GAA Is Seeking to Improve Member Communication
with Personal E-mail Addresses
GAA is committed to its entire membership, and we are working proactively seeking the communicate, especially during work
hours, the status of every given activity, we that is not being addressed, please contact the GAA Office. Issues of a personal
nature, disciplinary dispositions and other confidential matters will not be displayed on the website.
In addition, we are asking for all members to notify GAA with your personal e-mail address to increase the effectiveness and
timeliness of Association communication in confidential matters related to union business. This e-mail address will be used
solely for the communication of GAA business. Please designate your chapter affiliation with your full name when you submit this
information to us.
September 24, 2017
Negotiations continue as the September 30, 2017 expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement looms in the near future.
Most of the non-economic contract articles have already been tentatively agreed upon. The Association presented many of its economic
proposals. However, the Authority has yet to present their economic package. However, it is anticipated, the Authority’s economic
proposals will be presented at the next meeting.
The classification system is a major area of concern during these negotiations. If you believe you are misclassified, i.e., assigned
extensive duties performed by employees in a higher classification, or performing extensive duties at a higher level than other
employees in your classification, please contact the GAA office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the specific details of your situation.
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR GAA MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Since 1983, an award has been given honoring the GAA member of the Year. Demanding criteria for such selection states that the GAA
Member of the Year is “awarded to a Government Administrators Association member for job dedication, employment recognition, notable
accomplishments and significant contributions to the Association or community.
In order to achieve a representative selection, we invite all GAA members who are aware of a member exemplifying these attributes, to take
a few moments to nominate this person. Click here for an nomination form. Only GAA members may make nominations. Nominations
are due by Monday, November 2, 2017. Late nominations will not be considered.
WE ARE MOVING
-------------October 6, 2017-------------
Our New Address is
Government Administrators Association
New Center One
3031 W. Grand Blvd, Suite 415
Detroit, MI 48226
(Woodward and W. Grand Blvd.)
After 30 years in the Cadillac Tower, GAA is moving its office. The Cadillac Tower is not renewing long term
leases while its new owners determine their future plans for the building. In the meantime, GAA searched for a
fiscally responsible and affordable office space that is convenient and assessable to the membership. Our new
office space provides members numerous amenities including ample validated parking in Lot 4 on Lothrup directly
behind the building. New Center One is also convenient for members using Detroit's new Qline. We hope that
everyone will take the opportunity to tour the GAA during our open house in November. The date will be
July 18, 2017
GAA POLO SHIRTS FOR SALE/FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017, SHOW
YOUR SUPPORT AND WEAR YOUR GAA SHIRT TO WORK
With the scheduled wage negotiations at Wayne County and continued contract negotiations at the Detroit Wayne Mental Health
Authority, GAA is asking all members to show their unity and solidarity by wearing their GAA Polo Shirt to work on the Friday before
Labor Day, September 1, 2017, if your Department’s dress code allows you to do so.
Should you have not yet purchased a shirt, there are still shirts available at the GAA office. Shirts are $30.00, and you can e-mail
email@example.com or call the office at 313-224-5076, with your size and contact information, and we will arrange to get a shirt
We would like to thank the members for their continued support.
July 17, 2017
NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE FOR THE GAA DWMHA CHAPTER
Negotiations for a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement between GAA and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority are ongoing.
GAA has tentatively agreed to several non-economic contract articles while continuing to work on areas of concern for members. One
such area is the DWMHA Pay-Grade Classification system. If you feel that you are misclassified in that you are performing job duties of
a position in a grade higher than your present classification, please e-mail the specifics to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can
include your position in our discussions with the Authority.
Also, if you have not yet completed a general negotiation survey, there is still time to do so. Click here for a copy of the survey, and
continue to check back for updates on negotiation progress.
July 17, 2017
THE GAA OFFICE IS MOVING TO NEW CENTER ONE
IN MIDTOWN DETROIT
After almost 30 years in the Cadillac Tower Building in downtown Detroit, the GAA office will be moving to the New Center One Building in
midtown Detroit in early September 2017. This move was made necessary as the new owners of the Cadillac Tower are renovating the
building with purposes other than office space in mind. A formal announcement to the membership with the exact details and dates of this
move will be made as the details are finalized. GAA will also hold an open house in the fall to welcome members to the new office space.
