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News and Notes from the President of AFSCME Local 2432

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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**Updated** Ratification Vote for increase in Flexibal Spending Account (FSA) – Tuesday, Dec. 22nd

The Union and City have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding to increase the City’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution to the following:

$300.00 – Employee only

$400.00 – Employee +1

$700.00 – Employee + 2 or more

Changes to the FSA accounts must be made by the end of each calendar year or else cannot be changed per IRS rules.  The  M.O.U  allows the increase to take effect in January  2016 pending a ratification vote by the membership and approval by the City Commission.  This vote is only for the increased FSA benefit.  Full contract negotiations are ongoing.

The M.O.U. requires an in person Ballot Vote from AFSCME covered employees to approve. Voting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 22nd from 7:00 am through 7:00 pm (updated times from previous notice) with ballot counting to begin immediately afterwards.  Voting will take place at the Union Hall located at 2734 Hollywood Boulevard  – parking located in the rear.

The M.O.U. language can be found at the links below.

If you have questions please email afscmelocal2432@local2432.com.

R-2015 Memorandum of Understanding (GE) AFSCME TASC Cards – General

R-2015 Memorandum of Understanding (PRO) AFSCME TASC Cards – Professional

R-2015 Memorandum of Understanding (SUP) AFSCME TASC Cards (1) – Supervisory

Member Holiday Party, December 19th!

AFSCME XMAS

It’s that time of year again!  To show our appreciation for our Union members, we’re planning a party to celebrate the holidays on Saturday, December 19th at Tropical Acres, 2500 Griffin Road, from 7PM – 11PM.  We had a great event last time and look forward to seeing you there.

Please click the attached flyer with RSVP coupon here–>  Holiday party invitation –>  fill out and return it to your union steward or Barbara Armand (I.T. Helpdesk) or mail/drop in the Union Hall mailbox  – 2734 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020.  MEMBERS ONLY – AND THE RSVP DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015!

 

Nominations and Elections

Nominations for the following Officer positions will take place at a Special Meeting on November 17th @ 5:30 PM.  Nominations will close promptly at 7PM.    Elections will be held on December 8th (see flyer below).  Any member with more than 1 year of active membership is eligible to be nominated.   Members will  also be receiving notice in the mail soon.

  • Vice-President – 2 year term
  • Secretary – 2 year term
  • E-Board General – 2 year term
  • E-Board Professional – 2 year term
  • Trustee – 3 year term

 

Notice of Regular Election - 2015

Status of Contract Negotiations

Dear Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME Local 2432

I am writing to provide you an update as to the status of our Union’s contract negotiations with the City. In the Professional and Supervisory groups, our bargaining teams have met with the City’s management team only 3 times (real negotiations) over the course of the last two months. The latest negotiations session was held last Thursday, October 8th 2015. We were told prior to the meeting to be prepared to stay until we have an agreement, and were hopeful that we might make real progress toward a new agreement.

With that understanding, our bargaining teams presented all of our counter proposals, including a new proposal regarding our pension plan. In case you had not heard, the Police just negotiated a modified planned retirement with only a 0.5% employee contribution down from 8%, and changed the normal retirement date to 25 years of service regardless of age). We requested the same modified planned retirement with a 30 years of service normal retirement date provision, regardless of age. This was only the 4th item out of approximately 57 items that were on the table, but the meeting immediately turned negative from management’s side.  We were berated and accused of playing games.  We all took this as very condescending and disrespectful not only to our bargaining team, but to our membership as a whole.
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Labor – Management Meetings: Send us your work area issues

AFSCME Local 2432 representatives and City Administration will be meeting monthly to discuss work area issues in various departments.  The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23rd. Please email afscmelocal2432@local2432.com any issues in your work area that you’d like to have brought up.  The goal is for better employee/management relations going forward and to work towards a better workplace environment.  Your identity will remain anonymous, so speak up.  Please email your issues/comments by September 11th and we’ll keep you posted.