Elizabeth Patterson
WCPNC President
3031 W. Grand Blvd, Suite 415
Detroit, MI 48202
Fax 313-224-0064
Association Executive
Lorenzo A. Blount

Deputy Association Executive
Patricia Peña

Administrative Assistant
Shemika Jamison
1st Vice-President:
    Joann Wall

2nd Vice-President:
Mildred Neal

    Diane Rushlow

Directors at Large:
  • Suzanne Meriedeth,
    Health Department
  • Tod Spreitzer,
    Health Department
  • MaDalla Principe, WC
    Juvenile Detention Facility


Wayne County Health Department
    Unit 1                    
  • DaShanne Warren

    Unit 2                                 
  • Joann Wall

Wayne County Juvenile
Detention Facility
    Unit 1                                 
  • Toni Wilson
    Unit 2                                
  • Elizabeth Patterson

*If you would like to become more
involved in the Association, we
welcome you to consider one of the
above  vacant Area Representative
positions. Please contact President
Elizabeth Patterson or the GAA
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    GAA Is Seeking to Improve Member Communication
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    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.


    December 7, 2017


    At 3 am this morning both Houses adopted and passed substitutes to their Municipal Finance Reform package that essentially adopted the
    Governor’s Task Force report and removed the onerous provisions attacking collective bargaining and jeopardizing retiree health care.

    There is still more to do as the bills now must sit for 5 days in the other chamber before concurrence and presentation to the Governor.  
    There are a few places that need some language cleaned up and the other side has agreed to work with us on fixing those glitches but
    even if they don’t we were able to get most everything we asked for.  Unless something really strange happens, we will have a major
    legislative victory for the first time in a long time.

    All of organized labor stood together and stood strong proving that solidarity is more than just a big word.  Thanks to everyone for your
    activism.  If we keep it up we can finally start to turn things around.

    Legislation and Public Policy
    Michigan AFSCME Council 25
    Reprinted from www.subchapter38.com

    November 22, 2017

    State and Municipal Public Employee Retirement at Risk Again

    Please read the following webpost from the Wayne County Retirees Association.  We need all GAA members, retirees, and their families to
    contact their legislators and if possible attend the November 29th rally in Lansing.

    The current move in Lansing to eliminate your health care benefits is moving forward - NOW.  If you think this doesn't affect you and
    your family, think again, and then DO something about it.  All the tools you need were presented at the November 21st Emergency
    meeting and are being provided for you below.   Please share with every retiree and active government worker you know.

    A message From Nick Ciarmitaro Director of Legislation and Public Policy for Michigan AFSCME Council 25;

    THIS IS NOT A JOKE ....  Drafts are under consideration for introduction and possible hearings as early as next week which would
    make retiree health care for current municipal retirees optional with the employer unless you retired under a collective bargaining
    agreement that "clearly and expressly" conferred a longer period of time. Other provisions would allow action after a full review of
    funding but this provision would apply to ALL current retirees.  

    We do not know what the final bill will look like but this is clearly on the table.  It would apply to all employees of cities, townships,
    counties, road commissions, airport authorities and other public authorities including public hospital employees like nurses, and
    even those not eligible for Medicare.

Click here for a pdf version of this notice.

    November 22, 2017
GAA WCAA Election Results for Chapter Officers January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019
At the GAA Wayne County Airport Authority membership meeting held November 15, 2017, Karen Offerman was nominated President, and
Diane Spencer was nominated Vice President.  As there was no further opposition, both candidates were elected by acclamation.  Their term
of office begins January 1, 2018, and ends December 31, 2019.  
Also, if you have not yet RSVP’d for GAA Annual Meeting/Holiday Party please do so as soon as possible.  We look forward to seeing you at
this event.  It is a chance to meet and network with other GAA colleagues across Wayne County and its various Courts and Authorities.  

    The GAA Wayne County Professional Nurses Chapter held membership meetings at the Wayne County Health Department and the
    Juvenile Detention Facility, November 9, 2017,  for the purpose of soliciting nominations for Chapter officers.  The following nominations
    were received:

    President:  Elizabeth Patterson
    2nd Vice President:  Mildred Neal
    Two Directors at Large (Health Department):  Suzanne Meriedeth and Todd Spreitzer.

    As there was no opposition, all candidates were elected by acclimation.  Officers will begin their term of office January 1, 2018 through
    December 31, 2019.  Your participation in this process is very much appreciated.

    October 30, 2017


    The GAA Wayne County Professional Nurse Chapter election is scheduled for November 2017.   A membership meeting will be held
    Thursday, November 9, 2017 to solicit nominations.  A notice will be mailed shortly with the details.  

    REMINDER:  GAA Member of the Year Nomination Form due Thursday,
    November 2, 2017.  

    If you know a GAA member who has exceptional job performance or has provided extraordinary service to the Community or the
    Government Administrators Association, please take the time to nominate this deserving member for GAA Member of the Year.  This award
    will be presented at the GAA Annual Meeting/Holiday Party, December 1, 2017.   Click here for a nomination form.

    October 1, 2017


    With our Open Enrollment period swiftly approaching, the Benefits Team wants to insure that all of our employees have an opportunity to
    become as knowledgeable as possible about our plan options. We are hosting a series of informational meetings throughout the County.
    The meetings that are in bold will have all of our medical, dental vision and voluntary benefits carriers present. If you have additional
    questions regarding a meeting, please email benefits@waynecounty.com.  

