From the Desk of the President (3/2006)
34 is once again sponsoring the Nellie Stone Johnson
purchasing a table for eight at the annual dinner. The dinner
is scheduled to be held this year on Thursday, March 31,
2006 at the Prom
Center in Oakdale, kicking off with a social hour and
silent auction at 5:30 PM. The dinner and program will follow at
6:30 PM. The
evening honors students who have received scholarships for
the 2005 - 2006 school year.
This year, Local 34 will be represented by Sam
Gutierrez Jr. and Christina Gutierrez, children of our Membership Secretary, Sylvia
Gutierrez, who is one proud mother and justifiably
will elect up to eight (8) members at the March 8, 2006,
General Assembly to attend this dinner to help Sister
Sylvia and her family celebrate her children's
accomplishment as well as those of the other students being
recognized at this event.
If you are interested in attending this event on
behalf of the local and cannot attend the GA, please send me
an e-mail or call me by no later than 1:30 PM on that day,
3/8/06, to put your name forward for that election.
am happy to report that we have finally been able to work
out the new dues deduction issue.
A big THANK YOU goes to Commissioner Randy Johnson
for his assistance in getting IT resources allocated to
resolving the matter.
His help is very much appreciated.
Also, thank you to Pam Haats and the IT staff who
actually worked on the program and implemented it for our
new dues structure. You
should have noticed the change with your first paycheck in
February with the deduction now listed as "Percentage
Union Dues" line on your paycheck instead of
"Unions Dues" line.
your calendars and mark the evening of Tuesday, March 7,
2006 as an important date to keep.
This is the evening that each of us has the ability
to attend your local precinct caucus and weigh in on those
political issues near and dear to your heart.
We, as public employees, have the ability to begin
the process by which our bosses are chosen as they are all
elected - by us. We
have the opportunity to impact the direction that our work
lives take for the next four years - do we want to continue
down the road of tighter budgets, less services and fewer
coworkers or do we want to see a more even-keeled approach
to how our services are delivered and another state shut
down? This is
all governed by state and federal statutes/laws which
trickle down to every strata of our government - state,
county, city, school. Those
statutes/laws are voted on by the people we elect to
represent us - whether it be the Commissioners, State or
Federal legislators, or School Board members.
If you need a reminder of why we should take time out
of busy schedules to attend a caucus, just think back to the
our recent Contract Campaign and the result of that
negotiations process. We
used our collective strength to hold our bosses - the
Commissioners - accountable.
YOU have the power to continue that change.