AFSCME Local 1632

Nominatation of Officers

From the Chairman of Election's Committee:

I Scott Fronk, Chairman of the Election's Committee have received a valid protest of the Nominations that were held on October 3, 2017.

Therefore, I have been instructed by Council 8 and the Local Leadership to VOID the nominations.

So, we will hold Nominations again at a Special Meeting on November 6, 2017, at 1771 Joyce Ave, Columbus OH 43219 at 6pm.

Notices will be sent out Pursuant to Appendix D of the International Constitution.

Due to the timing of the protest on the nominations it will have no effect on the election date and times.

Should you have any question please call the Union Hall and leave a message for me.

 

Solidarity

 

Scott Fronk.
Chairman of Election Committee

 

 


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Hearing Aid Benefit

Everybody should have by now receieved a OHIO AFSCME CARE PLAN CARD.
If not, please click on the link for the card to print out and mail back in.

The address for Care Plan is

OHIO AFSCME CARE PLAN
1603 EAST 27TH ST
CLEVELAND, OH 44114-4217. 

 

Below is the coverage information.

Covers Employee, Spouse and Dependent Children
(Benefits are payable once every 4 years).
$1,500.00 toward the purchase of a
Hearing Aid, Ear Mold and the services of an Audiologist for each ear.
 
The website for AFSCME Care Plan is http://www.afscmecareplan.com
 
 


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Letter from President Moore

As far as we know today, the check will be issue on July 27, 2017. 

Click on the Letter to open in PDF.


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Need to Know

Dear Membership,

Over the past days we have had a lot of contact with various issues. The main issue is concerning the MOU about PERS and the increase of PERS. I have strived to make sure you are updated of all the information that we have received.  As many of you know, OPERS have stated the lump sum money will not be processed for your retirement purpose. Since I have received this information, AFSCME Council 8 Regional Director, Council 8 General Council and I have been actively working on a solution to make sure what we told you would be true. I have not stop taking phone calls, text messages, email and etc. from the membership concerning what is going on. Because of all the information we have received from the City, I have written a letter to Nichole Brandon the Director of Human Resources for the entire City of Columbus concerning the lack of correct information and lack of communications from the City concerning the OPERS.

We understand the frustration of the membership. That is why President Moore, Council 8 and I have been and will continue to make and explorer every possible avenue. So that we can deliver to you everything that was bargained for.  

Please click here to see the letter.

In Solidarity

Jason E. Sneed
Vice President

 

 


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Update to Lump Sum

I just heard from Council 8. City of Columbus will be processing the lump sum 7/21 and 7/22 and will be issue on 7/27/2017. PERS determination was the money is not Earnable Salary. Therefore this money will not be reported to OPERS and will not be include into your retirement. This is due to Ohio Admin Code 145-1-26(G)(3). We have requested the city to give full detail of this decision to the membership.


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Our Paycheck

The local is aware of the issue with the paychecks. Contractually the 2% increase to OPERS was to occur on 7/1/17. The local was in talks with the city to delay the increase but apparently it did not occur. I am talking with Council 8 and our Legal Team to determine what is the next step or course of action to be taken. Once the information comes available to us we will post the information on the Website.

 

Thanks

 

 


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Contract Status

6/30/17
Update

Late yesterday afternoon, I received a call from the Citywide Payroll Manager. I explained to him that the members are asking us where or when they will be issued the Retro Pay and Lump Sum Payment. I explained to him I would like a ball park date. So that member can plan accordingly. Here is what we were told.

Retro Pay
Staff is currently going through all payroll records of all AFSCME Members and Former AFSCME Members and calculating the amount, but due to the number of adjustments, transfers, step increases, merit increases, and the number of the affected members its taking a little bit of time.

Lump Sum Payment
The city is in talks with OPERS to make sure the MOU is correctly written to allow the money given to us will have a direct effect on our retirement. The Manager stated the original information submitted to OPERS came back as not earned income and would have no effect. They had to re-submit the information with definitions and clarifications and have yet to get a response. They are hoping to get a response back from them today or Monday.  After they obtain a response, and as long as its not rejected by OPERS again, they will then need to coordinate with the Treasurer's Office and D.O.T. to process the checks.

 

Ball Park Date
The time frame given was hoping for in July but no later than August.

