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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

2014 Summer outing

Posted by Lou on July 18, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

You should have received a flyer in today’s paycheck regarding our Summer Outing this year. Based on the feedback we received from our members, we have decided to hold our outing at the carousel at Goddard Park, in Warwick. More details will be forthcoming, but for now:

1) Members and guest – $10, children 16 and under are free.
2) Bring a dessert to share for the dessert bake-off. Winner will get a prize to be determined.
3) There will a be open space for outdoor activities. So bring your volleyball/horseshoes/bean bag toss game equipment for some fun in the sun.
4) Please note that alcoholic beverages are not being provided as part of this outing.
5) Bob Schmidt has graciously volunteered to allow us to use his stereo equipment to play music. If you would like to make a (family-friendly!) playlist, we will have the capability to play it via CD or digital music device (iPod, smartphone, etc.).
6) Golf and horseback riding will be available for a fee

Please see Carmino, Joe Antonio, Greg Baribault or Lou Maccarone for tickets.

Thanks
Lou

2014 Local 2881 Scholarship

Posted by Lou on July 2, 2014

Local 2881 is once again giving scholarships this year. Please see the flyer for details. A copy of the flyer will also be included in upcoming paychecks.

Summer social

Posted by Lou on May 29, 2014

Reminder

If you would like to share your idea for a Local 2881 summer social outing, please do it by Monday, June 2. Please include cost estimates with your suggestions, so that we may compare costs among suggestions. All suggestions will be considered by the executive board, prior to scheduling.

Recent news

Posted by Lou on May 21, 2014

A flurry of activity has come into my e-mail inbox lately, and I thought that you all would like to see it as well. See the links below.

1) Heather Shen, daughter of sister Yan Li, has won one of ten AFSCME Family Scholarships. See the announcement. That is the second year in a row that a Local 2881 member’s daughter has won the exclusive national scholarship. Last year Alyssa Friedman, daughter of current trustee Gina Friedman, won the prize.

Update: Read Heather’s superb essay

2) Former RI governor Philip Noel had some interesting things to say about pensions, and why he’s supporting the treasurer in her pursuit of the Governor’s Office. President of SEIU Local 580, Phil Keefe, fired back with an op-ed call Mr. Noel a hypocrite in regards to his own pension benefit. See that commentary here: http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140520-philip-keefe-gov.-noel-a-hypocrite-on-r.i.-pensions.ece.

3) Our old friend Ted Siedle has written a new article on Forbes.com mentioning Rhode Island’s pension system, and the widespread misinvestment of pension funds.

4) Council 94 has appointed Gerry O’Neill to be the new Executive Director.

5) And finally, more news about SEIU Local 580. It is being reported that they have voted down the tentative contract negotiated with the State. See WPRI.com for the full story.

General Membership meeting

Posted by Lou on May 8, 2014

Brothers and sisters,

We will be having a general membership meeting on Thursday, May 15 at 4:20pm in the third floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street, Providence. We plan to discuss the Master Contract passage, a pension lawsuit update, and the potential for a summer social. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks
Lou

Contract results

Posted by Lou on May 5, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

You may have received the following release from Council 94 regarding the contract voting:

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Contact: Lynn Loveday
May 2, 2014 (401) 724-5900 – work
(401) 378-8491 – cell

RI Council 94, AFSCME Announces New Contract Approval & Ratification

North Providence – Today, Rhode Island Council 94, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees announced that the master contract was approved by Council 94’s state employee membership. The final vote was 1514 to 759.

Lynn Loveday, State Vice-President, added, “Our membership approved a new contract with the state. This new contract provides modest wage increases and the implementation of a deductible for our health insurance benefits. This four year contract will provide security and stability to the services we provide to the public.”

Council 94, Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, represents over 3,800 members.

Our local, Local 2881, ratified the vote by a tally of 137-91.

Thanks
Lou

Contract voting

Posted by Lou on April 28, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

The voting on the Tentative Agreement will be held:

TIME: 9am to 12pm
DATE: Tuesday-Thursday, April 29-May 1
LOCATIONS: 3rd floor cafeteria at 235 Promenade Street, Providence (the Foundry building, where we host our membership meetings) and the conference room of the CRMC building, Stedman Government Center, 4808 Tower Hill Road in Wakefield.

Management has indicated that all Local 2881 members should be allowed to attend one of these sessions as long as there is appropriate coverage (i.e. an entire office cannot leave to vote at the same time). Please make every effort to attend one of the sessions to vote on the next contract.

Thanks
Lou