the Desk of the President (April, 2005)
is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking
rules, making mistakes, and having fun."
- Mary Lou Cook
we are on the road to being as creative as we can possibly
be. By the time you read this, many of you
have been approached by a coworker to answer questions on
our one-on-one surveys in the first step of Building for a
Better Contract. If you have not completed a survey yet,
please let one of our stewards or officers know so that we
can contact you to complete one.
The information from those surveys will be tabulated
this month so that our local can determined what we take
forward to the bargaining table.
brings me to the next step - an invitation for you to
participate in this process by serving on the Master
Negotiations Committee - the group responsible for
tabulating the surveys as well as meeting with members of
the other eight AFSCME Locals to discuss the results of
those surveys. This
group will work on crafting a tentative main proposal for
items that are common to all nine locals and work on the
supplemental items for our local.
The work of this group will be brought back to the
membership, most likely at the June 2005 General Assembly,
for discussion and a vote on what Local 34 gives to the
Employer as our contract proposal.
If you are willing to give of your time, probably a
few meetings each month after work in April and May, for
this project, please contact me at 348-0266 or via e-mail.
the Action Committee will begin their work in April and May.
If you have lots of ideas about how to run a fun,
energetic campaign to support the Building for a Better
Contract process and are not afraid of hard work, let me
know. The time
you will spend as a member of this group will be well spent
and limited only limited only by the plans of the group.
You will work with sisters and brothers from all nine
locals so this is a wonderful opportunity to meet new
friends and comrades. Again,
let me know of your interest in this group.
Selin, Andrea Lennox, Doyle Juenke and I represent you on
HealthCare Committee. We have a series of meetings in
march and April to learn more about health insurance -
factors that drive costs for premiums; the health
assessments results from last fall's open enrollment;
programs that our members have become involved in as a
result of that assessment;
what the future holds for us.
It is proving to be an eye-opening experience as we
learn what effect our baby boomer population is having on
those costs. I
am very interested to see if the stresses that we have
experienced due to budget cuts, layoffs, lack of filling
vacancies, needs of our clients, etc., over the past two
years have had an impact on our medical usage and, if so,
what that impact has been.
We will definitely have more on this in future months
as we prepare for the 2006 rate proposals from the
is part of a Fundraising request from Neighborhood House….
it was referred to the Local 34 Newsletter – Please make a
personal decision whether you can assist this worthy program
in the spirit of Paul & Sheila Wellstone)
make good neighbors when times are tough…
At the Neighborhood House food shelf, we see hunger
growing in our community every day.
Between the end of 2001 and the end of 2004, our food
shelf use increased 82 percent… Poverty and hunger seriously threaten
who are working hard to achieve personal and economic
sufficiency are the reason we have set our 2005 March Food
Drive goal at 105,000 pounds of food and/or dollars
month, please make the most generous gift you possibly
Berg, - 2005 March Food Drive Chair, Neighborhood House,
651-789-2503 with Questions
Robie St. E., St. Paul, MN