The contract ratification vote is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th, 7:30am-6:30pm, in the Library’s Board Room, located on the bottom floor of the Library. Please remember that you can only vote on the ratification if you are an AFSCME member. If you are not yet a member, you can become a member by filling out a membership card any time before the vote. Contact one of the union’s stewards for more information. There will be membership cards for you to sign that day at the voting station. voting is on paid time so be sure to vote!
In advance of the vote, there will be an information meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Parks and Rec meeting room, located at 1310 SW Avery Park Drive. The entire contract tentative agreement, along with a nicely-condensed recap via “The Bottom Line Issue #11”, are available for viewing on the AFSCME 2975 website, https://afscme2975.org/. There are also several calculators that have been developed which allow you to review your prospective financial impact due to the tentative agreement.
Given all the information that is available, we envision that the information meeting will basically be a Q&A session for information that you have been unable to glean.
A few questions that are on the minds of many members that we can cover here:
- Please explain base wage increase adjustment that begins December 16, 2020.
Answer: On December 16, 2020, all Job Groups except Job Group 715 shall receive a $0.48 per hour base wage adjustment. For Job Group 715, on December 16, 2020 each step in the salary table will be increased by a one-time 5% base wage adjustment. This increase comes one year before the end of the $1,000 stipend. The purpose of this pay increase is to allow employees to accrue up to an additional $1,000 ($0.48 x full-time schedule of 2,080 hours = $1,000) during the final year in which we will receive the stipend at the beginning of the calendar year. This additional $1,000 can be moved pre-tax into the HSA/HRA to cover future expenses that would have been covered by the stipend.
- What happens to the City’s $3,000 HSA contribution in the final year of the contract?
Answer: Beginning January, 2023, the contribution will be prorated 1/12 per month over the year ($125/month for single, and $250/month for family).
- Assuming that the tentative contract is ratified by the union on October 24th, what is the next step?
Answer: City Council will vote on approval at the November 5th Council meeting.
~ Ruth Rose