Category Archives: Victories

Fighting for the Little Guys and Winning – Local 3349 President Tells the Story of His Local’s Battle to Save Crossing-Guard Jobs

Source: By Bill Jones, AFSCME Illinois On The Move November/December 2006 #103
“Crossing-Guards Left Standing at the Curb,” the local newspaper headlines read on Wednesday, Sept. 27, after an emergency Personnel Committee meeting to consider an agreement between the city and the local school district.
The Intergovernmental Agreement would have given the school district responsibility for all school crossing guards, meaning that three positions covered under our labor agreement, which expires December 2008, would be terminated from the city. The positions have been in AFSCME since 1988.

Richland County Arbitration Victory

Source: Wisconsin Council 40 Leadership Update November 3, 2006 Vol. 27 no. 33

Members of Local 3363 at the Richland County Pine Valley Health Care Center recently won a new two-year contract in Interest Arbitration…. The real issue in arbitration was management’s right to subcontract our work performed by Union members. The Employer sought new language that would grant it the unfettered right to contract out for work along with a side letter only acknowledging the Union’s right to bargain the impact of such a decision. Local 3363 sought and won no change in the contract’s Management Rights clause which means the County must bargain with the Union concerning the decision to subcontract out work and the impact of such a decision. Staff Rep Jennifer McCulley represented Local 3363 in the proceedings.

Committee rejects Walker privatization plan / It backs restoring 70 county jobs in budget

Source: DAVE UMHOEFER, Journal Sentinel (WI), Oct. 13, 2006

In the first test of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s privatization proposals, a key County Board committee on Thursday sided with retaining county employees for courthouse security screening and housekeeping. The Finance Committee voted unanimously to delete Walker’s plan to privatize more than 70 positions. ………

The vote came after testimony from union leaders and workers who questioned whether private companies would provide the same quality of service as county employees who run courthouse visitors through metal detectors at public entrances and clean county facilities.