Grooming new local leaders to be the best
The old adage that education is knowledge rings true when it comes to engaging members of the state workforce to take an interest, if not an active role, in their union. On September 8 and 9, PEF did just that by training 27 new council leaders from across the state.
Tammy Carney, a PEF training and education specialist, designed an agenda that can help empower local leaders by showing them the available resources at PEF headquarters. “It’s important that every PEF leader is aware of what each PEF department can do, so they can connect and help rank-and-file members in all kinds of workplace situations,” Carney said.
“This training provides insight as to what resources are available, the assistance provided by professional PEF staff, and an opportunity to meet with the directors of each PEF department.”
The participants received a tour of the building, a brief history of PEF and learned about the union’s mission. The workshops included in-depth and tailored information about their divisions, including the running of elections, changing a division constitution, reports that need to be filed and the proper way to handle division finances.
PEF President Wayne Spence personally greeted each leader during the lunch break, and spoke to them about PEF’s campaign against privatization, the erosion of the Civil Service system, and why a “no” vote is needed on the November ballot regarding the state holding another constitutional convention.
Participants also learned about their PEF email accounts, how to file electronic forms, everything from ordering business cards, to getting a story in The Communicator, to the advantages of the PEF Membership Benefits Program. They received tips on how to engage members, information about the importance of the Committee on Political Education, health and safety information, and more on the ramifications if a constitutional convention is held.
PEF Division 355 Council Leader Danielle Freeman, whose members work at the Higher Education Services Corporation, shared her experiences of being a new leader and the best ways to deal with members.
The new council leaders gave the training two thumbs up, and said they most enjoyed the building tour and the personalized information about their divisions.
- Tammy Carney, Training Specialist
- Joe Cocci, Information Systems Director
- Scott Harms, Membership Benefits Program Director
- Valerie O’Dell, Accounting Director
- Jane Briggs, Communications Director
- Mike Farrell, Field Director
- Kristie Furman, Divisions Coordinator
- Kevin Lawyer, Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Kevin Jones, Director Civil Service Enforcement
- Michael Blue, Region 8 Coordinator
- Monica Drumm, Independent Auditor
- Edward Aluck, General Counsel
- Renee DelGado, Director of Contract Administration