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Rockville employee union inactive with money in the bank


Employees still pay, money goes into the bank, but no one has met or done anything with AAME in nearly a decade city says

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Published on: Thursday, June 28, 2012

By Christa Puccio

ROCKVILLE – A union group that is supposed to represent nearly two dozen Rockville employees has apparently been inactive for nearly a decade – but those in the union say they’re feeling much better.

The Association of Administrative Municipal Employees still takes money out of certain city employee paychecks,  and holds about $8,000 in a bank account, but hasn’t met or done anything for union members in the last 10 years. There has been talk of reviving the union and some members have talked about holding a meeting, but there has not been word on where or when, according to the assistant to the city attorney.

“Rockville recognizes AAME [Association of Administrative Municipal Employees] but plays no role in organizing the group and does not direct its activities or membership,” said Marylou Berg, communications manager for the City.  “The City has not received notification that the group has been disbanded.  Specific questions about the group, its history, activities and its mission should be directed to members of AAME.”

According to Charles Baker, a retired Rockville Chief Code inspector, the organization formed in 1986.  “There are 22 members who pay dues,” said Baker.  “I still pay dues because I want to get the group active, and I want to see it get back to the way it was.”

According to the city’s policies and procedures, the AAME is “a group representing certain administrative, supervisory, managerial, technical and clerical employees. The City and the AAME also have a ‘Meet and Confer’ relationship.”

The communications manager, city attorney and acting city manager for the City of Rockville did not comment on who the AAME represents, for whom it does collective bargaining, how long it has been a union or what its national affiliations are.

One person at the city receives the 22 members’ dues in a check from the city and deposits the money into a bank account.  “I get the checks monthly and deposit them into an account with the Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union,” said Anita McCombs, assistant to the city attorney.  “A dollar gets taken out of the employee’s paycheck for dues.”

While McCombs said there’s about $8,000 sitting in the AAME bank account, she also said members cannot take money out of the account because “the board” decides what to use the money on.  “I guess I could take money out, but I don’t,” said McCombs.  “If the group gets back together, it would be a board decision.”

She said members who are still paying their dues every month know the group is inactive because “there are not AAME meetings.”  “They don’t have to belong,” said McCombs.  “It’s voluntary.”

McCombs said she doesn’t know when the AAME meeting this week is, where it will be held or who exactly will be attending.  “I’m just going to ask other people going,” said McCombs.

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Reader Comments - 6 Total

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Posted By: Employee 1 On: 7/11/2012

Title: NOT FOR OUR EYES

The AAME meeting was top top hush hush. No one on the outside has any clue what went on in the meeting. There were only like 10 people in the meeting.
The news medial ask for information and ole Ann Aparently ripped intot he Sentinel and did not release any infioramtion. Sort of a none of your business slap.
Walk up AAME you need the news media , new members and unity to get AAME back on track. Attitudes simply will not cut it. I want to be a member and the org still exist. Lets get the program underway. Union, no union or meet and confer, or labor group, I don't give a damn what you call it call it a employee circus if you want, but restart the union.

Posted By: Ronald Patenski On: 7/3/2012

Title: What?

Sam,
I sure hope that Swift is not making it even worse in CPDS. Clearly this woman does not have a clue as to what day of the week it is.
If she has not been reading the comments here in the Sentinel maybe someone should slip them under her throne.
There is no way that with all the negative press and comments exposing the horrific treatment endured by CPDS staff that that woman will have a job soon.
By reading the comments there is another Robert Purkey that needs to be shown the door. Maybe both of these abusive supervisors can leave hand in hand.
You did the right and only thing by talking to the investigators. I suggest contacting the attorney Mr. Grotton as mentioned in one of the articles to gain extra protection against the city of abuse and lies.

Posted By: Employee X On: 6/29/2012

Title: ANOTHER JOKE ON US

Yeah I am not part of AAME in fact I had no idea AAME existed. When I was hired not one person said anything about the group.
Feeling better.... really? There is a calm before the investigation is complete. The city will be back in full abuse mode before the year is out once they use Saul Ewing to cover up the abuses.
What BS is the city up to by not releasing the scope of the investigation

Posted By: Employee X On: 6/29/2012

Title: WHAT?

Yeah I am not part of AAME in fact I had no idea AAME existed. When I was hired not one person said anything about the group.
Feeling better.... really? There is a calm before the investigation is complete. The city will be back in full abuse mode before the year is out once they use Saul Ewing to cover up the abuses.
What BS is the city up to by not releasing the scope of the investigation?

Posted By: Joseph On: 6/29/2012

Title: Interesting

Well well it sounds like a scam that a union existed and the person handeling the funds never took the time to send any member an email. The city just continued to allow contributions and the money just sits.
How many new employees were told about AAME? Smells like the warf to me.

Posted By: Sam On: 6/29/2012

Title: Current Employee

As long as the investigation was going on, supervisors were at their best behavior. Now things are back to normal, the culture of abuse and exploitation is on again in CPDS. There is no action from Saul and Assoc. Was stupid to talk to them, now it is even worse, my supervisors have this ammo against me and I have this sword hanging over my head. Nothing is or will happen to these monsters




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