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Don't miss your chance to speak truth to power! Simply take a pic of you, your coworkers, friends, family....anybody that wants, or would be affected by, expanded telework. You can make your own sign or download the pre-made signs below. We won't give up until we get what we deserve! 

You can download them directly to our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/258151885192, send them to your shop steward, or email them to roger.scott@afscme2401.org.

BONUS CONTEST!  A $50 gift card to the one who writes the BEST do-it-yourself sign (We need Telework because...)   (APPLIES TO MEMBERS ONLY, SORRY)

Members-apply now for college scholarships for you and your family. AFSCME District Council 20 will be giving away five $1000 scholarships and two $2500 scholarships. Don't miss out on free $$ for college!  Get your scholarship packages in by MAY 31,  Details and applications for both scholarships are below. 

AFSCME Local 2401 members and community groups showed up and showed out on April 6 as District workers spoke truth to power and put DCHR, Mayor Bowswer, and the District Council on notice that we need and demand expanded telework options. It was a good turnout for a first rally, with over 70 people signing in as they arrived.

Members

To support Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson for Supreme Court Justice, AFSCME is showing support for her by wearing GREEN on Monday, April 4. 

You've no doubt seen or heard of the disgusting display by a few Senators during Brown-Jackson's confirmation hearings. Let's show Judge Brown-Jackson and the country that we support her nomination as a Justice who will stand with labor!  Here's an article about a labor case she ruled on recently: https://www.reuters.com/legal/

Union Brothers and Sisters,  This information below will explain how you can tell whether or not you need to replace your SmarTrip card. Metro made changes to the fareboxes you swipe your card on, and some cards don't work anymore.  There are contact #s for DCHR and WMATA if you need any assistance in checking and/or replacing your card.

Rally for Telework and Working Conditions!

Members:

Please clear your calendar for Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00 noon.  AFSCME Local 2401 will be hosting a rally/demonstration at Freedom Plaza (in front of the District's "City Hall", the John A. Wilson Building) to demand that District leaders review, update, and expand the current telework policies. 

We need you to commit to being at this important rally by signing up here: 

http://www.afscme2401.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/form_page.cfm&formID=106882

WHY WE ARE MAKING THESE DEMANDS:

  • From the very start of the COVID pandemic, District employees stepped up and kept DC running. When the Mayor's Emergency Order shut down many DC Government buildings, we continued doing our jobs, efficiently and effectively, and kept many the functions of the District running smoothly for the DC residents we serve.  
  • Teleworking did not negatively affect the performance of our work or the functioning of District agencies. In many cases, teleworking employees were proven to be more productive and efficient. 
  • DCHR's response to our request for an updated telework/AWS policy was this:  "The economic effects of COVID-19 cannot be ignored. As you are aware, the District government relies on revenue generated from businesses and workers operating within the District to fund government services, and this revenue is adversely impacted by remote work. While we are proud that the District government was able to endure the effects of the public health emergency without having to resort to furloughs or a reduction-in-force, a full expansion of telework as seen during the emergency would not be sustainable at this time."
  • Local 2401 respectfully submitted a petition signed by over 1,200 employees requesting DCHR review it's telework policy and look for ways to expand options for workers. Our petition was ignored by Mayor Bowser, and every DC Councilmember on the Committee for Labor and Workplace Development. 
  • Teleworking is a quality of life issue. DC has some of the worst traffic and longest commuting times in the country, costing many workers hundreds of hours of wasted time each year. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Even small changes in telework policy by management that claims to care for the wellbeing of DC workers (union, non-union, management alike)  would give some relief to the employees and their families. 
  • Teleworking is progressive and  should have been expanded prior to COVID. There is a mountain of scientific literature proving that telework options improve productivity and wellness, leading to better work and fewer sick days. Technology advances (Teams, Zoom, etc.) make telework interaction run seamlessly and in many cases, easier than old ways of in-person communication. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgT9Vo55Wdc

Members-please CAREFULLY read this response to President Enoch's request for EXPANDED telework. @media only screen and (max-width: 730px){ .pdfview{height:500px !important} DCHR Letter Response to Enoch (002)6.
Members-Please read this Unfair Labor Practice filing with the DC PERB (Public Employees Relations Board). AFSCME, along with other public sector unions AFGE and NAGE, filed this complaint to rectify a violation of our contract (AFGE and NAGE both have members who are part of our bargaining unit, and therefore have the same contract). Our contract states that the District must engage the unions in I&E (Impact and Effect) bargaining when there is a major change in working conditions. Mayor Bowser announced her vaccine mandate without concluding I&E and without input from employees or their union representatives. 

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