Time to focus on cooperation
To the Editor:
I received my March issue of The Communicator today and was not happy to see
“PEF attacks state budget cuts” on the cover.
In these difficult fiscal times, as always, it is important to stand up for
workers’ rights, but it is equally important to pull together as much as
possible with state administrators to try to find solutions to this great
Let’s focus on cooperation, not confrontation. Save the war slogans for
those times when labor is being exploited, not when labor and management
should join to find realistic solutions.
The Communicator should try to follow President Obama’s advice and put
partisan bickering behind us.
Trim meeting, convention cost
To the Editor:
The other PEF trustees and I have reported the need for PEF to find ways to
tighten our spending.
Reviewing how long and how often we have conventions is a primary way to do
it. Ours are held annually. Many unions hold them biennially or triennially.
Also, two of our two-day, quarterly Executive Board meetings could be cut by
one day each year, and a more economical hotel could be pursued.
If training sessions were held in off years and regionally, this would save
money that could be used for job-security actions with our highest priority.
Some of these changes would require changes to the PEF constitution. I look
forward to the administration bringing about these changes and using the
savings to fight our future battles.
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