Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to thank everyone who attended the October membership meeting. At the meeting Council 94 Rep Jim Cenerini stopped in to provide some insight as to why we must reject question #3 (Constitutional Convention) on November 4th. Also discussed was question #4 $125 million dollars to pay for a new state of the art engineering school at URI. These 2 bond issues alone have the potential to directly affect the members of Local 528 with a “con con” possibly endangering our bargaining rights as well as our union’s very right to exist while the new engineering school follows a familiar path of growth for the University we are so proud to serve and as proven out over the last decade with growth for the University comes growth for our union. I strongly urge everyone to reject question #3 and support question #4 on November 4th!
Political endorsements for State wide offices, RI Council 94 has endorsed the following candidates: Catherine Taylor (LT Governor)
Nellie Gorbea (Sec. of State)
Peter Kilmartin (Attorney General)
Seth Magaziner (Treasurer)
In the coming weeks you will begin receiving information regarding support for endorsed candidates for GA, and local races. For more information on questions #3 and #4 please see the links, and attachments below. It is as important now as it has ever been we work to elect candidates to the GA committed to working families.
The Scholarship Committee also awarded the annual Local 528 scholarships to 6 children of members of Local 528. Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to the committee members for a job well done.
A hearing in the pension lawsuit is taking place today 10/17/2014 (more info to follow)
Once again this year we will be collecting winter clothing, and non- perishable food items over the next couple weeks there will be more information on where to drop items off. Last years drive was very successful thanks to your participation! With your help we can surpass what we accomplished last year!
The 2nd raise, 2% is effective on 10/5 and is expected to be realized next week. The following 2% will be effective 10/4/2015. Also the changes to the health care plan are effective 1/1/2015. If you have questions regarding these changes please contact the Union Office. There is also information on the website. Special open enrollment for the FSA will take place in December.
I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment and dedication to our work and each other. It is this collective commitment and dedication which helps to keep us strong. A special thank you to our Brothers and Sisters in Dining for there continued efforts in light of construction at Butterfield and record numbers of customers at Hope.
10/5- 2% raise effective date
10/17- Hearing Pension lawsuit “procedural”
10/21, 10/23, 10/28, 10/30- Steward training RI Council 94
11/1- Annual canned good/ clothing drive begins
11/4- Election Day
11/12- Membership meeting (Wednesday due to Veterans Day)
12/1-12/12- FSA open enrollment