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Party Over Here!

November 16th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Holiday Party - (0 Comments)

AFGE Local 1395

Holiday Joy!

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

When:   Saturday December 3

                 6:00pm – 11:00pm

 

Where:  Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro

                    733 W. Madison Street

                    Chicago, IL 60661

 

Buffet Dinner w/ 2 free drink tickets 8pm sharp 

          DJ Woo Entertainment

          Guest Appearance:

   DJ Sundance  of Soul 106.3

              Comedian Teresa Sykes

           (Church Lady in  Almost Christmas)

             Performance: Iris T London

              Raffles and Prizes

Cost:    Union Member -$15.00

              Union Member + One Guest -$40

 

Tickets available-  11/16 – 11/30

12:00-1:00 pm in the union office  

*Hotel Discounts Available (code available)

 

 

 

 

 

PARTY OVER HERE!

October 28th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Holiday Party | Holidays - (0 Comments)

SAVE THE DATE!  

Calendar

Annual Holiday Party 

Saturday December 3, 2016

Holiday Joy!

Holiday Joy!

AFGE Election Results

October 4th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | ELECTIONS | Events | Local 1395 - (0 Comments)

AFGE Local 1395 held its Tri-Annual election on Thursday July 28, 2016.

The following were elected:

President (1)

Agatha Joseph

Executive Vice-President (1)

Cheryl Bellamy-Bonner

Vice-President at Large (3)

Monica Harris

Eddie T Smith

Vacant

Vice-President for D.O. (3)

Mario Connie

Patricia Hayes

Yesenia Navarro

Vice-President for OQP (3)

Todd Madsen

Evelyn Nesteruk

Sonia Samson

Vice-President for P.S.C. (3)           

Gregory A. Cole

Sean Shideler

Richard Sorokas

Vice-President for ODAR (3)          

Karen Clelland

Gerald Francis (Frank) Cavanagh

Vacant

Administrative Director for P.S.C. (1)

Holly Justine James

Administrative Director for D.O. (1)

Charlotte Lewis

Administrative Director of OQP (1)

Earl Tucker

Administrative Director of ODAR (1)

Gregory Senden

Treasurer (1)

Deborah Flynn

Financial Secretary (1)

Monwella Foster

Office Manager (1)  

Marie Robinson

Recording Secretary (1)

Catherine A Mulligan

Correspondence Secretary (1)

Patricia Washington

Sergeant at Arms (1)

Janice Antonio

 Executive Board Member for ODAR (2)

Shirley Evans

Donald Terry Jr

Executive Board Member for P.S.C. (2)

Angela Barnhart

Executive Board Member of OQP (2)

Archester Neal

Ke Juan Stroud

 

Executive Board Member for D.O. (2)

Kimberly Ponder-Chism

Vanessa McCollum

Council Delegate for P.S.C. (1)

Monica Harris

Council Delegate for D.O. (3)

Patricia Hayes

Patricia Washington

Kimberly Ponder-Chism

Council Delegate for OQP (1)

Earl Tucker

Council Delegate for ODAR (1) ** 

Delegates and Alternates to the National Convention & 7th District Caucus

Patricia Washington

Patricia Hayes

Kimberly Ponder-Chism

Gregory Cole

Archester Neal

Monica Harris

Monwella Foster

 

**Local President -Automatic delegate by virtue of office.

 

 

Where is the Money?

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Benefits | News - (0 Comments)

Feds, Retirees to Pay 6.2% More in Health Insurance Premiums

Federal employees and retirees will pay 6.2% more on average for health insurance premiums next year. This unacceptably high increase will hit millions of Americans in the pocketbook, making coverage less and less affordable and will cause many to drop coverage.

“Like most other Americans, federal employees and retirees have seen their standard of living decline due to stagnant incomes and cost increases for basic goods and services,” AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. said. “This is an unacceptably high increase that will force many families to make difficult decisions about how to pay their bills.”

While employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will pay 6.2% more for their insurance premiums starting in January, the government’s share of those premiums will increase just 3.7%, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

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Voting has already started in a scattering of locations.

Here’s when early voting begins in a few states.

Illinois — Sept. 29 to Nov. 7. Starting Sept. 29, voters can only cast their ballots at their local election authority or a temporary location, but early voting expands to permanent polling places starting Oct. 24.

Indiana — Oct. 12. Early voting starts at the local county election board office or another designated location, but with an excuse, voters can cast a ballot by mail.

Michigan — There is no early voting in Michigan, as voters require a state-approved excuse to vote absentee.

Minnesota — Sept. 23

Ohio — Oct. 12.

Wisconsin — Early voting opening dates are set by the county/municipality. Wisconsin Rapids began voting Sept. 19.

