Brief notes from today’s meeting, June 17, 2015

Charlie Hogan reported on the quarterly meeting of the retirees’ subchapter presidents. A copy of his notes may be seen by clicking here.

The main topic of concern was the agenda of Governor Rauner, acknowledged to be strongly anti-union.  Copies of Governor Rauner’s documents may be seen by clicking here.

Chaya Rubenstein, from S.O.R.E. (Skokie Organization of Retired Educators), provided a set of events that our members are invited to attend (click to see details):

THE COALITION TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY

STOP RAUNER’S TURNAROUND AGENDA/THE COALITION TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY/THE 2015 JUSTICE PROJECT: THE MARCH CONTINUES

S.O.R.E. 2nd Annual Picnic

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Meeting Announcement, June 17, 2015

10 June 2015

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old OrchardRoad, Skokie, Il., on Wednesday, 17th of June. The meeting starts at 11 AM. If you know interested retirees, bring them.

Information from the Council 31 Retirees June meeting will be available. The focus for us will shift to contract negotiations. If you have been following the message roll out in the media, you know we have to respond to attacks on government employees and retirees. We’ll need a fact sheet every member can use whenever the subject comes up among friends and neighbors. We’ll want to discuss it and plan how to use it individually and in group activities. Bring any appropriate articles you have read and internet sources you have found. We will use them as part of our effort to build a active membership through person-to-person efforts and alliances with other organizations.

Sub-Chapter elections for officers and executive board members will be held in September.

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

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Meeting Announcement, May 20 2015

13 May 2015

 

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

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.

Sincerely,

Charlie Hogan

 

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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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