Oregon AFSCME is hosting a Volunteer Member Organizer (VMO) training the weekend of April 5-6 in Portland, and is looking for as many as 25 volunteers.
This VMO training will be a canvass of Portland-area fair share members of both Local 328 (OHSU) and Local 132 (Child Care Providers Together). Historically, the union understands that in many cases, fair share payers aren't members simply because no one has ever asked them.
Hilary Mortensen of the Council 75 Organizing Department is the contact person for the event.
"Meals will be provided, and we're also paying for hotel costs for people who travel from outside of the Portland area," she says. "We are in need of any bilingual or multilingual folks in particular, that would be fantastic. The child care providers, for example, have a number of Russian-speaking members in addition to those who speak Spanish. Local 328 has many Asian-American members. So we can use anyone with extra language skills, but if you only speak English, we very much want you, too."
For more information, e-mail Mortensen or call her at the Portland office, (503) 239-9858 or (800) 792-0045.
For 2014, the Retiree Chapter 75 Executive Board will be having monthly meetings in alternating locations: the Porland AFSCME office at 6025 E Burnside, and the Salem AFSCME office at 1400 Tandem Ave NE. In March we will meet in the Eugene office at 688 Charnelton. The entire schdule can be viewed by clicking the link below.
All members are welcome to attend these meetings.
Do you know about the plan to cut our benefits?
The Governor announced a Special Session for Monday, September 30th, to do several things. The most important is cutting our PERS Benefits.
1. Cut Cola benefits for current and future retirees from the current 2% per year to 1.25 percent on the first $60,000 in annual PERS payments and 0.15 percent on additional payments.
A lot of us who are retired can’t afford to have our benefits reduced from what we were promised when we retired. Besides the 2% COLA every year barely keeps up.
We are going to join together on the September, 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol at 9 am just to show the Governor and Legislators that we are not happy about this plan to take money from retirees and use it to fund other public services.
Your personal support is very important. Please plan to join us on the 30th to let the legislature know that it is unfair to cut our PERS benefits!
The Oregon AFSCME Retirees held their biennial convention in April, elected new officers and passed a dues resolution. Read about it by clicking this link: http://oregonafscme.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=279117 .
Oregon AFSCME Director Ken Allen defended members' PERS rights when he spoke to the Oregonian's editorial board. Read the article by clicking this link: oregonafscme.com/index.cfm
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