Staff Ratifies Contract

On Thursday, September 29 the in-unit staff of USF voted to approve the tentative agreement between AFSCME Local 3342 and USF. The USF Board of Trustees now needs to vote to ratify the contract. Once the BOT ratifies the contract the agreed-upon raises should go into effect in the following paycheck.

We will let people know when the Board takes action so that you will know what pay period to expect the increase. They have not told us when to expect this to happen. If you have any questions you can reach us at afscme3342@gmail.com.

Contract Ratification Vote on 9/29/16

The ratification vote on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the University of South Florida Board of Trustees and AFSCME Florida Council 79 for FY 2016-2019 will be conducted as follows:

TAMPA CAMPUS
Thursday, September 29, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
PTB building – Training Center
(Next to Parking & Transportation Services)

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
FAH 110
College of The Art’s Dean’s Conference Room

ST. PETERSBURG CAMPUS
Thursday, September 29, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
DAV 203 – Staff Lounge

SARASOTA CAMPUS
Thursday, September 29, 2016
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Conference Room C118

The purpose of the vote is to accept or reject the proposed changes to two (2) articles of the CBA from the date of BOT ratification through June 30, 2019. All Articles and language not mentioned below will remain as is in the new Agreement. The changes from the previous CBA are as follows:

Article 21: Wages

  • 2016-2017 Academic Year
    • An adjustment of the minimum hourly rate to $10.54 for all bargaining unit members, who on the date of ratification, are making at or below $10.33, OR
    • A 2% increase to bargaining unit employees who, on the date of ratification:
      • Are earning a base pay of more than $10.33 an hour,
      • Do not have an overall of “Needs Improvement” or “Unsatisfactory” on their latest evaluation,
      • Have been continuously employed in an established position since or before July 1, 2016,
      • Do not have an open Performance Improvement Plan
    • Effective Date: the first pay period following the date of ratification by the Board of Trustees.
  • 2017-2018 Academic Year
    • A 2% increase to bargaining unit employees who, on the date of ratification, meet all of the criteria outlined above; effective the first pay period following July 1, 2017
  • 2018-2019 Academic Year
    • A 2% increase to bargaining unit employees who, on the date of ratification, meet all of the criteria outlined above; effective the first pay period following July 1, 2018
  • The above increases depend on the University’s maintaining its current level of Performance Based Funding.

Article 27: Duration

  • The contract will remain in effect through June 30, 2019 and contract negotiations won’t occur until January of 2019.

All employees in the bargaining unit who are covered by the proposed agreement are eligible to vote, regardless of their membership or non-membership in the Union. Here is the list of in-unit positions as of the 2014 CBA.

Identification will be needed to vote.

The majority of votes cast will determine the ratification of the articles. A copy of the proposed agreement will be available at each voting site.

If you have any questions, please contact afscme3342@gmail.com.

Ad Hoc Collective Bargaining Meeting

All members are invited to attend a special meeting, where we will determine whether to accept or reject the BOT’s “best & final” offer on changes to our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The Bargaining Team has found themselves tied whether or not to accept the BOT’s offer and we decided that we would break that tie by inviting all our dues-paying union members to a special meeting to participate in a discussion and vote. AFSCME Regional Director Hector Ramos will be with us as well to offer his expertise and answer any questions. 

This meeting will be held Thursday, 9/15 at 5:15 in our usual meeting place, FAH 110. We hope to see you there!

Membership Meeting Tuesday, August 16

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 16 from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm in FAH 110.

We hope to see you there!

IMPASSE HEARING

Tuesday, May 10
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SVC 2002

Join us on your lunch, a break, or use annual leave to support your bargaining team and let the USF BOT know that all staff deserve a living wage!

Staff Union and BOT at Impasse

On Friday, February 26, 2016, AFSCME 3342 was forced to reject the USF Board of Trustees (BOT) last offer and declare impasse.

The BOT had proposed the equivalent of a 2% wage increase and the establishment of a minimum wage. However, their wage proposal also included multiple limitations on eligibility, unacceptably eliminating workers from receiving any benefit at all. The BOT team ultimately changed nothing from their original proposal after hearing repeated objections and also completely rejected the Union’s two other proposals, one seeking the reestablishment of a donated sick leave program, and the other seeking parity with the other unions on campus, all of whom are awarded leave time during work hours for their officers to resolve worker/management issues.

The Union team had hoped to see, at the very least, some movement by the BOT to compensate for the loss of the sick leave donation program by expanding access to the sick leave pool. However, seeing neither this nor a willingness to extend a raise to a greater number of workers, the union had no choice but to declare impasse.

AFSCME has contacted the Public Employees Relations Commission for a list of Special Magistrates. Once a magistrate is chosen by both parties, public evidentiary hearings will be publicized and begin on USF’s Tampa campus.

La Unión de Empleados y la Junta Directiva en Impase

El viernes, 26 de Febrero de 2016, AFSCME Local 3342 fue forzado a rechazar la última oferta de la Junta Directiva de la Universidad USF y declarar impase.

