From the Desk of the President (April/May, 2016)
May 4, 2016 General Assembly - we will elect our delegates to the 42nd Annual
AFSCME International Convention held in Las Vegas, July 17—22, 2016,. The
local will cover round-trip airfare; (we fly out 7/16 and come back 7/23/; 7
nights lodging (our local policy is to cover the cost of double occupancy for
our housing—anyone who wishes to have their own room will be responsible for
1/2 the cost of the lodging), 5 days lost time; and 7.5 days of per diem at the
IRS rate of $64.00 = total of $480.00.
also voted to send two members to Netroots Nation held in St Louis, Missouri
7/14 - 17, 2016 and will hold an election for those spots at this meeting. The
local will cover roundtrip airfare; registration costs; lost time for two days;
lodging for three nights (the local policy s to cover the cost of double
occupancy for housing - anyone who wishes to have their own room will be
responsible for 1/2 the cost of the lodging) and 3.5 days of per diem at the IRS
rate of $54.00 = $189.00.
member is able to put their names forward for either of these events. If you are
not able to attend the General Assembly on May 4th but would like to have your
name included in the nominations, please send me an email with the event that
you would like to attend. You should get that information to me by no later than
12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
& Confer - changing how we approach our issues: As you are aware, we are
changing our approach to our monthly Meet & Confers with the Employer. Based
on the past several years, we noted that the majority of our time was spent on
two arears— issues pertaining to the Human Service Representative job classes
and issues pertaining to the Social Worker job classes. Very little of our time
has been spent on other issues.
in May, we will hold separate Meet & Confers - one on the first Thursday of
each month to discuss items for the Human Service Representatives and one on the
third Thursday of the month for those issues pertaining to the Social Work-er
job classes. We will still continue to bring issues forward as they crop that
are global to all job classes. Our sister locals, 2822 and 2864, will also
continue to bring their issues forward. The agreement is that they will bring
them as needed to the meetings on the first Thursday of the month.
Kelly, Kela Williams and Mara Ssengendo will be responsible for meeting with
HSR’s to identify and gather information on issues that pop up. Laura Ross and
Andrea Lazo-Rice will be responsible for meeting with Social Workers to identify
and gather information on issues that occur for the myriad of the Social Worker
job classes. Please look for notices of meetings to share your concerns as they
Chief Steward: Please note that Mara Ssengendo has been appointed to serve
as our Acting Junior Chief Steward as of May 1, 2016. She is stepping into the
position while our current Junior Chief Steward, Tywanna Gray, takes an Acting
Position as Supervisor for the next six months.
will perform all the duties of the office and will work with our Senior Chief
Steward, Kela Williams. Any questions that you would have directed to Tywanna
and Kela should now be directed to Mara and Kela. They will work together on
steward assignments as needed for grievances.
join me in thanking Mara for stepping in while Tywanna is in her acting
assignment. And join me in wishing Tywanna well as she explores this opportunity
to further develop her job skills.
Election: The Local 34 Executive Board will hold a special election at the
May 18, 2016 meeting to fill the Member-at-Large seat vacated with the
resignation of Sharon Streeter. This term will expire April 30, 2017. If you are
interested in putting your name forward for this seat, please contact me
immediately and plan to attend that meeting which begins at 5:30 PM and is held
in HSB 917.
hoping that the April rains wash away the wintery weather we had the end of the
month and bring us some sunshine and blooming plants.