Brothers and Sisters,
On 12/22 the winter clothing was distributed to those in need at RI Council 94. This was a culmination of 2 months of collecting clothes/ winter coats/ gloves/ hats/ etc….. Thank you for your contribution to this effort. Video below
On 12/23 the Food drive committee delivered our second batch of collected canned goods & non-perishable food items to the Peace Dale Johnny Cake Center. Today’s delivery totaled 332lbs combined with the delivery prior to Thanksgiving Local 528 members with help from the URI community delivered 527lbs of food this Holiday season. GREAT JOB! Thank you to the committee members for there efforts! This was our best drive yet!
Rewards for wellness 2015-1016 is on going for deadlines and activity due dates please see the attached schedule.
Local 528 Christmas/ Holiday Party 1/12/2016 11:30AM MU Ballroom
AFSCME STRONG/ Friedrich’s case update
The links below provide some insight on what is taking place in our Union nation wide the 4th link is a month by month step by step summary of court filings and actions from the beginning via SCOTUS Blog.
AFSCME has also begun direct contact to members all over the country. Please take a moment to speak with reps and share your thoughts. This out reach is important way for you to be heard at the national level.
In our Local we have (as you are aware) been talking about Friedrich’s and what’s at stake since mid-summer and will continue our efforts until we have reached every member of Local 528. Currently we are continuing our efforts to reach our Brothers and Sisters employed in Dining Services.
We are currently well past the half way mark and heading for the home stretch in our efforts to prepare for a SCOTUS decision on Friedrich’s (sometime this spring). I am confident our resolve to band together to protect our jobs & each other is strong, and regardless of outcomes we will continue on with our commitment to our work as well as our commitment to each other.
Friedrich’s will continue to be a topic discussed at monthly membership meetings and I encourage you to bring any questions regarding Friedrich’s. We are also engaging in an effort to ensure everyone has a current/ valid “yellow card”. More info to follow.
The key to winning Friedrich’s can not be found in a court room in Washington DC. Rather the key to victory and protecting our jobs rests with each one of us upholding our personal responsibility, fighting for each other, and refusing to concede our way of life to our advisories. The key to defeating this latest attempt to destroy our Union is found right here in Kingston and it starts and ends with solidarity. If we stay together in solidarity we cannot be moved!