Link to Complete List: Early Voting by State – 2016

Use link below for details:

Judge blocks Election Day registration at Illinois polling places

SHUT DOWN UPDATES

September 23rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Budget | Shutdown | Vote - (0 Comments)

Congress and the Fiscal Year Tick – Tock

the clock is tickingThere’s just a week left until the 2016 government funding runs out on Sept. 30. Members of Congress are racing against the clock to come up with a funding package to avoid a government shutdown.

Will they succeed? What does it mean to you as a federal employee? Here’s what we know:

A government shutdown is very unlikely before the elections.

Nobody wants a government shutdown. Congress is working to pass a short-term funding bill known as Continuing Resolution (CR), which would fund government agencies at the current funding levels through Dec. 9. After that, Congress will need to come up with another spending bill again to prevent a shutdown.

A short-term funding bill means no new resources.

A CR keeps the government running at the same level of funding regardless of new needs and workload. That means it will be difficult to get more funding for important medical research, for example, or to hire more people to screen air travelers or keep our skies safe.     

Your supposed 1.6% pay raise next year is not guaranteed.

President Obama requested a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017 for both military personnel and civilian employees. If Congress does nothing, federal employees will likely get that amount. But whether Congress does nothing or not depends on who wins the election. Members of Congress have the final say on your pay. So your 1.6 percent raise is still up in the air.

Stay tuned for more information on the government funding tick tock. Visit www.afge.org for news and updates on other key issues important to federal employees.

Not a member yet? Join AFGE today and be a part of the movement that fights for your voice at work and fair compensation.

How Do I Register To Vote?

September 16th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Events | Vote - (0 Comments)

Election Date

Who can Vote in Illinois?

To register to vote, you must:

  • Must Be a United States Citizen
  • Must Be at least 18 years of age by Election Day
  • Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.)

ILLINOIS REGISTRATION DEADLINES: 

Registration is open year around except during the 27 day period prior to an election and during the 2 day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).

VOTER REGISTRATION LINKS:

 

Illinois Voters

Who can vote In Indiana?

In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:
• be a citizen of the United States,
• be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election,
• have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election (except for certain military voters); and
• not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

In order to register online, you must also possess a current and valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana State identification card. The State of Indiana will use your digitized signature on-file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as your voter registration signature. Only the voter registration information you provide and your digitized signature will be sent to your county voter registration office upon concluding the online voter registration application process.

INDIANA REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

Registration is open all year throughout the County except during the 27 days preceding an election and reopens the second day following an election.

Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application. When you register by mail your mail-in form must be postmarked prior to the close of registration. In addition, a person must vote for the first time in person and may not vote by mail, unless the person first provides sufficient proof of identity and the County Clerk verifies the person’s proof of identity.

LINK: Indiana Voters

 

Who can vote in Minnesota?

You must be:

You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.

You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.

Minnesota Registration Deadline: 

REGISTER ON ELECTION DAY

Link:  Voting in Minnesota

 

Who can vote in OHIO?

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO REGISTER AND TO VOTE IN OHIO?

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States;
  2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18);
  3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
  4. You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States;
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
  6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in this state. You may request an absentee ballot during that 30 day period.

Link:  Voting In Ohio

Ohio registration deadline: 

GENERAL ELECTION

Election Date: November 8, 2016

Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016

 

Who can vote in Michigan?

To register to vote in Michigan you must be:

• A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.

• A citizen of the United States of America.

• At least 18 years of age (by election day).

• Not serving a sentence in jail or prison.

Michigan Registration Deadline: 

Must register 30 days before election to vote in that election.

Link:  Voting in Michigan

A Labor Day Message from In the Public Interest:

With Labor Day around the corner, we’re taking a moment to say “thank you” to the workers who keep American government running.

A few come to mind: teachers, bus drivers, 911 dispatchers, sanitation workers, social workers, public health nurses, school cafeteria workers, postal clerks and letter carriers, firefighters, probation officers, park maintenance workers, national park rangers, civil and environmental engineers, librarians, highway workers, school crossing guards, childcare workers, and home health aides.

If we missed any, let us know. And please pass this note along to the public sector workers you’re close with—they should know we’ve got their backs.

Day in and day out, these workers make tireless contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our nation. From small towns to big cities, they’re the glue that holds our schools, public transit, infrastructure, and communities together.

Let’s all make an effort to thank them for their work.

And on behalf of millions of public sector workers around the country, thank you for supporting In the Public Interest.

Sincerely,

Donald Cohen
Executive Director

Illinois Labor Day Events – 2016

August 30th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events - (0 Comments)

Want to see Labor Day events throughout Illinois this year? Just follow the link below:

Labor Day 2016 – Illinois Labor Sponsored Events