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FEBRUARY Letter to Local 4001 

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

January 12, 2018 

Local 4001 Sisters & Brothers 

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season! As well as a great start to another year!  

Hardworking Americans’ right to retire with dignity is in danger because billionaires are spending a lot of money to take away our pensions.

A case the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up this term called Janus v. AFSCME could make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.

Janus is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporations, the wealthy and the politicians who do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. The forces behind this case are the same ones that have pushed to limit voting rights, undermine civil rights and attack immigrants.

Iowa AFSCME President come to C5 Convention to warn of impending doom!
Thanks to help from AFSCME members, numerous worker-friendly candidates won Tuesday’s election outright or are leading in the polls.

AFSCME members and retirees volunteered hundreds of hours of their time to tirelessly call voters and knock on doors across the state in the weeks leading up to the municipal and school board elections.

These amazing results to elect candidates who support workers, our families and our communities were only possible thanks to dedicated members. Overall, before Council 5 had even put on the final push to Get Out the Vote, members already had made nearly 20,000 attempts to reach 5,661 members.

AFSCME Council 5 has a new executive director.

John Westmoreland, the former assistant director, started his role Nov. 1.

He replaces Council 5’s founding director Eliot Seide, who is retiring.

“Our union is in good hands,” Seide says.  “Under John’s leadership, our union won’t miss a beat as we continue our program with energy and discipline.”    

Westmoreland says he plans to meet with leaders of every local and build “a coalition of the willing.”