Resolutions adopted at 51st conventionby anonymous on August 3, 2013
Here is the full list of the resolutions that were adopted at Council 2's 51st Convention, which was held in Spokane from June 7 to 9, 2013, and was attended by 200 union members and guests ......
#1 CONTRACTING OUT/USE OF VOLUNTEERS
That AFSCME, Council 2, should continue to actively oppose contracting out or use of volunteers by educating its members, elected officials and the general public about the shortcomings of contracting out as well as using volunteers.
#2 HELPING LOCALS COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS
That programs and discussions on best practices for communicating with members be a primary focus at the 2013 Presidents’ Weekend.
#3 FAIR TAXATION
That Council 2 support Federal and State tax reform consistent with a fair and equitable taxation of individuals and businesses for the continued provision of adequate public infrastructures and services.
#4 IN SUPPORT OF LIBRARY WORKERS & SERVICES
That Council 2 will continue to direct its resources and staff to support library workers in the fight to maintain jobs, benefits, and needed library services to communities.
#5 PROMOTING INCREASED PARTICIPATION IN THE WASHINGON STATE LABOR COUNCIL
That Council 2 leadership activity promote participation of its membership in their Central Labor Councils and provide online support such as links to Washington State Labor Council websites and events and a directory and contact information listing the Central Labor Council districts in order to encourage and facilitate such participation.
#6 RESOLUTION OPPOSING INITIATIVE 517
That the Washington State Council of County and City Employees and its members encourage all Washingtonians to join the coalition opposing I-517 and campaign actively for the defeat of I-517.
#7 NEW MEMBERS
That WSCCCE highly encourages that Locals designate a member to attend the orientation sessions to introduce the Union as well as distribute the new member kits.
#8 RETIREES, EXPANDED HEALTH CARE OPTION
Whereas the lack of affordable health care plans cause many members to continue working past their retirement years, that Council 2 actively pursue options that provide alternatives for retired public employees.
#9 SUPPORT FOR FULL TIME, BENEFITTED POSITIONS
That Council 2 will actively and assertively press employers to fill and maintain full time, benefitted positions and aggressively resist attempts to supplant the regular work force with part time, temporary, non-benefitted employees and/or volunteers.
#10 STOP “RIGHT TO WORK” (FOR LESS)
Council 2 and its affiliates must hold all local, state and federal candidates and office holders accountable and demand they oppose “Right to Work” in Washington State.
#11 THE NEED FOR COURTHOUSE SECURITY
Council 2 will fight to ensure that all courthouses in the State of Washington will have security personnel and screening equipment.
#12 IN SUPPORT OF YOUNGER WORKERS
That Council 2 will develop a robust program to send active, eligible members from locals to the biennial Next Wave conference to observe and participate at all levels of our union.
#13 IN HONOR OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE REMEMBERING SANDY HOOK SCHOOL SHOOTING
That Council 2 set aside a moment of silence in memorial of such tragedy.
#14 — Omitted
#15 RECOGNITION OF CITY OF SEATTLE, CITY OF FERNDALE AND CITY OF SPOKANE FOR SUPPORT OF LIBRARY WORKERS
Whereas the Cities of Seattle, Ferndale and Spokane ... passed a levy to support libraries and restored services, Council 2 recognizes the citizens of Seattle, Ferndale and Spokane and applauds their forward thinking.
#16 REPEAL THE TAFT-HARTLEY ACT
That Council 2 advocate for an immediate repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act; and for the passage of both state and federal legislation to enhance employees’ fundamental human right to form a union in their workplace.
#17 EYMAN’S SUPER MAJORITY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVENUE
That Council 2 and all its affiliates actively oppose any efforts to require this undemocratic two-thirds super majority in all its jurisdictions.
#18 END THE PREFUNDING OF RETIREE BENEFITS IN USPS
That Council 2 shall encourage all delegates to this Convention to join in and help our brothers and sisters in the American Postal Workers Union by signing the Petition to “End the Prefunding of Retiree Benefits in USPS” at https://tinyurl.com/cvoay7a and that all Local Unions represented at this convention share this information with their members back home.
#19 UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
The Washington State Council of County and City Employees hereby proclaim their support for universal health care, which would ensure access to quality and affordable health care for every American citizen without the risk of losing their home or entire life savings for health reasons beyond their control.
#20 LIBRARY SAFETY
That Council 2 will continue to identify all responsible public agencies and strongly advocate for maintaining appropriate minimum staffing levels and safety and security measures in all community libraries.
#21 ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES BENEFITS
Whereas, the events in Wisconsin and Ohio and elsewhere around the nation are a coordinated assault on public employees designed to strip fellow workers of representation and benefits, to join our fellow colleagues and working men and women nationwide to fight against this assault on Public Employees in coordination with the union leadership’s action strategy.
#22 CIVIL SERVICE
That Council 2 assists Cities and Counties under attack in their fight to retain Civil Service protection.
#23 SAVE OUR PENSIONS
That Council 2 utilize its support for organizations such as the Economic Opportunity Institute to continue to publish the true facts behind our pension plan; and that Council 2 send a letter of support to Washington State Treasurer Jim McIntire for his efforts in debunking the myths being spread by the media.
#24 APPRECIATION FOR THE HOST LOCALS
That the assembled delegates of the 51st Council 2 Convention applaud the members of District 8 and their respective committee members.