13 August 2014
AFSCME Sub-chapter 161
We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il. on Wednesday, August 20th.The meeting starts at 11 AM. Our guest speaker will be Council 31’s John Cameron. John is Director of Political and Community Relations. This Fall, he will be organizing the regional PEOPLE meetings. Retiree Sub-chapter 161 is in region 1. This region consists of Chicago locals and Sub-chapters as well as those of the nearby suburbs.
On Thursday, August 28th, our PEOPLE Chair and I will meet with other PEOPLE delegates to make recommendations to the statewide PEOPLE Executive committee regarding endorsements in state legislative races.
This election is important to us. The attacks on public employees and retirees have intensified this year. So have our efforts. As of today, I’ve contacted more than 75% of our members. By September 1st, the phone volunteers will be organized into groups that will call their legislator. In past efforts, small groups attended lobby days, town hall meetings, or made office visits. These phone volunteer/constituents will add their voices to ours.
During the past 2 weeks, volunteer members joined me to attend a picnic with the Skokie Organization of retired Educators. Their president is Fred Klonski, of Klonski’s Blog fame (http://preaprez.wordpress.com/). I’m inviting them to our meeting. Four of us worked with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. We went to the State fair in Springfield to help them register voters and sign up support for raising the minimum wage.
Voter registration, voter education, and maxing our senior turnout will be our goal in the weeks ahead. All of you have a part to play.
Charles Hogan, President
New to our website:
Members Forum now contains new posts by Walt Esler and Charlie Hogan: https://afscmeretirees161.wordpress.com/members-forum/
In addition to weekly “Alerts”, the link to Alliance for Retired Americans now includes celebratory notes for the 79th anniversary of Social Security.
There is now a link to Fred Klonsky’s blog.