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Negotiations Update
ASPTEA concluded negotiations today, agreeing to a 3 year MOA with a 4.2% economic restoral as well as over 40 non-economic changes to our contract and additional association/management agenda items.

The specific economic terms will be submitted to the City next week after the membership decides the order of restoral based on the outcome of the survey that went out yesterday.  

At today’s City Council meeting all 5 of the union contracts were approved as well as the initial approval of the City Manager’s proposed budget.  

Yesterday we sent approximately 900 surveys, one to every member.  I was contacted today by a handful of members who either didn’t receive the survey or had difficulty accessing the link.  If you have any problems, please contact me and we will resend and ensure that your vote is counted.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the ASPTEA Executive Board: Colleen Ostrander, David Nieto, Beth Benning, Joe Niles, Donna May, Ron Ramirez and Lisa Huggins-Hubbard for all of their hard work as well as all of you for your support during this very trying and ultimately successful negotiation.

While on July1, 2018, we will only return to where we were in 2010, there is still a possibility that the February 2018 trigger will be hit.  Either way, this is the best package we have seen in a very long time.  In addition, we have secured or will begin discussion on several employee rights that will improve working conditions, job security and the health and welfare of us all.

So thanks again for entrusting us with the opportunity to negotiate your contract.


Membership Meeting
ASPTEA Membership Meeting – Location Update

There will be two ASPTEA membership meetings on Thursday 5/12/16 from 11:30-12:30 and a duplicate meeting from 5:15p.m – 7p.m. both will be in the first floor testing room of the H.R. Building 135 N. 2nd ave. 

Parking is available in the underground garage on 2nd Avenue between Adams and Monroe.  ASPTEA will validate. 

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Topics include Negotiations Update, Cusimano Education Awards, Sick/Vacation leave update.  The new H.R. Director Blair Johnson will provide a short introduction at the start of the meeting.


Latest Update 5/2/2016.  Just a quick update regarding negotiations...


On Friday(2/19/2016), the ASPTEA Board met with Budget and Research, HR and the City Manager to discuss the financial proposal for the 2016-2018 contract.  The City’s opening offer is a  .9% concession restoral effective July 2016, and a second year restoral of 1.5% to start in July of 2017.  The second year restoral has some type of “trigger” attached to it.  For those of you who have been with the city for less than two years, the triggers are never met.  

We begin our contract negotiations next week.  The Board has agreed to conduct negotiations during lunch time and after work to minimize the use of donated leave as contract negotiations must be conducted either on donated leave or on our own time.  

I don’t want to divulge too much via e-mail, Facebook and the web this early in the process as the City will undoubtedly see this.  What I will say is a 2.4% restoral still leaves us in concessions for another 2 years, .9% is too little for the first year and there cannot be “triggers” associated with these restorals.

This will be a difficult negotiation but you can trust that we are committed to ensure a fair contract for all of you.

I would like to thank all of our members for your ongoing support.  I would also like to thank those non-members who donated time.  I sure hope you join as we could really use you.  You also might wish you had a vote on this contract.  

If you are reading this and you are not a member and/or haven’t donated time - You’re Welcome.  Sure, you’ll get the same package, it will just be at your co-workers’ expense, the least you could do is thank them.  Better yet, join.  It’s never too late to make things right and become a part of the solution. 

Future negotiation updates will only be sent via e-mail to members only.  If you are a member and did not receive this e-mail please contact our Web Director Joe Niles at to ensure you are receiving the most up to date information.

Sick Leave Snapshot:

A settlement meeting was held 8 days ago with the City regarding the Sick Leave Snapshot.  Since then, I have been meeting every day with Council members to express my concern over the wasted tax dollars flowing to out-of-state attorneys to maintain an illegal rule that was never recommended by any commission or subcommittee.  This unconstitutional overreach by our egomaniacal former City Manager has wasted millions in taxpayer dollars.  While the specifics of the meeting are subject to confidentiality rules and Arizona Law, I can tell you what we have said all along.  Reverse the snapshot for everyone that wasn’t notified upon being hired by the City, pay back what you took from those that have retired, and pay our fine attorneys who have done such an outstanding job! The rumblings from City Hall are that the City may do just that.

Pre-Medicare Retiree Health Care:

The Health Care Task Force has begun a series of weekly meetings to develop a solution to the failed Towers Watson experiment.  ASPTEA Vice-President Colleen Ostrander sits on this task force.  While they are just starting out and no proposals are even close to being recommended, I can tell you that this time there is at least one Pre-Medicare Retiree on the task force.  We will continue to update you as progress is made.  

