Not one benefit we enjoy today was a gift! Everything we have was fought for and won through our Union, through member involvement, and a determination to better the lives of workers. To keep what was won and to protect our jobs we must continue strengthening our commitment to our work and more importantly to each other!
Everyone of us is unique and different however the glue that binds us together is our Union and the jobs we work so hard together to protect! This common bond is what propels Local 528 forward and together with RI Council 94/ AFSCME we will continue to not only protect our jobs but also grow our union. Did you know newly built; CBLS, Pharmacy, and now Chemistry have accounted for the addition of 24 new members in our union? URI is growing and so too is Local 528!
With Union membership and public employment comes a responsibility, A responsibility to those who came before us and fought to protect our jobs, increase benefits, and protect our contract. It also comes with a responsibility to take our union into the next generation, and together we are doing just that. We are growing our union, protecting our benefits, working to take back work from contractors, most importantly continuing on with our commitment to our jobs & each other.
Starting this fall our Union will commence with several member education opportunities; Steward training (on campus), health care, and a workshop on retiree health care put on by Legacy Benefit Advisors. We will also be addressing specific ways you can participate, and what makes a “good union member”. The next membership meeting is 9/13/2016 11:30AM MU ballroom (lunch served)
Primary elections are right around the corner (Sept 6th) As you know our livelihood is directly impacted by decisions made at the General Assembly. That’s why it is important our voices are heard in both the primary as well as the general election in November. If you need help identifying your state rep and state senator please visit http://sos.ri.gov/ to find out. If you are not registered to vote please visit http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Elections/Voters/voter-registration.
If you are interested in volunteering for political action or would like more information please contact the union office (874-2100). throughout the next 3 months we will be actively supporting candidates who respect workers and who will stand up for public employees.
Below please find the 2016/2017 wellness rewards information
WHAT DOES MY UNION DO FOR ME
EXCELLENT HEALTH CARE
GOOD VACATION TIME
GOOD SICK LEAVE
JUST CAUSE PROTECTION
LEAVE TO PROTECT STATUS
PAST PRATICE RIGHTS
A VOICE IN THE WORK PLACE
SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS
RETIREE MEDICAL COVERAGE
Brothers and Sisters,
Below please find a few videos & highlights from the 42nd International AFSCME Convention 7/18-7/22. This years convention theme was “NEVER QUIT”. The international staff did an excellent job putting on a very exciting, informative, and worth while convention. On each day of the convention work shops were held such as talkin’ union to new members, Never quit and the AFSCME brand, lifting the curtain on dark money, and many other instructional classes to help grow our union & protect our jobs.
President Saunders Keynote Address
Secretary Treasurer Laura Reyes Keynote Address
Never quit video of AFSCME Members
London Riley Memorial Golf Tournament 8/1/2016
Our next membership meeting 9/13/2016 MU Ballroom (lunch served)
STEWARD TRAINING DATES RI COUNCIL 94
Training 1: Tuesday August 23 and Thursday August 25
Training 2: Tuesday August 30 and Thursday September 1
Wage re-opener negotiations are ongoing with the state.
Leadership has been working diligently on finalizing plans for several member educational opportunities this fall. They include 1 day steward training right here on campus, presentations on using health care/ helping keep premiums low & lastly a work shop on medicare/ retiree health care.
Always looking for suggestions from members on what you would like to see. If you have suggestions please contact the Union Office 874-2100.
Now that the dust has settled and we know who is running for local offices including General Assembly our work begins to elect candidates that respect workers, and who realize union workers are the backbone of our State. Shortly we will be asking for volunteers to help in this effort stay tuned……..
I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer! I look forward speaking with everyone over the next several weeks about issues, our union, and most importantly about protecting our jobs!
Thank you for the work you do, work safe, and stay cool!