Category Archives: President’s Message

Important Dates

First I would like to congratulate all of the candidates that ran in the last election. While not everyone can win, the fact that so many were willing to take the time out of their lives by putting their names up for consideration for elected office shows the great dedication that those individuals have to […]

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Galhotra Bids Adieu

Dear Sisters and Brothers: By now you have probably heard that I will be taking on a supervisor position in the Homicide Task Force.  And also, that our Secretary, Amy Thompson, is leaving to supervise in Multiple Defendant Division. Therefore, in the next few days I will resign as President of the Local and you […]

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September Update

Brothers and Sisters: It’s been too long since I penned a President’s message, but with the kids back to school, Labor Day and Nutshell in the rearview mirror, I thought I would let you know what’s going on before things really got busy as they usually do this time of year. Upcoming Contract Negotitations The […]

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Public Employee Pensions in the Crosshairs

Pensions There is little doubt that Governor Quinn will sign the engrossed legislation passed today by the General Assembly which ends subsidized health care for State employees.  Funding public pensions and other retirement benefits have continued to be one of the most controversial issues in the past few years and things are coming quickly to […]

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A New Year, A New Look

Sisters and Brothers, 2011 has been a very tough year for this local, but despite it all, we have met each challenge with strength and resolve. President P began the year with the FY2011 budget battle that threatened the layoffs of, at one time, some 60 assistant public defenders.  Together, we were able to advocate […]

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Oppose President P’s Budget Proposal!

Brothers and Sisters:   This week County Board President P unveiled her very disappointing FY 12 budget plan which includes the loss of more than $50 million in revenue as the result of her decision to remove ¼ of one percent of the sales tax.   The dollars lost from that decision alone would have saved […]

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Let’s Rally in Springfield on October 26, 2011

We fought off efforts during the Spring to gut our pension benefits but the big corporations vowed to return during the fall veto session.  Well, the fall veto session goes into swing next week and we need a few good members to step forward  and drive down to Springfield and lobby their State Senators and […]

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Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with County

The bargaining committee representing Cook County locals reached a tentative agreement with managment on Friday, September 30, 2011.  AFSCME Council 31 will be holding a ratification vote on Thursday, 10/6/2011 at all major work sites.  Details will be available soon on the time and specific location for the ratification voting.  Information on the terms of […]

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YOUR Retirement Benefits are Safe

Pension Cuts Blocked: As a result of the most potent lobbying campaign ever waged at the Illinois Statehouse, AFSCME and our allies in the We Are One Illinois coalition succeeded in blocking legislation to cut public employee pensions that was backed by leaders of both political parties and our state’s biggest corporations. SB 512 would […]

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Elections, Pensions and the Illinois Constitution.

Sisters and Brothers: Pension Politics Tim, Brendan and I are back from Springfield on a lobbying effort by our Local and AFSCME Council 31, and other members of the We Are One Coalition to bring the truth about pensions to the lawmakers in Illinois, who are on the verge of changing the landscape of our retirement plans. […]

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