Brothers and Sisters,
I hope all is well and everyone is enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Below please find some general information, upcoming events, and dates to keep in mind.
Congratulations to longtime member John Ross who retired from Dining yesterday after nearly 30 years of dedicated service. Great to see all the former members who came back to wish him well! Congrats John good luck! Enjoy!
The Rewards for wellness program
Current activities #2 (blood pressure screening)
#3 (Cholesterol screening)
Each one of these due to be completed prior to March 31st 2016
Each activity can be completed by attending Health Fair or visiting primary care Doctor and having the 3 forms filled out. Forms can be obtained at the union Office or by visiting http://www.wellness.ri.gov/rfw2015-2016/
Health Fair schedule attached
If you attended the November membership meeting you viewed a presentation by Pam Powell from United Health regarding the programs available for us to better understand our benefits and to make sure we are maximizing the benefits available to us. Programs like this also help us to control premiums from rising at a rapid pass costing us all more $.
Part of the presentation centered around myhealthcare cost estimator more info on the presentation given as well as the Health4me app can be found at myuhc.com
Congratulations to the Thanksgiving raffle winners!
I am proud to report on behalf of the charity & donation committee as of Friday 11/20 Local 528 has donated 195lbs of non-perishable food items to the Peace Dale Johnny Cake Center. In addition we have donated $200.00 to assist them in there efforts & have delivered 1 truck load of winter clothing to RI Council 94 for distribution to local Homeless advocacy groups.
Our efforts are not finished and as such we continue to seek donation of lightly used winter clothing as well as non-perishable food items. Drop off locations include the following sites:
LOCAL 528 UNION OFFICE (ROOSEVELT HALL)
HOPE DINING HALL
CENTRAL STORES (SHERMANBUILDING)
CUSTODIAL OFFICE (SHERMAN BUILDING)
MEMORIAL UNION (MAINTENANCE SHOP)
I am proud to report our efforts to protect our Union are continuing full speed ahead! To date we have reached approximately 375 members educating everyone about the serious attack we face in Friedrich’s V California Teachers Association (info attached). In addition to educating about Friedrich’s we have also spent time listening and in doing so have been able to identify and resolve some ongoing challenges faced by members.
We are also undertaking an effort to ensure everyone has an updated “yellow card”. This effort will continue throughout the winter months with the goal of having everyone updated by spring in preparation for a decision on Friedrich’s. Spurred on by the Friedrich’s attack our local advisories smell blood in the water and will no doubt stop at nothing to attempt anything/ and everything to destroy our way of life, reduce our standard of living, take our jobs, and silence our voice!
Brothers and Sisters we are currently engaged in a fight for survival! Our enemies are well funded and highly motivated to take away our voice and deal us a critical blow. However one thing there money and bad intentions can not defeat is our continued solidarity! By sticking together, participating in our union, paying our dues, performing our jobs to the highest level, and most importantly maintaining and strengthening our commitment to each other we cannot be defeated.
Having spent the past 4 years and specifically the past 6 months traversing every corner of campus talking to members, listening to members I know Local 528 is winning and when the dust settles Local 528 will prevail because our mission has improved the lives of members past, present and will improve the lives of members to come.
As President Saunders (AFSCME) likes to say WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN! I know Local 528 is poised to win this fight!
Contract books have been proofed and are presently at the printers awaiting final state approval to proceed.
Check out the Local 528 website! It is a great source of information and a great resource for the membership. Thank you Don Lapp for your efforts.
12/10 MEMBERSHIP MEETING (PLEASE BRING CANNED GOOD)
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE $
1/12 LOCAL 528 CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY PARTY