From the Desk of the President (December, 2007)
Election for Chief Steward
Wesley has resigned from her positions as Chief Steward
which creates a vacancy for this position.
Based on the terms of our Constitution, the Executive
Board has the authority to fill that vacancy with a special
must be a member of Local 34 for one full year prior to
December 1, 2007 to be eligible to run for this office.
We will interview interested candidates at the
December 19, 2007 Executive Board meeting and, immediately
afterwards, hold an election to fill the position. If you are interested in learning more
about the duties of Chief Steward, please contact me or
Clifford Robinson. Please contact me by no later than noon
on Monday, December 17, 2007 to indicate your interest.
join me in sending a big thank you to Shannon for her years
of hard work as a steward and Chief Steward of our local.
Her efforts to make sure that the terms of our
contract are not violated have enriched all of our work
Anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike
February marks the 40th anniversary of the
Sanitation Workers strike in Memphis, Tennessee.
This event is especially important to AFSCME as Dr.
Martin Luther King had made that strike part of his campaign
for civil rights and economic justice.
He was assassinated following a parade in support of
our striking workers from Local 1733 in April 1968.
is helping to raise funds to build a memorial to him on the
National Mall in Washington, DC.
The International Union has already contributed $200,
000.00 and asks that all AFSCME affiliates and members
contribute to this fund, the Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project Foundation, to continue our
recognition of his efforts on behalf of our brothers of
Local 1733 and all AFSCME members.
You can download a donation form at the following
consider sending a donation of any size to assist in this
by the time that you read this, we will have completed our
2007 negotiations successfully and have a tentative
agreement ready for your perusal.
Your Table Team - Andrea Lazo-Rice, Clifford
Robinson, Laurie Simon, Patrick Regan, Wesley Volkenant and
I – have spent long hours poring over reams of paper,
participating in many intense discussions, weighing the pros
and cons of many viable and not so viable proposals from the
Employer and crafting counterproposals to present to the
Employer’s Table Team.
We have not worked in a void.
We have been part of a group of six Local Table Teams
– 34, 552, 1719, 2822, 2864 and 2938 – and joined by our
Business Representatives, Matt Nelson, Steve Marincel and
Jeff Dains. We
have been supported by members of the Hennepin Action Team
chaired by Brenda Wood and the Strike Committee chaired by
Roy Elliot, with many Local 34 members working on both
groups. Many of
you attended the rallies, stopped by to get updates and to
wish us well as we worked to achieve an equitable agreement.
It does take all of us working together to reach our
goal of all of us doing better.
I would like to thank all of you for your work at
your desk when you talked to your coworkers about the
support is what enables the members of the Table Team to
keep going forward. You are most definitely the U in union!
of what we do at the table this year, health insurance is
going to continue to be a thorn in our side.
We cannot afford to let the matter go by the wayside
between now and the next contract as the situation is not
going to improve. We
all need to be a part of the solution – whether it is
writing letters to Commissioners and other elected
officials, working on campaigns of candidates who will work
for a solution rather than let the status quo keep on,
testifying before committees –
as that is the only way we will ever find our way out
of this quagmire.
travels to everyone as you celebrate this holiday season,