Happy New Year!
By Gayle Lockett
We are looking forward to another dynamic year. We are now moving forward to hold elections for the Retiree Chapter’s officers and Executive Board. The election will follow constitutional procedures outlined in the CSA News and member updates. The current officers look forward to running again and serving our members. Joe Rosenberg, First Vice Chair, will be providing further information to unit leaders with their election procedures.
In Nov., John Oricchio, RC Second Vice Chairperson who chairs our Special Events Committee, joined me in attending the 2018 National Membership Convention of the Alliance for Retired Americans, (ARA), in Las Vegas. We met former CSA President Donald Singer, who has maintained an active role in the Alliance. The theme was Building Retiree Power. It is an organization of retired trade union AFL-CIO as well as non-union retirees. ARA members are in every state and there are now 37 state alliance affiliates and it continues to grow. (All CSA members are members of ARA through their membership in AFSA.)
Workshops offered tips on how to leverage the power of retirees through advocacy and alliances. There was also a workshop entitled, “Bring Events to Life with Images,” a hands-on workshop that stressed how to capture photos that are action-oriented, in order to publicize ARA achievements through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Also, there was a booth where ARA members were encouraged to tell their stories of what a union means to them, such as their first recognition of the importance of a union or how a union helped them. These recordings were collected and saved.
ARA elections were held for president, secretary-treasurer and six at-large directors and the executive vice-president for community affairs. The organization passed resolutions similar to those passed at the AFSA Convention last July, including urging the improvement of Social Security benefits and addressing the service cuts and the closure of Social Security field offices.
We would like to welcome you to attend RC Executive Board meetings, held September through June. Check the CSA website for the dates. If you are planning to attend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This column is reprinted from the January 2019 CSA News.