Our new president, Deirdre Mahoney-Clark ,and vice-president, Jason Heilbrun, have issued statements about their vision for taking Local 88 forward. These statements are in the next issue of the Northwest Labor Press. Click on the graphic below to read their statements.
Please join us!
- December 18, 2013 6–8p.m.
- AFSCME Office ‐ 6025 E Burnside, Portland
All workers (members and non‐members) who are represented by Local 88 are invited to our year‐end get together and celebration. If you haven’t been to our office, stop by and see where we hold our monthly meetings. Elected officials from Multnomah County have been invited.
This is a fun, family‐friendly event. Stop by on your way home from work. We look forward to seeing you!
Food: Appetizers and non‐alcoholic beverages provided. Beer and wine will be available for a $2 donation.
Other: Gift cards will be awarded throughout the evening.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Korie Erickson: email@example.com
Click [ HERE ] for a downloadable flyer.
- Inform the membership to contact the Local 88 Vice President if interested in joining Political Action Committee (PAC).
- Meet with PAC to review process and develop member driven written candidate questionnaire.
- Pick a “cutoff date” when you will reach out to Elections Office registered candidates.
- Get contact information from Elections Office website of all candidates who have registered, and notify candidates of endorsement process and send written questionnaire (to be completed by time of verbal interview).
- Schedule a 1-on-1 verbal interview between PAC and each candidate.
- After interviewing all candidates, PAC debates and tries to reach consensus on recommendation for endorsement.
- PAC prepares written report of candidates for members.
- Schedule “candidate forum” with all members and candidates (usually at a General Membership meeting).
- Hold “candidate forum” where the candidates for each office are on a panel together, and have PAC Chair or designated facilitator take written questions from audience, and asks these questions of candidates within allotted time. Each candidate gets opening remarks, 2 min response to each question, and closing remarks.
- When candidates are all done and leave, suspend Robert’s Rules and allow open discussion for 15 mins, but no Motions.
- After 15 minute discussion, share PAC recommendation(s) on candidates.
- Then resume Robert’s Rules and entertain Motion to endorse for each office (request separate Motion for endorsement vs. financial donations). It has been Local 88 custom to endorse candidates at one General Membership meeting and pass Motions for financial contribution at subsequent General Membership meeting the following month.
- Debate and vote on each Motion.
- Notify candidates of results ASAP, in person if possible, over the phone if not.
- Send out Press Release about all endorsements.
- Fill out endorsement form (MCED015) and file with Elections Office by deadline for Voter’s Pamphlet.
- Find out from each endorsed candidate what they need help with most for their campaign. Contact Council 75 Political Department to coordinate efforts with them.
- Educate members and organize volunteers for canvassing, phone banking, leafleting, or whatever else the candidate needs.
- After ballots have been mailed out, work with Council 75 Political Department to turn out the vote.
Members: Anyone interested in being involved in the Political Action Committee should contact Jason Heilbrun: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Night our new Officers and Executive Board were sworn in. We said good bye to Michael Hanna as President and welcomed him to the Executive Board as Chief Steward for Dept of County Management and Dept of County Assets. Deirdre Mahoney-Clark was sworn in as President of Local 88.
Congratulations to All!
There will be a rally to Support Teachers this Friday, November 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. Please come and joint the effort!
- 3:45 Optional sign-making at Bossanova Ballroom (722 East Burnside)
- 4:15 March to the Burnside Bridge
- 4:30 – 5:30 RALLY TO SUPPORT TEACHERS!
- 5:30 March back to Bossanova Ballroom for food, drinks, and fun!
Everyone who cares about Fighting for the Schools Portland Students Deserve is invited!
Click [ HERE ] for a downloadable flier.
Click [ HERE ] for full story on Willamette Week.
House Party and Canvass
Hosted by five area union locals. Representatives from the campaign will give an update of the progress of this important issue.
- Date: 11/09/2013
- Time: 12 Noon
- Location: AFSCME Council 75
- 6025 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97215
Michael Stewart, Local 328, P.A.C. Chair
The bankruptcy in Detroit is being pushed by Governor Snyder’s politically appointed Emergency Manager, who has demonstrated that he puts himself first, with his hotel penthouses, excessive room service bills, and $225,000 salaries for his staff. Though Detroit has been struggling for years, the problem was made worse by a $66 million cut in state funding last year and a loss of $700 million over the past decade. The Snyder administration is making the wrong funding choices in the bankruptcy, helping the Wall Street bankers first and spending another $100 million on lawyers and consultants. Widows and survivors of police and fire fighters will see their benefits cut. Contracts with small businesses will not be paid. And Michigan public employees, including those who don’t receive Social Security will see their pensions cut. These are the wrong priorities.
At the September 18, 2013 General Membership Meeting we will conduct nominations for our Local 88 Officer and Executive Board positions. All positions are for a 2-year term, except for the Trustee which is a 3-year term:
- Vice President
- General Government and Library, up to 5 positions (member must work in either DCA, DCM, DCS, Non-Departmental or Library departments)
- Health and Human Services, up to 5 positions (member must work in either Health or DCHS departments)
- Public Safety, up to 5 positions (member must work in either DCJ, MCSO or DA’s Office)
- Private, non-profit agencies, with 2 representatives (one member from Central City Concern and one member from Transition Projects Inc)
If you are interested in any of these positions, please attend the September meeting or ask someone to place your name into nomination. You do not need to be present to be nominated. Elections for all of these positions will be held on November 20, 2013.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Michael Hanna, 503.317.3173, email@example.com
On Sept. 6, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen announced his resignation. Based on the Multnomah County Home Rule Charter, Cogen’s Chief of Staff, Marissa Madrigal, will serve as the interim Chair until May 2014.
Most Multnomah County employees are members of Local 88 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Local 88 President Michael Hanna released the following statement regarding the County Chair transition:
“During Jeff Cogen’s tenure as Multnomah County District 2 Commissioner and later as Multnomah County Chair, AFSCME Local 88 was proud to work in collaborative partnership with him — and his staff — to help stabilize the county budget, secure lasting longterm funding for the library, improve working conditions for our represented staff and the efficiency of our county services, and work on a vast array of innovative, costeffective programs and services that enhance our community.
“It was an honor to work with Jeff Cogen on so many important issues, and the citizens of Multnomah County are better off because of his leadership. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.
“Local 88 has had a multiyear collaborative working relationship with Madrigal through her work as Chief of Staff to Cogen, and we welcome the opportunity to work with her in her new role as Chair in the coming months. She has impressed our local union with her intelligence, authenticity and dedication to the mission of Multnomah County. She will be a strong asset to the county and its citizens in her new role.
“Sept. 12 marks the first day to file for office for the May 2014 primary election for County Chair. Given the importance of this position to Local 88represented employees and the likelihood that there will be many qualified candidates for the position, Local 88 will not begin our candidate endorsement process for the Chair position until early 2014. This will ensure the most thorough and balanced evaluation of possible candidates, and the endorsement of the candidate best able to further the mission of Multnomah County and the interests of Local 88represented employees.”
To download this press release, [ Click Here ].