Month: November 2014

2014-2015 DCSMEC Ratification Vote

The 2014-2015 M-DCPS/DCSMEC reopener contract Vote is as follows:

Voting will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Locations for voting are listed below.
o MSC1 – 12525 N.W. 28 Avenue, Miami, FL 33167

o MSC 2 – 2925 N.W. 41 Street, Miami, FL 33142

o MSC 3 – 15301 S.W. 117 Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

o MSC 4 – 24600 S.W. 159 Avenue, Miami, FL 33031

o ITS Annex (Warehouse Building) – 2740 N.W. 104 Court, Miami, FL 33172

• Supervisors of DCSMEC bargaining unit members who do not report to Maintenance Service Centers (MSC), (i.e., Zone Mechanics, Special Project Employees) or employees who are not in Maintenance Operations’ locations (i.e., ITS, Food and Nutrition), should give the employees the opportunity to go to an MSC or ITS Annex to participate in the vote at one of the above sites.\

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Informational Session

An informational session on the 2014-2015 M-DCPS/DCSMEC Tentative Agreement and 2015 Health Insurance Plan is scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014​  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Senior High School Auditorium
8600 N.W. 107 Avenue, Miami, FL 33177

An overview of the 2014-2015 Tentative Agreement and the 2015 Health Insurance Plan and Flexible Benefit Options will be provided. Employees may attend the Informational Session with notice to their supervisor and/or location administrator.

Employees are encouraged to carpool as parking is limited. There will be a few spaces in the main parking lot. Employees may also park on the school side of the school’s perimeter. Employees should enter through the main office building.

Solstice representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to enroll for the 2015 benefits package.

Open Enrollment

The deadline for enrollment for 2015 Health Insurance and Flexible Benefits is December 10, 2014. Additional information about the enrollment process will be provided at the Informational Session.

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Tonight after many lengthy bargaining sessions, we reached an agreement for the 2014-2015 contract re-openers. We started these negotiations with the school board offering $0 for employee salary increases. After many long hours of hard work we have reached a tentative agreement.

The bargaining team worked tirelessly to find every dollar available. Taking the current political and budget climate in mind, we think that the resolution is fair and helps move us forward for the year.

Agreement Bullet points:
• Highlights of M-DCPS/DCSMEC Collective Bargaining for 2014-2015
1. 2% salary increase effective 7/1/2014 to be payable 12/12/2014. (RETRO)
2. Tuition Reimbursement – Maximum reimbursement increased from $70 to $100 per credit hour.
3. Personal Property Loss Fund – expanded to cover lost or damaged tools. Maximum reimbursement increased from $300 to $400 per claim.

• Health Insurance –Effective 1/1/2015
➢ ​Same options and health plan design as available in 2014
➢ Cigna OAP 10, OAP 20 and Local Plus
➢ No increase in premium rates for employee and dependent coverage for OAP 20 and Local Plus;
➢ Slight increase in premiums for OAP 10.
➢ Employees remain in Salary Bands based on 2011 salary.

Benefit enhancements including:
• Free preventative and diagnostic colonoscopy
• Reducing pharmaceutical co-payments for specific maintenance drug classifications
• Extended deadline to September 30, 2015 for completion of biometrics screening and online Health Risk Assessment to be eligible for a potentially free 2016 healthcare option for employee

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General membership meeting (Canceled)


Dear members,

The general membership meeting scheduled for November 18, 2014 has been canceled due to contract negotiations.


Management has opened two positions for Certified Zone Mechanics if you are interested contact your supervisors for further details.

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