From the Desk of the President (August/September, 2013)
The local voted to send two members to
the AFSCME Women's Conference held in Denver, Friday, September 20 - Sunday,
September 22, 2013. The election for this event was held at the August 7 General
Assembly. Elected were Sametta Hill and Sheila Lipsco.
Council 5 Convention is held in Duluth October 3-5, 2013. We will hold an
election at the September 4, 2013 General Assembly to elect up to 34 members to
at-tend as our delegates. The local will cover double occupancy housing for
three nights (Wed - Fri) - note that if delegate chooses to have her/his own
room, the dele-gate will pay for 1/2 the cost of the room as delegates will
share rooms; lost time for two days; mileage to and from Duluth; and a per diem
of $51.00 for 3.5 days (IRS rate). If you cannot attend the meeting on 9/4/13 at
5:30 PM in HSB 110 but wish to have your name included in the election, please
send me an e-mail by no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 9/3/13.
THANK YOU!!!! "How
beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it." - George Elliston
you so much for the beautiful bouquet of flowers you sent to me when I came home
from the hospital after my knee replacement surgery. It was such a delight to
receive the bouquet - so many bright. bold colors! The flowers definitely
brought welcome sunshine to those first few days when I was learning how to use
my new knee. Things are going well - not quite up to dancing or running a
marathon yet but I am walking better each day. The highlight of each physical
therapy session is an increase in the amount that I can bend the knee while
sitting. Sometime it is those little things in life that help us all to
appreciate what we normally take for granted. Again, thank you. I really do
appreciate being remembered by you.
emergency procedures and persons needing assistance: One of our members brought a concern forward regarding personal safety
during a fire drill or emergency procedure based on an coworker's disability.
This was in light of an fire drill held when the affected employee did not see
the emergency lights flash and, since the person is deaf, could not hear the
announcement about the drill. In the normal course of events, this person sits
in the same spot but, on that day, was working at a desk on a different part of
the floor and was overlooked by the floor monitor.
contacted Property Services to find out what the County's procedure is for
employees with special needs - who should they notify of that need and what can
each person do to make sure that their needs are met during an emergency.
Michael Tupy, Workplace Safety and Environmental Division, provided a
comprehensive response to my questions and I want to thank him for doing so.
Please read his answers and check out the flyers as well as the intranet site
for more details.
Responding to Emergencies.
employee is responsible for their own safety and need to take appropriate
measures during emergencies (e.g. fire, security threat, tornado warning, etc).
Fire drills are coordinated by my work group, Security and Facilities Management
throughout the year in the Government Center and annually in all county owned
facilities. We have established a system of Floor Monitors that assist us with
emergency response efforts and help get people evacuated. Floor monitor lists
are maintained by my work group. We have targeted resources to facilities that
we own or large leased sites and have reference material for smaller lease
Persons Needing Assistance
created the following flyer for employees needing assistance - http://hennote1/ps/PSHCNet/PSHCNet.nsf/AttachmentLookup/ASHS-8RQS9X/$File/Getting+Assistance+with+Evacuation+flyer+-final.pdf.
also created a flyer for employees looking to help someone - http://hennote1/ps/PSHCNet/PSHCNet.nsf/AttachmentLookup/ASHS-8RQSAD/$File/Assisting+Others+with+Evacuation+flyer+-final.pdf
information has been communicated through multiple venues and is currently
maintained on our intranet site - http://cantata/propsvcs/wsed/index.htm
HSPHD Hubs and Satellite Locations
a mobile workforce, we have to rely on each employee to know emergency
procedures for their work location. Efforts have been undertaken to provide
"Know Your Emergency Procedure" flyers for Hub locations. http://hennote1/ps/PSHCNet/PSHCNet.nsf/AttachmentLookup/ASHS-96UJMB/$File/NW+HUB+Emergency+Procedures+Assembly+Map.pdf
also becomes an HSPHD management issue about knowing who is and who is not at a
work location. The good news is that Hubs will likely have a Security presence,
so they can assist with real emergencies. Keep in mind that at times Security
may also be directly involved in an issue and will not be there to help escort
people to a location.
can find more information at http://cantata/propsvcs/wsed/WSED_Components/Emergency_Procedures/emergency_procedures.htm.
the most effective tool is for any of us with special needs is to find out who
the floor monitor is where we work. Let that person know of your special needs.
talk to your coworkers and ask them to check on you if there is a fire drill or
emergency which necessitates vacating the work site. Having been a floor
monitor, it is helpful to have this information up front instead of when we are
actually in the middle of a situation. Please let me know of you have any
questions about this.
all of you who had the opportunity to work with James Stevenson, steward with
the Sentencing to Service Crewleaders and an STS Crewleader, who passed away
last month, my condolences go out to you. James was a hard worker and a strong
leader. His passing is a loss to all of us - both Local 34 and the County. My
favorite memory of James was of a conversation several years ago when we were
preparing our proposal for negotiations. I asked if there was anything special
that he could think of for the Crewleaders. He looked at me, got that look on
his face that he often had, and replied, "Anything that everyone will
benefit from is all we need. We will be there if you need us." I will miss
him but am happy that I got to know him. Farewell, brother James, farewell.