Please review the list of site meetings below and make every effort to attend at least one. It is important to remain informed about contract negotiations and the future steps we take as a Union.
Wednesday, September 17th:
26th and California – 7th Floor Library (11:30am – 1:30pm); Cafeteria (3:00pm – 4:30pm)
69 W. Washington – 17th Floor (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Rolling Meadows – Cafeteria (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Thursday, September 18th:
555 W. Harrison – 2nd Floor Conference Room (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Juvenile Court – Lower Level Auditorium (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Skokie – Cafeteria (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Friday, September 19th:
Bridgeview – Cafeteria (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Markham – Cafeteria (11:30am – 1:30pm)
Maywood – Cafeteria (11:30am – 1:30pm)
The Union Golf Outing will be held on August 7, 2014 at Eaglewood in Itasca. The outing includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn and dinner and drinks. We have access to the pool and can rent bowling alleys if there are any takers. Members who do not golf can come for drinks and dinner, but need to reserve their spot. Non-union members must pay $50 at the door to participate. Please contact Mark Douglass at 26th St. to reserve your spot for golf and/or drinks and dinner at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a foursome please list all names in your email, and don’t use your county email to RSVP. The deadline to RSVP is 8/1/2014. Please contact Mark Douglass with all questions.
The Executive board will host an open general membership meeting on May 13, 2014 at 4pm at 26th St. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the main Criminal Courts building at 2650 S. California.
SAVE THE DATES
JUNE 27, 2014 Boat Cruise
AUGUST 7, 2014 Golf Outing
More information to come
As many of you know by now, I will be transitioning in the coming weeks to a position in Management. It was not an easy decision for me, primarily because I will miss my work for our Local. Through this work, I have had an opportunity for the past decade of serving the membership, helping negotiate great contracts during good times and decent contracts during hard times, and working with an Executive Board that is full of hardworking and dedicated members. While our Local is comprised of 450 members spread all over the County, we have always pulled together when needed and fought with one voice. I remember several budget cycles where our members dominated public hearings, taking time away from family to appear at budget meetings and get our message out. In the coming months and years, this kind of solidarity and participation in our cause will be as important as ever.
I am happy to report that your Executive Board will be ready to serve you and handle the challenges that are before us. Presita West will be your new President and Mark Douglass will be your new Vice President. Both are dedicated to our cause, and have much experience in leading this Local. They will do a great job. I have a lot of faith in our Board, in our Local, and in our Membership. I look forward to the many accomplishments that our Local will achieve in the coming years.
Thanks, Brendan Max.
Keep December 13th open for the Union Holiday Party. The bash will be held at Joe’s on Weed again, the same location as last year. More information will follow.
For those of you who have reserved your spot for this year’s summer outing, we will be touring Lake Michigan and the Chicago River courtesy of Chicago’s First Lady. Our vessel is Chicago’s Leading Lady which will be boarding at 6pm and will leave the dock on July 11, 2013 at 6:30. You can click on this link for general information. The boat is docked at the south east corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive. Take the stairs down to the boat and look for the blue awning. There is parking available at 111 East Wacker Drive, which is very close to the stairs leading to the river. Please be on time as the cruise will begin at 6:30 sharp! We look forward to a great outing. Brendan.
On Monday, July 1, the Executive Board will conduct an open General Membership Meeting, and will swear in the new Executive Board for a 2-year term. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria on the Second Floor of the Main Criminal Court Building at 2650 South California. The meeting will begin at 4pm. All APDs are invited to attend.
The boat cruise is July 11, 2013. This is a popular event, and space is limited, so save your spot soon. To register, send a $15 check (payable to the Jack Carey Scholarship Fund) to Mark Douglass. Send an additional $15 check for any law clerks you wish to invite. If you want a non-member to attend, send a $95 check payable to AFSCME Local 3315.
The final deadline for registration is July 5, 2013, at 3:30pm.
Here are the results, after a very good turnout at the polls- the 3 at-large members are Joe Gump, Kevin Ochalla, and Scott Kozicki. Congratulations to all the candidates.
Our Board has gone through some transition recently, and I look forward to working with the new Board on the many important issues facing our members.