AFGE, Local 3937 - Local Business Meeting
May 8, 2019
ATSC, Auburn WA
Present were: Melanie Broady, Cassandra Butler, John Pfannenstein, Laura Novakoski, Steffen Pleiness, Dina Lovenstein, Nicole Carrier-Theulen, Lara Kounas.
The meeting was called to order at 5:10pm, chaired by Melanie Broady, Local President.
Jackie is not at today’s meeting so we don’t have a full report. She did let us know that becoming a Union member using the eDues process seems to be going smoothly for those who have used it so far. We encourage all new members to sign up as follows. First deduction options for Agency employees not yet receiving a paycheck are delayed by an additional pay period from the time of enrollment, but an active member is charged 14-28 days after joining via eDues. We’re still seeking clarification about how current Union members can switch from payroll deduction to eDues, and will share as soon as we know more.
Go to HTTP://JOIN.AFGE.ORG from your personal computer or your cell phone. Then choose SSAFO and choose L3937 to identify your employer and Local Union, and press Continue.
The audit committee finished the annual financial audit for the Local, and the report will go to AFGE National by the end of the month.
Dina explored T-shirt options for reps as we discussed at our last meeting, and brought design ideas for us tonight. She’ll be moving forward with that project and contacting reps with ordering information soon.
Steve Kofahl would like to attend as the Local delegate to the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans (WSARA) convention on May 30th, and the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) convention July 25th-27th in SeaTac. He serves on the Executive Board of each group as the AFGE delegate, and requested the Local cover his costs. The registration fees are $30 for WSARA and $215 for WSLC, and he plans to take public transit to each event. It’s beneficial for us to affiliate with these local, labor-friendly groups and share our concerns and issues with them for support when we need it. Melanie made a motion that the Local fund up to two delegates to the WSLC convention at a cost not to exceed $300 each (to include registration, per diem and transportation related costs); John seconded. Motion passed. Melanie made a motion that the Local fund the maximum number of delegates we are allowed to the WSARA convention at a cost not to exceed $100 per delegate; Cassandra seconded. Motion passed.
Last month, Local President Melanie Broady attended the Council 215 caucus in Savannah, GA, where the main points of discussion were our national contract negotiations, and the challenges that SSA hearings office employees are facing.
The Council 220 caucus that was initially planned for March 2019 was postponed, and it may be rescheduled for June. Their Treasurer recently resigned May 1st, and we are accepting letters of interest for that vacancy due by May 31st to our email at firstname.lastname@example.org – please see our website for more information. We will also likely be posting there about a vacancy for editor of the Unity, their newsletter, as soon as we know more.
There was a reelection for C220 President in March, and Ralph DeJulius was elected.
Laura made a motion that we accept the minutes as written and read; Melanie seconded. Motion passed.
Dine moved to adjourn; Steffen seconded. Motion passed.
Minutes written and submitted by Laura Novakoski, Secretary.