Florida members were strong supporters throughout internal endorsement process.


After almost 35 years of service at FIU, AFSCME Local 3346 member Charlie Blackwell knows that he has no regrets and that, while so much has changed over the years, one bedrock institution has not - AFSCME.

You never know who wants to join the union until you ask. That is the key lesson new Local 1279 member, and steward, Darryl Lamar is telling all his Jacksonville coworkers as he works to strengthen the Local’s voice going into contract negotiations with the city.

A big win at work is sometime more time away from work so you can spend time with your granddaughter. Read more about a win for Local 597. Read more

Presidents Message:
Welcome back to all the nine and ten month employees. Thank you to the twelve month employees for holding down the fort. I hope the 4 tens went well. I actually did not hear of many gripes other then those of personal needs relating to those working two full time jobs. Just about if not impossible. I believe the district tried its best to assist those employees if at all possible.

WE are hoping to go back to the negotiation table in the near future although the financial picture has not changed at all other then sometimes becoming worse. Of course we will all still be asking for a raise. VTO has had one session at the table . The district was looking to restrict the union’s communications ability. It seems that if a bargaining unit has a difference of opinion from the Administration then that information from the bargaining unit is of course totally inaccurate. See the district is the only can be right, and no one should dare question that. That does not work for me or the VTO Pres. either.

A very important factor to remember is that the Government’s Stimulus package has helped the district keep employee positions for the time being. Those monies will be gone in 12 to 18 months and are not reoccurring, if everything at the state level with our brain child governor and our legislators stays the same. Things will only get worse before they get better unless the economy of this state and country turns around very very rapidly.

The entire buzz is about the so called new AFSCME employee evaluation tool. Believe you me although deemed to be new and changed .Nothing is really new the district is only holding its administrators responsible for doing what has always been there jobs and documenting what the district feels are non performers of which AFSCME has none of course. All one must do is to do his or her job, know and follow his or her job description , stay within the policies of the school board as they relate to support staff personnel and no one should have any problems. Know your job perform your assigned job and no more. Efficiency for one is always a deficiency for another .That being YOU or ANOTHER no one else. Everyone loves more for less. But you tell me where are the incentives you tell me. WATCH your SICK time, they are.

Learn your rights under Weingarten and refer to it when necessary. Always keep your shop steward or rep up to date and in the loop if something of disciplinary nature should somehow swing in your direction.

On September 12, 2009 at the open meeting the membership nominated and elected by affirmation Tom Wenz Pres., Joe Zaffuto V.Pres. Rita Ware Secretary, Paul LoPresti Treasurer, Bill Daub,Cindi Grandshaw,and Terry Granshaw as Executive Bd. members, Trustees Karean Trails ,Mike Machardy and Andrew Mikos. Congratulations to those elected. On behalf of those officers thank you members for your
Confidence and Support.

Vice Presidents Report: 515 NEW MEMBERS SINCE OCT. 20, 2000.
Through the efforts and perseverance of Pres. Wenz and your E/Bd. The local now has its own web site up and running. Please visit it at Afscmefl.org click on local webs and then click on local 850. The Local will be asking the webmaster to add to the site. If any member has a suggestion for the website please feel free to make your suggestion to the
E/Bd. please. Such as Quick access to download forms etc.

MEMBERSHIP TOTALS Fac.Maint. 43 Custodial 90 SWCafe 30 Warehouse 7 Campus Adv. 19 Health Techs 2 STS 175
Area I 46
Area II 49 Area III 15
Area IV 34
Area V 17
Area VI 7

TREASURER’S REPORT: Aug.31, 2009 Expenses: $126.00. Balance: $19,225.98

Secretaries Report
The district is opening its pilot wellness program up to all employees that sign up for an assessment. You will all be receiving a mailer and can visit e portal for more info.
The local has seen a number of member resignations during these bad economic times .But these times are very important to have solidarity and membership. The district is not going to help you as an employee that is for sure. Strength is in numbers. Non members are only supporting the Adm. Not themselves or their fellow employees and that is just plain foolish.
The Local has just completed a mailing to its membership as per the Internationals guide lines for nominations and elections. Mailings went out to all members in good standings to the address of record. Many unfortunately have been return as undeliverable. Please assist this local 850 council 79 and the International with updating your entire information page request. By completing the attached information sheet and sending same to Tom Wenz STS Daytona Area II through the districts mail system. If you so wish to participate there are areas your Union is asking for your help and assistance. Please check which ever you feel you can help with. But please all complete send your address and e mail information. SICK BANK: This is the cheapest possible insurance you can provide for yourself and fellow employees. Please note many who have foolishly in my opinion chosen not taken the opportunity to join the sick bank truly had wished they did when a situation struck them. Then it is too late I am sorry to say. Other then to feel bad for the employees own foolishness.

In Solidarity

Tom Wenz

REMEMBER TO Fill OUT and Forward Your Personal Information up date provided. Either by email or Departmental mail. This is important to you, Local 850 Council 79 and the International for future communication purposes

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