Impasse Hearing: March 24, 9 am, SVC 2070

We have a date and location for the impasse hearing!

March 24, 9am
SVC 2070

The only issue at impasse is the proposed change to the sick leave policy. The pay raise is not up for debate.

The hearing is one day only.  USF staff are strongly encouraged to attend.

IMPORTANT:  Please be aware that the University will not allow you to be absent from your job to attend this UNLESS you have the permission of your supervisor. You can use break time or annual leave time.

In Solidarity,

Susie Shannon
AFSCME 3342 President

What does a union do? Here is the Function of the Union

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Awake the State! Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4PM in Ybor

The Awake the State Rally will be held on this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Centennial Park in Ybor City.

Here is a link to the flyer:  awakeTB-promoflyer-v1

And a link to an announcement from the Patch:–centennial-park-ybor-city


AFSCME regional meeting: protecting the FRS

Hi all,

All the AFSCME locals in our region will be meeting to discuss strategies for protecting the Florida Retirement System from legislative attacks.

The meeting will take place Saturday, March 1st, 10am at the AFSCME region 3 office at 4014 Gunn Highway, Suite 20, Tampa, 33618.

ALL bargaining unit members are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion; however, only dues-paying union members will get to actually vote on whatever proposals emerge from the meeting.

This is an issue that affects us all!  Please give strong consideration to attending this meeting as well as participating in on-going efforts to protect one of the best retirement systems in the country.

Please feel free to email or call me.  Work 813 974-1740; home 813 673-8371.

Susie Shannon
President, AFSCME 3342

Union Training session held February 12, 2014

The weather was most uncooperative but those that braved the storm and attended the union training session conducted by Hector Ramos on Wednesday, February 12, found the session well worth the effort.

Topics covered included the function of the union, union officer responsibilities, and more.  Hector Ramos answered questions from those in attendance and distributed informational handouts.   Members left the session with a wealth of knowledge and the promise of additional sessions in the future!






Union Training! Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:15 in FAH 110

Hi everyone,

Hector Ramos, Director of Region 3 AFSCME will be conducting a general Union Training on Wednesday, February 12—this coming Wednesday!

5:15 pm in FAH 110 on the Tampa campus.

Light refreshments will be served.

Come learn how the union addresses workers’ concerns. Bring your questions!

The meeting will be conducted in both English and Spanish, so please invite ALL your coworkers.

Hope to see you there! Thanks!

 Susie Shannon


Meeting Minutes for December 9, 2013

Minutes of the AFSCME Local 3342 meeting held on December 9, 2013 at the USF Tampa campus, room FAH 110.

Call to order

The AFSCME Local 3342 meeting was called to order at 5PM by Hector Ramos, AFSCME Region 3 Director who served as facilitator for the meeting.

Attendance and Introductions

Fourteen members and three guests attended.  Attendees introduced themselves providing their name and area they work in.

Current status of the union
Facilitated by Hector Ramos.

Status of Officers: Bill McClelland, President and Nadine Priester, Secretary, have retired.

Status of negotiations with the university regarding salary and sick leave payout proposals:

1. The university proposal for staff increases to base pay have been agreed upon by both the AFSCME and USF bargaining teams.
The proposal agreed to states:
a.  “Employees who earn up to and including $41,400 shall be awarded a base salary increase of $600.
b.   Employees who earn more than $41,400 shall be awarded a base salary increase of $1,000.”

2. The university proposal for changes to sick leave payout has been rejected by the AFSCME bargaining team.
The university proposal eliminates sick leave payouts entirely to employees hired as of January 1, 2014 and also eliminates payouts to existing staff members if they accept an offer of a one time pay out of sick leave at a rate lower than that normally paid upon retirement.
The AFSCME bargaining team rejected the offer since they felt the proposal would have created a two-tiered system of staff, some who are eligible to accrue and eventually sell back sick leave (current employees) and some who are not eligible (those who participate in the proposed Early Sick Leave Payout Program—ESLPP– and all those hired after January 1, 2014).

It is expected that the two bargaining teams will meet again, date has not been determined, to continue the sick leave payout proposal.

Facilitated by Hector Ramos.

1.  The essential duties of the local officer positions were explained.
2.  Elections were conducted.  New officers were nominated and elected by acclimation (with no challenging candidates).

The new union officers are:

President: Susie Shannon
Vice President: Michael Williams
Recording Secretary: Debbie O’Hearn
Secretary Treasurer: Maria Peas
Trustee: Doug Calwhite
Trustee: Robert Chapman
Trustee: Aleatha Neal

Hector Ramos stated that the Union staff will continue to handle grievances and that officers of the union will receive training.


Susie Shannon began a discussion to hear attendee ideas for building a collaborative and responsive union.

Concerns were expressed about administration portrayal of the union.

The cost of our union dues was brought up and Hector Ramos explained that the amount is determined centrally by the international office.


Hector Ramos informed us that:
Beginning in January 2014, a region 3 union representative will be on campus at the Marshall Center on Fridays from 11:30 am to 1pm.   Look for the person in the green union shirt in the lobby area on the first floor.

Arrangements are being made for a representative to be available at USF St. Petersburg as well and these will be announced at a later date.

Know Your Employee Rights training is also in the works and everyone was encouraged to attend.  Dates and locations will be forthcoming.

Union contract booklets were made available as were union dues authorization forms and grievance forms.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Debbie O’Hearn, Recording Secretary

Election of Officers


At the AFSCME 3342 general membership meeting of December 9, new officers were nominated and elected by acclimation (with no challenging candidates).

The new union officers are:

President: Susie Shannon
Vice President: Michael Williams
Recording Secretary: Debbie O’Hearn
Secretary Treasurer: Maria Peas
Trustee: Doug Calwhite
Trustee: Robert Chapman
Trustee: Aleatha Neal

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

Meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013

To the Members of AFSCME 3342

Please spend some time this week thinking about what you want your union to look like, what you want it to accomplish, and what skills you can bring to the mix.  Then come to the membership meeting on Monday, December 9th (5pm in FAH 110) to participate in rebuilding our union into something we can all get behind.   

We do have to elect officers, but there is no need for any officer to be responsible for doing all the work of each office.  We can make choices.  We can choose to work individually or in pairs or teams.  We can choose to do what works for US.

Everyone has a skill or two to share!  Are you good at financial paperwork?  Research?  Numbers crunching?  Writing?  Organizing?  Are you good with people, details, pictures, words, ideas?  Bring hearts, minds and skills to the table and let’s build a union worth bragging about!


Susie Shannon

Secretary Treasurer, Local 3342

December 9, 2013 Meeting Notice Local 3342

All members should have received a notice in the mail with the following information:

Please be advised that a meeting has been scheduled for:

Date: Monday, December 9, 2013 / Lunes, 9 de Diciembre de 2013

Time: 5:00 pm

Place:  FAH 110, USF College of The Arts Dean’s Conference Room

Our regular union meeting agenda will incude under new business a call for nominations of Local Officers (president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, 3 executive board members, and 3 trustees.

Para que sepan que a haber una reunión para nominaciones de oficiales del sindicato. Las posiciones son: presidente, vicepresidente, tesorero, secretario, 3 miembros del ejecutivo, y 3 fiduciarios. Por favor vengan a la reunión y participen.