We have three important online votes to be decided next
week. The online votes will decide:
The five (5)
elected members of the AFA Bargaining Team
The four (4)
elected members of the AFA open Eboard VP positions
The motion to agree to a one-year extension to
the CBA if the City proposal is adequate.
Information on AFA
You will be voting for all four (4)
open AFA Eboard positions. Please review the bios found at www.iafflocal975.org for information from the candidates. Greg Pope
and Mike Klepac do not have candidates running against them so they will be
awarded the respective positions of AFA Secretary/Treasurer and AFA Trustee by Acclamation.
In the past, AFA Eboard Vice Presidents were elected by
Battalion (sometimes referred to as District VPs). These district VPs were voted
in only by the members of their respective district.
Since the last AFA Eboard elections held in 2015, the AFA
Constitution and Bylaws have been amended by a membership vote to elect our AFA
VPs at large, meaning that every member votes
for all of the VPs.
The amended AFA Constitution and Bylaws also
stipulates that after the election is complete, the AFA Eboard will
decide which "at large" elected VPs will represent each geographic
area of the AFA membership.
Therefore, we have the following VP positions open for
election this year that are currently held by the following AFA Officers:
Information on AFA
Bargaining Team Elections:
You will be voting for five (5)
AFA Bargaining Team candidates. The remaining four members of the AFA
Bargaining Team will be appointed by the president and ratified by the Eboard
per the AFA Constitution and Bylaws.
Information on motion
to bargain for a one year collective bargaining agreement extension:
Mayor Adler has requested the all three COA public safety
agencies sign a one year extension to our individual labor agrees. The Mayor made
the request to save money in the budget (500k is what they project will be
saved) but more importantly, to wait until the next City Manager is in place.
Whether we decide as a membership to agree to Mayor Adler's
request will be decided by online vote. The motion reads as follows:
Motion: Accept Mayor Adler's request to bargain for a one year extension to the
current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) if the compensation, benefits and
working conditions proposal from the City of Austin are adequate.
An affirmative vote
on this membership motion will not hem the bargaining team into a one-year
extension IF the proposal from the City is inadequate. However, at this point
it is imperative that we have a seasoned bargaining team to decide how best to
satisfy the will of the membership.
I ask you to please ask your questions about the motion to
the online member-only discussion board. Most importantly, please review the
discussion board posts frequently during the discussion and voting period
BEFORE voting. I am certain you will make a more informed decision on this
important vote if you follow this advice, not only on this vote but for all
President, Austin Firefighters Association