The AFSCME Family in Action

The AFSCME family is constantly providing services to our communities. But sometimes, our members go above and beyond in their commitment to serve. What happened in Mansfield earlier this week, is one such case.

Rob Ruth was injured in October of 2013 in an accident. As a result, Rob was forced to take time off from his job as a dispatcher with the city of Mansfield’s 911 public service communications center, where he has worked for 20 years.

As his symptoms grew more and more severe, he was diagnosed with avascular neurosis, which ultimately required several surgeries. As a result of the disease, he has lost the use of both of his hips and was forced to stay for three months at a rehabilitation facility in Ashland.

Because he has used up all of his sick leave, Rob is no longer being paid by the city.While he is in the process of applying for disability, funds are tight. This reality meant that there was no money to fund the construction of a wheelchair ramp for his home.

That’s where AFSCME comes in.

AFSCME Local 3088, along with several other unions, banded together to raise the money for the ramp. Then, the group drew up plans for the ramp and began construction. Thanks to their teamwork, something that was once a huge challenge has become no problem.

Now, Rob can focus on the real goal: recovering so he can go back to work as a 911 operator.

As always, we’re proud to be a part of the AFSCME family, and this is just one of the many reasons why.

Help Starts Here

Christmas, New Years, or July 4th, members of AFSCME Local 2937 are on the job at the City of Canton 911 call center.

“We’re on the job 24 hours a day serving the citizens of Canton. Our families miss us, but they know it’s part of the job we do,” said Sean O’Bryan, the union’s vice president and the father of three pre-teen children.

“At their ages Christmas is especially exciting, but they are ok with me working some holidays. My ten-year old son ‘gets it’. And he’s proud of what I do,” he said.

It comes natural to O’Bryan, who’s father was a police officer. “I’m lucky my wife is there with them. I know how difficult it can be for single parents who have no choice but to work during the holidays.”

AFSCME Local 2937 has negotiated fair and orderly shift assignment provisions in its contract. The agreement meets the operational needs of the city, and offers flexibility to its members and their families.

The city of 75,000 is served by a four-person team of dispatchers each shift. In 2013, dispatchers at the Canton Call Center answered more than 15,000 fire and 83,000 police calls.

AFSCME Helps Fight Fire in Downtown Athens

Members of AFSCME Local 3315 helped to battle a large fire that broke out in the historic city center of Athens Ohio, right down the street from Ohio University. While the fire fighters and police were able to get everyone in the burning buildings to safety, several of the first responders were treated at a nearby hospital for injuries. They were cared for by none other than their union brothers and sisters of AFSCME Local 1252.

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