From the Desk of the President (May, 2010)
APEX: For those of you who have not felt comfortable with the workaround on your timecard for hours worked on evenings and weekends under ROWE, the fix is in! You should now be able to report hours accurately without having to worry about the weekend or shift differential. This applies to those of us who are choose to work those hours. So, if you work on a Saturday or Sunday, you can put your regular hours on those days on the time card. You can then select "INELIGWKD - Ineligible for DFWKD" in User Field 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the same row as the weekend hours which will stop any differential pay. This is a huge step in the right direction for us - being able to correctly report when we worked.
Denson, Heather Hemmer, John Herzog, Andrea Lazo-Rice and Wesley Volkenant were
elected as delegates to join me in representing you at the 39th International
AFSCME Convention in Boston this summer. Our alternates are Kela Williams,
Ibrahim Adam, Jacquelin Poole, Cathy Cowden, Kathy Kelly and Linda Flykt.
We have our work cut out for us. We face tough issues in tough economic
times, and will hear from members around the country on how they are dealing
with those issues, as we caucus with those who deliver the same services as us.
Feel free to share your concerns about the work we do with us so that we can
bring them to the caucus for ideas on how to resolve them. There will be
campaigns for the folks who want to fill the Secretary-Treasurer position being
vacated by Bill Lucy after 38 years of service. We will join everyone in
thanking Brother Lucy for all of his hard work - for helping to bring AFSCME
along as we grew during his years in office. We will listen to any number of
amendments and resolutions - and that takes a lot of concentration as sometimes
the only change is one word, but that word can change the entire meaning of the
amendment or resolution. It is a lot of hard work, but it will be fun. I am very
grateful that I am able to serve all of you as your representative at this
8, 2010 is Stamp Out Hunger Day.
Happy May Day - International Worker's Day in many countries is a celebration of working people around the world. Enjoy celebrating all of your accomplishments over the past year. So many of us gave up time via the Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP) program last year - hats off to you! Many of you worked longer hours with fewer coworkers - trying to maintain the same level of services so that our clients would not go without and end up in even worse situations - job well done! The majority of us have faced a number of changes in our workplace as our Departments went through cost-shifting and some job functions of our job shifted - thank you for dealing with those changes! We saw more clients, made more home visits, attended more court hearings, handled more phone calls, learned more computer programs, dealt with more program changes and did it all with grace while keeping our service as seamless as possible. We have worked harder and have tried to work smarter. We should all take some time to celebrate our accomplishments and celebrate us, the workers who keep this county going. So, take some time on May 1st to thank your coworkers and all working people for a job well done. Thank you for all that you do. Happy May Day! Jean