From the Desk of the President (March 2015)
March 4, 2015
Nation– we will elect up to two members to attend this event which will be
held in Phoenix, AZ, July 16 -19, 2015.
Johnson Scholar-ship Dinner – we will elect to eight members to attend this
event held the evening of March 26, 2015. This event is held at the Prom Center
in Oakdale. The recipients of the scholarship are honored and there is a
fabulous silent auction to raise funds for the scholarship. Please plan to
attend that meeting to put your name forward or send me an email by no later
than Tues-day, March 3, 2015 to express your interest in putting your name
forward for either event.
We will also
work on finalizing our list of ideas to propose for the next contract. If you
have not already submitted suggestions for changes to the con-tract, please send
them to me by Tuesday, March 3, 2015. That will allow me time to com-pile
everything that we have for a reading by the members who attend the March
General Assembly. Having things in writing makes it much easier for everyone to
follow along, as well as suggest changes. You are the best sources for new
As noted in
Vicki Moore’s Nominations report on the following page, we have the second and
final round of nominations for our officer, trustee and delegate positions up
this year. Please read her article to see which positions they are. If
interested in putting your name forward for the elections, please contact her as
soon as possible but be-fore the March 4th meeting.
donations – you may receive a request from your coworkers to donate
vacation/PTO to a coworker in need of time due to their illness or surgery or
that of a family member where they have taken time to assist that family member
and are now out of sick leave/vacation/PTO and facing unpaid time. Your donation
is converted to pay for the person in need to cover that time. HSPHD has a link
for people to use for those re-quests: https://dept.hennepin.us/hsphd/tr/SitePages/HSPHD%20Employee%20Requests%20for%20Vacation%20Donation.aspx.
The names on the list are only those employees who have asked to have their
names posted. If you know of a coworker who has asked for donations, please let
them know about this venue so that they can utilize it.
interest to HSPHD staff is the new line in APEX for tracking our training time.
We have often tried to quantify the number of hours we spend away from our work
due to training but have never had a good tool to do so. I look forward to
seeing the results within the next 4 – 6 months as we enter negotiations. The
numbers should be illuminating. For more information, visit this link: https://dept.hennepin.us/hsphd/training/SitePages/Training%20Hours%20on%20Timesheet.aspx.
meetings – Kenneth W. Garnier and I attended the Council 5 Next Wave (group of
young/new members – 35’ish or so – willing to address issues and learn how
to become more involved in our union and communities) meeting held January 10th.
We looked back
at 2014 and discussed goals for 2015. We decided that we will share the
responsibility for co-chairing the meetings with volunteers so Martin Hoerth
from Local 844 and Kenneth W. Garnier from Local 34 will share that honor for
the March 7th meeting. Any-one with suggestions for the agenda should contact
them and they will send that agenda out a week or so prior to the meeting. Also,
the tradition of asking locals to pro-vide the lunch continues. Local 34 members
approved the expenditure of up to $200.00 for the March 7th meeting.
for the remain-der of the year was set: March 7th, May 9th, July 11th, September
12th and November 14th. All meetings are held at the Council 5 office in South
St Paul from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We all agreed to bring at least one other
member to the next meeting so Kenneth and I are inviting you to attend with us.
Just think, by this time next month, we will be looking for flowers poking their heads up through the snow, the days will be longer and we will have warmer temperatures outside. As Anne in in “Anne of Avonlea” said, “That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.”