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It’s Election Time

Yes, today is election day. You did vote today, didn’t you? You did? Good!

But that is not what we’re writing about today. Today we’re writing about the upcoming Local 2432 Elections. It’s that time of year again, the time of year when you, the members of Local 2432, choose who is in charge.

This year the Nominations will take place at a Special Meeting on November 18 beginning at 5:30 pm and ending promptly at 7:30 pm.

The positions available are:

President – Any Member with more than one year of continuous membership in the Union is eligible to run for this position.

Treasurer – Any Member with more than one year of continuous membership in the Union is eligible to run for this position.

Secretary – Any Member with more than one year of continuous membership in the Union is eligible to run for this position. This position is only for one year to bring the position back in line with the Local Constitution.

Executive Board, General – Any Member represented by the General Contract with more than one year of continuous membership in the Union is eligible to run for this position.

Executive Board, Supervisory – Any Member represented by the Supervisory Contract with more than one year of continuous membership in the Union is eligible to run for this position.
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We don’t want to….

Today’s spotlight comment from the negotiations was Management saying “We don’t want to pay more to the employees.”

 

2:30 – Update

We’re in a side-bar caucus at the request of Management.

So far its an interesting meeting:

  • Cathy made it to this meeting, which is her first.
  • The City’s proposal is actually worse than the last meeting.

 

3:00 – Update

Sneaky…. They are trying to get rid of bumping and hoping we don’t notice.

 

3:15 – Update

No merits. Just a one-time merit for anyone who isn’t already maxed out. Just once, not a repeating thing. Doesn’t matter how good a job you do, no raise for you. No more pay for performance.

 

3:30 – Update

Back from side-bar. Cathy didn’t make it back.

No change to the recall process, if you don’t accept recall you get cut (grade AND pay) to the lower grade.

Done for now.

Thank you to everyone who made it out for today’s meeting. Having an audience was really great considering this is the first time the City Manager has bothered to join us.

2013 Election Notice

Yes, it’s that time again. Well, almost…. Officer Elections!

Prepping the Election Notice
Prepping the Election Notice

There will be a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 12th beginning at 5:30 p.m. for Officer Nominations.

Those nominated will have the opportunity to accept or deny their nominations, and anyone who winds up running unopposed will be automatically declared the winner for their position.

The elections will be held on December 3, 2013. You can vote from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the ballot count will be begin promptly at 6:15 p.m.

You will need to bring your employee badge, or some other form of photo identification to cast a ballot.

If there is a tie for any position, a Run-Off Election for the tied position(s) will be held on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the ballot count will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m.

Stay Tuned for a list of positions that will be open for voting.

Contracts, Budgets, and Presentations….

Again, thank you very much to those that took the time to join the negotiation meeting yesterday. The City Manager was going to join us, but apparently she had rehearsals to attend to ahead of the Budget Hearing.

We are still sifting through all the different bits of the latest proposals to see what is actually being offered and what is being taken away. The proposals have the removed or changed language in strike through so we have to carefully read everything  so we don’t lose something by accident. The three proposals were posted yesterday if you want to see for yourself.

During the negotiation meeting the City changed up a few things verbally that sound good but need careful comparison against what we would give up in the process. The verbal proposal was to change the wage offer to 4% restoration staring October followed by a 3% COLA next October. That *does* sound good, but many other things in the proposal are going to make those amounts turn out not so great, things like increased health care costs, decreased health benefits, decreased pension benefits, and no merit increases.

And then the Budget Hearing….

BudgetPresentation-37

 

This is page 37 of the City Manager’s presentation last night. This page specifically is interesting for two reasons:
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Negotiation Dates!

We have dates for the next meeting to negotiate our contracts!

If you can get away from your post for a few minutes  and would like to see first hand what happens in these meetings please join us in the Commissioners Conference Room (215, the small room behind the Commissioner Chambers) starting at 9:00 a.m. All three contracts will be under discussion so the meeting will last most of the day.

Watch this space for more details!

Also…..

Please wear your green and join us in the Commission Chambers Thursday at 5:30 for the first public Budget Hearing. Lets remind the Commissioners, Management, and most importantly the public, that we are here and won’t be ignored.

A Call To Action!

This Is A Call To Action For All AFSCME Employees
and Supporters!

Wear your green and attend next week’s Budget Workshop.

The City Commission needs to see that A.F.S.C.M.E. employees are watching and waiting for real action in regards to wage restoration.

Your attendance is Needed!

Don’t let them think we don’t care!

Tuesday Sept. 3rd

4:00 PM

City Hall Commission Chambers.

Updates via Text Messaging

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome as a Union is Communication. We have over 700 people scattered over 28 different office locations, shift workers covering all 24 hours on the clock, and field workers covering all 31 square miles of our City…. sharing information in a timely manner is, to put it mildly,  a challenge.

We are rising to that challenge!

Your Executive Board and your Communication Committee are using every channel of communication available to make sure that you, the members of Local 2432, have access to the most up to date information when you need it, where, and how.

This website was the first step. The current display is ‘adaptive’ and should be readable on both your desktop or your mobile device. Up to the top is the navigation menu, down to the bottom are the options and settings and fiddly-bits.

Email Notices and Email  Newsletters was the next step. Approximately once a month you should receive an email digest of the news articles from this website, if you signed up that is. Scroll down there to the bottom and put your email into the Join Our Newsletter box. Like we said, about once a month you will receive an email digest, and if something interesting or exciting is happening we’ll send a specific email notice with the required information.
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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

Contract Updates – Part 1

While we wait on Management to set some dates for the next round of contract talks we thought we would share some of the highlights of our proposal to management…. There are many highlights and we don’t know how long we have to wait so let’s do this in parts.

Remember, this is what we proposed to Management. This is what we are asking to get, negotiations have to have a starting point.

 

Part 1 – General CBA – Article 10, Wages

“Upon ratification of the agreement, the City shall retroactively reinstate all wages the City suspended and eliminated because of its claimed financial urgency as well as wages decreased via the wage reopener in the 2010 MOU…”

Very simply… give us our money back.