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Financial assistance update

August 17, 2020

The Board has met and agreed on extending the financial assistance eligibility period, for those that contracted COVID-19, to October1, 2020 barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Also, while reviewing documentation submitted by some PSOs and D/Os, it was discovered, union dues were not being deducted from some employees' paychecks.  Most stated, they didn't know dues were not being collected.

While this is unfortunate and not in the Local's control, one of the requirements for receiving financial assistance is that you must be a dues paying member in good standing. The Board has also discussed this matter and concluded the following:  While the company makes deductions from your paychecks and issues the funds to the International, it's each employee's responsibility to become, remain and maintain their membership in the Union.  This includes monitoring their paychecks and ensuring dues are being deducted.  If there are any discrepancies or stoppage, it's the employee responsibility to inform the company or the union of any issues.  Since it is ultimately the employee's responsibility to pay dues, we have voted not to make any exceptions in those cases.

Lastly, I want to make clear to all, a question I keep getting from members. Why can't we just give everybody money?  In short, there are IRS 501 (c) rules and guidelines that we must follow. And within those rules, certain criterias must exist and be followed, in order to help our members monetarily. And it's for those reason, myself, the financial secretary and some of you, who falls outside those guidelines, are excluded from receiving the Local's financial assistance at this time. 

Sincerely

Darryl Hill

Local 3 President

Financial assistance update

July 09, 2020

SPFPA LOCAL 3
PANDEMIC EMERGENCY 
RELIEF ASSISTANCE (COVID-19)

The pandemic continues to affect us all.  As such and in support of our members, your Local Executive Board has voted to continue the financial assistance program, which was already approved by the union members, to now include, those affected by the pandemic, who didn’t qualify for the first round of assistance.  This includes the following: Full time or part time dues paying member.  Not to include the following: Those who have already received any Local 3 financial assistance.

 

Qualification: 

Protected Security Officers whose regular hours prior to 03/15/2020, were reduced or shortened, a minimum of four pay periods after 03/15/2020 and before 07/10/2020, due to the pandemic or forced by the company. (Paragon)

Detention Officers whose regular hours prior to 03/15/2020, were reduced or shortened a minimum of two pay periods after 03/15/2020 and before 07/10/2020, due to the pandemic or forced by the company.  On call Officers working the hotels and hospitals included. (Spectrum)

The shortened hours should be “company enforced” (prescribed or required by the company) and NOT a personal choice, such as a vacation/personal day(s), refusal of work or sick/military leave.  It should likewise not be attributed to a suspension, FMLA, expiration of credentials or termination.

 

Distribution:

1). A onetime Emergency Financial Assistance check of $2,000 to any Union member/s infected with Covid-19.  The officer will be required to provide a doctor’s certificate.  Prorated if after you already received 1,200 financial assistance.

2) A onetime Emergency Financial Assistance check of $1,200 to members whose hours were reduced or shortened for the minimum pay periods stated above will be issued.

 

Please send your request and required supporting documentation for assistance to Local3FinAssist@Gmail.com.  Supporting documentation must include One (1) pay-stub reflecting your regular work schedule (per week or bi-weekly) prior to March 15, 2020 and (Spectrum) Two (2) pay-stubs (Paragon) Four (4) pay-stubs showing hours reduced or shortened as a result of COVID-19.  If you contracted COVID-19, you only need to submit the medical certificate for verification.

Failure to follow these instructions may cause a delay with your financial assistance.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


We will assist our members as long as our budget allows.  A report on our financial status will be posted on the Local 3 website for transparency.  It is the individual responsibility of the officer to declare and pay, if required, any federal and state taxes due for the financial assistance. 

​Officers who had a recent change of address or cellphone number should notify the Local by email, call or by text.

Any extension of this program will be subject to the prevailing working condition in relation to the pandemic and subject to the Local Board vote. 

 

Sincerely,


Darryl Hill
Local 3 President

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BSIS UPDATE

June 25, 2020

Proposal for members vote

April 21, 2020

The below notice was mailed to your home address on file.  Please open and mark "Yes" if you agree, "No" if you disagree and mail it back by the date below.