July 14, 2017
GAA 1st ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC, JUNE 25, 2017
The GAA 1st Annual Membership Picnic was held Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Parkland Recreation Area in Hines Drive, Dearborn
Heights, Michigan from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Picnic turned out to be a fun day for members and their families who had the
opportunity to get to know one another increasing the solidarity among the Association’s various Chapters. We hope this event will
continue to grow in the future with greater membership participation. If you would like to be on the planning committee for the 2018 GAA
Membership Picnic tentatively scheduled for June 23, 2018, contact the GAA office at email@example.com.
Click here to view photos of the picnic.
May 20, 2017
GAA/AFSCME MENTAL HEALTH JOBS AT STAKE
PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMERS AT RISK
Both the House and Senate have passed their FY18 budget recommendations. Now legislative leaders will come together to mold their
two separate budgets into one compromised budget bill for FY18. These discussions will begin to heat up again this week and should be
finalized sometime over the next three weeks.
REQUEST FOR URGENT ACTION: Please contact your House and Senate members urging them to make sensible changes to the final
298 boilerplate language. Timing is critical. We have roughly three weeks to put pressure on lawmakers as they finalize the FY18 budget.
We are asking that you reach out to your lawmakers between now and June 2, urging them to remove the Senate language in Section 234
insisting on outsourcing all Mental Health Medicaid money to HMOs and to drop health plan run pilot programs in the final version of
These contacts are critical, legislators must hear from us in order to counter the efforts by others opposed to the public management of the
State's publicly sponsored behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system.
Below are quick talking points:
• REMOVE LANGUAGE - Section 234 of the Senate DHHS budget language referring to total Medicaid benefit and financial integration
by 9/30/20, which would transfer all Medicaid resources to Medicaid Health plans.
• INCLUDE LANGUAGE - Ensure that the policy and management role for Michigan's Medicaid behavioral health and
intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system remains public.
Concerns Regarding a HMO Run Programs
1. Health Plans do not have a good track record managing behavioral health services
2. Less money available for services because of higher overhead costs at HMO’s
• No direction in proposed pilots as to what are we trying to accomplish? What are we measuring? Outcomes?
Community Mental Health Boards and Mental Health Advocates all agree that taxes raised for mental health services should go to mental
health services and not to private HMO’s. People need these funds, not profitable companies. Make your voices heard by using
the web addresses below to email your State Senator and State Representative.
TO: All Members, GAA Mental Health Authority Chapter
FROM: Lorenzo A. Blount, Association Executive
RE: 2017 Contract Survey
DATE: May 15, 2017
Collective Bargaining Agreements for GAA members of the Mental Health Authority Chapter, as you are aware, will expire September 30,
2017 and we must begin negotiations forthwith on a successor contract.
In preparation for these negotiations, the Association is seeking to determine issues of major concern, which you would like addressed in
the upcoming contracts.
Click here for a survey of pertinent bargaining issues. Please rank these issues in order of importance adding comments, as you feel
necessary. Then return the form by May 30, 2017 to the GAA office, 2625 Cadillac Tower, 65 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226, fax to 313-
224-0064 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey must be signed to be considered so that we can ensure that only GAA members participate in the survey; however, all
responses will be kept strictly confidential. Your input and ideas are valuable in the Association’s efforts to assess the needs of the
membership and formulate appropriate bargaining objectives.
May 1, 2017
SECTION 298 OF THE 2017 MICHIGAN BUDGET TAKES MONEY
FROM PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS TO FUND
PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES
GAA mailed the following letter to each State of Michigan Senator and State Representative regarding the 298 Initiative of the 2017 State
Budget which fund private insurance companies to provide administration of Mental Health Services. Please contact your State Senator
and State Representative and urge them to stand firmly against the 298 initiative.
Click here to find your State Senator
Click here to find your State Representative
April 25, 2017
Dear State Representative/Senator:
The Government Administrators Association (GAA), a labor union of 600 mid-level public employee supervisors and professionals working
in Wayne County, wishes to express
unequivocally our collective objection to the continued discussion of the proposal to transfer $2.6 billion from the public mental health
system to private insuance companies, the Medicaid Health Plans.
The Government Administrators Association has always believed and remains committed to efficiency in the disbursement of public
resources, and we are strongly opposed to any initiatives that propose to take away resources intended to support behavioral health
services for persons with serious mental illness, children with emotional disturbances, persons with intellectual and developmental
disabilities and persons with substance use disorders and transfer those funds to private for-profit entities.
