Union rights and solidarity

 

Black Lives Matter

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Note added April 2, 2020:  The text below begins "When called into a meeting with management ...

Note added April 2, 2020:  As we all know, the spread of the coronavirus has been rapid, and while it felt like we were in the midst of the pandemic when we sent out our first COVID19-related eblast two weeks ago, on March 19 -- much h

March 25, 2020

Here are the highlights of the new legislation passed last week that creates two new Paid Leave Programs for workers impacted by the COVID-19 virus: The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

#1 My supervisor told us that they cannot give us a raise because of the union.
The fact is that it is within the Employer's sole discretion to give merit increases, and they can even give raises that bring employees above the maximum pay for their job classification. If your supervisor says otherwise, a union representative will be happy to meet with the two of you and get the matter cleared up.

As an AFSCME member you can get discounts on entertainment, health plans, auto services, home loans ... and more.  See here for an overview.

ENTERTAINMENT, RENTALS, AND FLOWERS

Well, not exactly. Two union members  came to members of the Local 800 Executive Board, asking for help, within a month of each other. In one case, the request was probably too late – though we could have been of help earlier. In the other case, the member ended up receiving a tidy packet of owed back pay!

“I was one of those members who never thought I’d need the Union’s help.”

These are the words of Taeko Sakumoto, an employee of Jewish Family Service. Then, after 17 years employment, she was terminated from her position as a Residential Counselor at a JFS Domestic Violence Shelter.

If you are called into a meeting with management, you have the right to request union representation, should you believe discipline might result. You must make this request. Management is not obligated to tell you about your Weingarten Rights. You can make the request before or during the meeting, saying something that conveys the following message:

AFSCME joined a virtual gathering of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a movement that seeks to shift the moral narrative of our country and build power for poor and vulnerable people.