Summer 2009 Proudly Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, & Nevada SUMMER 2009 EDITION Your District at Work Pictured below are attendees of the ary 2009 : Hoover Dam, Marine American Federation Of recently concluded FLRA class held Corp NAFI 29 Palms, Nellis AFB , at the District 12 training center Hospital contract 29 Palms, Navy, Government Employees, AFL-CIO located in Escondido California on Defense Language Institute, Travis August 11 -13, 2009. The training AFB Security Guard, Edwards AFB, was conducted by Deputy Regional Naval Telecommunication, Com- Director Jean Perata. As expected mand Navy Region South West in Jean is the best among the best addition to their ongoing organizing, and we thank her for the out- onsite local trainings arbitrations, standing training. Participants MSPB training, several metropolitan were from an array of agencies ICE, Initiatives organizing, new units MWR, Marine Corp, VA, USDA, and new locals established Hawaii, and Navy. This training was for North California and Southern Cali- National Vice President new and inex- fornia, etc. Eugene Hudson, Jr. perience activ- ist. District 12 Legal AFGE District 12 Since the be- Rights At- 316 W. Mission Ave., #108 ginning of the torney Mike Escondido, CA 92025 year the Dis- Pazder has trict 12 train- had several Phone: (760) 233-7600 ing center has wins thus Fax: (760) 233-7606 held numer- far this www.afged12.org ous trainings year on be- including ad- half of Dis- vance stew- trict 12 Lo- In This Issue: ards, basic cals. Some stewards, fi- examples of nancial offi- those victo- • Your Dis- cers , New leaders, Arbitration, and ries include winning over $50,000 trict at MSPB. We have trained several in back pay for BOP officers from hundred activists at our training Local 3584 who were improperly Work center and we will have an even denied overtime opportunities to more ambitious agenda next year. which they were contractually enti- tled. He was also successful in win- We have held two Town hall meet- ning an MSPB case involving a VA • October ings in Oakland CA and Las Vegas employee from Local 1203 who was NV to discuss the Options 2009 unlawfully removed from service 2009 Dis- proposals. And AFGE’s plan to win following unfounded allegations be- trict wide for the future of our organization by ing made against him. That em- funding the organization in order to ployee was reinstated with backpay. Training In- win better working conditions, gain- In addition, Mr. Pazder won an ar- ing respect, fair wages, benefits, bitration case for Local 2924 where formation & improved legislation etc. a 5-day suspension was imposed on Registration an employee who expressed his le- Our National Representative’s have gitimate health and safety concerns been working on, or have completed after being ordered to violate the the following contracts since Janu- Agency's own health and safety re- AFGE DISTRICT 12 VISION Page 1 American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO quirements by performing a job without the re- their constituent locals for instant if you belong to quired personal protective equipment. That sus- the Council 33 Bureau of Prison they receive a re- pension was overturned by the arbitrator in its bate $3.60 from each local in the BOP plus $0.40 entirety. Mr. Pazder has thus far collected over from the $17.50 received from AFGE national for $38,000 in attorney fees for AFGE in 2009 with total of $4.00 (BOP Locals pays $3.60 + $0.40 = several other attorney fee awards and case deci- $4.00 per member per month) you can use a simi- sions still pending. lar formula for any council in our federation; Council 118 CIS $4.50, Council 228 GSA $1.80, After a long organizing drive the Community Sup- Council 238 EPA $3.47, Council 53 NVAC port Programs Navy Region Southwest/ MWR em- $1.50, Council 235 AAFES $2.00, Council 236 ployees, voted 3-1 to be represented by AFGE. GSA $7.00, Council 260 NARA $4.38; just add With this over whelming victory AFGE established $0.40 too each council receives from national a new local, Local 1235 for the employees. The to determine what they actually receive. (Note: new local had their first shop steward training at Border Patrol Council 83 pays substantially the District 12 office in Escondido, Ca on August higher council dues and they are self sufficient, 13, 2009, with 12 members from all over the re- dues are $24.05 for GS-8 above and $16.68 GS7 gion attending. Congratulations to the CSP/MWR and below per member per month) This list is Navy Region Southwest employees and a special not all inclusive of all AFGE councils if you would thanks District 12 Organizer Aaron Harrison, like to know how much your local pays to your newly appointed Local 1235 Field Rep Renee Mo- council please contact your council treasurer reno, the entire District 12 staff and all the volun- whether they are regional or national to determine teers that lent a hand. This is a 2500 member bar- the monthly rate received by your respective coun- gaining