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Friday, October 24, 2014

Reject Question 3

Posted by Lou on October 16, 2014

If you are subscribe to the Council 94 e-mail list, you may have received the message below. If not, please take a second to review the message about our opposition to ballot question 3 regarding a Constitutional Convention.

Dear Sisters & Brothers:

On Tuesday, November 4th, I urge you to Reject Question 3, which would require a constitutional convention.

Council 94 is a proud member of Citizens for a Responsible Government (CFRG.) CFRG is broad coalition of women, minority, civil rights and labor organizations urging voters to Reject Question 3. To learn more about CFRG, watch an informational video and/or sign the petition, please click here.

CFRG opposes a constitutional convention because:

  • We must protect our civil rights from wealthy out of state special interests.
  • Our constitution is not for sale.
  • A constitutional convention could cost taxpayers well over $2 million.
  • Our constitution can be changed without a convention.

Since 1986 no other state, in 26 statewide votes, has approved a constitutional convention. Whatever you personally care about, a constitutional convention would put your rights at risk.

I hope that you will take the time, make your voice heard, and vote on Tuesday, November 4th.

In solidarity,
J. Michael Downey

Council 94 Steward Training

Posted by Lou on September 18, 2014

Council 94 is offering AFSCME Certified Local Steward Training to its members for FREE in October. The classes will be held 5-8:30pm on October 21, 23, 28 and 30. See the flyer here

I have taken this class and enjoyed it. Being a steward is an important aspect of union membership, not just in handling grievances, but in being a liaison between leadership and your workplace.

If you are interested, call Council 94 (724-5900) to register, or contact an executive board member, and they will get you in touch with the organizer.

September General Membership Meeting

Posted by Lou on September 17, 2014

Just a reminder that our September General Membership meeting is tomorrow, September 18 at 4:20pm in the 3rd Floor Cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street. The following items will be discussed:

1) Meeting scheduling
2) Creating a member e-mail list (personal emails only!)
3) Local 2881 nominations/elections
4) Holiday party
5) Committee recruitment (stewards, social, and elections)
6) Upcoming budget
7) General election candidate endorsement
8) Pension lawsuit update
9) Other

Please bring your issues to the meeting for discussion as well. General membership meetings are also opportunities for your questions and concerns to be discussed, and we welcome input from our membership!

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Hope to see you there!

Working Families for Angel

Posted by Lou on September 1, 2014

Council 94 has joined with other unions in supporting Angel Tavares for Governor in the upcoming primary on September 9. The group formed by the unions is called “Working Families of Angel”, and has a Facebook group with more information.

Please do your best to inquire what you can do to help. There is phone banks and door-knocking going on just about every day. Call Council offices at 724-5900 to get in touch with the political action group.

“Rhode Island Has Lost $372 Million As State Shifted Pension Cash to Wall Street”

Posted by Lou on August 29, 2014

An article in the International Business Times take Raimondo to task for her hedge fund investment strategy of paying back her Wall Street cronies. When investing in hedge funds, not only do you have to hope the fund matches the rest of the market’s returns, but surpass them to account for the exorbitant fees the hedge fund managers charge. Since the State will not release the contract details to the public so we can learn what we are being charged for the hedge fund management, we have no idea what the true cost to our pension system is. This combination of underperformance and extra fees impacts the fund, reducing the funds available and increasing the taxpayer burden at the same time.

Please read the full article here:

2014 Local 2881 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Lou on August 27, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Local 2881 Scholarships!

Alexander Chatterton
Carolyn Crawford
Elizabeth Criscione
Nathaniel Eastman
Joell Johnson
Victoria Kavanagh
Muireann Lemus
Laura Maisano
Alexandria Personeus
Taylor Ryan
Heather Shen
Ashley Wood

We wish them all the luck and success in the world as they continue their educational journeys!

August news

Posted by Lou on August 11, 2014

Brothers and sisters, here’s the latest news that you need to know.

– Thanks to everyone who came out to the Local 2881 outing at Goddard Park. It was a really good time, in a place we should be proud of because it is cared for by our fellow union members.

– Don’t forget that Friday, August 15 is the last day submit applications for the Local 2881 Scholarship. You can submit it by mail, in person or via email to Lou Maccarone.

– Finally, primary season is raging ahead, and Council 94 is getting ready to play a big role in it. I received the following message from Council recently:

Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The September 9th Democratic Primary Election for Governor has high stakes for our members and our union. The last few years AFSCME employees and their families have taken many hits. Now it’s time to fight back.

Council 94 has endorsed Angel Taveras for Governor and is in the process of launching our most advanced and aggressive political action program to date. We have one goal: elect Angel Taveras Governor of Rhode Island. Like us, Angel knows what it’s like to work for a living. We know he’ll be on our side when it counts. We’re almost there, but to elect Angel Governor we need YOUR help.

Click here to help elect Angel Taveras Governor of Rhode Island.

Tomorrow Wednesday, August 6th, Council 94 will begin direct door-to-door contact with our members, making sure they know just how high the stakes are in September’s primary elections. From Wednesday through Election Day, Council 94 will be in full political mobilization mode conducting member-to-member canvasses, phone banks, or both on a daily basis.

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

With your solidarity and support, Council 94 will elect Angel Taveras!
In Solidarity,
J. Michael Downey
President AFSCME Council 94

Raimondo protects her Wall Street associates

Posted by Lou on July 30, 2014

In news that should surprise exactly nobody, Treasurer Raimondo will not release the details of the management contracts for those who invest our pension money. Her reason? If the public learns precisely how much Rhode Island’s Wall Street managers are earning, that might make those executives feel uncomfortable. Boo-freakin’-hoo!

Read the full article from the International Business Times here.