From President Susan M Littlefield

                            

January, 2019

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

Happy New Year!  I hope this letter finds everyone in good health and spirits.  I would like to start by saying thank you for believing in me and supporting the leadership of this local.  When I decided to run for President of Local 2912,   I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.   I swore an oath to serve the membership to the best of my ability, uphold our Collective Bargaining Agreement, and do my best to ensure that all of the members of Local 2912 are treated fairly and equitably. It is a priority of your local leadership to ensure all of the membership feels like they belong and are represented.  I, as well as the other members of the Executive Board are committed to this task.

 

The past year has been troublesome for our city, our nation and Unions, but we have persevered. The Janus case and some elections are behind us.  Instead of dividing us and spelling the end of the union as was the intention of Bruce Rauner and his cohorts, the Janus case brought us together and sent a strong message to the city. We are not giving up on the right to be unionized!  Local 2912 is 95% Union Strong, which is a testament to the determination of the membership to remain united!  You are eligible to become a Union Member at the onset of your employment, you do NOT need to wait until you are off probation.

 

Now is the time to have your voice heard and your presence felt.  The importance of the Labor Movement and where we and our country will be without it is vital to what our future holds. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is standing strong.  With some of the challenges you are up against in your current employment, what do you think it would be like without a Union?  We haven't won everything we have come up against, but we have made some great strides and the victories we have won made a huge difference to the members affected and will set precedent for others.  We recently settled a 5-year contract, won some arbitration cases and once membership stood together, we won against some of the challenging managers we have experienced.

 

Deep water does not drown you, you drown because you stop kicking.  Brothers and sisters, we CANNOT STOP KICKING!!  If you haven't started, you NEED to START!! We need to be more organized and prepared to stand strong.  Our battle has been won temporarily but the war has not, and we should be committed to fighting all attacks on the Labor Movement until they cease and desist. Rauner did not get re-elected but he is still funding sources to take away our right to be organized. Our surrounding states are right to work states. WE WON"T BACK DOWN and let that happen to Illinois.

 

We are up against some of the greediest, self-centered billionaires that are supporting attacks on Unions and they are not all politicians. They do not worry about their retirement, their pensions, their health care or the basic needs of their offspring. Not only do they have all they need, they want OURS as well!!  Their attacks on us are relentless and it is our responsibility to educate the masses that Unions are NOT the enemy. I would suggest as a union member you visit Illinois Labor Historical Society and take one of the tours they offer.    

 

With the mayoral election around the corner, we have a plethora of candidates to choose from.  Whomever you decide to vote for, make sure you familiarize yourself with the specific politics of the candidate.  Make sure they support working people, teachers, children, homeless, police and firefighters. Our mayor should be a servant of the people, not a pawn to be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Our mayor should work for all of Chicago, not just those who can pad their pockets. 

 

Besides our annual gathering, we are aiming to do department meetings, ward nights (meet your alderperson), and weekly emails to stewards and MAT leaders. 
 

There are new local t-shirts we will be distributing at meetings to wear on our ward nights and all other union activities.  If you would like to become a steward, MAT leader, PEOPLE member or involved at any level please feel free to contact me:  prezsusan2912@yahoo.com.

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

 

 

Susan M Littlefield

President, Local 2912

 

 

Did you know:

 

AFSCME Retiree Chapter is very active in fighting for our pensions and most recently the attacks on the cost of living increases the retirees receive.  Information available at www.afscme31.org 

 

PSP - Union's very own Personal Support Program - first visit is on city time Contact 800-647-8776

 

Free College Tuition for you and family members 888-590-9009

 

Legal Shield - legal costs at a discounted rate contact information on afscmelocal2912.org

For other union benefits, go to www.unionplus.org

 

"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given, it must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor - who have carried us up the long rugged path toward prosperity and freedom."  Barack Obama

Accomplishments

 

  • All Executive Board Officers attended AFSCME Secretary Treasurer training

  • All Executive Board Officers attend AFSCME Executive Board Training

  • All Stewards completed certified Steward training

  • In compliance with AFSCME Financial Standards implemented Financial Bi-Laws

  • In compliance with AFSCME Financial Standards regarding semi-annual audits

  • Implemented Payroll Servicing Codes ADP services

  • Implemented Standard Financial Forms due processing

  • Updated office with new computers and furniture

  • Launched Local 2912 website (www.afscmelocal2912.org)

  • Launched mobile version of website

  • Launched Local 2912 Facebook page

  • Instituted General Membership meetings during lunchtime and alternate locations

  • Annual membership "Meet & Greet" party

  • Initiated retirement plaques to honor our Brothers and Sisters who have retired from City employment

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