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  AFSCME LOCAL 2981 NEWSLETTER


4:30 PM at the Gwynn Center
November Meeting is Tuesday,November 3rd at the Gwynn Center starting at 4:30 pm


Any member can come to a meeting – we welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have. Feel free to come and express yourself in a positive way.

One meeting once a month. It’s worth your time.

 AFSCME LOCAL 2981 NEWSLETTER
4:30 PM at the Gwynn Center

 

October Meeting is Tuesday, October 6th at the Gwynn Center starting at 4:30 pm

 


Any member can come to a meeting – we welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have. Feel free to come and express yourself in a positive way.

 

One meeting once a month. It’s worth your time.

 AFSCME LOCAL 2981 NEWSLETTER
4:30 PM at the Gwynn Center


September Meeting is Tuesday, September 1st at the Gwynn Center starting at 4:30 pm

WELCOME BACK – HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT SUMMER!


Lora Bennett will be speaking about efforts the Education Committee is working on to expand certifications for other groups beyond the secretarial pool.

Bill McLaughlin and John Groat will talk about any items related to FY16 negotiations

Any member can come to a meeting – we welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have. Feel free to come and express yourself in a positive way.


One meeting once a month. It’s worth your time.


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 Who: All AFSCME Local 2981 members

What: Charles County Commissioner’s Public Forum Budget Hearing

When: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 starting at 6:30 PM

Where: Charles County Government Building- 200 Baltimore Street - La Plata

Why: To show support for education with our EACC friends and to explain to our elected officials the importance of fully supporting CCPS and its budget request
•If you can attend please wear your green AFSCME shirt or a green shirt and meet other members in the parking lot around 6 pm

•We also need members to sign – up to speak if you are willing to do so please arrive by 6 pm so you may put your name on the list

 April Meeting is Tuesday, April 7th at the Gwynn Center
starting at 4:30 pm

Any member can come to a meeting – we welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have. Feel free to come and express yourself in a positive way.


Last month we introduced Christine Parker, Financial Planner, to the members who came to the meeting – thank you to those members who came to the meeting.


We are looking for a member committed to be a liaison with LIFESTYLES. If you are that person, we would like you at the April meeting to discuss that role.

At the core, labor unions (we) are working men and women,
unified as one force. Despite any personal differences that
may exist between us, we have banded together to protect and
improve the lives of workers. We rise up together for the
greater good. We defend one another like family.
SUE CARNEY, "We're Not a Fee-for-Service Organization",
The American Postal Worker, March/April, 2014

One meeting once a month. It’s worth your time.
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 March Meeting is Tuesday, March 3rd at the Gwynn Center starting at 4:30 pm

WELCOME CHRISTINE PARKER, CFP, PRESIDENT OF PARKER FINANCIAL


Ms. Parker is a Certified Financial Planner and has kindly offered to offer general financial advice to our members. Ms. Parker is named as one of the greater Washington D.C. metro area's 'Top Financial Planners' by Washingtonian Magazine in 2014.
As mentioned in the February newsletter, AFSCME is serving dinner for members while Ms. Parker completes her presentation. If you did not RSVP to Barb Kirkum, you can still attend the meeting. Everyone could use some good financial advice, especially in the economy we have been working in over the last several years. We encourage you to come to the meeting and take advantage of Ms. Parker’s expertise.

One meeting once a month. It’s worth your time.

 February Meeting is Tuesday, February 3rd at the Gwynn Center starting at 4:30 pm


Coming next month: Financial Advice for our members:


We have secured a Certified Financial Speaker for the March meeting (March 3rd). She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (tm) practitioner, personal finance writer, and president of her own financial company in southern Maryland.
She is named as one of the greater Washington D.C. metro area's 'Top Financial Planners' by Washingtonian Magazine in 2014, 2012, 2010. Her passion is helping you plan well to live well at every major milestone and promoting the value of financial planning through life-long learning. She can help you be better prepared for important financial decisions, because she understands your life is more complex than ever.
In order to best prepare for the March meeting, we need a minimum of 30 attendees who would like to take advantage of the speakers’ financial experience. Please email bkirkum@ccboe.com with your intent to attend by 18th of February. If we do not have a minimum number of employees, the meeting will be cancelled. We can help members when we have a headcount that will enable outside parties to assist us. However, that requires a commitment on our part to take initiative and attend the meeting. We hope you will find this session in March helpful as we continue to seek ways to help our members.

