From the Desk of the President (February, 2014)
Our Nomi-nations Chair, LaQuita Williams, will conduct the first call for
officer nominations at the February 5, 2014 General Assembly. The second call
and final for nominations will be held at the March 5, 2014 General Assembly.
Both meetings will be held at 5:30 PM in HSB 110.
positions open this year are President, Vice President, Treasurer,
Sergeant-at-Arms, Chief Steward, and Member-at-Large (3 positions).
positions are Trustee - 3 year and 2 year positions, Minneapolis Regional Labor
Federation delegates and alternates and St Paul Regional Labor Federation
delegates and alternates.
must be a member in good standing for 12 full months prior to February 1, 2014
in order to be eligible to be nominated for an office. Anyone interested in
putting their name forward for an office can either contact LaQuita Williams at
612-348-0006 prior to the February 5 meeting or attend the meeting to be
news for our pension - according to the January 2014 editions of the PERAgraph,
the State Board of Investment reported that the year 2013 ended with an 11%
growth in our PERA General Fund which covers us, PERA's Coordinated Plan
members. That is very good news as it shows that the increase in our
contribution, along with the increase in the Employer's contribution, is going
to help this fund continue to grow. Since our pension has been under attack by
many groups who feel we do not deserve to have a pension, this growth gives us
ammunition to beat off their attacks. It shows that our plan can be healthy and
will be there for us as we re-tire. Please stay informed so that you can refute
the attacks that will be coming our way.
- 2015 salary steps - our members who are not at the top of their respective pay
scales will receive step in-crease at the time of their annual reviews again.
a few of you have asked where those steps can be found - here is the link to
that information: http://www.hennepin.us/employees/labor-contracts#afscme.
are Local 34 - Social Services Unit - FF. (You can also find the 2014 - 2015
con-tract at that link.) Please contact me if you have any questions about the
Day is February 2nd. Let's all hope that the groundhog does not see his shadow
and that our winter comes to a close soon.