unit and a great victory for CSP/MWR and cil. AFGE. In order for district’s to get an additional staff po- Our locals have taken the challenge of organizing sition they must sign up 3000 new members and to a new level in District 12. From January 2008 maintain that number for four consecutive months through December 2008 we added 2,537 mem- before the district can hire new staff, so if the dis- bers. . From January 1, 2009 through July 31, trict signs up fewer than 3000 new members the 2009 we’ve added an additional 2500+ members. workload increase but the staffing and funding This year District 12 has added more members does not. If locals dues are $18.00 per member per than any other district and we are still growing. pay period (example: local dues per member bi- Most of the growth has come from locals 1234 weekly $18.00 x 26 pay periods= $468.00 per (TSA), 2544 (Border Patrol), 2382 (VA Phoenix), year per member) of that amount national re- our new Local1235 (MWR) , & 2018 (Marine ceives $ 17.50 per member per month (example: Corp), just to name a few of the higher netted national pct monthly $17.50 x 12=210.00 per membership growth, with several hundred new member per yr.) therefore the local in this exam- members or more since January 2008 for each ple keeps $258.00 per member per year dur- local above. ing that same year the national keeps $12.42 per month after earmarks for an annual total of $ Under the current per capita tax formula most of 149.04 per member per year, ($12.42 x 12= the funds remain with the local or go to the inter- $149.04 ,the district receives $0.78 per member national union and the Councils that the local be- per month for annual total of 9.36 per member per longs too. For example $17.50 goes to Washington year, ($0.78 x 12=$9.36). AFGE’s national headquarters of the $17.50 there are constitutional earmarks that add up to $ 5.08 As you can see the locals, national office, & coun- (17.50-$5.08=$ 12.42) cils receive most of the funding generated from the membership. You must be the judge as to which Included in the $5.08 is $0.45 operational and component provides the services that are neces- $0.33 organizing for total of $0.78 dedicated for sary to run our organization. The Ops 2009 pro- each District per member per month total. Of the posals have been presented to all interested dele- remaining $4.30 each council regardless of its size gates to review and determine if the federation be- receives $ 0.40 rebate per member per month, in come a great union, a good union or fall into medi- addition to what they receive from AFGE National ocrity, you are the judge. they also receive additional per capita tax from Page 2 AFGE DISTRICT 12 VISION American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO Afge District 12 training Phoenix, AZ ♦ October 6—10, 2009 At the Wyndham Phoenix 50 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004 ♦ Reservations: (602) 333-5000 ♦ Website: www.wyndhamphx.com American Federation of Government Employees (AFL-CIO) District 12 will be hosting a District 12 Training Conference from October 6th— 6th—10th, 2009 at the Wyndham Phoenix Hotel located at 50 East Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 84004. occupancy, You can make your hotel reservation by calling (602) 333-5000. Our room rate is $99.00 per night, single or double occupancy plus 2009. applicable taxes. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel no later than Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Individuals must identify themselves as part of the AFGE District 12 Training to receive this special group rate. Reservations received after the reserva- tion deadline will be subject to the best available rate at the time the reservation is made, on a space available basis. HOTEL CANCELATIONS: No-show or reservations cancelled less than 72 hours prior to arrival, will be charged one night room and tax. EARLY DEPARTURE FEES: Will be charged for any change in scheduled departure date after check-in, resulting in an early departure. Training registration fee is $250.00 per person before September 15th, 2009. Onsite registration and any registrations postmarked or received after September 15th will be charged an increased registration fee of $300.00 per person. Registration fee includes 1 to 3 classes for each registrant (dependant upon the length of classes selected), & 1 ticket to our banquet dinner on Thursday, Oct. 8th. Any cancellations must be made by September 25th to receive refund of registration fees. Due to costs of producing the manuals, mate- rials and shipping we can not refund registration fees for cancellations made after September 25th, 2009. PM. A Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 8th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Be sure to bring a gift from your local to donate to the PAC raffle. The gift should cost no more than $25.00. If you have special dietary needs please indicate your needs on your registration form. The banquet is included with your