Local 2981 will provide pizza/salad for our members who participate in the March meeting.

IAAP/Secretarial Certification:
IAAP (CAP Secretarial Test) has revamped their website and their testing methods.

The fall exams will be offered August 31-September 5, 2015. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015, with late applications accepted through June 8, 2015. Late applicants will be required to pay an additional $50 late fee. No applications will be accepted beyond the late deadline dates.

For those of you who have inquired or who are still thinking about testing, please re-visit the IAAP website. If you are seriously considering testing, please let one of the executive board members know. Local 2981 will be purchasing new study materials if there is enough interest in doing so. We have had several members borrow books but no one has sat for the test since May of 2013. Again, it is a 4% increase in your base salary if you successfully sit for the test. The 4% increase in pay lasts for 5 years.

 

January 2015 Meeting is on Tuesday, January 6th at the Gwynn Center

It’s a New Year – we hope you all had a great Christmas break ---thanks to all who came out to the Greene Turtle for the Christmas party.  It was a good time.  A special thanks to Barb Kirkum and Darlene Willett for organizing the festivities.

Some of 2015’s meetings agenda items will be focused on:

 

*Tuition – how you can benefit from this resource – if you are planning on staying with CCPS, is this a resource that would benefit you?

 

*Discipline – what to do if you or a co-worker experience a job related issue at your worksite.  This may seem like common sense to many of us, but some do not know the process if they need to address a situation.

 

 

× Items to note:  our negotiating team is meeting monthly and working hard on your behalf.  This is in preparation for future negotiations.  As you know, most of our members are 2 steps behind in salary due to lack of funding. 

 

× Ideas for Lifestyles 2015?  Please email Yolanda Christian at ychristian@ccboe.com

 December 2014 Meeting is on Tuesday, December 2nd


RSVP to attend our annual Christmas Party by this Wednesday, December 3rd. Party is held at the Greene Turtle in La Plata on December 12th starting at 6pm – please RSVP to Barbara Kirkum at bkirkum@ccboe.com by December 3rd so we have a good head count.. Each member may bring one guest – we have some GREAT items that are being raffled off to members – say HELLO to your new LCD TV, 2 Samsung 16 GB Tablets or a Blue Ray/DVD player…you have to show up to win. Great prizes, great food, a good time to get together and enjoy the end of 2014.


*Items to note: our negotiating team is meeting monthly and working hard on your behalf. This is in preparation for future negotiations. As you know, most of our members are 2 steps behind in salary due to lack of funding.

*Ideas for Lifestyles 2015? Please email Yolanda Christian at ychristian@ccboe.com


We are asking for 1 canned food item per member for the food pantry at Lifestyles for Christmas when you come to Greene Turtle.

 CHANGE IN MEETING DATE/TIME DUE TO VOTING
NOVEMBER’S MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
DON’T Forget to VOTE!!

Secretarial CAP exam update: CAP is now an electronic test: next test dates are below:
Registration and Test Delivery Windows

*Registration start date: January 5, 2015 (exam is 3/2 – 3/7/15)
* Registration start date: July 6, 2015 (exam is 8/31 – 9/5/15)

Please visit their website for information on how to register (http://www.iaap-hq.org/certification)

Steward Training – Congratulations to our 3 new union stewards – Yolanda Christian, Central Office; John Groat, Maintenance and Operations and William Guilliams, Maintenance and Operations.

LIFESTYLES – we collected 23 blankets for LIFESTYLES - thanks to everyone who participated.

