AFSCME Local 2887
AFSCME Local 2887

Part of AFSCME Council 31 and the three campuses of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)

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Upcoming Events:
  • General Meeting - Thursday, June 29 at 5pm
  • Vision/Values/Mission Summit - Saturday, July 8 from 8am-12pm
  • Executive Board Meeting - Thursday, July 13 at 5pm
  • AFSCME Steward Training - Saturday, July 15
  • GMCFL Meeting - Thursday, July 27 at 7pm
  • Staff Senate Meeting - Thursday, August 3 at 9am

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  • Local 2887 Contract
  • Local 2887 Constitution
  • Local 2887 Officer Descriptions
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    Local By-Laws in Committee
    Local 2887 formed a By-Laws Committee to draft a by-laws document and shepherd it through the approval process.  This is part of a long-term effort to provide the Local with every tool necessary to meet the needs of our members and to provide a road map for our future leadership.

    We have a new body of officers every two years, and we need to be able to pass along our hard-earned wisdom in a way that makes our transitions seamless.

    The organizational aspects of the Local need to be consistent and not dependent on who holds office but on what our governing strategy entails.  Please follow this link to see the Committee's draft.  It will remain in place as a draft through the next two General Meetings, then will be submitted for approval at the third, along with any approved amendments.

    Thank you very much to the Committee: Linda Eilerman (Chair), Barb Jatcko, Janice Kolkovich, Lori Huntley, and Vicki Daggett (ex-officio). 

    To make this clearer, here is what Robert's Rules newsletter published about by-laws.

    ALERT - Watch Out for Mistakes by Private
    Benefit Administration Vendor
    AFSCME Council 31 Bulletin

    The Rauner Administration's zeal to privatize the administration of group health benefits via a hastily-implemented contract with a Canadian firm--Morneau Shepell--has resulted in a multitude of mistakes in the administration of the state's employee benefit program--often to the great detriment of the affected employees.

    The program, once administered entirely by employees of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), now has significant portions outsourced to a call center in Atlanta, Georgia.

    A recent expose by the Associated Press reveals the state's high-priced ($84 million!) employee health care benefits 'portal' operated by Morneau Shepell as pretty much a mess.  (Click here to read the full story.)

    Check your benefit status!  The CMS Benefit Choice period concluded on May 31.  Given all the problems that have arisen with Morneau Shepell, all employees should carefully review their benefit enrollment information and monitor paycheck deductions over the coming weeks to ensure they are enrolled correctly for the upcoming 2018 plan year which begins on July 1, regardless of whether they elected to make benefit changes in May.

    If you experience any problems or have any questions, you can contact the MyBenefits Marketplace Service Center at (844) 251-1777.  In addition, contact Martha Merrill, Director of Research at Council 31, at (312) 641-6060 so that AFSCME can continue to monitor and help resolve issues arising from Morneau Shepell. 

    AFSCME has a grievance awaiting arbitration due to the employer's failure to notify the union when this privatization scheme was implemented.

    A Message from the President
    It is an honor and a privilege to serve Local 2887 as President.  For the past 3 years, that great responsibility has been mine.  It has brought with it many challenges and difficulties, but it has also been a source of great pride and has given me a sense of solidarity and belonging.  When I accepted the office, there was no road map to reference or manual to point the way.  It has ever been a process of learning, exploring, and experimenting as I tried to find the right path to lead us on and move us forward.

    We have come a very long way!  We have systems in place to support our organization, and we have worked diligently to make sure we are following all the rules and guidelines that we are supposed to be.  We have modernized our Local and adopted technologies to help us share information and work more efficiently.  We updated our constitution and created documents to reflect who we want to be while providing that road map for future members and leaders that was missing in so many ways.  We have acknowledged the mistakes of our organization's past and continue to take steps to learn from them and to make sure they do not happen again.  I am very proud to have been a part of all those accomplishments and to have made things better than they were when I first stepped into this role.

    But it is time for me to pass that torch.

    I have accepted the opportunity to serve as President-Elect for the University Staff Senate, which will allow me to serve all of you and the SIUE community in a greater capacity.  In order to prepare for this role, I am resigning as the Local 2887 President effective immediately. 
    I am deeply thankful and appreciative to be entrusted with this new responsibility, even though it means that I must step away from leading the union that I have come to love. 

    Per our constitution, leadership of the Local will pass to the Vice-President until such a time as the Executive Board can elect a replacement.  I am sure that you will be hearing more from them in the coming days with details for the Local going forward.

    I encourage each and every one of you to support our Local leaders, and I hope that you will find ways to take an active part in our Local.  It is truly a rewarding endeavor, and it has opened countless doors and new experiences for me.
      Attend General Meetings (the next one is scheduled for Thursday, June 29), visit the website, join a committee, ask questions, and make suggestions.  Make the Local yours--because it is.

    Thank you for all the support you have shown me over these past few years.  It has truly been my honor.

    In Solidarity,
    Anne Hunter

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