Monday, January 06, 2014
Happy 2014 from Guest Blogger Norma Rae
"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you – the dedicated men and women who work for our County government. Our community is well served by the dedication and commitment you bring to your jobs every day. I would like to extend to all of you and your families my sincere gratitude for your public service and wish you all the very best holidays!"
Really, Gimenez? You like our dedication and commitment to public service, but you dock our pay so you can give tax breaks to all your political contributors and tea party supporters? Go ahead and admit it. You hate the County and the regular folks working at the County. Go back to your beloved City of Miami, where you can show off your shiny Fire Chief badge and hang out in the Fire Station named after you.
In the meantime, the bargaining units are being invited to “negotiate” with Gimenez’s new interim Labor Negotiator, Tyrone Williams. He supposedly has some legal background, but no one expects he will be a smooth negotiator. The first round with Williams is set for Monday, January 6th at 2:30 PM on the 21st Floor, Conference Room C, in the Stephen P. Clark building. AFSCME 199 should invite a bunch of women librarians to this session, as I heard he has issues with women.
All of the Labor Negotiation sessions are public meetings, so anyone can come. Check the County website under the Calendar tab for public notices. They have to be posted at least 24 hours in advance. Eventually, the seven remaining units will all have to have a session. Then, after the negotiations are all over, another Impasse Hearing before the County Commission. It looks like another month of fighting to get our entire paycheck. All we want to do is cash our check. We earned it. We don't want your gratitude, Gimenez, we want you to honor the contracts and end the 5% payroll deductions.