Executive Order Mandates Covid Testing for Non-Vaccinated City Employees

HOPE members have been on the frontlines serving our communities since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your union has been calling for regular testing, outbreak notices, disinfection updates, and other pandemic concerns since March of 2020 to keep our members safe. While City Leadership has worked with HOPE in the recent past, we are alarmed at how this recent policy has come about without members being involved.

Regardless of any of our individual positions on vaccines or mandatory testing, what is clear is that your union does not support any mandate concerning working conditions, employee health, or terms of employment unless the Mayor negotiates with HOPE Local 123 Members to ensure that the public service heroes of this pandemic are treated fairly.

Follow the Link HERE to see the Official Correspondence sent to the Mayor and City Council.

Your HOPE President and Executive Director met with Human Resources on Thursday, September 9th, for answers to some of the many questions City Employees have asked us and to call for the City of Houston to begin negotiations on this policy immediately.

HOPE 2021 Meet & Confer Agreement

Attention City Employees, you now have a

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t be controlled until states, cities, towns and schools – and particularly health departments – have the funding they need from the federal government, says AFSCME Retiree Sue Conard.

Conard should know. She spent 24 years as a public health nurse serving Wisconsin’s La Crosse County. One of her many areas of expertise? Immunization.

HOPE 2021 Meet & Confer Negotiations Process:

Over the last 15 years, HOPE Members have worked together to win improvements in Compensation, Benefits, Policies, and Procedures.

The Current 2018 Meet and Confer Agreement (Linked HERE) will expire on June 30th, 2021, which means City Employees will have the opportunity to negotiate a new one that addresses our top concerns for the next few years.

Negotiating Team Composition:

The HOPE Negotiating Team will be made up of twenty-five (25) Members in Good Standing along with the Union President per the Constitution and Bylaws and an experienced Chief Negotiator.

Negotiating Team Online Elections:

The Negotiating Team Elections will be held online and voting will open Thursday, February 11th, at 7:00 AM CST be close on Saturday, February 13th at 7:00 PM CST.

The results will be sent via email to all members, posted on the website, and shared on the HOPE Facebook immediately following the verification of the Election Committee.

Negotiating Team Election Committee:

The 2021 HOPE Negotiating Team Election Committee was duly appointed by the HOPE President and approved by the HOPE Executive Board. The members tasked with serving in this capacity have displayed themselves as capable, honest, and committed throughout.

The Election Committee is hereby comprised of these members:

2021 M&CA Negotiating Team Election Results:

The HOPE 2021 M&CA Negotiating Team Elections have officially concluded and the results have been certified by your Negotiating Team Election Committee.

This critical step has been a mandate in the HOPE Constitution and Bylaws since inception:

Meet and Confer Roles and Responsibilities:

HOPE Members will only win an Agreement we can be proud of through organization and united action. The HOPE Constitution and Bylaws clearly outlines the purpose of this process:

HOPE Constitution and Bylaws; Article XV - Meet and Confer: "Meet and confer is intended to involve members directly and actively in determining their wages, hours and working conditions.

HOPE 2021 Meet & Confer Negotiations Process:

Over the last 15 years, HOPE Members have worked together to win improvements in Compensation, Benefits, Policies, and Procedures. This process has led to you latest 2021 HOPE Meet and Confer Agreement (Linked HERE)!

The Previous 2018 Meet and Confer Agreement (Linked HERE) expired on June 30th, 2021. Use can view both this and your 2015 Meet and Confer Agreement (Linked HERE) for reference.

The HOPE Constitution and Bylaws calls for Members to elect the Negotiating Team that will be at the table pushing for our top priorities, and every member of HOPE gets a say in that process.

HOPE Constitution and Bylaws; Article XV - Meet and Confer: “The authority for meet and confer shall be vested in the negotiating team which shall be elected by the membership.”

This page will serve as your guide for this process: