Meeting Announcement, September 21, 2016

13 September 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet at The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant at 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, Il. on Wednesday, 21th of Sept. The meeting starts at 11:30 AM. The Location is on the North side of Mall. It’s visible from the parking lot adjacent to Old Orchard Rd. Meeting room is on the second floor and accessible by elevator.

The subject of the meeting will be the election and work to be done.

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

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Meeting followup, July 20, 2016

At today’s monthly meeting Walter Esler spoke about how H-1B non-immigrant visas are costing American workers white collar jobs. The video that he showed can be viewed at: http://www.brightfuturejobs.com/

Below are some pictures Walter took of members at work organizing to support Social Security.

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Meeting Announcement, July 20, 2016

16 July 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL on Wednesday, 20th of July. The meeting starts at 11 AM. This will be a working meeting for members.

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 written materials as background for discussions. Mary and I have been active with members of ONE north side and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus doing canvassing, and demonstrations for the living wage. We gathered petition signatures supporting the living wage and to protect Social Security and Medicare.

Up until now AFSCME and community organizations have conducted defensive blocking actions. You don’t win a fight being on defense.

Before the political season comes up to full speed, we have time to think, build a consensus around a plan, and a schedule of member activity.

With the situation as it is in Illinois, we and our families cannot wait for elections and lame duck session decisions. Our focus will be on a plan and short term schedule for creating and applying pressure. Organized coalition pressure gets us a place at decision’s table.

If you aren’t at that table; you’re on the menu.

If you or your family depend on a check, we need to be working for a comprehensive, just change that reverses past damage. The graph showing the budget gap will only grow wider if the current groups remain stalemated.

Charlie Hogan

 

To view email forwarded by Mary Bennett, “Do Pensions Cost Too Much $$$?”, click here.

To view exchange of letters between Roberta Lynch and members of the Illinois General Assemply, click here.

To view minutes of the May 11 Subchapter meeting, click here.

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Meeting Announcement, June 15 2016

June 10, 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL on Wednesday, 15th June, 2016. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

Our speaker is Ms. Ana Marin, an organizer with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. This organization has a proud local history of fighting for senior issues. Ana will be talking about past and current work. Several of our retirees have worked with this organization. By working with them as individual members or as a sub-chapter, we will have an opportunity to advance our concerns for social justice here in northern Illinois.

In addition, there will be a reports from the AFSCM Retirees June meeting in Springfield and the first meeting of the new Metro Seniors group of the

Illinois Alliance of Retired Americans.

See you at the meeting.

Sincerely,
Charlie Hogan

 

 

 

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Meeting Announcement for May 11, 2016

9 May 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

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

Note that this is the second Wednesday of the month rather than the usual third Wednesday. Our guest speaker is Mr. David Amerson, Council 31 retiree coordinator.

For now, the only working address for our website is:
Afscmeretirees161.wordpress.com

 

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

 

 

 

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Meeting Announcement, April 20, 2016

18 April 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL on Wednesday, 20th of April. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

Our guest speaker is Mr. David Amerson, Council 31 retiree coordinator.

Go to our website for some additional information at The Switchboard. For now, the only working address for our website is:
afscmeretirees161.wordpress.com

Sincerely,
Charlie Hogan

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Meeting Announcement, March 16, 2016

13 March 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL on Wednesday, 16th of March. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

Our guest speaker is Mr. Tom Judd, an organizer with Congresswoman Jan Schakowski’s political team. He wants to tell us about their work in preparing for the November elections.

In the last email, I spoke of preparing for a tough election fight. 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.

I am preparing a list of sources that I have used. Feel free to bring sources and ideas to this meeting. We will use it as part of our effort to build a active membership through person-to-person efforts and alliances with other organizations.

For now, the only working address for our website is:
afscmeretirees161.wordpress.com

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

 

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