Adams County COVID-19 Resources

Adams County updates and messages for all Adams County employees: http://adamscountycovid19.org

Sign the petition to demand Adams County reimburse employees for work-related expenses!

Reporting challenges and staying connected: If you have been asked to complete work outside of the scope of your job description, please complete the grievance form below and return it to [email protected].

PDF icon AFSCME Council 18 Adams County Grievance Form

We also encourage you to stay connected on social media and “like” AFSCME Council 18 on Facebook for news and updates.

Updates from Local 3927

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May 5, 2020

AFSCME Education is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Join us for a 90-min Steward Leadership Training in order to learn; 

 Steward Leadership Skills

  • Membership strength in negotiations
  • Utilize and practice using the documentation form 
  • Weingarten Rights and the proper time to use them

In order to make your virtual training the best it can be we ask that (if at all possible):

 1. Please join with a computer and not your phone

 2. Please join 15 minutes early, so we can start on time.

Topic: Adams County Zoom Training

Time: May 16, 2020, 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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April 23, 2020

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April 21, 2020

We need your help. We rose to the occasion during this pandemic and we are asking Adams County to do what’s right. Many of us are accumulating mileage by having to make trips to the office to pick up supplies. Several of us use our personal cell phones to make work-related calls, and some of us set up reliable internet services to serve our community before being notified there was any other option.

Supervisors and managers have denied reimbursements, so we are calling on the County Commissioners to make this right by directing the Human Services managemers to reimburse us for our out of pocket expenses that are a direct result of the transition to remote work.

Let’s stand together and sign the petition today!

April 14, 2020

Quite a few of you have reached out to your union representatives with concerns about the use of your personal cell phones. Adams County Human Services has an option for employees to either receive a county provided cell phone or a monthly stipend.

Now that a lot of you are teleworking, and have expressed the need for privacy, and/or are paying additional money for data and minutes, we are asking that you review the Wireless Device Stipend Request policy, make your selection, and submit it to your supervisor via email. Please notify your union representative once you receive notification of your request or email Samaria Sullivan at [email protected].

As always, we are here to support you with anything you need. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like more information on how we can assist you during this time. Take care and continue to be safe.
In solidarity,

Your AFSCME Team

Below are some Ergo tips that we hope you find helpful while working from home.

Sitting - At a table/desk:
Add pillows for lumbar and leg support. If pillows aren’t enough, or available, you can use a rolled towel for lumbar support. If your feet do not touch the ground while sitting use a phone book, stool, etc. to support your feet.

Sitting on a Couch:
If able, prop your feet up to increase leg circulation and stretch your legs.

Standing:
If you’re limited on workspace and must utilize your kitchen counter, ensure that you keep your legs, torso, neck, and head in vertical alignment – don’t slouch, lean, or twist.

Laptop (while sitting or standing):
The top of the monitor should be at eye level; this helps alleviate strain on your neck. If able, prop the laptop on a book or sturdy shoe box. When typing it’s ideal to have your arms bent at a 90-degree angle.

Take Breaks:
Don’t sit or stand for too long – change your posture.
Take mini breaks from your laptop.
Get up, walk around and do some stretches.

Posture Options:
Pacing is ideal for phone calls or waiting for your turn to speak on a department call.
Cross-legged floor sitting is great for reading and making your hips more flexible.

If sitting in a chaise lounge, place a pillow under your knees to maintain an S-curve (similar to a deck chair). This is also good for reading or working on your laptop.

Lying flat on your back – this is great for that call that doesn’t entail the use of your laptop.

April 6, 2020

We want to get your voices heard by the BOCC, so they will understand the things you experience when you doing home visits. Currently they are not holding public hearings, but they are still hearing public comments. 

In order to get your voice heard, I'm asking for everyone to send in a comment about not having enough PPE.  I will also ask that these comments maintain professionalism, in consideration of what the county has done, i.e. work from home, sick time, and giving the basic PPE (other counties haven't received any).  To leave a a comment or question for the BOCC, please refer to the email below. 

In solidarity, 
Your Bargaining Team

Public Hearings

During the COVID-19 governor issued stay at home order for the state of Colorado, all public meetings will be held virtually using Zoom.

