Message to Local 375 Members

September 8, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Local 375:

As you may know, last week AFSCME President Lee Saunders placed Local 375 under administratorship. This means that the national union has assumed responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of the local. We have been appointed to serve as the administrators to carry out these responsibilities.

Meeting the needs of all Local 375 members is our top priority. We will implement protocols and procedures designed to:
•   Protect your rights as members;
•   Ensure there is fiscal accountability, responsibility and transparency;
•   Improve the efficiency of the local’s operations, including your
     representation in the workplace.

There will be no interruption of member service. Union representatives will continue to help you resolve job-related issues, and this week we are meeting with the presidents of each chapter to get their input and assess their current needs.

In addition, all chapter officers remain in office and continue to perform their usual functions within the chapter, including holding chapter meetings.  Also, the Local 375 Delegate Body remains as a functioning part of the local’s structure. The next regularly scheduled Delegate Body meeting is set for September 21, 2016.  

The success of our efforts will rest in part on our ability to effectively communicate with each other. Please click here to find answers to frequently asked questions that we hope you will find helpful.

Message from Administrator John English

Dear Local 375 Members:

I’m writing to let you know that Local 375 has been placed under Administratorship by AFSCME International President Lee Saunders, effective August 29, 2016. 

This means that the International Union has assumed responsibility for conducting the day-to-day affairs of the local, including but not limited to all matters related to representation of you in your employment and the responsible management of the local’s finances.  To carry out these responsibilities President Saunders has appointed me to serve as the Administrator of Local 375 and Brother Chris Wilgenkamp, DC37 Director of Technology and Membership Services, to serve as the Deputy Administrator.

In imposing the administratorship, President Saunders acted pursuant to his authority under Article IX, Section 37 of the International Constitution.  The purpose of the administratorship is to restore full democracy to Local 375 and its more than 7000 members. The sisters and brothers of Local 375 have a right to a fully functioning local -- one with fair and democratic elections, and one in which they can have full participation in the decision making process of the union. The cause of this administratorship is a long-time pattern of conduct by the local of violating these rights.

President Saunders is of the opinion that such conduct cannot or will not be immediately remedied by the local. He has therefore suspended the officers of Local 375 from their positions as officers and from any other positions that they hold by virtue of their office. The decision to terminate the administratorship rests solely with the International President and occurs when the concerns that led to the administratorship have been rectified.

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