We are convinced that Section 298 of the FY 2017 budget will be a betrayal of our commitment to the citizens of this great state to provide
timely, appropriate and quality services to persons with severe behavioral challenges that require our support and services for their
sustenance and integration into least restrictive settings. Private insurance companies do not have the experience nor the capacity to
provide qualitative services to the population we serve. This proposal to be “more cost effective,” is actually a sham/pretext to grab the
funds intended for services and supports for this vulnerable population, and we urge you not to support this reckless initiative.
Government Administrators Association members provide services, oversight of operations and are willing and ready to work with the
Legislators on ways to finding practical and responsible cost-saving approaches to mental health services delivery across the state. In
Wayne County, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority has implemented several initiatives to reduce administrative costs and increase
money for direct services for nearly 80,000 individuals that we serve. We believe in and continue to advance integration and coordination of
physical and behavioral health services, reduced inpatient hospitalization and increased prevention programs in the communities. These
are initiatives that are working and have shown positive results.
We thank you for your service and ask that you stand with us by standing firmly against the proposed 298 Initiative!
Lorenzo A. Blount
March 15, 2017
GET YOUR GAA POLO SHIRT AND MARK THE CALENDAR FOR
THE FIRST GAA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FAMILY PICNIC
The Association will be selling Polo shirts with an embroidered GAA logo as a fundraiser to offset expenses for the first GAA Annual Picnic,
June 24, 2017. We are gauging interest for our first order. The cost of the shirt is anticipated to be no more than $45. If you would like to
preorder a shirt, please e-mail email@example.com or call the GAA Office at 313-224-5076, and let us know what size you would like to
order, your name, your work location, and phone number. We will contact you as soon as we have a final price and sizes. It is our desire to
use these shirts as a show of solidarity as we plan future GAA events as well as during upcoming negotiations with our various employers.
Also, if you have not already done so, please e-mail your personal e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark the date, June 24,
2017, for the first Annual GAA Membership Family Picnic. We will announce the details as soon as they are finalized. We hope to see you
March 6, 2017
ATTENTION GAA WAYNE COUNTY RETIREES
Click here to find the agenda for the Wayne County Commission Committee on Government Operations, Tuesday, Match 7, 2017 starting
at 9:30 AM. Note that the Cornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, LLC contract extension is on this agenda under UNFINISHED
BUSINESS. That is because of the objections raised by AFSCME Wayne County Retiree Subchapter 38 at the previous Commission
This is the opportunity for Wayne County Retirees to be seen by the County Commission and to have them hear your complaints, problems
and your commitment to protecting retirees.
We encourage as many people as possible to attend this important meeting.
February 28, 2017
GAA MEMBER TOM YEE IS RUNNING FOR WCERS BOARD OF
GAA Member Tom Yee is running for the Wayne County Employees Retirement System Board of Commissioners representing Active
Employees. He is filling the vacancy left by retired Commissioner Denis Martin. Yee was endorsed by the Wayne County Labor Coalition.
Yee is a Department Manager 3/Finance at the Wayne County Clerk’s Office. He started his career in Wayne County in 2001 and has been
a GAA member in good standing since 2013. If you have not already done so, please vote in this important election. We must all take an
active role in protecting our retirement benefits.
February 16, 2017
AFLAC has approached the Association about conducting another open enrollment for the GAA members. The Association has heard both
good things from member’s regarding their AFLAC experience as well as many complaints. If you chose to sign up with AFLAC last year,
please send an e-mail to email@example.com indicating your overall experience with AFLAC. Do you think this is a valuable benefit for
members GAA should continue to offer? If you had a bad experience, we would like to hear that as well. Please send your comments
before Tuesday, February 28, 2016.
GAA HONORS CHAPTER PRESIDENTS ELIZABETH PATTERSON
AND CASSANDRA MCDONALD AT THE
2016 GAA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
GAA is proud to honor Elizabeth Patterson, President of the Wayne County Professional Nurses Chapter, and Cassandra McDonald,
President of the General Fund Chapter, with the 2016 GAA President’s Award. Their service to the Association has truly been
invaluable. Over the past two years, as Wayne County Administration implented its plan to outsource Jail Health Services using the
Consent Agreement, Elizabeth Patterson and Cassandra McDonald, have led the fight to oppose privatization of Wayne County Jobs.