    Meeting Dates and Locations

    10/2/17                  Hoover/Wyoming Yard                                       7:30a – 8:30a
    10/2/17                  Freeway Yard                                                       7:30a – 8:30a
    10/2/17                  Guardian Building -32nd fl.                               1:00p - 3:00p
    10/3/17                  Norton Yard                                                          7:30 -8:30
    10/3/17                  Merriman Yard                                                     7:30a – 8:30a
    10/3/17                  Judges Mtg., Courtroom 710, FMHJ               12:30p – 1:30p
    10/4/17                  S. Wayne Card                                                     7:30a – 8:30a
    10/4/17                  CMY – Glass House                                           7:30a – 8:30a
    10/4/17                  Judges Conf. Call                                               12:30p- 1:30p
    10/4/17                  Guardian Building – 32nd fl.                             1:00p - 3:00p
    10/5/17                  CMY – Signals – Bldg. 2                                    7:30a – 8:30a
    10/5/17                  CMY – Signshop- Bldg. 3                                  7:30a – 8:30a
    10/5/17                  CAYMC, 7th fl. Conf. Rm.                                   1:30p-2:30p
    10/6/17                  Sibley Yard                                                           7:30a – 8:30a
    10/6/17                  Goddard Yard                                                      7:30a – 8:30a
    10/6/17                  LHJ – Mary K. Fine                                              1:30p -2:30p
    10/10/17               CMY – Equipment                                               7:30a – 8:30a      
    10/10/17               HWVA – Wayne Office                                         3:30p – 4:30p
    10/11/17               WCCCD – Taylor                                                 1:00p - 3:00p
    10/12/17               HWVA – Wayne Office                                         8:30a – 9:30a
    10/13/17               Downriver Treatment Facility                             7:30a – 8:30a
    10/13/17               FMHJ, Courtroom 710                                        1:30p – 2:30p
    10/16/17               WCCD- Taylor                                                      6:00p - 8:00p
    10/17/17               Guardian Building – 32nd fl.                             1:00 p-3:00p
    10/17/17               Judges Mtg., LHJ, Rosa Pks.                          12:30p -1:30p
    10/18/17               Judges Mtg., CAYMC, 7th fl Conf.                   12:30p – 1:30p
    10/19/17               FMHJ, Courtroom 710                                        1:30p- 2:30p
    10/19/17               Penobscot Bldg., 13th fl. Seminar Rm.          1:00p-3:00p
    10/20/17               CAYMC, 7th fl. Conf. Rm.                                   1:30p-2:30p
    10/23/17               Division III                                                           10:00a – 11:00a
    10/23/17               Division III                                                             5:00p – 6:00p
    10/24/17               Division II                                                             10:00a – 11:00a
    10/24/17               Division II                                                               5:00p – 6:00p
    10/25/17               Division I                                                             10:00a – 11:00a
    10/25/17               Division I                                                               5:00p – 6:00p

    September 24, 2017


    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.

-------------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
    announced shortly.

    July 18, 2017


    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
    gaawayne@comcast.net or call the office at 313-224-5076, with your size and contact information, and we will arrange to get a shirt   
    to you.

    We would like to thank the members for their continued support.

    July 17, 2017


    Wayne County CEO Warren Evans has announced that he would like to open wage negotiations with Wayne County Unions before the
    expiration of the current collective bargaining agreements.  GAA is scheduled to begin these negotiations in August/September 2017.  
    Wayne County would like to address certain wage inequities in classifications that make it difficult to recruit and retain employees in
    that classification.  

    In addition to seeking a fair wage increase for all bargaining unit members, the Association would like to address inequities with
    compensation including issues of seniority, i.e., less senior employees earning a higher salary than employees in the same
    classification with greater seniority, and employees making less than those employees they supervise.  If you are in a classification
    that is hard to recruit and retain, or you have compensation issues that deal with seniority or employees you supervise, please e-mail
    the specifics of your situation to gaawayne@comcast.net as soon as possible so that it may be considered in these negotiations.
    If there are other issues regarding compensation that you feel should be addressed, please e-mail these concerns as well.    

    Unfortunately, Wayne County has limited these discussions to compensation only.  Other issues will be negotiated upon the expiration
    of the current CBA, September 30, 2018.

    July 17, 2017


    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


    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 gaawayne@comcast.net.  

    Click here to view photos of the picnic.

    May 20, 2017


    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
    section 298.

    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.



    March 15, 2017


    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 gaawayne@comcast.net 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 gaawayne@comcast.net 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


    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 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 gaawayne@comcast.net 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 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


    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
    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
    Complimentary Parking

    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


    At the same time the Association Election was held, the General Fund elected to fill the vacant Chapter Representative to the Executive
    Board.   Following are the election results for the three candidates running for this position:

    Joseph Budzinski                    15 votes
    Alonzo McCann                         39 votes
    Joyce Wright                              9 votes

    Alonzo McCann was elected Chapter Representative to the Executive Board.  McCann’s term of office begins immediately and expires
    December 31, 2017.  

    Again, the Association would like to thank all General Fund Chapter Members who voted in this election.

    October 18, 2016


    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


    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.