ASPTEA Newsletter:

I would like to thank COPMEA President and ASPTEA member Lina Cruz for her assistance in the development of a newsletter we plan to get out to the membership in the next couple of months.  I’m proud to have been a COPMEA member for over 25 years.   If you are not familiar with this organization, check out their website:  

ASPTEA Super Recruiter:

Each January, ASPTEA recognizes the member who recruited the most new members during the previous year.  The 2015 Super Recruiter is Robyn Skramstad.  Robyn has been very active in ASPTEA committees, meetings and obviously convincing others of the value of ASPTEA membership.  Robyn will receive a financial award and have her name added to the Super Recruiter plaque that is proudly displayed at the ASPTEA office.  Stop by and take a look.  Great job Robyn, and thanks!   


Effective today, all Unit 7 employees have had an additional 3 hours vacation added to their leave banks.  We are in desperate need of your leave contributions so that we can keep our doors open and continue to protect your pay, benefits, pension & your job.

ASPTEA is committed to ensuring fair pay, benefits and treatment of all Unit 7 employees.  These are just a few of the recent victories ASPTEA has won for you:

* Sick Leave Snapshot – Won

* Proposition 487 – Beaten

* Pay Freezes - Prevented

* Tier 2 Pension contribution – Reduced 4% starting next month

* MERP Changes – Stopped

* Longevity Pay – Saved

* Merit Increases - Saved

Representation does not exist in the City of Phoenix without your donations.  ASPTEA depends entirely on your donated leave to assist unit members and negotiate your wage and benefits.  The Goldwater Institute is betting that they can eliminate employee representation in Phoenix by making ASPTEA depend on donations.  Yes, the same Goldwater Institute that tried to take your pension with Proposition 487 and the same group that tried to outsource our jobs with SB 1322.  If they get their way, we will be no different than the State:  pay freezes, no step increases, no productivity enhancement and at will employment.

All unit 7 employees are eligible to donate up to 40 hours per year.    Member or not, donate, it’s in your best interest! 

Below is the donation form.

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Membership Update

The following information was sent out to the retiree group. Thanks to the relentless efforts of ASPTEA, our labor partners and the calls and e-mails from our retirees, the City has decided to reverse their decision to put the pre-medicare retirees on the Towers-Watson OneExchange. One more victory and further proof of the benefits of membership!

We heard you. We care. The City’s coverage is back.  Representatives from COPRA and the Health Care Task Force advocated to give non-Medicare retirees and family members the option to return to City retiree coverage.

You can continue your City retiree medical coverage in 2016 by contacting the City’s Benefits Office at (602) 262-4777 or Premiums will be deducted from pension checks.

Non-Medicare public safety retirees will have the State Subsidy applied to their monthly premium.

Why did the City change its mind?

The healthcare marketplace changed a lot for 2016. When compared to 2015, there are fewer plans with lower levels of coverage at a higher cost. These changes could not be predicted when the decision was made to transition retiree coverage to OneExchange. We now know the marketplace can’t provide a comparable level of cost or coverage for City retirees.

What about Medicare eligible retirees and family members?

Medicare eligible retirees and family members have had a better experience finding comparable medical coverage and premium costs running an average of $235 per month.

What about dental coverage?

Dental coverage will be available again no later than June 1, 2016.

How Do I Cancel My Individual Medical Plan?

If you are enrolled in an individual plan that begins January 1, 2016 and you wish to cancel it, contact your insurance carrier directly to cancel the policy and request a premium refund. Do this before January 1st.

Open Enrollment

A mid-year Open Enrollment will occur in April 2016. Look for an Open Enrollment booklet in the mail.

Please see the reverse side of this postcard for important information about your City of Phoenix retiree medical coverage.

We know you’ll have questions about this news. Please look for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the mail soon or find them online today at

You received this postcard because:

1) You are enrolled in City retiree medical coverage today [Cigna HMO, BCBS PPO or BCBS Savers Choice High Deductible Plan], and

2) You and/or your spouse or domestic partner are not Medicare eligible."



This summer, in an attempt to reduce unnecessary costs, the city will be conducting a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEVA).  Organizations of our size have been able to save 3-5% of their health care costs by ensuring that only eligible dependents receive the City’s health insurance. 

The most common areas that ineligible dependents are discovered are:  Ex-spouses, former step children (children of your ex-spouse that were insured when you were still married) and “common law” marriages.  For eligibility purposes, you must have a marriage license or have completed the domestic partnership process. 

If you potentially fall into one of these categories, make sure and update your dependents now.  Once the city has conducted the audit, they can seek reimbursement from you for cost of the ineligible dependents.

As always, if you have questions or need more information, call the office.

Mike Cusimano Education Award Program

Each year ASPTEA presents four $800 educational awards to the children/legal dependents of our members.  If you have a dependent that is college bound or currently attending a college or university, don't miss out on this opportunity.

Click the link for the application and more information.


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Year 1 & 2 Concessions

Year 1 (FY 2014/15)
Reduce Deferred Compensation from 5.16% to 3.06% (a 2.10% decrease) in 2014-15.

Year 2 (FY 2015/16)
Reduce Deferred Compensation from 3.06% to 1.91% (additional 1.15% decrease) in 2015-16.