 

 

 

 

6/29/2017
Update to the Contract Status

After many phone calls and discussions with the City here is the update as we know now:

1.    Our Union raise will be on July 6, 2017 payroll check.

2.    Pension pickup rate change is To Be Determine.

3.    Retro Pay is To Be Determine.

4.    Lump Sum Payment for OPERS is To Be Determine.

5.    Personal Business Day additional 8 Hours is To Be Determine.

What we are being told is the City will have to shut down the entire payroll system to issue the Lump Sum Payments. The city is having some issues with programing and working thru them to get us the Lump Sum Payments. We are actively trying to get the City to get us an estimated date of when the checks will be issued, so that we can relay the date to you. I have a call into the Citywide Payroll Manager to at least to attempt to attain some type of time frame.  

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the hall.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

6/9/2017

Our Contract is now on City's Agenda for Monday, June 12, 2017. Click here for the details. Once the contract is approved Monday night it will go into effect. All issue raised by grievance or discipline will stay under 2014-2017 contract guidelines. Any new issues will be addressed under the new contract. As to the PERS lump sum payment, there is no concrete date of when the check will be issued, the city is working on some programing issues to get the checks wrote. Once we receive the date we will advise you.

Thanks

 


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Ratification Results

Results of the Ratification

The Contract has been approved.


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Two statistics you need to know

Dear Leader, 

I can't emphasize enough how devastating making Ohio a "Right to Work" is Wrong state would be for working people. 

Today, I'm going to tell you about two numbers that are truly unbelievable, but unfortunately all too real.  

"Right to Work" is Wrong because it will make all of us, union and non-union workers, poor. In RTWIW states, the average household median income is $681 less per month. What would you do right now to reduce your household monthly budget by nearly $700? And that's every house in your community. 
 
The next number I'm going to talk to you about is even worse if you can believe it, and that is the death rate on the job in "Right to Work  is Wrong states is 49% higher than in free bargaining states like Ohio. 
Yes, 49% higher. 

We all want our loved ones, spouses, children, neighbors to go to work and come home safe and sound. In "Right to Work" is Wrong states, the death rate is 49% higher. And that means fewer loved ones are coming home at the end of the shift. 
 
There's a simple reason for this: Workers lose their voice and their freedom and their rights on the job with this deviously named anti-worker idea. 

So, let's keep our incomes rising, ourselves and our loved ones safer, and let's stand together because "Right to Work" is WRONG for Ohio, wrong for working people and wrong for all of us.

In solidarity, 
 
John Lyall
President
AFSCME Council 8


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2017 Local Calendar

Here is 2017 Local Calendar.

 

**correction: Membership Meeting on May 2, 2017 will not occur due to Primary Voting in Ohio. Next Membership Meeting will be September 5, 2017.


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Good Read From A Member

Below is a link from an AFSCME's Sister in our local.

 

Divisons United eNewsletter


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AFSCME on TV

ION Network will air a segment featuring AFSCME, dubbing us the world's greatest public sector labor union. It features footage of AFSCME members serving their communities as I talk about our proud history. Did you miss it?


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Keep Infants and Children Safe

 

Columbus City Council Dedicates Funds to Keep Infants and Children Safe


car seatNew Ordinance Expands Education and Safety
Check Program

 

[COLUMBUS, OH] Infant seats, child seats, booster seats...rear facing, front facing, seat belts, tension, size, location, location, location...do you know the nuances of car seat safety?

Columbus Public Health (CPH) and Columbus City Council are teaming up to expand the Car Seat Check Program so more families will be able to protect their children on the roadways.

"Engineers are working hard to make sure car and booster seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. We want to make sure parents know how to use and install them correctly," said Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano. "Expanding the program will help more parents and caregivers safely transport their children every time they get into a car."

The new ordinance will provide 11 car seat classes (up from 8), increase the number of monthly Fitting Station events from 2 to 8 and expand the Community Car Seat Check-ups to include special events such as festivals and health fairs.

"In Franklin County on average, 9 out of 10 car seats are not installed correctly, so children are at risk for injury and even death," said Columbus Public Health Commissioner Teresa Long, MD. "We are grateful to Columbus City Council for partnering with us to expand the Car Seat Program so we can reach and protect more families in our community."

Fitting Stations are sites that are open regularly to teach parents and caregivers how to safely transport children. Families can make appointments with a certified technician during designated Fitting Station hours. Car seat installation assistance is available to anyone in Franklin County and does not have any income eligibility requirements. AAA Auto Club of Ohio is a sponsor of the program.

