Draft Agenda and Materials for 1/18 General Membership Meeting

By President / On / In Local 88

Final versions will be distributed at the meeting. Please also note that Nominations for Oregon AFSCME Convention Delegates will be accepted in January and voted on in February.  Nominations and Elections for Trustee #1 will also be held.

Draft Agenda: GM2017.01.18A

Draft Minutes from November GM: GM2016.11.16M

Draft Minutes from December Executive Board:  EB2016.12.07M

December President’s Report: EB2016.12.07PresidentsReport

Draft Minutes from January Executive Board: EB2017.01.04M

Bargaining Delegate Meeting Postponed

By admin / On / In Local 88

Dear Bargaining Delegates,

Due to the high possibility of inclement weather during the bargaining conference tomorrow, we’ve decided that it would be prudent to postpone the meeting scheduled for tomorrow, January 7th.  While we really don’t like postponing such an important meeting, our concern is for your safety and to hold this event on a date that encourages the maximum number of people to attend.  We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause you.
We have tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, 1/28 from 9AM to 1PM.
Thanks and stay safe and warm this weekend.

Resolution regarding Trump Inauguration Weekend Actions and the Trump Agenda

By President / On / In Local 88

At the December Local 88 Executive Board Meeting, the Board passed the following resolution regarding the Inauguration Weekend Actions:

Resolution:    United Front Against Trump Agenda

Whereas: The election of Donald Trump is dangerous for all working people, especially immigrants, people of color, women, and LGBTQ people, and

Whereas: A president Donald Trump, coupled with Republican control of the House and Senate, raises the very real possibility of

  1.         national anti-worker legislation, which would decimate labor unions,
  2.        a  Supreme Court friendly to another “Friedrich” type attack on public and private sector unions,
  3.         an employer-friendly National Labor Relations Board which could reverse the gains of the last several decades,
  4.        an anti-union, anti-worker Department of Labor,
  5.         the deportation of millions of undocumented workers,
  6.          the exclusion, surveillance, profiling and incarceration of our Muslim brothers and sisters,
  7.         major restrictions on women’s reproductive rights,
  8.        the return of anti-LGBTQ laws,
  9.     the increased intimidation and assaults on our most vulnerable members by racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic predators, and

Whereas: Spontaneous protests have erupted across the country immediately following the Trump election, and

Whereas: Many national and local student, labor and community groups are planning for massive protests on the weekend of Trump’s Inauguration, January 20-22, and

Whereas: A united front of all those threatened by the Trump presidency will be needed to defend each, therefore be it

Resolved: that  AFSCME Local 88 pledges to encourage its members in concert with other labor unions for local protest actions on Inauguration weekend, and be it finally

Resolved: that AFSCME Local 88 will forward this resolution to its members, recommending they join the Inauguration weekend actions as well.

Click here for a downloadable pdf version: ResolutionUnitedFrontAgainsttheTrumpAgenda

 

 

A brief comment regarding DAPL divestment

By President / On / In Local 88

At the November General Membership meeting, AFSCME Local 88 voted to close all accounts and investments with any banks that support of fund the Dakota Access Pipeline by February 28, 2017.

The concerns with the pipeline and the ultimate decision to divest from banks supporting are multi-faceted. Local 88 is greatly concerned by the violations of the Standing Rock Sioux sovereignty, cultural heritage, water source, and protesters rights. Furthermore, the potential environmental impacts on the community and the global climate as a whole also were major factors in pursuing divestment.

 

The decision around divestment came before last week’s news of the Army Corp of Engineers announcing it would not grant an easement to the pipeline. However, the Local still feel that it is important to continue to support protest efforts through divestment, as the investors and Energy Transfer Partners will surely continue their attempts to complete the pipeline project. We’ve been working on a formal press release, but we thought it was important to communicate to our members as we work through details.

Here is the resolution as it was passed:  AFSCMELocal88ResolutionDivestingFromBanksSupportingtheDakotaAccessPipeline