Announcements for April 15, 2015 Meeting

8 April 2015

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il., on Wednesday, 15th of April.The meeting starts at 11 AM.

This will be a mix of a guest speaker as well as a working meeting for members. Information from the recent quarterly retiree meeting will be available.

I have invited Ms. Bea Lumpkin, a union activist, to speak about building labor and grass roots community movements. We want to stop the attack on our pensions, benefits, and the well-being of our extended families and our communities. Bea has seen variations of this attack in the past. She was a part of the labor/community response to them.

During past meetings, we have been discussing and trying new ways of building membership and member power for what we know will be a hard political fight. Since to “wait and see” only yields the advantage to our enemies; our efforts to learn, communicate, and grow our sub-chapter is the best preparation for any strategy Council 31 asks us to carry out.

Come to the meeting. Bring family and friends to hear Bea. Come with your best ideas and stories of what is working as we organize one-to-one.

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

 

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Meeting Announcement, 18 March 2015

11 March 2015

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il. on Wednesday, 18th of March. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

This will be a working meeting for members. Information from the Council as well as other sources will be available for you. I want you to have facts to counter the lies that will be in the mainstream media. We will also look at the new legislature and bills being discussed.

The focus will be on building one-to-one connections. We first educate ourselves, then family, friends, and sympathetic listeners wherever we meet them. This is foundational work. It’s not dramatic. But it is the basis of what we have to do to save our pensions and benefits.

We have to act: testing new ways to meet active people and building a base of support in each legislative district. We have to learn and apply new skills in order to attract and focus supporters. Council will shape a strategy to beat off the legislative attacks. We have to be ready to support the plan with our new skills and connections.

Our sub-chapter has a reputation for taking action. Past efforts at Town hall meetings and office visits have educated us as well as the legislators. Actions, properly done, lead to knowledge and power.

But blocking bad law isn’t enough. If this crisis leads to anything; it should be an appreciation for a legacy we would want to leave for our families and community. In general terms, we are working to build a “pressure of possibility” that doesn’t exist in Springfield.

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan,
President

Charlie Hogan

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Useful Documents

Members are advised to start contacting state legislators about protecting our pensions and benefits. Also, to start educating friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. and to encourage them to also contact legislators.Below are documents that may be helpful (click on a title to view the document). Click here to view our contact page which includes additional useful links and addresses.

Sample letters from President Charlie Hogan to his legislators:

Letter to Senator Steans

Letter to Representative Harris

 

From The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability:

The High Cost of Doing Nothing

Issue Brief: The Pending FY2016 Fiscal Cliff

 

From United Working Families:

Elected School Board Now

 

Statement from Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, Regarding State of the State Address

 

AFSCME responds to governor’s State of the State address

 

Recommended by our members:

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “FAIR SHARE” AND “RIGHT-TO-WORK.”

Selections from Declaration of Independence

Statement by member David Rolston.

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Meeting announcement February 14, 2015

2 February 2015

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il. on Wednesday, 18th of February. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

This will be a working meeting for members. Information from the Political Conference workshops will be available. If you have been following Rauner’s roll out of lies in the media, you know we have to respond. We’ll need a fact sheet every member can use. We’ll want to discuss it and plan how to use it individually and in group activities.

We will use it as part of our effort to build an active membership through person-to-person efforts and alliances with other organizations. I will have an update on this.

Sincerely,
Charlie Hogan

Notes on Political Conference held in Springfield, January 24, 2015

° To view the report by Charlie Hogan, click here.

° To view the notes by Jesse Wilson, click here.

° To view the notes by Patricia Reed, click here.

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Report on Monthly Meeting 01/21/15

Guest speaker was Emily Stuart from Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans (pictured here with President Charlie Hogan).

Emily Stuard w Charlie Hogan

 

Subchapter 161 is a group member of the Alliance.  Click here to view a brochure about the Alliance.

Click here to view the Alliance information sheet on Social Security and Medicare.

Click here to view the Alliance information sheet on Multi-employer pensions.

Click here to view the Alliance assessment of the State of the Union Address.

 

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Meeting announcement, January 21, 2015

14 January 2015

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

Greetings from the Executive Board of AFSCME Retirees, Subchapter 161.

This email is being sent to all members of the subchapter for whom we have confirmed email addresses. Some members may have been added to our subchapter only recently and so may be new to our list of recipients.  For the benefit of such new recipients: we use this list in order to inform members of upcoming meetings (see below), communicate information quickly, and conserve the dues of our membership which would otherwise be spent on postal mailings. We also have a “bulletin board” website (http://www.afscmeretirees161.org) that is accessible to all and contains additional useful information and a forum for expressions of members’ opinions. So as not to disturb you excessively, we try to restrict emailings to once or twice a month unless something requires your urgent attention. You may contact us by sending an email to:afscmeretirees161@gmail.com.

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il., on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 . The meeting starts at 11 AM.

Our guest speaker will be Ms. Emily Stewart of the Illinois Alliance For Retired Americans.

Our Sub-Chapter joined the Alliance 2 years ago. Each of you is a member. This organization has been a great resource for information affecting our Social Security, Medicare, as well as other Federal and State provided senior services. ILARA is quick to respond to any attempt to diminish or cancel the programs we rely on. In the past, many of our Sub-chapter members have participated in supporting ILARA actions. Given the political change in Washington and Springfield, we need to be educated and prepared for the realities we will face.

You don’t want to miss this talk and the discussion that will follow.

Sincerely,

Charles Hogan,
President
(afscmeretirees161@gmail.com)

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Meeting announcement, December 17, 2014

1 December 2014

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie,Il. on Wednesday, December 17th. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

This will be a working meeting for members. Rauner’s election has added an urgency to our efforts of developing an active retiree Sub-Chapter.

Because of all the past work, we will be building on what we have done as individuals and with others. I have sought the counsel of our Executive Board. They have defined the threat. Additionally, we identified challenges and possible opportunities. A list has been compiled. When approved by the board members, I’ll have John Metz post it on our Website. I have forwarded a description of six levels of competence of our active members. Please read it. We will be referring to both in order to prioritize our goals and the means we have to reach them. It will be part of the workshop plan you will help to create.

The is an old union expression that there is strength in numbers. It says a lot, but misses a lot. The strength is in working associations old and new. It is in the trust we have in one another. Welcome to the fight.

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

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