This Is A Call To Action For All AFSCME Employees
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
City Hall Commission Chambers.
The survey everyone has heard about has finally hit the streets, the link is below if you missed it in your email.
It is a very quick survey, and the company performing the survey insists your responses are private even though the very first question (not optional) is what is your name….
Anyway, we are asking you to complete the survey with the only response of “reverse the pay cuts” or however you want to phrase it to make it your own. And we ask that you pass along the same request to everyone you talk to.
Struggling Hollywood PD Aims To Merge With BSO from the CBS Miami website this morning….
Fed up with shrinking paychecks and stalled contract talks, Hollywood police officers have asked their union to put together a package on a possible merger with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
…On Monday, 91 Hollywood police officers voted 89 to 2 to look into the possibility.
And the reasons for this renewed interest in going to BSO?
They [the City] have garnished their wages at 27 and 1/2 percent. And these members are not getting positive signals from the city that it’s ever coming back.
We applaud the Police taking matters int their own hands and do what is best for both themselves and the City.
There are, however, two more items that need to be kept in mind during this process….
First, the Sworn Officers are urging this process. What about the rest of the PD?
Second, while this may (or may not) be good for the Officers, it does not help the rest of the employees of the City. This is, to oversimplify, voluntarily outsourcing an entire department. Local 2432 has been fighting outsourcing since forever and having the Police go to BSO simply stacks the deck against those of us who are still going to be here. This is going to strengthen Managements ideas for outsourcing everyone.
First, Congratulations to our new Trustee Mr. Gerald Jones! And congratulations to all the Officers, new and old, of Local 2432. We’ll have more about the Officers, when they officially take their positions in a couple of day.s
Then on to today’s Ratification Vote about the Contract Imposition because of the Financial Urgency in Fiscal Year 12 (The FU in FY12). The vote was NO, we do not accept the contract changes.
What does this mean? It means that we do not accept the changes the Commission imposed on our contracts. It means there is a chance that in the future we will get our pay and benefits restored to the levels they were at in September 2011 when all this took effect. It means there is a chance that in the future we might get everything taken away given back. It means that as Local 2432 we still have some fight in us and Management’s attempts at breaking our spirit and busting our Union have failed.
Congratulations to Bernadette and Barbara who won in yesterday’s Officers Elections! We’ll have more details about all the new Officers next week because…. We have a Run-Off election next week for the Trustee position between Gerald and Steve. Tuesday, December 11th, from 7 am to 7 pm at the Union Hall.
And that’s not all for next week:
Tuesday is also a Ratification Vote on the Contract Imposition because of the Fiscal Urgency for Fiscal Year 2012, or as we like to call it the vote for the FU of FY12. Obviously we are recommending you vote No, unless of course you are happy with what the City did to our employment contract.
Thursday is a Ratification Vote on the Contract Imposition from the Wage Reopener. Again, unless you are happy with the reduction in pay and benefits we are recommending you vote No.
You can ask your Stewards or any of the Officers for more information about the Ratification Votes and copies of the updated contracts will be available at the Union Hall.
Busy busy next week!
Update: Sorry, wrong date for the Runoff election. Next Tuesday, December 11th from 7 am to 7 pm.
On Tuesday, December 11th, we have a Ratification Vote scheduled on the changes the Commissioners imposed on our contracts because of Fiscal Urgency in Fiscal Year 2012.
On Thursday, December 13th, we have a Ratification Vote scheduled on the changes imposed on our contracts from the Wage Re-opener finalized and approved by the Commission in September.
Both days the voting is from 7:00 a.m until 7:00 p.m. and immediately after the voting hours the ballots will be counted and the results announced.
If you need any more information about either of these Ratification Votes ask your Shop Steward or any of the Officers of the Executive Board. The changes to the contracts will available for review at the Union Hall on their respective days.
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And speaking of elections, don’t forget Officer Elections are on December 4th!
When I look under the cushions of my couch I get excited when I find a quarter….. Miami just found 30 Million Dollars!
WSVN-TV – Miami uncovers surplus possibly worth up to $45M.
Pass the popcorn, this is going to be exciting to watch!
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).
Wednesday, September 5, at 1:45 pm the Hollywood Commission is ‘officially’ imposing their changes on our contracts. This is the last formal step in a process that began over a year ago with the Special Referendum Vote.
This last step in the process is a formality and there is little we can do to change it now, we can, however, remind the Commissioners who this effects.
Please join us in the Commission Chambers on Wednesday at 1:45 pm wearing green and let’s remind the City Commission who we are and why we’re here.
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.
via Miami misled investors over city’s financial health, SEC charges – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com.
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?