Bulletin Board and Endnotes

This page provides additional information or elaborations of matters that may or may not have been presented at Monthly Members Meetings. It is updated near the beginning of each month, after each Members Meeting, and otherwise as new information becomes available.

May Bulletin Board entries:

• Announcement from Vice-President Dave Rolston:
     “Progressive Candidates in New US Ill.3rd Congressional Democratic Primary”

 

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April Bulletin Board entries:

• From Louis Goseland, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans:

Older Americans Month Virtual Town Halls
• Congresswoman Lauren Underwood: May 3rd, 9:30 AM
• Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: May 9th, 11:00 AM
Click here to register for the IARA Older American’s Month Virtual Town Halls!

• From the Illinois Labor History Society:

Multiple Labor History events April 28 through May, 21, 2022. See the events page for details! April 28 in Marseilles; April 30 in Bloomington; May 1 in Chicago Haymarket Square and in Mt. Olive, Illinois; Mother Jones birthday party, Chicago May 1; May 14-15 Pullman Railroad days; May 16, author visit, Roosevelt U.; and, May 21, Republic Steel commemoration.
Click here to go to the website.

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Endnotes from Members Meeting of April 20, 2022

• Fran Tobin, Alliance for CommunityServices

2-Day Organizing Training, May 18-19, 2pm – 6pm (on zoom)

Click here for further information and registration.

• President Diane Stokes reported on People meeting

Key AFSCME Roll Calls (2021-22)

 

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Meeting of March 16, 2022

• Fran Tobin, Alliance for CommunityServices

Town Hall on the call for an elected Board of Trustees at Chicago City Colleges
March 26, 4pm Click on this link to register

 

• Samantha McClain, from the Workers’ Rights Campaign
Click here to view a presentation on the Workers’ Rights Amendment.
Click here for information on mobilizing to get the Workers’ Rights referendum on the ballot.

 

• Dave Rolston, Subchapter 161 Vice-president

Invited members to join a “Welcoming & Entertainment Club” within Subchapter161.

“Join The Welcoming & Entertainment Club in Sub-Chapter 161. Meet new retiree members & have fun singing & doing skits. Contact Dave Rolston at free2yodle@gmail.com or (218) 355-8416″.

 

Past and/or ongoing causes:

• Supporting the call for an elected board of trustees at Chicago City Colleges (CCC);

• Supporting The Alliance for Community Services in their campaign to “Say No to Privatize Medicare”; Click here for further information.

• Supporting the Illinois Family Caregiver Act;

We encourage all 161 Sub-Chapter members to act with enlightened self-interest by calling their state rep & state senator,  asking them to support
House bIll HB 1766 & Senate bill SB 293 which fund HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS: Request Rep/Senator support for the full $6 Million appropriation.
 
Click here to view a one page summary of the family caregiver act

• Encouraging our members to call the AFSCME hotline at 877-890-2056 to tell their lawmakers to support Governor Pritzker’s plan to protect our pensions;

 

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From Members Meeting, February 16, 2022

Information from Louis Goseland:

ARA ZOOM TRAININGThe Alliance will be hosting a Zoom training Thursday, February 24th at 3CST that will cover the basics, best practices, and tips and tricks for using Zoom. This training is open to all, so please share the invite email going out next week with your members and anyone who is interested. Click here to register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PRITZKER’S BUDGET & PENSIONS Chicago Sun Times Article on Pritker’s budget and pension proposal 

REPEAL OF WEP/GPO 

Click here to view the ARA’s position on a piece of legislation introduced in 2021 to repeal WEP/GPO. Linked here is the latest effort to raise the income cap eligible for Social Security tax. 

IL FAMILY CAREGIVER ACT 

Click here to view a one page summary of the family caregiver act that I mentioned. 

WORKERS RIGHTS AMENDMENT 

Click here to view a presentation on the Workers’ Rights Amendment. Please contact me if you would be interested in arranging for a presentation to educate and mobilize your members on this. 

PRIORITY IL STATE SUPREME COURT RACES: IL Supreme 2: Dekalb, Kane, McHenry, Lake, Kendall

IL Supreme 3: Dupage, Will, LaSalle, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee

Please contact me if you would like me to arrange a presentation on what is at stake in these two races and what people can do to get involved. 

Information from Diane Stokes:

Click here to view the Video by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on efforts to unionize Starbuck’s.

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