Columbus Public Health's Car Seat Program also provides car and booster seats at a reduced cost to families in need. Families must complete the CPH car seat class. Participants will then have the opportunity to purchase convertible car seats and booster seats based on income eligibility.

Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. Of those children ages 8 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2014, 26% were not restrained by an age-appropriate device such as an infant seat, booster seat or seat belt. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.

For more information, visit Columbus Public Health at publichealth.columbus.gov or on Facebook/Twitter. 

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Letter to the Editor

Ruling to affect well-being of city, families.

Much has been said about the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that is now being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court (“Unions may lose right to nonmembers’ dues,” Associated Press article, Tuesday’s Dispatch).

And a good bit of it has been wrong.

One major point needs to be clarified: The outcome of this case will not affect just unions.

It will be important for all working people, our families, and for our communities.

The Supreme Court is set to overturn a 40-year-old law that has made it possible for people to come together in a union and have a voice at work and in their communities.

Here in Columbus, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has successfully worked together with elected officials for many years to maintain a professional workforce that provides quality public services and helps build our vibrant community.

The union and management don’t always agree, but we have a voice on the job. We use our first-hand knowledge to negotiate for job safety, more-efficient equipment and procedures, and for fair treatment and quality benefits for our members.

It was only two years ago when employees of the Columbus Department of Public Utilities had to perform emergency water-main repair work under the windy, sub-zero, arctic-like conditions of the “ polar vortex” that hit the Midwest and East.

Their skill and dedication restored water pressure to the central city and nearby Grant Medical Center, which was just 30 minutes ahead of a deadline to evacuate critical patients.

Our members were there then, and we are here for our city now, 24/7.

We hope the Supreme Court rejects what many of us believe is an attempt by wealthy special interests to make it even harder for working people to come together, to speak up for one another, and get ahead.

If the court acts to overturn established labor law that has worked well for decades, these are the people who will be hurt.

And in the process, it will be harder for our city to maintain its quality of life and for all of us to move forward.

WOODROW G. MOORE

President AFSCME Local 1632

Columbus

Moore, Woodrow G. (2016, January 15).Ruling to affect well-being of city, families. The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved from http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2016/01/15/1-moore-g3b1554tg-9.html


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Something Important Happen

Friends,

Something important happened inside the Supreme Court yesterday. But first, I want to talk about what happened outside.

Stephen Mittons, a child protective investigator, spoke to the crowd about how his union advocates for the resources he needs to keep Chicago’s most vulnerable children safe.

Dovard Howard, who makes sure his Southern California community has clean, safe drinking water, talked about his pride in protecting children’s health and in being a member of AFSCME Local 1902.

As Stephen, Dovard, and dozens of other public employees were speaking on the steps of the Court about the vital role their unions play in helping them serve their communities, inside the nine justices were hearing arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

You’ve probably heard about Friedrichs, but let me give you the quick background on the case. A group of plaintiffs, led by a group called the Center for Individual Rights, is hoping to silence the voices of millions of public service workers who seek to bargain for better pay, health and retirement benefits and job protections through their union.
Even though no one is forced to join a union, and union fees cannot be used on political activities, the Center for Individual Rights is targeting “fair share fees,” the fees that nonunion members pay to cover the cost of providing the benefits they still receive.
Listen, I don’t want to sugarcoat this. A lot is at stake here: the very work we do, the benefits we receive and the protections we rely upon. As I write this, right-wing activists are working on a campaign to convince union members to drop their union if we lose this case.
But I’m optimistic for one reason.
Even if the Supreme Court tries to divide us, AFSCME members will stick together because we know the value of coming together and bargaining for better pay and a safer workplace. You never quit on your communities, and your union will never quit fighting to defend and protect the critical jobs we do every single day.

You and I know rich and powerful people want to weaken our union. That’s why, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, we must continue to fight together.
Volunteer to talk with your co-workers about what’s at stake for our union and why standing together is so important.

Stephen and Dovard set an amazing example outside the Court yesterday just as you do in your communities every day. Join them in standing up for our right to a voice and power in the workplace and at the bargaining table. And together, we will always be strong.

In solidarity,
Lee Saunders
AFSCME President


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Vanpool

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Ohio PERS

Below is a link to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Benefits of Membership a Comprehensive Overview. This link is a great resource if somebody is planning to retire or has questions about their classification about their job for retirement. Also information about disability retirement if you are on short term disability.


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