the Desk of the President, Jean Diederich (May, 2003)
month I tell myself that I am going to take a break from
writing my article and every month it becomes clear that
there is a reason that this article is needed.
It is the most effective method of letting you know
about some of the events that have taken place in the past
month which help our Union to work for all of us.
Both Audie Lussier and John Herzog, the two most
recent past Presidents of this local, impressed upon me that
this might be the only communication that the majority of
our members receive directly, so it should be used wisely.
One thought that has occurred to me is that some of
you might be interested and willing to be a guest columnist - writing about an issue
affecting us as members that is in your area of expertise.
If so, please let me know.
This space could yours and what a wonderful way to
share your knowledge!
news on negotiations, but next month…
Instead, this month's column will include bits and
pieces of other information for your edification.
County Board approved a retirement/resignation
incentive program. It was developed to reduce the number of possible
layoffs needed to meet the cuts on income used to fund our
is, per County Administrator Sandy Vargas, a one-time
incentive. It will not—as
some folks had speculated—be repeated, so, if you
are interested in taking advantage of the incentive, you
should explore your options now.
item approved by the County Board is the use
Leave Without Pay.
Think about using this program to take some time off
to rejuvenate yourself while keeping your benefits in place.
It is a win-win tool to help address the need to
reduce our budget. We
get some time off and the Employer had great monetary
savings. I have
not quite decided how much time to use but I am definitely
going to request approval for use of the program.
out our web site for ongoing summaries of Minnesota
Senate and House bills.
Our Web Developer, John Herzog, is doing an excellent
job of keeping up-to-date information about the pending
bills that will have both direct and indirect effects on our
jobs. And, if
you have a moment, drop him a line to let him know what a
great job he is doing to keep us educated on these issues.
is Committee time once more.
the article on Page 13 in this issue. If you miss the
deadline listed, but are interested in serving on any of the
committees, give me a call.
We need—and can use—all the fresh enthusiasm you
will bring to them!
Take Back Minnesota initiative is taking off.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete an
interest card so that you can be a part of this effort to
address our concerns about how the proposed bills will
affect not only our ability to do our jobs, but also the
ability of the public to receive services we provide.
You can obtain a card from any of our officers or
union activists. Also,
give some thought to filling out a payroll deduction card
for a PEOPLE contribution.
This money goes to help our political action efforts.
We have several members who are giving 1% - 3.4% of
their wages to enable our Council and International staff to
continue working on our behalf.
but not least, please remember to leave a bag of
non-perishable groceries by your mailbox on Saturday,
May 10th, for the 11th Annual Food Drive sponsored by
NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers).