Legislative/Contract Update

Greetings,

As you probably know, the legislature adopted a partially-funded budget and adjourned on Monday, 27 April.  That budget specifically and definitively rejected the “monetary terms” of our SU and CEA contracts for the year beginning 1 July 2015 – rejected the 2.5% raises, and rejected all monetary terms in the third year, which may make for some interesting discussion.  The budget, however, was not funded for the complete 2016 fiscal year.

The Governor almost immediately called the Legislature into Special Session.  The Special Session had 3 agenda items – (1) a fully-funded budget, (2) Medicaid expansion and (3) Erin’s Law.  On Tuesday, 28 April 2015, the legislature sort of grumbled around, convened, adjourned and grumbled some more.  Late in the day, the Governor introduced HB/SB 1001, a revised administration budget, which did accept numerous cuts and reductions adopted in the House and Senate budgets, but which also added additional monies for public education, AMHS and our contracts and their raises.

So far, not much action has taken place on the governor’s revised budget.  Senate Finance met on Wednesday, 29 April 2015, and presented a contrived discussion wherein they worried over, but justified, their reductions/their budget, and generally insisted that their budget is the only reasonable vehicle to respond to the state’s financial dilemma.  Committee meetings, of course, are fora where the dominant committee members are able to maintain complete and total control of the discussion and all information emanating from the meeting, so the meeting was, primarily, an opportunity, for the committee majority to praise themselves and exercise their bully pulpit to insist that the state’s response to the financial situation must be their – the committee majority’s – response. House Finance met this afternoon and had much the same discussion. At this hearing, Commissioner Fisher confirmed the administration’s commitment to honoring union contracts.

Later on Wednesday, Governor Walker held a news conference where he did an excellent job of discussing and explaining the situation, outlining and advocating his revised budget (HB/SB 1001) and defending the add-backs reflected in his budget. The legislature is now in recess for two weeks.

 

Please continue to let the Governor know you support his efforts, and please continue to let the legislature know you support the Governor and his revised budget, HB/SB 1001.  Links, connections and suggestions are available on APEA’s website, www.apea-aft.org.

2015 CEA Executive Board

Please join me in congratulating Mindy Jones on her recent election to the CEA Executive Board! Please also congratulate Joe Reeves and Lura Noss on their reelections to the CEA Executive Board! All three will occupy our three At-Large Seats. Posted below is an updated roster of officers and committee members as well as their contact information.

CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (CEA)

ALASKA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/AFT LOCAL #6133

(Updated April, 2015)

 

CEA EXECUTIVE BOARD*

 

PRESIDENT  
Gene Christian Ketchikan, AK 

E-mail: ggchristian65@hotmail.com

(907) 228-7273: Work

(907) 617-7877: Cell   

 

VICE   PRESIDENT  
Terri Moore Juneau, AK

E-mail: hdovrhis@msn.com

(907) 465-2072: Work 
   
JUNEAU SEAT AND SECRETARY  
Dezarae Deraimer Juneau, AK

E-mail: dezhere@emailcom

(907) 465-4404: Work 
   
OUT OF   JUNEAU SEAT  
Sarah Blei Anchorage, AK 

E-mail: sarahblei907@gmail.com  

(907) 269-7828: Work  
   
AT-LARGE   SEATS (3)  
   
Lura Noss Anchorage, AK

E-mail: luranoss@hotmail.com

(907) 269-0576: Work   
    
Joseph Reeves Juneau, AK 

E-mail: darthvader416@gmail.com 

(907) 465-6019: Work 
   
Mindy Jones Juneau, AK 

E-mail: msjones63@gmail.com 

(907) 465-3149: Work

(907) 209-8152: Cell  

   
   

 

*The President and designated seats are elected in even years, the Vice-President and At-Large seats are elected in odd years.  The offices of Secretary and Treasurer are selected by the Board from its membership.

 

 

 

 

 

APEA/AFT EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (CEA)

 

     Primary Member

            Dan McCrummen                                            Work:  907-465-3845

     Alternate Member

            Chad Bolduc                                                   Work:  907-334-0842

 

APEA/AFT EMPLOYEES POLITICAL INFORMATION COMMITTEE (EPIC) BOARD OF DIRECTORS (CEA)

 

    Primary Member

            Gene Christian                                                Work:  907-228-7273

    Alternate Member

            Lura Noss                                                       Work:  907- 269-0576

 

HEALTH BENEFITS EVALUATION COMMITTEE (CEA REPRESENTATIVE)

 

    Primary Member

            Kelli Manchester                                            Work:  907-465-5598

    Alternate Member

            Gene Christian                                               Work:  907-228-7273

 

LMC TRAINING COMMITTEE   (CEA REPRESENTATIVES)

 

Lura Noss                                                      Work:  907-269-0576

Dezarae Deraimer                                          Work:  907-465-4404

 

CEA membership application and legal trust information

Greetings fellow members,

We have been asked by several members to add some new links to the website. We have now added a link to the CEA membership form as well as a link to the Legal Trust. When you click the link to the legal trust it will take you directly to the APEA/AFT website. Simply click on Member Resources and then Legal Trust.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of your Executive Board members.

