Brothers and Sisters,
First I would like to extend a sincere thank you all the members of Local 528 who braved the “blizzard” to report and perform the critical duties we are all so proud to perform at the University of Rhode Island. Once again the members of Local 528 showed and our Brothers and Sisters around the state showed what we already know we make Rhode Island happen, and Local 528 makes URI happen! Once again thank you!
The February membership meeting will be held on Tuesday February 10th @11:30AM MU Ballroom.
The 2nd wellness rewards activity is due to be completed by February 13th please see attachment for more info
The Providence St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 21st @12 noon. Once again RI Council 94 will be participating. As those of you who have participated in the past can attest it is a good time as well as a great opportunity to show our Union Pride. Anyone interested in participating please contact the Local 528 Union Office 874-2100.
Below please find contact information for the current General Assembly both Senate and House of Representatives
We have just begun the 2nd month of the 2015 General Assembly session and as always continue to work hard to advocate for the strengthening of workers rights, protection of working families, and to ensure our job security and long term viability. As we eagerly await the Governor’s first budget it appears as though it will not be released until early March. Currently hearings to consider 2 important pieces of legislation are scheduled for consideration next week 1. a bill allowing classified public employees to run for state wide office 2. a bill commonly known as “card check” making it easier for workers to organize.
I would also like to re-cap/ update the pension lawsuit. As you are aware the 2014 settlement which was a result of 14 months of mediation was defeated. As a result Judge Taft-Carter after a series of procedural hearings set a trial date of April 20th 2015. Also Judge Taft-Carter ruled on the State’s motion for a trial by jury which was granted. There has been much speculation in regards to negotiations, new settlement talks, and possible resolution to the suit which is now nearly 3 years old. In response to the speculation I would like to make clear the willingness to sit at the table and discuss possible resolutions in any challenging situation especially an issue that carries the heavy consequences of this suit. That being said I am confident if conversations take place, simultaneously our legal team will continue preparing for trial. I look forward to keeping you informed as this process continues to evolve.
In closing I believe strongly many lessons can be learned from our past used to assist us to overcome current challenges and guide the way to our future. In just our recent history we the members of Local 528 have overcome the loss of school lunch program resulting in massive layoffs, the banking crisis, persistent attacks by consecutive conservative governors who attacked our job security, benefits, work place safety, and attempted to thin the ranks of public service. We have survived massive budget deficits, attempts to demoralize, weaken, and inevitably break our spirit. The members of Local 528, RI Council 94, AFSCME have endured, responded to and overcome a near endless barrage of attacks on workers rights. Brothers and Sisters I firmly believe the membership of Local 528 as currently constituted like our Brothers and Sisters before us is dedicated, committed, and prepared to take on and overcome any challenges placed before us. Our continued dedication to each other and the work we are proud to perform will serve us well as it always has.
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend, thank you for your work, and I hope to see you on Tuesday February membership meeting 11:30AM MU Ballroom.