This holiday season, Brother Miguel Villa will have some extra cash in his bank account. For five years Villa has been working out of class, but never received proper compensation for the work he put in on the job. Villa’s department kept him working out of class for five years in violation of Local 199’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).  That was until he decided “enough is enough” and decided to work with his union to do something about it.

Local 199 has fought hard to keep Miami-Dade park attendants on the job, and yesterday we confirmed that no one in parks will be getting a pink slip. In fact, many employees will actually get a step increase!

Out of 129 park attendants, 92 new positions will fall within one of four new classifications, Landscape Attendant, Landscape Technician, Facility Maintenance Attendant, and Natural Areas attendant.

Today Local 199 voted overwhelmingly to ratify our contract with the County.

“The choice was clear,” said Emilio Gomez of the Property Appraisal Department. “We fought hard to win the best contract our union has ever negotiated.”

As a result of the ratification, effective October 1st, employees represented by local 199 will get back tens of millions of dollars (up to 180.00 per month per employee) in pay concessions, including flex pay, premium pay, and holiday pay that was relinquished three years ago during the last negotiation with the County.

On August 28th, negotiations with the County concluded. The Local 199 Contract Committee fought back all the Mayors previous proposals to our union, including drastic wage cuts, extending concessions from our previous contract, and implementing measures that would have removed our rights on the job.

Our Contract Committee also fought for a wage increase and won a 1% raise in 2017!

At the second session of negotiations with the County today, Miami-Dade Administration negotiators announced that if Local 199 agrees to the County’s new group health care proposal, the County will end mandatory furlough days, restore the Floating HolidayPremium Pay, and will reinstate Flex Pay as part of our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Today the Local 199 Contract Committee permanent delegation of seven began the second round of contract negotiations with the County. Local 199 submitted proposals to the County that were compiled by Contract Committee members from coworkers at their respective worksites.

The Miami-Dade County Hall was filled with library and public worker supporters for the July 15th budget hearing to advocate restoring the library millage to $64 million, and end the concessions that were sacrificed three years ago. The Mayor presented his budget proposal, pitting working families against servicing Miami-Dade county residents. The politically constructed budget calls for a continuation of all contract concessions.

Over 2,000 workers turned out to reject Mayor Gimenez’s current contract proposal for the AFSCME Local 199 bargaining unit. Members used vacation and furlough days to staff election sites at five locations across the county. Workers flocked to the voting sites, prepared to stand up and fight against the current contract proposal.