 

In Solidarity,

Gene Christian

President, CEA local 6133

Contact your Representatives

Each and everyone of us need to reach out to our elected officials and remind them that we supported them. Here are some talking points:

 

CEA Members,

 

As promised in yesterday’s teleconference, here are a few helpful tips for communicating with your legislators:

 

Talking points:

 

1)     The state and legislature’s word is their bond.  A contract is a promise, a promise is a promise!

 

2)     Breaking your word and your commitments is not how people work their way thru financial difficulties.

 

3)    We approved these contracts in good faith.  Reversing now would be a breach of that prior agreement.

 

4)    Employee contracts are a commitment to the State’s entire population for services and support.

 

5)    Unions made concessions to arrive at the change in pay in these contracts.  Some for the two year preceding this last year of the contract

 

6)    Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the employees.

 

7)    Governor has an obligation to support and advocate for the contracts under PERA.

 

Send messages only to your Senator or Representative. 

 

Do not send messages or make phone calls from your State email address or phone.

 

If you have questions about your district or legislator, contact your local or regional Legislative Information Office (LIO) for more information.

http://akleg.gov/lios.php

 

See legislators by district.

http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/DISTRICTS.pdf

 

 

Don’t forget the Governor!!  The Governor’s email is simply Bill.Walker@alaska.gov and the phone is 465-3500 (Anch: 269-7450). Members should thank the Governor for submitting the contracts with funding and urge him to stand by them. Ask the Governor to support them every step of the way.

 

 

In Solidarity,

CEA Executive Board

 

Contact your legislative Representatives. You’re negotiated raises depend on this.

We have provided a sample letter that you can tailor to your needs:

 

[Date]

 

The Honorable [Name]

Juneau, Alaska 99811-0001

 

Dear (Senator or Representative) [Name],

 

I am your constituent and also a State employee. My family and I need your support to vote to return negotiated State pay raises to the budget. As an Alaskan, I believe that a person’s word is their bond. If the Legislature fails to fund the final pay raise in our contract, that would be tantamount to the State breaking its word. I hope you agree that we need to follow through on our commitments and promises, and I hope you can agree that this isn’t right.

 

This modest raise would mean about an extra $80 per month for our family. That would be a few more grocery items at the store, much need school clothes for the children, or a little extra money to pay for the rising costs of utilities. It is a small amount of money that would go into our local economy, and help keep local businesses thriving.

 

Please commit voice and support to local families and businesses by voting to fund our contracts, and urge your fellow Legislators to do the same. We should not be singled out. It’s hard not to appreciate the State’s financial situation, but not funding already approved contracts is not the right way to discuss alternatives to layoff.

 

Thanks you for your attention to this important matter.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

[First Name] [Last Name]

 

 

 

Photos from 2014 Caucus

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Mark Begich and CEA President Gene Christian

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AFT President Randi Weingarten,  Senator Mark Begich, and APEA President Cecily Hodges.

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Senator Mark Begich, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and APEA President Cecily Hodges.

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AFL-CIO President Vincent Beltrami, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and APEA President Cecily Hodges.

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Gordon Lafer on Minimum Wage (Prop3)

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Mr. Bill Walker

2014 APEA/AFT Caucus

The 2014 APEA/AFT Caucus began on October 9th and is expected to conclude on October 12th.

APEA president Cecily Hodges has done a wonderful job moderating the caucus. We have had the pleasure of guest speakers Gordon Lafer, Mike Fenster, Neil Fried and gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker.

We have held regional caucuses, constituency meetings, and workshops on many issues that are important to us as a union and as Alaskans.

On October 12th we will have AFT president Randi Weingarten as our special guest. This will be her first time attending and Alaskan APEA/AFT caucus so we are very fortunate for this.

Our thanks go out to you, the membership, for electing your voting delegates and making this possible. We can assure your that our votes will be in the best interest of our membership.

2014 AFL-CIO Biennial Convention

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Forrest Dunbar, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress.

Forrest Dunbar, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress.

Gubernatorial independent candidate Bill Walker

Gubernatorial independent candidate Bill Walker

And just some fun shots.

Some fun shots!

Josh Presented a very informative piece on economic sense as it relates to our cause.

Josh Anjari Presented a very informative piece

on economic sense as it relates to our cause.

Senator Hollis French and candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Senator Hollis French and candidate

for Lieutenant Governor and company.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations National President

Richard Trumka, American Federation of Labor and

Congress of Industrial Organizations National President

Executive Secretary, Montana AFL-CIO.

Al Ekblad, Executive Secretary, Montana AFL-CIO.

A good time had by all.

A good time had by all.