Save the Date – our Christmas Party will be held at the Greene Turtle in La Plata on December 12th starting at 6pm – please RSVP to Barbara Kirkum at bkirkum@ccboe.com by December 3rd so we have a good head count. Each member may bring one guest – we will have gift card raffles and some electronic giveaways so please mark us on your calendar – it will be a good time! We are asking for 1 canned food item per member for the food pantry at Lifestyles for Christmas when you come to Greene Turtle.

 October’s Guest: Mr. Gary Bauer, SF&C Insurance

About Gary Bauer:

Mr. Bauer deals with Union insurance policies available only to union members. Many members are unaware that there are affordable insurance policies only available to Local 2981. Many of you are already enrolled in these benefits. Come to the meeting to find out what these policies are about…


What’s going on with Outreach…

Sandy Washington at Lifestyles requested a TWIN blanket drive which started one week ago. If you have an extra gently used TWIN blanket or can buy a new one, please bring it to Tuesday’s meeting, We have collected 12 TWIN blankets at Central Office since last Wednesday – we are trying to reach 50!! We’ve got a ways to go…

Steward Training:

We had 3 members sign up and they had their first class on September 26th in Baltimore. It’s about knowing what is in your contract and knowing who to reach out to with issues or questions…


Save the Date! Holiday Gathering at the Green Turtle in La Plata in December…more to follow

 SEPTEMBER 2014 MEETING APPEARANCES: DR. KIMBERLY A. HILL, SUPERINTENDENT AND DR. SYLVIA A. LAWSON, ASST. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Welcome both Dr. Hill and Dr. Lawson for a brief conversation.

It seemed like a short summer: welcome back to all employees.

After speakers finish: we will be having pizza and salad as a welcome back to school for members as well as celebrating Darlene Willett’s retirement from June 30, 2014. Darlene was a huge contributor to our success over the last many years in Local 2981.

Talking Points: our Contract is open in all areas for negotiations – we hope to re-visit the contract this year in December depending on election outcomes. Either way, we need interested members to be on the Negotiations Committee to review everything in the Contract and see where we can make changes. This process starts VERY soon – sign up sheet is on the back table.

Steward Training – will be in October or November – we had one steward quit and we need at least 3-4 stewards to sign up for training this fall. If interested in helping support employees at your school, the sign up sheet is on the back table.

Lifestyles – we will be sponsoring a canned food drive for Lifestyles for Thanksgiving – we would like to sponsor another drive this year as well – please give us your opinions/ideas at the September meeting as to what that drive might be.

 AFSCME LOCAL 2981 NEWSLETTER
May 6th MEETING STARTS AT 4:30 PM AT THE GWYNN CENTER

May 6, 2014 MEETING

Adapt and Assist

What are 2 key elements of AFSCME Local 2981’s goals?

Adaptation – helping employees change with the times, changing the organization’s goals to reflect current reality. One way to see change is through the elections process…you should have received a letter from your Local about May elections; what do you have time for? Can you make time to participate? Do you have an idea regarding how to improve a process? We have people on the executive board who have volunteered because they are passionate about helping others – some are retiring. It’s beneficial to any organization to have new blood.

Assistance to employees – your local is here to help all 1200 support employees. One way we do that is by attending budget hearings with the Charles County Commissioners. They play a key role in determining pay increases. It’s a process that is important. There is a fixed amount of money the County has available. Those funds are distributed to many groups within the County. It’s important that we have a presence at those meetings. That meeting is April 23rd at 7:00 pm. When we negotiate with management, we are doing our best to ensure that support employees receive fair and equitable compensation.

Assistance with Lifestyles – our next campaign is starting at Central Office. That campaign is to help provide personal hygiene items for Lifestyles clients who need toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, individual shampoo, soap, disposable razors and shaving cream. We all have access to taking a shower and being clean. Lifestyles’ has shower facilities for those in need, but don’t have all the hygiene items on hand. Local 2981 can help with that; can you help as well? Drop off donations in the Central Office foyer thru May 23rd.


A union meeting lasts 1 hour, once a month.

 AFSCME LOCAL 2981 NEWSLETTER

April 1st MEETING STARTS AT 4:30 PM AT THE GWYNN CENTER

April 1, 2014 MEETING
Speaker, Mrs. Sandy Washington, Director, Lifestyles, Charles County

Come to the Meeting!

