From the Desk of the President (April, 2010)
34 will hold an election for delegates to the AFSCME International Convention at
our April 7, 2010 General Assembly.
The convention will be held in
local will cover the following costs for the convention: airfare from
Minneapolis to Boston and back; transportation costs from your home to
Minneapolis airport and Boston airport to hotel on 6/26/10; transportation costs
from hotel in Boston to airport and from Minneapolis airport to your home on
7/3/10; 5 days lost time (6/28/10 - 7/2/10);
per diem of $71.00 each for Sunday, 6/27/10 - Friday, 7/2/10 and 3/4 that
amount, $53.25, for each of the two travel days, Saturday, 6/26/10 and Saturday,
7/3/10 as mandated by IRS regulations; and 7 nights lodging - our hotel will be
the Boston Back Bay Hilton.
you would like more information about this event, please contact me.
If you are unable to attend the 4/10/10 General assembly and would like
to put your name forward for the delegate elections, please send me an e-mail
indicating your interest by no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, 4/7/10.
is all about timing...the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become
available, the unattainable, attainable. Have the patience. Wait it out. It's
all about timing." Stacey
now you are aware that the health care bill was passed by both the House and
Senate and signed into law by President Obama.
The struggle to address the issues of providing health care for all
started long before many of us were born. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to get legislation passed to build on the gains of
Social Security with no success. President
Richard Nixon tried to get pieces of legislation passed and those efforts were
stymied by the members of his own party. I
clearly remember the efforts of President Bill Clinton's administration which
were viciously stomped on by the Republican party.
All along the way, there have been campaigns of fear mongering fueled by
the insurance industry and those folks who benefited financially from the rising
costs of health care. All that time,
we have seen loved ones struggle as they coped with illnesses and life long
conditions, many times wondering whether they could afford the doctor bill.
how many of our acquaintances have filed for bankruptcy due to the
insurmountable medical bills? We saw
partisan politics at its worst played out over the course of the past year as
President Obama's administration introduced his legislation and unfailingly
continued to chart its course through the uphill battle in both houses.
Well, as the quote from Ms. Charter notes, it is all about patience and
timing and that time has arrived! We
have a law that begins the resolution to many of the health care woes our
country faces. Whether you agree
with the law as it exists now, keep in mind that it is just the starting point.
When you see something you think should be modified, contact your
legislator to let her/him know. Personally,
I am thrilled to know that I will no longer worry about members of my family -
home, work, community - not being able to access health care because they can't
afford it. I also look forward to
seeing what impact this law will have on our ability to keep our health care
costs down as we look at self insurance for
to an update from Rafe Viscasillas, Human Resources Director, they are
continuing to make progress on the payroll problems we have experienced.
He stated that within the next two pay periods they hope to get the
weekend/shift differential dealt with so that those of us who work on weekends
or evenings under ROWE will not have to do the workaround for reporting our
time. Please continue to share your
APEX issues with me. It has been a
wonderful method of identifying patterns so that they can be fixed.
have seen an upswing in disciplinary actions based on computer use.
This is a loving, but firm, reminder to all - the computer is owned by
the County. Please refrain from
using the computer for any purpose that violates the existing computer use
policy. You should not use it for a
second business, you should not use it to visit inappropriate web sites and you
should not use it to send material that might could be offensive in nature.
These are the most commonly cited reasons for discipline.
One of the comments I have heard time and time again is "But I was
using the computer after my work hours.",
Again, it makes no difference when the action happened as the computer
belongs to the County. It is not
there for your personal use. Please
help all of us - and yourself - by keeping that simple tenet in mind.