These individuals spent countless hours lobbying Wayne County Commissioners urging them to vote against privatization as well as
educating the public through the media regarding the dangers of privatizing such a critical County function. To our chagrin and
dismay, the County Commission voted to outsource Wayne County Jail Health Services to Correct Care Solutions as of January 1,
Elizabeth Patterson, Chapter President of the Wayne County Professional Nurse Chapter, is the longest serving GAA volunteer with
over 20 years of service. Nurse Patterson has spent considerable time and effort researching and developing alternative solutions for
Jail Health Services. She consulted with a nationally recognized Correctional Health Care Consultant to explore the development of a
remediation plan which would allow Wayne County to solve the challenges faced at Jail Health Services “in house” with Wayne
County employees. Patterson was instrumental in organizing members to attend Commission and membership meetings in order
to show solidarity in the opposition of privatization. Patterson, along with Cassandra McDonald, was able to negotiate a transition
agreement for those members who will be employed by CCS. This Agreement included union recognition of GAA to represent certain
CCS positions at Jail Health Services. Patterson and McDonald were ultimately able to assist in excluding the Juvenile Detention
Facility from the outsourcing contract saving at least twelve GAA County positions from being privatized.
Cassandra McDonald, General Fund Chapter President, is also a longstanding GAA volunteer having over seven years of service.
McDonald is a staunch supporter of union activism and membership participation. McDonald, too, spent countless hours attending
Commission meetings in the fight against outsourcing. While the number of affected General Fund Chapter members was relatively
few, McDonald advocated for each of these members with zeal and tenacity.
The Association would especially like to thank GAA members at Jail Health Services for the time and effort spent attending
Commission meetings, membership meetings and supporting the fight against privatizing their jobs.
November 19, 2016
GAA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING/HOLIDAY PARTY
Friday, December 2, 2016
5:30 P.M. Refreshments
Business Meeting will
begin at 6:15 P.M.
Dinner 6:45 P.M.
DJ & Dancing 8:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.
707 East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI 48226
At the Corner of E. Lafayette and the
Chrysler I-375 Service Drive on the Lafayette side
of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
GAA Members: Suggested $5 Donation
to The Open Door
GAA Retirees & Guests: $50.00
(Tickets Sold in Advance)
General Business Meeting
- Officer Reports
- Chapter Reports
- 2017 Budget
- Service Awards
Party- In appreciation of the support by the Membership, there will be dinner, an open bar and dancing after the meeting. To encourage
more membership participation, the party has been moved to Friday, December 2, 2016. We are selling tickets for those members who
would like to bring a guest and GAA Retirees. Tickets for Guests and retirees who retired before 2015 are $50.00 which includes the cost
of dinner and open bar. Click here for ticket form. Please mail your check for $50.00 along with the attached Ticket Request form to 65
Cadillac Square, Suite 2625, Detroit, MI 48226, and we will mail your tickets. You may also purchase tickets at the GAA office.
Absolutely No Admittance without RSVP
RSVP by calling the GAA office (313-224-5076) or e-mail GAAWayne@comcast.net by Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
Again, the only charge for admission for members is a voluntary suggested monetary donation of $5 to the Fort Street Presbyterian
Church's Soup Kitchen. Please make any checks payable to: The Open Door.
October 18, 2016
ASSOCIATION ELECTION RESULTS:
The Association Election was held at 4:00 p.m., October 18, 2016. The Association President was the only candidate to be elected as Ann
Mosley ran unopposed for Association Secretary, and Soraya Farver Williams was unopposed for Treasurer.
Election results for Association President are as follows:
Margaret Keyes-Howard 89 votes
Mark Plackowski 21 votes
Tyreesse Omani 50 votes
Margaret Keyes-Howard was elected Association President. Keyes-Howard, Mosley and Farver Williams will begin their terms of Office
January 1, 2017, and end December 31, 2018.
We would like to thank all members who voted in this election.
October 12, 2016
ASSOCIATION ELECTION UPDATE:
Nominations were held for GAA Association Offices beginning September 27, 2016, and closing at the GAA membership meeting
Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Nominated for President were Margaret Keyes-Howard, Tyreesse Omani, and Mark Plackowski. Ann
Mosley was the only nomination received for Association Secretary, and Soraya Williams Farver was the sole nomination for Association
Treasurer. Both Ms. Mosley and Ms. Williams Farver were elected by acclimation to Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
Ballots for Association President were mailed Friday, October 7, 2016, and are due back in the GAA office by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October
18, 2016. If you have not received your ballot in the mail, please contact the GAA office to request another ballot as soon as possible.