SPFPA LOCAL 3
PANDEMIC EMERGENCY 
RELIEF ASSISTANCE (COVID-19)

These are extraordinary times.  A pandemic has beckoned our country.  As of this writing, (810,276) Americans are afflicted with the virus while (44,234) have died. Life as we know it has taken an unfamiliar turn.  In the wake of these events and in support of our members, our local board decided to propose a financial assistance during this crisis. Subject to approval by the Union Members on or before the end of the day of Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

 

Election will be done by mail only. The proposal will be mailed to your last known address on file with the company.

Information on the said election for the motion shall be posted on the website and will likewise be texted and/or emailed to the members.

Any extension of this program will be subject to the prevailing work condition in relation to the pandemic and subject to the Local Board vote. 

 

Qualification: 

Full time members in good standing whose hours were cut to 30 hours or less a week (Paragon)


Detention Officers whose hours were cut to less than 30 hours a week.  On call Officers working the hotels and hospitals whose regular hours were affected by Covid-19 (Spectrum)

 

The shortened hours should be “company enforced” and not a personal choice. Such as a vacation/personal day (s) or sick/military leave. It should likewise not be attributed to a suspension, FMLA or termination.
 

Distribution:

1). A onetime check assistance of $2,000 to any Union member/s infected with Covid-19. The officer will be required to provide a doctor’s certificate.

2) Emergency Financial Assistance to members whose hours were cut.

Officers who are working 30 hours or less will be issued a onetime check of $1,200.


We will try to assist our members as long as our budget allows.  A report on our financial status will be posted on the Local 3 website for transparency.  It is the individual responsibility of the officer to declare and pay the federal and state taxes due for the financial assistance. 

Officers who had a recent change of address or cellphone number should notify the Local Board by email or by text on before Tuesday April 28,2020.

(Subject to any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code)

I believe that together we can weather this.

 

Sincerely,


Darryl Hill
Local 3 President

FAQ: Covid 19

April 9 2020

COVID-19 Related Operational Considerations

April 7, 2020

RE:  Use of Personal Masks
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided additional guidance regarding PPE use and masks as follows: “CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus…Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”
 
Effective today, April 7, 2020 Paragon and FPS will allow the use of face coverings as described above by PSO in performance of their duties. “If the PSO cadre uses the cloth PPE outlined by the CDC, it must cover the mouth and nose area of the face. The cloth PPE is expected to be professional in appearance, therefore bandanas and handkerchiefs are not permitted.”
 
“Please note that the PSO cadre should remove their masks when requested by FPS LEOs for PIV verification. Additionally, the PSO cadre should request any visitor with a mask on, to remove their mask during the PIV validation process.”
 
As a tool to assist you in making your own no-sew mask, please see the  YouTube video from Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams. I have also attached a flyer that provides instructions for 3 additional methods that may be used to make a mask.
 
 
If you have any questions regarding this memo, please see your supervisor.
 
 
Regards,
 
Jan Drake
Director, Safety & Risk Management

COVID-19 Related Operational Considerations

April 7, 2020

Date: March 25, 2020


To all Paragon employees:
 

The pandemic emergency caused by the novel coronavirus has begun to significantly affect the security posture at the Federal facilities to which Paragon provides services.  Government requests for services are changing on a day to day basis.  As a result, it is no longer possible to maintain the same shifts and schedules at all facilities, and some changes must be made on short notice.  At the same time, we do not intend to lay off any employees if we can help it:  when this crisis passes, it will be critically important to have a full, credentialed corps of security professionals ready to step in on a few days’ notice.  We want to maintain as much of our staff as possible so we can continue to perform the mission.
 
During this crisis, we will be adjusting schedules to meet the following operational goals: 

  • Keep employees safe and healthy;

  • Continue to cover all posts with fully trained and certified security professionals;

  •  Honor seniority to the greatest extent reasonably possible;

  • Spread out the available hours so that full time employees maintain eligibility for health insurance and part time employees maintain enough hours to stay on contract;

  • Use available down time to catch up on training, using small class sizes under CDC guidance.

 
For employees on bidded shifts under a Collective Bargaining Agreement, we will keep those shifts intact as much as possible.  We may alter shifts so that a 5-day shift becomes 4 days, to give an extra day to an employee whose facility closed, or similar changes of that nature.  We want to keep as many people on contract as we can, while keeping as many people as close to full time as possible.  We will allow liberal use of paid leave for employees who so choose, and we will honor employee seniority wherever possible.
 
Your continued professionalism and dedication during this crisis is a source of great pride to everyone at Paragon Systems.  Thank you for your work.