Adams County Public Hearings are held on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Residents will be allowed to submit comments, prior to the meeting. Please email your comments to Erica Hannah by 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Attend the virtual Zoom Public Hearing.
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Meeting ID: 797 338 050

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Our FAQ Guide to Zoom

Please contact, Clerk to the Board, Erica Hannah with any questions.

March 31, 2020

Hi everyone,

Aren’t you happy it’s starting to look like SPRING?  70’s are coming up in our forecast!!  Also, this email is all about good news.  Some of us have extra funds on our April paycheck and we want to hear what you think about hazard pay.  Let us know please!

April Paycheck Stipend

On your April paycheck you will receive a stipend if you have been working on-site and/or directly with the public since March 23rd.   If you have questions about this, or want to confirm you are on the list, please contact a representative from your bargaining team or email our Union Organizer Sam at [email protected].

Have you heard about hazard pay?

Being an essential worker requires a certain dedication.  With COVID19, leaving our homes to do our jobs places us and our families at risk.  

Hazard pay is a pay differential provided to employees who are required to work in dangerous conditions.  The COVID19 outbreak is temporary, and company’s have started doing what’s right to compensate their employees for working in these tough conditions.

Unions work to ensure protections like Hazard Pay are negotiated in a contract.  Even some of the non-union companies are doing small hazard pay differentials for their employees.  For example, Walmart provided a $300 bonus for their full-time employees and some grocery store chains are granting hourly increases to their employees through the lockdown. What do you think about hazard pay?

We are currently negotiating our contract with Adams County, and your input is needed.  We need you to support us as we continue to uplift our work and the services we provide. We are here for you and will continue to be so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

March 27, 2020

Union Family:

AFSCME members continue to show what they’re made of in the middle of a national emergency.

Congress is beginning to step up, but more needs to be done to fund the front lines, providing resources to meet the overwhelming demand for our services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

But the president of the United States is too busy congratulating himself to help us. He has the authority to direct industry to start producing protective equipment we need at this life-or-death moment. But he’s sitting on his hands instead.

Write the White House now and tell the president to activate the Defense Production Act.

There are nurses in New York City wearing garbage bags – garbage bags! – because they don’t have protective gear. We’ve got park attendants in Michigan forced to clean bathrooms without the proper equipment. Corrections officers, child care providers and others are exposed, too. Equipment shortages also mean that front-line workers don’t have clear and trusted guidance, based on science, about how to do their work at this dangerous moment. 

The relief bill that AFSCME fought for and Congress passed in recent days will help fill some of the gaps. It makes a down payment of $150 billion in direct assistance to help state and local governments address the pandemic. It includes increases in unemployment insurance to cushion the blow of mass layoffs. There really is a lot for public service workers to like in this bill – and that’s why we fought so hard to improve and pass it. 

But so much more help is still needed. President Trump has the power to keep us safe. First, he can direct OSHA to issue a temporary safety standard to protect health care workers. But he won’t do it. 

The Defense Production Act empowers the president to direct businesses to accelerate the manufacturing of N95 respirators, ventilators, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment. But he isn’t doing that, either.

This is morally reprehensible. This pandemic is ravaging our communities … and the president is apparently doing the bidding of wealthy corporations that don’t want to pitch in. Mr. President, if you want to be a war-time president, act like a war-time leader.

Public service workers are answering the call and doing what we do best: putting our communities first. It’s a disgrace that the president seems to be putting the business lobby first. 

Flood the White House mailbox – tell the president to honor your work in public service by getting you the equipment you need.

Thank you for everything. For your courage and sacrifice. For doing the most when the stakes are highest. We will get through this together.

In solidarity,

Lee Saunders
AFSCME President

Elissa McBride
AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer

March 26, 2020

In our efforts to stay connected during this time of crisis we share the following resources. We also want you to know we are here for you. Please reach out to us if you need and we will make every effort to meet the needs of our members.

Ways to explain the Corona Virus to children

Good things for couples and families during teleworking and quarantine

Governor Polis’s stay home order is out:

AFSCME’s COVID19 Fact Sheet