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President's Message:

John Masterjohn

 

 

Well it looks like summer is finally here and the flowers are blooming and because of all the rain we had this spring, they look great.

Schools will be out by the time you receive this paper, so we need to careful of all the kids out there running around and playing in the streets. Also we all need to remember about protecting our homes when we go on vacation, so be careful.

At our April meeting, we had two women from the 350.org group who came and discussed global warming and the Cityís use of fossil fuels. They were asking us if they could put an article in the ARSCE News about the retirement system divesting its holdings in fossil fuels.  The Board had a robust discussion about the matter and came to the conclusion not to have them write an article for the paper. The retirement system has a policy on divestment, so there was nothing they could do on the matter anyway.  There are a great deal of opinions on this issue. Iíve listed some websites you can research if you so desire. Here are three you can look at: 350.org, nipccreport.org , and climatechangereconsidered.org. The Board is looking into developing a policy on articles for the ARSCE News Ė more on that in future columns.

There is not much happening on the negotiating front right now. The Unions agreed on a one-year extension of the current Bargaining Agreement with an agreement to keep bargaining on certain issues Ė one being retirement.

I am sad to report that David Haley, who was just appointed to the Treasurer position of ARSCE, had a stroke on April 27th and had to resign his position as a Board member and Treasurer. We wish David a full recovery and all the best to his family. I appointed Elizabeth Paschke to fill out the remainder of Davidís term.

I sure hope you all have a w o n d e r f u l summer and be sure to have some great FUN out there!

Your President,

John Masterjohn

Contact Mr. Masterjohn at president@arsce.org

Reprinted from the ARSCE News, July - August, 2014, p. 1

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