Over 30 members convened on January 31, from noon to 1pm at the Metro Regional Center.
Elizabeth Goetzinger, Local 3580 President, chaired the meeting and started the time together off by showing a brief video from AFSCME about the upcoming commemoration of the I AM A MAN workers strike in Memphis, TN 50 years ago and celebration of Dr King's work. See IAM2018.org
Elizabeth also handed out her president's report for January 2018.
AFSCME 3580's Advocate-Activist-Ally (steward) training starts Feb. 28th.
The focus of the meeting was our 2018 candidate endorsements. Nick Christensen, acting PAC Chair for the local, provided an overview of the committee's interview and selection process and spoke about each of the candidates. The following candidates were presented to the local for endorsement by the committee for discussion, debate and an approval vote.
District 1 - Shirley Craddick Recommended due to strong track record and for supporting working family issues.
District 2- Betty Dominguez Long time resident of district, strongly engaged in the community. Has tremendous experience in housing and a strong personal narrative.
District 4- Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Energetic leader with a family history of valuing labor. Experience with Metro as a community partner with Centro Cultural.
Council President: Lynn Peterson.Experienced in transportation. Former Metro employee and AFCSME member. Big, bold leadership and focused on getting things done.
Members present at the meeting voted unanimously for each candidate to recieve our endorsement. The mebership also approved additional support for District 2 and 4 races.