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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.

Call to Action – Second Budget Hearing

Thank you again to everyone who made it out last time, it was a sea of green and it  made them pay attention!

And it’s time to do it one more time….. The Second Budget Hearing is  Monday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Please be there so we can keep the message going that we are here and are still waiting for some real effort from the leaders of this fine City regarding pay restoration for the AFSCME employees.

This goes for you too, Non-Reps. Your pay and benefits are based loosely on our Contracts so the more you help us the more you help yourself!

Show your solidarity! Wear your green! 


Contract Update – Media Wars

So the City has posted on their website their response to the negotiations so far….


Which is funny because they haven’t told us any of this yet.

Lets take a look at what they do say, and I’m going to start with their last line first just to make something clear:

Additional negotiation meetings are anticipated with each of the AFSCME bargaining units.

Yes, additional meetings would be nice. There’s been a total of two so far, neither of which were anything more than us presenting our proposed contract to them. We’ve been waiting, are still waiting, for Management to set meetings for the next round of talks. Supposedly we are waiting on the results of an Executive Session with the Commission, but none of the Commissioner’s we’ve talked to know anything about any Executive Session.

Then back to the beginning for a point-by-point:

Currently the City is analyzing and costing out proposals regarding pension changes, health care contributions, salaries, merit pay increases and sick leave accrual payouts.

Funny, you would think they could have had this information done and ready before the meetings were even scheduled. It’s not like we surprised them or anything.

The City has indicated to AFSCME that it is seeking to have all employees on the same pension plan and with consistently priced health insurance benefits (employees whose salaries and benefits are paid out of Enterprise Funds were not impacted by the pension reforms or salary and benefit changes put in place under Financial Urgency).


Miramar awards bonuses to city employees

Interesting article in the Sun-Sentinel… Miramar has enough reserves to offer its employees a bonus. And this is before they even begin the negotiations on their contracts.

Miramar awards bonuses to city employees – Sun Sentinel.

Yes, Miramar is smaller than Hollywood (slightly). Yes, Miramar has fewer employees than Hollywood. Yes, Miramar apparently has better managers when it comes to finances.

Whatever the reasons, good for the employees. And good for the City Leaders of Miramar to pay attention to their residents AND their employees.

Emergency Dispatch – Double Trouble?

There is some confusion regarding 911 Call Dispatch…. Carmel Cafiero files the following report on Channel 7:

Broward County’s 911 system is under fire and some cities are planning to sue. They say residents are being taxed twice for a system that doesn’t even work very well. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.

Carmel on the Case – Double Trouble.

But the County Commissioners are recommending to reject the current plan to consolidate….

“A Resolution of the Broward County ‘I Board’… urging the Governing Bodies of the County’s Municipalities not to approve an MSTU to fund the communications system.”

You can read the full resolution here.

To be clear, the County is rejecting the current funding model, not the actual plan to consolidate 911 Dispatch.

So Mrs Caferio from Chanel 7 is pointing out the shortcomings in the current system, but the County Commissioners want to reject the current plan?

What does this mean for the current Hollywood Employees who work in Emergency Dispatch? Well, the talk in the halls goes something like this…. “We’re going to consolidate, but not anytime soon. Maybe next year sometime.”

We’ll do our best to keep everyone up to date as new information is available. Watch, or attend, the Commission Meeting on April 17th because Mrs. Swanson-Rivenbark will give a presentation on this very subject.

Hollywood Boulevard Closures – FDOT Work

Westbound Hollywood Boulevard to close at I-95

Nighttime Closures Begin September 10


Hollywood – All westbound lanes on Hollywood Boulevard will be closed at I-95 and traffic will be detoured from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Thursday nights, for three weeks, beginning Monday, September 10, for bridge demolition work, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials report. Drivers traveling west on Hollywood Boulevard who want to go south on I-95 and drivers traveling north on I-95 who want to go west on Hollywood Boulevard will also be detoured.


During these closures the following detours will be in use:

  • Westbound Hollywood Boulevard through traffic and westbound Hollywood Boulevard to southbound I-95 traffic: Drivers will be detoured on to northbound I-95 to Sheridan Street, exit and go west on Sheridan Street to the southbound  I-95 entrance ramp and take I-95 south to exit at Hollywood Boulevard or continue southbound on I-95
  • Northbound I-95 to westbound Hollywood Boulevard traffic: Drivers will be directed to continue north on I-95 to Sheridan Street, exit and go east on Sheridan Street to the Southbound I-95 entrance ramp and take I-95 south to exit at Hollywood Boulevard


This is one of a series of local street closures for bridge demolition work on I-95 at Hollywood Boulevard and Stirling Road. Upcoming closures include: full weekend closures of Hollywood Boulevard, scheduled for late September 2012; and eastbound and westbound lanes on Stirling Road, scheduled for October 2012. Details about upcoming closures will be available as construction dates are confirmed.

Olá, Aloha, and Hello….

One of our members asked if the website could be made multi-lingual and the answer is yes. Each area of the site should have somewhere near the top of each page a little blue button that says Translate. Clicking on the button gives you a choice of languages including Spanish, Creole, and Italian, among others.

Two things to keep in mind:

First, If the system tells you “Language under development” when you choose, give it a minute and try again. It takes a minute for the system to synch-up with the all the various translation engines. It’s a long ways to space, it takes a moment to get there and back.

Then, this is a ‘machine translator’ meaning the grammar and spelling won’t be perfect. If the translation is too terrible the please let the admin know and we’ll see if we can find a better translation system.

So Hylo; Sut Mae? and  Qanuipit?