registration. There will be a $60.00 charge for each additional guest. www.afged12.org. Online Registration will be available on our website at www.afged12.org. A registration form is attached for your convenience, if you would prefer to register by mail or fax (760) 233-7606 Checks or money orders for registration fees should be made payable to: AFGE Mailed to: AFGE District 12 Training, 316 W. Mission Ave. Suite 108, Escondido, CA 92025. Please read the course registration form carefully so that we will be able to accommodate each registrant. Monday, October 5th is the travel day, with training check-in from 2—5pm. 1- 4- On Tuesday, October 6th the following 1-day & 4-day classes start: Basic Steward, MSPB, EEO, H&S, Bully Busters, 4-day Financial Officers, & 4-day New Officers. 2- On Wednesday, October 7th we are offering the following 2-day courses: Advanced Steward, Arbitration, Organizing, OWCP, FLRA. 1- On Friday, October 9th we are offering the following 1-day classes: Basic Steward, MSPB, EEO, H&S, Bully Busters, & the following 4-day classes Financial Officers, & New Officers. Page 4 AFGE DISTRICT 12 VISION Justice, Fraternity, Progress One registration fee includes up to 3 classes for each registrant dependant upon the length of the classes they select. Classes will start at 8:30 AM each morning and include a full 8 hours of instruction daily. All classes have updated material and instruction to include all 2009 changes and standards. training calendar Tuesday, Oct 6 Wednesday, Oct 7 & Thursday, Oct. 8 Friday, Oct. 9 Advanced Steward Advanced Steward Basic Steward Basic Steward 2 Day Course, Part I 2 Day Course, Part II 1 Day Class 1 Day Class MSPB Arbitration Arbitration MSPB 1 Day Class 2 Day Course, Part I 2 Day Course, Part II 1 Day Class EEO Organizing Organizing EEO 1 Day Class 2 Day Course, Part I 2 Day Course, Part II 1 Day Class Health & Safety OWCP OWCP Health & Safety 1 Day Class 2 Day Course, Part I 2 Day Course, Part II 1 Day Class Bully Busters FLRA FLRA Bully Busters 1 Day Class 2 Day Course, Part I 2Day Course, Part II 1 Day Class Financial Officers Financial Officers Financial Officers Financial Officers 4 Day Course, Part I 4 Day Course, Part II 4 Day Course, Part III 4 day Course, Part IV New Leaders New Leaders New Leaders New Leaders 4 Day Course, Part I 4 Day Course, Part II 4 Day Course, Part III 4 day Course, Part IV D-12 PRESIDENTS MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH 9:00 AM—3:00 PM AFGE DISTRICT 12 VISION Page 5 American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO Course Descriptions *All classes will include updated materials and instruction to meet all 2009 changes and standards. 1 DAY CLASSES; Tuesday & Friday 2 DAY COURSES; Wednesday thru Thursday BASIC STEWARD (Tuesday or Friday): In this workshop beginner stewards ADVANCED STEWARD: This workshop is designed for Local Stewards who will learn the importance of what a contract says and how to enforce it. The have already completed a basic steward course. Students will be instructed on course will teach about ‘partnership’ and resolving conflicts at the lowest level. such subjects as proper grievance processing, arbitration procedures, collective Review of Negotiated Grievance Procedures, Employees rights and responsibili- bargaining, the duties and responsibilities of AFGE Stewardship and the stew- ties, dealing with deadlines, grievance strategy, How to build a winning case, ard’s role in the workplace. Finally, the effect and application of 5 U.S.C. Chap- Duties of fair representation will be discussed along with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 71 in ter 71 as it pertains to management rights, union rights and the responsibilities brief. of both parties under this Statute will be explained in detail. This course will cover Official Time, Employee’s Rights, Management’s Rights, Formal Discus- MSPB (Tuesday or Friday): This 1 day class orients union representatives -- sion, Bypass, Weingarten Rights and what is an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP). from stewards to Local Presidents to the MSPB process and preparation of an MSPB case. ARBTRATION: Orients union representatives -- from stewards to Local Presi- dents -- to the role arbitration plays in the grievance, and the key skills they will EEO (Tuesday or Friday): This workshop is designed for Local/Council need in preparing a case for arbitration. Women’s Fair Practice Coordinators, but all are welcome. The workshop will include information on AFGE’s strategic plan, program implementation, as well ORGANIZING: This course will teach you how to best represent your overall as, structuring a human right’s program at your Local. bargaining unit using issue oriented organizing techniques. This course will teach you how to communicate with your bargaining unit members, address the HEALTH & SAFETY (Tuesday or Friday): Today, with decreased issues that are important to them such as health care, child care, job security, & OSHA involvement in federal