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General membership meeting update

Posted by Lou on May 17, 2016

Brothers and sisters,

Just a reminder about the general membership meeting next Tuesday May 24, 2016 – 4:20pm at
235 Promenade Street, Providence in the 3rd Floor Cafeteria.

The agenda includes the following:

  • a discussion of the summer outing
  • a report of findings from our trustee and professional financial audit
  • Update on wage reopener
  • health care holiday
  • new job posting protocol
  • International Convention/delegates
  • United healthcare training courses
  • Local 2881 scholarship update
  • any new items that you might have for us

In the meantime, another article questioning the usefulness and appropriateness of hedge funds surfaced, this time on Vice.com.

Thanks!

General Membership Meeting

Posted by Lou on May 13, 2016

Brothers and sisters,

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at 4:20pm in the 3rd floor cafeteria of the 235 Promenade Street offices. The agenda will include a discussion of the summer outing, a report of findings from our trustee and professional financial audits, and any new items that you might have for us.

In the meantime, enjoy this article which describes a $38 million projected increase in revenues by state financial analysts for the current fiscal year and another $9 million for next fiscal year. What it doesn’t describe is using that increased revenue to boost the funding percentage of our pension fund. Guess it’s only OK to worry about the pension funding when it can be used to reduce our benefits.

See you then!

AFSCME Council 94 State Convention

Posted by Lou on March 16, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

If you are interested in going to the state AFSCME convention being put on by Council 94, please let Joe Antonio know ASAP. The convention is 9am-12pm on Saturday March 26, at RI College. There is no agenda available, but we are trying to get an idea of what business is being conducted to keep you informed.

Also, we’re soliciting ideas for the summer outing, so if you have any suggestions, please contact one of the executive board members.

Thanks!

January Links

Posted by Lou on January 21, 2016

Thanks to all who came to January’s meeting and helped pass the budget!

In fact, thanks to all of you who make the time to participate in our union, whether that be by coming to meetings and outings, by talking to co-workers and the executive board members about the issues that affect us all, or participating in the political process of contacting your elected officials on behalf of labor. It is well understood that we are all busy in this day and age, but making the effort to participate really means a lot and shows that you are committed to fight for the rights and benefits that workers deserve. If you do not participate (beyond reading this), please take a second to tell us in the comments below what Local 2881 can be doing better to earn your time. The executive board always welcomes your ideas and opportunities to work together to make a difference.

Following up on the discussion of the Friedrichs v. CTA case that is before the Supreme Court, here are some links to learn more:

http://www.afscme.org/blog/the-state-of-our-union-afscme-strong
http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/01/monday-round-up-288/
http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/01/evening-round-up-todays-argument-in-friedrichs-v-california-teachers-association/

Here is the link to our 2013-2017 memorandum of settlement and contract:

http://www.hr.ri.gov/documents/Contracts/Council%2094%202012-2013%20MOS.pdf
http://www.hr.ri.gov/documents/Contracts/Council%2094%202013-2017%20CBA.pdf

Finally, the Economic Policy Institute was mentioned yesterday, also. There are a great resource for working people like us. The publication mentioned during the meeting was about Right To Work states having lower wages. You can find that article at http://www.epi.org/publication/right-to-work-states-have-lower-wages/.

Pledges, Pensions and a Budget Meeting

Posted by Lou on January 11, 2016

Brothers and sisters,

We pledged $3000 to fund Ted Siedle’s most recent Kickstarter effort. Unfortunately, the investigation was was not fully funded, and therefore we will not be contributing the pledged funds. However, there has been some publicity about pension funds recently: http://www.ibtimes.com/wall-street-fine-print-retirees-want-fbi-probe-pension-investment-deals-2250476. It is my understanding that the group behind this change.org petition is going to be submitting their letter to the SEC soon also.

So, hope is not lost. There are people still fighting.

Today, the fight is continuing on multiple fronts. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. There has been lots and lots of coverage, but the best (and most technical) is from SCOTUSblog. There’s a ton of links to other sources on SCOTUSblog, here.

Finally, our next general membership meeting will be Wednesday, January 20, at 4:20pm in the 3rd floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street. The main topic for discussion will be the 2016 Local 2881 budget. See you there.

December meeting

Posted by Lou on December 9, 2015

To All Local 2881 Members,

We will be having a General Membership meeting at noontime on Tuesday, December 22nd from 12-1 in Room 300 here at 235 Promenade Street. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to review and pass our budget, as well as have some pizza.

I realize this is Christmas week, but for those members who are around, feel free to stop by.

Joe Antonio, Vice-President
Local 2881

November updates

Posted by Lou on November 13, 2015

Hello all,

Last month, we had a general membership meeting, at which we had a chance to talk to General Treasurer Seth Magaziner about our pension fund investments. It was very informative and Mr. Magaziner gave some insight into recent performances, investment strategy, and also provided information about finding data on www.treasury.ri.gov. If you have questions about the meeting or information discussed therein, please contact an executive board member.

A preliminary Local 2881 2016 budget has been drafted and approved by the executive board. A meeting will be held in December to present the budget to the membership, however, time and date are still to be determined.

The Local 2881 holiday party will be held of Friday, December 4. Full details can be found in the flyer that was emailed to all employees last week. You can also see that flyer here.

Finally, our friend Ted Siedle will be in Rhode Island next week. The Retired Teachers Association is hosting him for a seminar at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick on Wednesday. Seats are still available, but sign up is required in advance. See the RIRTA website for details: http://rirta.org/2015/08/16/edward-siedle-seminar/

June updates

Posted by Lou on June 17, 2015

Hello brothers and sisters,

It’s almost summer, and we have a couple of updates for you.

1) The 2015 Local 2881 Scholarship program is kicking off. Flyers should be arriving at your house shortly. If you do not receive one, you can download it here. if you have any questions, contact Lou Maccarone.

2) We will be having a general membership meeting next Wednesday, June 24 at 4:20pm in the 3rd floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street. Items on the agenda include the Ted Siedle pension report, the scholarship program and the summer outing.

Thanks,
Local 2881 Executive Board