We missed the March meeting due to inclement weather; fortunately, we were able to reschedule Ms. Sandy Washington from LIFESTYLES.

•Mrs. Washington will be talking about Lifestyles and will help determine what our next campaign should be with Lifestyles; please come and hear what her organization is doing for Charles County residents and how you can help. LIFESTYLES is currently looking for assistance in helping lower income families prepare their tax returns. They will provide training. Check out LIFESTYLES website if you can help.

• Elections…please keep your eyes open for a letter from Local 2981 regarding upcoming elections that will occur at the May 2014 meeting. Do you have an idea regarding how to improve a process? Do you have an idea on union activity? Please come and share your thoughts at a meeting.

•We are looking for speakers at the Charles County Commissioners meeting coming up in May. It would mean more to the Commissioners if we not only show up with significant numbers (like last year) but if we had regular “joe’s and joe-ettes” talking about why they should fund our step increase(s). It is much more effective when employees (not just the executive board) speak because it is personal. Groceries, gas and regular stuff like buying socks and shoes for your kids and yourself – that is what it’s about folks. You can speak about things like that. Some employees are only slated to get $150.00 for a step increase. It’s personal to you and you can speak to the group of Commissioners because you voted for them; the outcome of the Commissioners meeting affects your salary. Please don’t be shy – a few of us spoke for the first time in public last year.


A union meeting lasts 1 hour, once a month.

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 March 2014 MEETING

Speaker, Mrs. Sandy Washington, Director, Lifestyles, Charles County

•Mrs. Washington will be talking about Lifestyles and will help determine what our next campaign should be with Lifestyles; please come and hear what her organization is doing for Charles County residents and how you can help. Also, check out the Lifestyles website. They are currently looking for assistance in helping lower income families prepare their tax returns. They will provide training.


•Prom…yes, our prom is long over… but, we have a request from Tanisha Sanders, the Transition in Youth Coordinator (homeless/foster care students) who needs financial assistance with prom expenses. So, maybe a girl has a dress but no shoes, or a guy has a suit but not the accessories (tie, shoes etc). Can you give $10.00 to help those seniors finish their prom experience? We are asking those who can afford it, to give us $10.00 at the March meeting. We hope to help out at least several students by purchasing Simon Mall gift cards. The gift cards will be given to Ms. Sanders for the Pupil Personnel Workers to distribute to those needy students. We will never know who the seniors are that will benefit from it, but you don’t need their names – you just need to know you helped make it happen.

•April’s meeting – we won’t have a speaker in April because we have elections for Local 2981. A great time to see if you want to run for any positions within the local. It’s a great time for new blood and new ideas. More to follow…

A union meeting lasts 1 hour, once a month.

 AFSCME LOCAL 2981 NEWSLETTER

February 4th MEETING IS AT 4:30 PM AT THE GWYNN CENTER

FEBRUARY 2014 MEETING
Managing Expectations

• We are talking about Expectations – we all have them. Employees have expectations of their employer and management has expectations of us. Everyone has to pull their weight and give 100% on both sides. Expectations have to be reasonable and realistic. As a group, we cannot focus on the past. We have to focus on the future. How do we do that?

Thinking about:
*Fiscal Year 2015 contract negotiations start in the Spring. We are working on the Pay Tables. We all know that the Pay Tables from step 16 to step 30 are not equitable. We are working to correct this. This will not be solved quickly because it is based on funding. However, this remains the highest priority.

Education – we assume you are aware of the tuition program offered to support staff. You have the ability to take college courses that relate to your job. You have to be pre-approved for the courses with both your Supervisor and Human Resources. You have to pay for those courses on the front end and will be reimbursed if you have a passing grade (see the online contract for more information) or come to a meeting for further details.

Outreach: Lifestyles outreach has been very successful – this is a partnership that has provided winter coats and Thanksgiving food to people in your community. This will continue into 2014.

A union meeting lasts 1 hour, once a month.
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