Union Updates

AFSCME Local 3342 Executive Board

Congratulations to the newly-elected members of our Executive Board!

President – Susie Shannon
Vice President – Michael Williams
Secretary/Treasurer – Maria Peas
Secretary – Tina Van Zile
Executive Board – Darlene Corcoran, (2 empty seats)
Trustees – Robert Chapman, Aleatha Neal, (1 empty seat)

The Executive Board will begin regular monthly meetings on Tuesday, June 9 at 5:15 pm in FAH 110.

Union Meeting: Tuesday, May 19, 5:15 – 6:45 pm

The next meeting of Local 3342 will be on Tuesday, May 19 from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm in FAH 110.

Elections for local officers will take place at this meeting. Dues paying members are encouraged to attend and vote in these elections to have a say in the leadership of your union!

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Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratified by BOT

The 2014-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement between AFSCME and the USF BOT that was ratified overwhelmingly by staff on November 21st has been ratified by the USF Board of Trustees.  The 3% raise will be effective as of January 2, 2015 and will appear in our January 23rd paychecks.

 Susie Shannon

AFSCME Synopsis of Article Changes to Contract


Contract Terms for the Tentative Agreement

All Article and language not mentioned below will remain as is in the new Agreement.

Changes to the following Articles:

  • Article 2 Definitions – Progressive Discipline has been defined to help employees and supervisors understand its purpose.
  • Article 5 AFSCME Activities – The Union will be provided quarterly with a list of new employees that will include job title, department and mail point.
  • Article 6 Grievance Procedure

o   Section 6.1 H; when pressed for time the Union now has until the STEP 1 Grievance meeting to obtain signature of the grievant.
o   Section 6.3 C 10; Cost of arbitrators shall be divided equally.

  • Article 7 Just Cause and Disciplinary Actions – New language that stresses supervisors must treat employees with respect even during reprimands.
  • Article 8 Layoffs and Recalls – No layoffs of permanent employees until comparable nonpermanent employees in the same layoff unit are laid off first.
  • Article 18 Learning Opportunities – The Union will be a member of the USF Committee exploring the possibility of tuition assistance for spouses and children
  • Article 21 Wages

o   January 2, 2015 – 3% for all members hired on or before June 30, 2014 and with an current evaluation of Achieves or above
o   2016 – to be negotiated
o   2017 – to be negotiated

  • Article 29 Worker’s Compensation – The Agreement recognizes USF Regulation 10.203 instead of Compensation Law F.S. 440.

Ratification vote to be held:

DATE: Friday, November 21, 2014

TIME: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


AFSCME Collective Bargaining Update 2014

AFSCME Collective Bargaining Update 2014

AFSCME Local 3342 and USF management have reached a tentative agreement which includes:

  • A 3% raise to base pay for all in-unit employees who do not have “…a current ‘Needs Improvement’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ on their evaluation of record as of the pay period prior to the effective date of the increase.” Given that we are working hard to hold our ratification vote on Friday, November 21st, we expect that effective date to be January 2, 2015. (Article 21)
  • A definition of “progressive discipline” indicating that its primary purpose is to provide an opportunity to improve employee performance. (Article 2)
  • The providing to the union of a list of newly hired members of the bargaining unit each quarter. (Article 5)
  • Arbitrator expenses to be split between the University and the Union when grievances end in arbitration. (Article 6)
  • An extension of the timeframe for getting employee signatures on grievance forms. (Article 6)
  • Respectful and private discipline. (Article 7)
  • Contract language reflecting policy that calls for the layoff of temporary workers before permanent. (Article 8)
  • The substitution of a reference to state Workers’ Comp law with a reference to current USF policy. (Article 29)

Click here to see a PDF of all tentatively agreed to articles

The ratification vote is scheduled for:

Friday, November 21, 2014
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: TBA – We should know by Friday, Nov. 14.

Bargaining on Thursday, 9-4-2014 at 3pm, SVC 5012

Hi all,

In-unit staff will be back at the bargaining table with USF administration this Thursday, September 4th, 3pm-5pm, in SVC 5012.

Please use your annual leave or lunch hour to attend or stick your head in during your break. We will caucus when management leaves the room, giving us time to speak freely in both English and Spanish, facilitated by our chief negotiator and AFSCME Region 3 Director, Hector Ramos.

Mark your calendar! The next membership meeting is the 3rd Thursday of the month, September 18, 5:15-7 pm, in FAH 120. Pizza and beverages will be served. All are encouraged to attend. Only union members can vote, but everyone gets to share their ideas.


In Solidarity,

Susie Shannon

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“The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.”
~John F. Kennedy

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 5, noon – 1pm, FAO 248

The next meeting of AFSCME 3342, representing all in-unit staff at USF is at:

JUNE 5th, noon—1 pm

In FAO 248

Our next NIGHT meeting will be

JUNE 19th at 5:15pm – 6:45pm

In FAH 110

Join us!!  We will be serving PIZZA

A union is the PEOPLE who participate in it–the PEOPLE who stand up and add their voices and perspectives to the discussion and the action plan.  If you want a union that truly represents YOU, then please join us!

Susie Shannon

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Next Meeting: June 5, 2014 at 12 noon. Location TBA

Save the Date:  The next member meeting will be on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 12 noon, location TBA.

All staff are welcome!

AFSCME Lunch Meeting Thursday, April 3, 2014

AFSCME 3342, representing regular staff at USF is holding a membership meeting from noon to one p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd in the MUS building in the Music Conference Center.

All bargaining unit members are welcome and union members strongly encouraged to attend.  We need a quorum of voting members to help us get up and running!

Pizza will be served….

Hope to see you all there!

In Solidarity,

Susie Shannon
Website: http://afscme.ourusf.org/
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Meeting April 3, 2014 at 12 noon!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 will be our first monthly lunch hour meeting which will be held in the Music building at the Music Conference Center.   We will be having regular meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 12 noon AND on the third Thursday of the month at 5:15 pm to find out which is best for the most people.  Tomorrow will be our first lunch time meeting so plan to attend!