AFSCME Contract 2021: What You Need to Know
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) recently ratified its new contract for 2021, bringing important changes and updates for the union’s members.
If you’re part of AFSCME or interested in labor agreements, here’s a summary of what the new contract involves:
Wages and benefits
One of the main highlights of the agreement is the wage increase for all AFSCME-represented workers. According to the contract, employees will receive a 1.75% raise across the board effective July 1, 2021. This means that workers can expect a higher paycheck in the coming months, which can help offset the rising cost of living.
Aside from the salary increase, the new contract also includes enhanced benefits for AFSCME members, including improved health insurance options, more paid time off, and better retirement benefits.
AFSCME has always been an advocate for workers’ rights and fair working conditions, and the new contract reflects this commitment. One of the major changes in the contract is the addition of “just cause” language, which means that employers cannot discipline or terminate employees without a valid reason.
The contract also includes job security provisions, which helps protect workers’ positions in case of layoffs or job cuts. This can bring peace of mind to AFSCME members, knowing that their jobs are secure and that their union is fighting for their rights.
Another significant update in the contract is the expansion of telework options for certain employees, which can provide flexibility and work-life balance.
Finally, the contract reinforces the importance of union representation and collective bargaining. AFSCME members have the right to union representation during disciplinary meetings, promotions, and grievances, ensuring that their voices are heard and their rights are protected.
Overall, the new AFSCME contract for 2021 is a positive step forward for union members and their families. With better wages, enhanced benefits, and improved working conditions, AFSCME-represented workers can continue to provide excellent public services to their communities with the knowledge that their union is working for their best interests.