, please send an email to rsvp@local2432.com with your name and how many people you’ll be bringing by this Friday, September 30th .  Hope to see you there!

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Call to Action! – Budget Hearings, Sept 14th and 28th

Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,

We are again faced with the burden of AFSCME employees bearing the brunt of budget cuts.  The Union is calling on this administration to do the right thing and preserve jobs. There is the option of using the reserve fund that WE THE EMPLOYEES funded over the past several years.  The current shortfall is temporary and the City admits that better financial days are just two years away.  It would be shortsighted to impact employee levels when all signs point towards growth and prosperity.   Hollywood Beach needs it’s Lifeguards and the rest of Hollywood needs more employees to move this City forward not less.

Come out to City Hall next Wednesday, 9/14 @ 5:30 PM in your AFSCME green to show your solidarity and tell the Commissioners to vote NO on job cuts!

Ratification Vote for 4 – 10 Workweek

***UPDATE***

The proposed contract article changes are at the links below:  The vote is tomorrow from 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM @ 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear).

General Employees CBA – 4 Day Workweek Changes

Professional Employees CBA – 4 Day Workweek Changes

Supervisory Employees CBA – 4 Day Workweek Changes

 

AFSCME Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,

Toward the end of June, the City notified Local 2432 that it wanted to implement a one-year pilot program, to explore the possibility of achieving cost savings by changing employees’ workweek from 5 days, 8 hours per day, to 4 days, 10 hours per day.

Local 2432 held several meetings with the City to address concerns raised by our membership, including potential scheduling conflicts, and impacts upon work and meal breaks, holiday pay, vacation pay, sick pay, and upon employees’ child care arrangements. The proposed changes will not impact employees who are in one of the job classifications listed in the joint letter from the Union/HR that went out with last week’s paycheck.  A link to the letter is below.  We will post the contract language changes shortly.

If approved, Local 2432 will monitor this program with the City on an ongoing basis, in order to address and fix any issues that result from this change. Additionally, the City has agreed to incorporate some measures of flexibility to take into account the individual needs of, and personal circumstances facing our membership.
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Reminder: Union Member Meeting, Tuesday, 7/19 @ 5:30 PM

AFSCME Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,
Just a friendly reminder that our monthly Union member meeting is tomorrow, 7/19 @ 5:30 PM at the Union Hall: 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear).  We’ll share what we know so far regarding the proposed four-day work week and we’d appreciate your feedback.  Come out every 3rd Tuesday of the month to share your concerns, meet other members, and hear the latest info about what Local 2432 has been doing on your behalf.

Contract Ratification Vote: Results!

The vote to ratify all three AFSCME contracts passed overwhelmingly and is headed to the City Commission for a vote  tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/6) @ 1PM at City Hall.  Thanks to all who’ve worked hard during this process and to everyone who came out for the vote today.

Come by the Commission Chambers tomorrow @ 1PM  in your AFSCME green as a show of solidarity if you can and thanks again to our members for your continued support.

Ratification Vote! Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The contract negotiations have finally been completed.  A ratification vote will be held on next Tuesday April 5th 2016 from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Union Hall – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard (parking in the rear). This is a secret ballot vote and the ballots will be counted immediately after the closing of the vote.  All employees should receive their letter explaining their classification and wage changes based on the Evergreen implementation by this coming Friday April 1st 2016. Below is the bargained contract language changes; please review them prior to casting your vote on April 5th 2016:

Below are the new job classifications and pay grades:

A brief summary of the changes can be found here:

Our union’s bargaining team has fought long and hard on your behalf with the City to get fair contracts to bring back to you for ratification. Although we all know that no contract is ever perfect, we believe that the proposed agreements have us heading back in the right direction for restoring our rights, pay and benefits, toward where they were before the cutbacks we all endured as a consequence of financial urgency.
We hope you will agree that these agreements are fair, that they will move our union forward, and that they deserve your vote for ratification.

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Contract Ratification Update

Local 2432 Brothers and Sisters,

Below are highlights from the new contract which we’ll be bringing to you for a ratification vote soon:

EVERGREEN STUDY

The Evergreen Study will be implemented for all three bargaining units which merges pay grades (no more General/Enterprise/Tier A/Tier B). Employees have started receiving letters explaining their individual classification change and wage info.  All employees should receive their letter within the next week.

WAGES:

October 2015 :

  • 2.5% Wage Increase
  • 1.5% Merit Increase

October 2016:

  • 2.5% Wage Increase
  • 1.5% Merit Increase

October 2017:

  • 1% Wage Increase
  • 0.5% additional wage increase if Pension funding meets threshold

PENSION:

30 years and out for those covered under the new normal retirement date calculation. An employee would have had to work until age 60 regardless of when hired (example: 20 year old currently has to work 40 years to retire)

HEALTH INSURANCE:

No employee premium increase, FSA card was increased (ratified December 2015)

No health insurance coverage in retirement for employees hired after ratification

We are working towards a ratification date of April 5, 2016.   The proposed contracts will be posted on the website very soon for members to review.  

NEGOTIATION UPDATE AND PENSION BOARD ELECTION

NEGOTIATION UPDATE:

We have reached a tentative 3-year agreement with the City after many months of negotiations.  Highlights from the proposed changes are below.  Stay tuned for more info.

Wage increases for all bargaining agreements:

A maximum of 4% in FY16 and FY17 and 1% in FY18.   In FY16 and FY17, 2.5% is COLA and 1.5% is tied to merit. FY18 is 1% COLA only, no merit.

If you are over the wage scale for your position…which is calculated on base pay (minus all longevity and any certification pay), the COLA portion will be paid as a lump sum. All wage increases will be paid on Oct 1st from now on. No more waiting until your annual review.

Also, the implementation of pay ranges and classifications based on the Evergreen Study (with additional negotiated modifications). More info will be coming out soon.

Insurance:

No change in employee contribution.  Any employee hired after ratification of this agreement will not have their premiums paid by the City in retirement.

Union and City agrees to meet to discuss alternative health care plans during the duration of the agreement.

Pension:

Change the normal retirement date from age 60 with 30 years of service to 30 years of service regardless of age.

PENSION BOARD ELECTION:

Early voting for the Pension Board is in progress, and word is that the turnout has been low.  It is important that AFSCME covered employees vote to ensure that the Board includes voices from the rank and file who will stand up for our negotiated retirement benefits.  There is currently only 1 employee on the Pension Board that is covered by AFSCME (non-management).  Please make sure to show up and make your voice heard.

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