workplaces, employees must retirement. And then develop an effective plan to mobilize those members and take an active role in keeping their workplaces safe for them- selves and their co-workers. Topics include health and safety win while strengthening and improving your local union. rights of federal workers, indoor air quality, asbestos, and er- gonomics, particularly visual display terminals and back prob- OWCP: Students will learn about the procedures and basics of Federal Worker's lems. Compensation issues. BULLY BUSTERS (Tuesday or Friday): Putting an end to workplace bullying. FLRA: Our Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) class is instructed by an Over 30% of American workers have experienced or been a target of workplace official of the FLRA and will include; Review of the Statute, Union’s rights upon bullying. This course will give you the tools to identify and address workplace certification, FLRA and the Filing of ULPs, Management meetings with Unit bullying, and what we can do to stop it. Employees, Formal Discussions, Examinations, Bypasses, Scope of Bargaining, Duty To Bargain, Requests for Data, & Duty of Fair Representation. 4 DAY COURSES; TUESDAY THRU FRIDAY FINANANCIAL OFFICERS: This workshop will provide the participants with the skills needed to be a successful Local Treasurer. The AFGE Financial Work- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009 book will be reviewed and budget requirements and delinquency status will be explained. This course includes a review of the AFGE Billing System, Employ- 6:00 PM — 10:00 PM ees Taxes, LM Reports, and 990 Reports. Note: This is a 4-day course. You will not be able take any additional classes if taking this course. 12TH DISTRICT BANQUET NEW OFFICER TRAINING: This is a dynamic 4 day program that will provide (1 TICKET INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION) new local union leaders with the basic skills and knowledge to effectively lead Additional Guests are $60.00 each an AFGE Local. Utilizing the materials from the AFGE's Local Officers Re- source Guide, participants will build confidence in performing their duties and gain a more complete understanding of the goals and objectives of AFGE and the local union. Page 6 AFGE DISTRICT 12 VISION OCT 09 D-12 TRAINING REGISTRATION FORM AFGE DISTRICT 12 TRAINING CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 6—10, 2009 Wyndham Phoenix, 50 East Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 ♦Hotel Reservations: (602) 333-5000 REGISTRATION FEE: $250.00 per person (Cutoff Sept 15, 2009). $300.00 per person (After Sept 15, 2009, or ON-SITE). Registration Fees will not be refunded for cancellations after September 25th, 2009 PLEASE TYPE OR NEATLY PRINT NAME EXACTLY AS YOU WISH FOR IT TO APPEAR ON YOUR CERTIFICATE. NAME: ______________________________ LOCAL #: ________________ TITLE: ______________________________ SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS. Check box and indicate: Please Indicate which classes & courses you will be taking by marking the corresponding boxes below. One registration fee includes up to 3 different classes for each registrant dependant upon the length of each class selected. Tuesday, Oct 6 Wednesday, Oct 7 & Thursday, Oct. 8 Friday, Oct. 9 SELECT 1st CLASS IN THIS COLUMN SELECT 2nd CLASS IN THIS COLUMN SELECT 3rd CLASS IN THIS COLUMN Basic Steward (1 DAY) Adv. Steward (2 DAYS) Basic Steward (1 DAY) Arbitration (2 DAYS) MSPB (1 DAY) MSPB (1 DAY) EEO (1 DAY) Organizing (2 DAYS) EEO (1 DAY) H&S (1 DAY) OWCP (2 DAYS) H&S (1 DAY) Bully Buster (1 DAY) FLRA (2 DAYS) Bully Buster (1 DAY) Financial Officers (4 DAYS) If selecting this course do not select any other classes New Leaders (4 DAYS) If selecting this course do not select any other classes FAX OR MAIL THIS COMPLETED FORM TO THE DISTRICT 12 OFFICE ♦ FAX : (760) 233-7606 Registration fees are $250.00 per person if received by September 15th. Late Registrations are $300.00 ea. Checks or money orders for registration fees should be made payable to: AFGE Mail to: AFGE District 12 Training, 316 W. Mission Ave. # 108, Escondido, CA 92025 Registrations or Fees received or postmarked after September 15th will need to pay the $300.00 late registration rate. *Notify the District office of any cancellations by September 25th, 2009. Late cancellations will not be refunded. AFGE DISTRICT 12 OCTOBER 2009 TRAINING REGISTRATION Together, we are making a difference CLASSES TO INCLUDE: ♦ FINANCIAL OFFICERS TRAINING ♦ HEALTH & SAFETY ♦ FEDERAL WORKER’S COMPENSATION (OWCP) ♦ ARBITRATION ♦ STEWARD’S TRAINING; BEGINNER & ADVANCED ♦ FEDERAL LABOR RELATION AUTHORITY (FLRA) ♦ BULLY BUSTERS; ENDING WORKPLACE BULLYING & ABUSE (LOOK INSIDE FOR MORE INFORMATION) AFGE District 12 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED 316 W. Mission Ave., Ste. 108 Escondido, CA 92025 Celebrating more than 75 years of service to our Members. Founded in 1932 Summer 2009 AFGE DISTRICT 12 VISION Page 8
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