Hope all have kept dry with the hard rain. Stay safe and think safety
AOCW members accepted the County’s offer of no raises/no take backs, plus six cents increase in the County’s contribution to AOCW’S health and welfare trust fund.
The County sent out a memo regarding the implementation of the health care changes. Those changes will result in less money in employees’ paychecks, the amounts to vary depending on health plan, number of dependants, health habits, etc.
The increase in the County’s contribution to the health and welfare trust fund also shows up on employee paychecks, but it is a County contribution, not a deduction.
The AOCW Board members who administer the AOCW health and welfare trust fund are initiating conversations with the trust administrators to insure that the money negotiated for the trust fund will result in the dental and disability benefits continuing at their current levels and not having to suffer cuts similar to those which are being seen in the medical benefits.
AOCW thanks the negotiating team, the voters and all the members who came to the meeting and asked good questions. This was a long, difficult and frustrating set of negotiations.
To date, the County has spent more than a million dollars in attorney’s fees for the law firm negotiating on their behalf and has come to agreement with only one other unit (the management unit). In all other units, the County imposed its last, best and final offer. OCEA members have chosen to reject a similar offer and now proceed to mediation. Rather than risk the loss of substantial benefits, particularly in the area of worker’s compensation, AOCW members chose to defend against cuts.
To AOCW’s enduring credit, we fought twenty-two take backs. We held our ground for two years against stubborn management and modestly improved the health and welfare trust fund. We also retained our composure at the table.
Side negotiations – Helicopter Mechanics – AOCW has sent management a follow up email regarding the creating of this class. We have not heard a response and will follow up again.
B: Member Investigatories, Grievances, Arbitrations & Rights Disputes.
In December, AOCW settled one proposed disciplinary matter. We also worked with four injured members regarding reasonable accommodation and retraining issues. We initiated one EEO complaint in the landfills.
D: OTHER MATTERS:
The Retirement Board is again considering measures which could dock more from employees’ paychecks. The Retirement Board is considering increasing the employer’s contribution. Currently, few employers are offering raises. This trend affects the amount available to pay down the pension’s unfunded liability. Because County employees pay a portion of the employer’s liability, raising the employer’s contribution may mean that more will be taken from employee’s paychecks to fund the pension.
The issue will be on the Retirement Board agenda in March. AOCW has submitted written feedback opposing the current proposal and will make an oral presentation against it in March.
The Nominations are in.
Running unopposed once again:
Del Farley: President
Jon Nickels: Vice President
Jeff Eihler: Executive Secretary
Pete Acosta: Treasurer
Tommy Gallegos: Sgt. At Arms
The ballots will be going out at the
end of March 2014 for the remaining
The next 7 board members are from
the following county workers,
Maria Acosta: Custodian - Civic Center
Jeff Coloman: Equipment Mechanic - Shop 1
Ben Castillo: Operator 3 - Bee Canyon
Richard Conception: Custodian - Civic Center
Melanie Goss: Grounds Keeper - Bee Canyon
Steve Fitzgerald: Contract Insp. - J/W Airport
Caesar Grijalva: Mechanic - Shop 2
Mark Woods: Mechanic - South County
Jeremy Doty: Mechanic - South County
James McAnally: Mechanic - South County
Rick Castro: Operator - O & M