13 May 2015
AFSCME Sub-chapter 161
We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il. on Wednesday, May 20th. The meeting starts at 11 AM.
Our Guest speaker is David Amerson, AFSCME 31’s Retiree coordinator. This is an annual visit. He will have updated news on the ILSC’s pension decision. If you have questions about your pension and benefits, this is an opportunity to ask them.
Tuesday, May 12th, the subchapter held its first evening meeting under the auspices of the ILARA. I led a workshop on building membership. (Every S/C161 member is an automatic member of the Alliance.) This was a first effort to connect to members who can’t attend the morning meetings, as well as to create an umbrella group that non government retirees could join.
I will have a report for you on the suggestions offered during the workshop. After David’s briefing and the follow-up Q&A, I will try to give a condensed version of the workshop. It is activity for re-tooling the person to person GOTV effort of last year. With improvements we can use it to push our legislators to pass a properly funded state budget. It can also be used as a continuing part of our effort to build an active membership as well as alliances with other organizations.
Set time aside for this meeting. There are six weeks left in this year’s Legislative session. Negotiations for a new AFSCME/state contract are on-going. We have to act together to win a good outcome for ourselves, our families, and neighbors.