La Junta Directiva había propuesto un equivalente aumento de 2% y el establecimiento do un salario mínimo. Pero su propuesta también incluyo una multitud de limitaciones para ser elegible, hacienda eliminar empleados de recibir algún beneficio pues la oferta era inaceptable. Al final los miembros representando la Junta Directiva no cambiaron ni una palabra de su propuesta final después de oír nuestras objeciones y también rechazaron las otras dos propuestas de la Unión, una pidiendo que se vuelva a establecer el programa de días de enfermedad donados, y la otra pidiendo igualdad con las otras Uniones en la Universidad, las cuales tienen tiempo durante las horas de trabajo para sus oficiales de la Unión resolver asuntos laborales entre la gerencia y la unión.

Los miembros representando los empleados de la Unión esperaban ver por lo menos algún movimiento de la Junta Directiva para compensar el perdido del programa de días de enfermedad donados. Por ejemplo por lo menos expandir acceso al programa del días de enfermedad de uso común. Pero, no recibiendo esto y no recibiendo nada para extender el aumento para la mayoría de los trabajadores la Unión no tuvo otra alternativa excepto declarar impase.

AFSCME ha pedido una lista de Magistrados Especiales a la Public Employees Relations Commission. Una vez ambos partes se han puesto de acuerdo en la selección del Magistrado, se llevarán a cabo audiencias probatorias públicas en el Tampa campus de USF.

Sick Leave Donation Policy Request

From: AFSCME 3342 <afscme3342@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM
Subject: Sick Leave Donation Policy Request
To: jgensha@usf.eduboard@trustees.usf.edudlkeener@usf.edu
Cc: cvisot@usf.edu

Judy Genshaft, USF System President
Donna Keener, Associate Vice President, Office of Human Resources
USF Board of Trustees

On September 9 we learned about a terrible situation that happened to Theresa Freeman, a USF employee for 16 years. Theresa was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer in 2013 and had surgery to remove it in 2014. During her cancer treatments, Theresa used all of her sick leave but was able to make use of sick leave donated by her coworkers in order to keep her salary and health insurance. Unfortunately, on August 17, 2015, she discovered that the cancer had returned. Having little time to rebuild her own sick leave, she quickly used what leave was available to her. Unfortunately, USF changed its policies regarding sick leave donation on January 1, 2015 and she may no longer receive donated sick leave from her coworkers. Theresa finds herself facing the loss of her salary and health insurance on October 31, 2015 as a result of these policy changes.

AFSCME Local 3342 has attempted to initiate discussion on this issue with USF in our annual contract negotiations. However, we are not scheduled to continue negotiations until November 25, well after Theresa’s insurance is scheduled to run out. It is our hope that USF will reconsider its decision not to allow sick leave donations. To that end, we have surveyed USF employees to gauge their willingness to donate sick leave to Theresa. Our findings have been impressive.

134 employees have collectively offered to donate 3,854 hours to prevent Theresa from having her health insurance canceled. These donations would enable Theresa to continue to receive her treatments and hopefully become well enough to return to work. We received offers to donate sick leave from nearly every building on the Tampa campus. The desire to help a fellow USF employee in need was made clear by each person responding to this survey. While nearly $2,000 has been raised online which will directly support Theresa and her family, these potential donations of sick leave are far more important in sustaining them through this medical crisis.

We ask USF to reconsider its policy not to allow sick leave donation between employees. We ask USF to allow these people to help Theresa in her time of need, and to work with us to create a system where any USF employee in this situation would be allowed to receive donations of sick leave from their coworkers.

Thank you,
AFSCME Local 3342 Executive Board

Susan Shannon, President
Academic Program Specialist, College of The Arts

Michael Williams, Vice President
Office Manager, University Police

Maria Peas, Secretary/Treasurer
Fiscal and Business Specialist, College of The Arts

Tina Van Zile, Secretary
Administrative Specialist, Clinical Affairs

Aleatha Neal, Trustee
Enrollment Management Specialist, Division of Administration & Communication

Robert Chapman, Trustee
Custodial Worker, Housing and Residential Education

Mark Fredricks, Executive Board Member
Communications Specialist, Institute for Research in Art

Tom Kaenrath, Executive Board Member
Geographic Info Systems Specialist, Facilities Planning

Darlene Corcoran, Executive Board Member
Academic Program Specialist, Philosophy

Sick Leave Donation Survey

In light of Theresa Freeman’s terrible situation, members of AFSCME Local 3342 are asking our coworkers to take a quick survey to see if people would be willing to donate sick leave to Theresa if they had the ability.

If you are a USF employee and have sick leave accumulated that you would be willing to donate to Theresa, please consider taking a quick survey. You can take it online here.

You can also download this form, print it out and return it to Susie Shannon at FAH 110. Time is short and we are hoping to have responses by October 26.

We are seeking responses from USF employees of any kind with sick leave. Please feel free to share it with coworkers or other interested employees of USF.

Union Meeting: Tuesday, October 20 at 5:15 pm

The next meeting of Local 3342 will be on Tuesday, October 20 from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm in FAH 110.

See you there!

Contract Negotiations

Contract negotiations begin:

Tuesday, August 25
1:30 – 4:30 pm
SVC 5012

Please join us on your lunch, a break, or use personal leave to support your bargaining team and see contract negotiations in action!

Help get the word out by downloading and printing color flyers or black and white ones!