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Network will air a segment featuring AFSCME, dubbing us the world's greatest public sector labor
union. It features footage of AFSCME members serving their
communities as I talk about our proud history. Did you miss it?
Council Dedicates Funds to Keep Infants and Children Safe
Expands Education and Safety
OH] Infant seats, child seats, booster seats...rear facing, front facing,
seat belts, tension, size, location, location, location...do you know the
nuances of car seat safety?
Public Health (CPH) and Columbus City Council are teaming up to expand the
Car Seat Check Program so more families will be able to protect their
children on the roadways.
are working hard to make sure car and booster seats are designed to keep
kids as safe as possible. We want to make sure parents know how to use and
install them correctly," said Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano. "Expanding the program
will help more parents and caregivers safely transport their children every
time they get into a car."
new ordinance will provide 11 car seat classes (up from 8), increase the
number of monthly Fitting Station events from 2 to 8 and expand the
Community Car Seat Check-ups to include special events such as festivals
and health fairs.
Franklin County on average, 9 out of 10 car seats are not installed
correctly, so children are at risk for injury and even death," said
Columbus Public Health Commissioner Teresa Long, MD. "We are grateful to
Columbus City Council for partnering with us to expand the Car Seat Program
so we can reach and protect more families in our community."
Stations are sites that are open regularly to teach parents and caregivers
how to safely transport children. Families can make appointments with a
certified technician during designated Fitting Station hours. Car seat
installation assistance is available to anyone in Franklin County and does
not have any income eligibility requirements. AAA Auto Club of Ohio is a
sponsor of the program.
Public Health's Car Seat Program also provides car and booster
seats at a reduced cost to families in need. Families must complete
the CPH car seat class. Participants will then have the opportunity to
purchase convertible car seats and booster seats based on income
injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the
United States. Of those children ages 8 and under who died in vehicle
crashes in 2014, 26% were not restrained by an age-appropriate device such
as an infant seat, booster seat or seat belt. Correctly used child safety
seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.
Much has been said about the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that is now being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court (“Unions may lose right to nonmembers’ dues,” Associated Press article, Tuesday’s Dispatch).
And a good bit of it has been wrong.
One major point needs to be clarified: The outcome of this case will not affect just unions.
It will be important for all working people, our families, and for our communities.
The Supreme Court is set to overturn a 40-year-old law that has made it possible for people to come together in a union and have a voice at work and in their communities.
Here in Columbus, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has successfully worked together with elected officials for many years to maintain a professional workforce that provides quality public services and helps build our vibrant community.
The union and management don’t always agree, but we have a voice on the job. We use our first-hand knowledge to negotiate for job safety, more-efficient equipment and procedures, and for fair treatment and quality benefits for our members.
It was only two years ago when employees of the Columbus Department of Public Utilities had to perform emergency water-main repair work under the windy, sub-zero, arctic-like conditions of the “ polar vortex” that hit the Midwest and East.
Their skill and dedication restored water pressure to the central city and nearby Grant Medical Center, which was just 30 minutes ahead of a deadline to evacuate critical patients.
Our members were there then, and we are here for our city now, 24/7.
We hope the Supreme Court rejects what many of us believe is an attempt by wealthy special interests to make it even harder for working people to come together, to speak up for one another, and get ahead.
If the court acts to overturn established labor law that has worked well for decades, these are the people who will be hurt.
And in the process, it will be harder for our city to maintain its quality of life and for all of us to move forward.
Something important happened inside the Supreme Court yesterday. But first, I want to talk about what happened outside.
Stephen Mittons, a child protective investigator, spoke to the crowd about how his union advocates for the resources he needs to keep Chicago’s most vulnerable children safe.
Dovard Howard, who makes sure his Southern California community has clean, safe drinking water, talked about his pride in protecting children’s health and in being a member of AFSCME Local 1902.
As Stephen, Dovard, and dozens of other public employees were speaking on the steps of the Court about the vital role their unions play in helping them serve their communities, inside the nine justices were hearing arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.
You’ve probably heard about Friedrichs, but let me give you the quick background on the case. A group of plaintiffs, led by a group called the Center for Individual Rights, is hoping to silence the voices of millions of public service workers who seek to bargain for better pay, health and retirement benefits and job protections through their union.
Even though no one is forced to join a union, and union fees cannot be used on political activities, the Center for Individual Rights is targeting “fair share fees,” the fees that nonunion members pay to cover the cost of providing the benefits they still receive.
Listen, I don’t want to sugarcoat this. A lot is at stake here: the very work we do, the benefits we receive and the protections we rely upon. As I write this, right-wing activists are working on a campaign to convince union members to drop their union if we lose this case.
But I’m optimistic for one reason.
Even if the Supreme Court tries to divide us, AFSCME members will stick together because we know the value of coming together and bargaining for better pay and a safer workplace. You never quit on your communities, and your union will never quit fighting to defend and protect the critical jobs we do every single day.
You and I know rich and powerful people want to weaken our union. That’s why, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, we must continue to fight together.
Volunteer to talk with your co-workers about what’s at stake for our union and why standing together is so important.
Stephen and Dovard set an amazing example outside the Court yesterday just as you do in your communities every day. Join them in standing up for our right to a voice and power in the workplace and at the bargaining table. And together, we will always be strong.
Below is a link to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Benefits of Membership a Comprehensive Overview. This link is a great resource if somebody is planning to retire or has questions about their classification about their job for retirement. Also information about disability retirement if you are on short term disability.