FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT (JUNE, 2002)
is hard to believe that it is already June. Time flies when
one is busy, and this year has been busy so far. When I
started my first term of office as President last year, the
outgoing President, Audie Lussier, warned me that things
would always stay busy, and just when it seemed as there
would be a lull, something would pop up to get my attention.
So far, she has proven to be right.
month I wrote about the winning design for our Local's lapel
pin. Yee Vue from Economic Assistance (EDAD) was recognized
for his artwork at our party on May 10th.
Now you can see his handiwork in full color on our
web site. You will see both Mr. Vue's original design and
the final art rendering as done by Tigereye Design. After
seeing how our pin is going to look, you will be looking
forward to wearing it on your lapel, shirt, jacket, purse or
wherever you decide to it looks best. So, go take a look at www.afscmelocal34.org
for yourself. While
you are visiting the web site, spend some time looking
around. You will find many interesting points of
information. Our developer, John
Herzog, is always adding to the site. If you have
articles, web sites, information that you think would be
suitable for adding to our site, contact Mr. Herzog at email@example.com
comments, suggestions, etc. I would suggest making a point
of visiting the web site on a regular basis as we will start
to use it to get information out to the membership much more
frequently as more of our members telecommute fulltime.
of the best parts of this job is getting to meet members
and, in doing so, putting faces to names. All of us
communicate with fellow members of the Local via e-mail or
phone but how often do you actually get to meet those folks
or even know that they are fellow Union members? After being
a County employee for almost 22 years, I have had the
opportunity to talk to lots of folks and now am getting to
meet them as well. You also have no idea where you will be
when you meet people. It can be standing in line at the
Credit Union, sitting on a bus heading in to work, waiting
for an elevator, at a community event, at a political
you are doing your thing and all of a sudden someone walks
up to you and introduces themselves and you end up having a
conversation that has nothing to do with where you are.
The most recent time this happened to me was at a
housewarming party for a friend.
people there were former and current co-workers and people I
had communicated with in the course of work, but never met
in person. We
had that moment of "your name is so familiar, I wonder
why" to the moment of recognition
"Oh, yeah, I sent you an e-mail.... ".
In meeting fellow members, I learn more about issues
that are important to them and how the Local can better
serve the membership. It
helps to make our Local a smaller world.
end of this month will find me in Las Vegas for our
International Convention, along with our other delegates,
alternates and guests. I am looking forward to attending
this convention - my second one - for many reasons.
President McEntee's speeches are always electrifying
and he should have much to say regarding the political races
this year. Secretary-Treasurer
Lucy delivers inspiration in his speeches and you walk out
of the convention hall feeling that you can climb mountains.
We will need some of that as we come back to our
will be reports on the work of the Locals around the country
which will give us ideas for how to better our working
conditions - to include in our contract negotiations the
next time - to show us how far we have come over the years.
There will be resolutions to read, discuss, and vote
up or down with no item deliberated lightly. We will most
likely hear speeches from politicians about the impact of
the budget on our lives. If there are workers on strike
anywhere in the city of Las Vegas, we will be
"invited" by President McEntee to join him in a
march of solidarity with their cause. But it will not all be
work. There will be lots of fun, too. The opportunities to
meet fellow AFSCME members as we visit their booths,
participate in PEOPLE events,
and attend the hospitality rooms after the business
of the day has been completed, all add up to fun. This will
be a special year for me as I will be introducing my sister
to Unionism. She will fly out with us and hopefully pick up
the flavor of our spirit over the week that we are there. I
thank you for being able to represent you at this terrific
a great month!