This is the time we get to reward the current Hollywood Commission and show them how much we “appreciate” All the layoffs, pay cuts, benefit reductions, pension referendum, outsourcing and “financial urgency” !
If there ever was an appropriate time to show your feelings, then now is the time to volunteer to change the group of politicians who have “reluctantly” inflicted these hardships on ourselves. Everyone has been adversely affected within the Local 2432 bargaining units, and everyone should take a stand.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
The story is focused on the City’s financial issues specific to Bonds….
A 2½-year investigation by federal authorities has concluded that the city of Miami misled investors about the city’s financial health as it sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonds dating back to 2007.
But it does make you wonder about the need to declare Fiscal Urgency…. if things were moved around to make the Bond deals ‘better’ why couldn’t things be moved around to make the F.U. equally necessary?
An excerpt from the Margate News .net regarding Red-Light Cameras:
Red Light Camera revenues not what the city thought they would be
Originally, the state wasn’t supposed to get a piece of a city’s red light camera revenues. But in July 2010 that changed when Florida lawmakers enacted legislation requiring Florida cities to fork over more than 50 percent of red-light camera fines to state coffers, leaving Margate and other cities with far fewer revenues than anticipated. For every $158 red-light camera citation Margate collects, the state gets $83.00.
But that’s not all. Of the $385,000 in red light camera fines Margate collected in October 2011 – April 2012 (the first six-months of the program in Margate), the city paid the red light camera vendor (America Traffic Solutions) $240,000 in contract services; hired two community service aides at a combined salary of $67,400 to administer the program; paid out a combined $19,000 in operating and office supplies and $6,500 in court expenses.*