Communication is important!
Members being able to communicate with each other is even more so.
In support of the idea that Communication is important we now have a Virtual Union Hall.
This does not replace the real and physical Union Hall, meeting face to face is still the absolute best method of communications. Meeting face to face, however, is not always an option for when you need to ask someone something or share some bit of information. And we can’t forget that the City is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operation. Sometimes you just can’t get together because you are on opposite sides of the clock, or week, or City.
Click the link above, add it to your book marks or favorites, and join us in the Virtual World until we can get together in the real world.
Basic Instructions on how to register in the system are below:
In the top area under the logo is the Registration Link.
Standard Terms and Conditions are next, read them and click I Agree (if you actually do agree).
Please register with your real name, or at least something like your real name. The moderators are not going to know you are a member if you register as sillyman423.
Once you have completed the registration you can begin posting in the Public Forums. Within about 24 hours the moderators will confirm your member status and apply the right access level to your account.
Typical Government…. Hurry up and wait.
Still waiting on Management to return our calls and set a date so we can continue negotiations.
While we wait there are a couple of things to share….
First, Labor Day! Not just a long weekend, although that is very much appreciated! Check out the history of the day from the Department of Labor website.
Next Tuesday, September 3, the City is having its Budget Workshop starting at 4:00 p.m. There will be a couple of updates about this in separate broadcasts today and Tuesday, stay tuned! And get your Union Colors ready so we can represent!
And if you have a few minutes to kill here are some previous posts to look at…
From just a couple of days ago, now you can get notices from the Union via text message.
From back in June, the ‘great salary survey‘ that no one has heard about since it was announced. What ever happened to that project?
And from back in March, the Voice of the Employee. Another project that was a big deal but then kind of fizzled and faded away with no real resolution, or even much of an announcement of what it revealed.
And lastly, the Communication Committee is still looking for anyone interested in photography or writing to help with the website and newsletters. No experience needed, just the desire to help.
And another update, or rumor control if you are hearing the whispering voices….. via email from Local President Chris Cassidy to the Mayor, City Commission, and City Manager:
I have been informed that you have expressed disappointment with the fact that I did not inform you, at our last monthly meeting, of AFSCME’s intent to file the ULP. Just to be clear, AFSCME has been holding off on filing the ULP in the hopes negotiations would go well thus making it unnecessary. When we last met I did not know what you were going to be proposing at negotiations. When my bargaining team met with yours last week, it became crystal clear that the City had no intention of rectifying the pay and benefit losses AFSCME bargaining unit members suffered as a result of the City’s declaration of financial urgency. Not only did your proposal fail to resolve the inequities our membership is currently experiencing, you actually proposed further cuts to our membership’s pay and benefits. It was that slap in the face, along with the numerous other attempts to take from our membership (such as ceasing longevity payments, contracting out AFSCME positions/work, the changing of full time positions to part time, the promoting of select individuals, etc…) as well as your refusal to sit down and partake in the negotiation process (AFSCME has been trying to meet with you for over seven months now and we still have not been provided any financials) that led AFSCME to file the ULP.
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