Karen Offerman,  Airport
Authority Chapter President
3031 W. Grand Blvd, Suite 415
Detroit, MI 48202
Fax 313-224-0064
Association Executive
David W. Skillman

Deputy Association Executive
Patricia Peña

Administrative Assistant
Shemika Jamison
    Diane Spencer

Karen Offerman
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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.


    TO:              All GAA Members
    FROM:        David W. Skillman, Association Executive
    DATE:          October 16, 2020
    RE:              GAA Association  Elections—Association Officers

    At the membership meeting held Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5:15 p.m., Margaret Keyes-Howard was nominated for President, Soraya
    Williams-Farver for Treasurer, and Serina Gordan for Secretary.  No other nominations were received.  As a result, these officers were
    elected by acclamation.  The term of office and  begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2022.   

    Join us in congratulating and offering our support to the newly elected administration as we move forward together to meet the challenges
    of the future.

    TO:                      All Members, Government Administrators Association
    FROM:                Margaret Keyes-Howard, Association President
    DATE:                  October 6, 2020
    RE:                      Nominations for Association Officers

    A general membership meeting of the Association, involving all GAA Chapters will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 5:15 p.m., on

    GAA Membership Meeting - Nominations Association Officers
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    5:15 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.

    The main item on the agenda will be to receive the report of the GAA Nominating Committee (listed below).  They will present the names of
    candidates to fill the vacancy for Association President, Association Secretary, and Association Treasurer.   These three positions are for a
    two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.  All hold a seat on the Executive Board by virtue of the position.  Candidates for office must be
    members in good standing for at least one year.

    Nominations for Association President, Association Secretary or Association Treasurer may be made by contacting a Committee member
    before 4:00 p.m., October 13, 2020.  Should you choose to leave a nomination by e-mail or voice mail, please confirm that it was actually
    received by the Committee member.  If you do not receive confirmation, contact another committee member.

    Cassandra McDonald        General Fund Chapter        313-727-7575

    Amy Miller-Vandawaker        Professional Engineers Chapter        313-224-5887
    Mary Young        Probate Court  Unit        313-224-6279

    Niles Reed        3rd Judicial Circuit Court Chapter         313-224-5349

    Denise Gray        36th District Court Chapter        313-965-2607

    Elizabeth Patterson        WCPNC Chapter        313-967-2044

    Karen Offerman        Airport Chapter        734-247-3631

    Stephen Ogundipe        DWIHN Chapter        (313) 213-0813

    Laleta Dozier        Wellpath Jail Medical Unit

    Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the membership meeting, October 13, 2020, at 5:15 p.m.  Election information will be
    sent  out following the meeting.  Ballots are due by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020.  Results will be announced thereafter on the
    GAA website:  governmentadministratorsassociation.com.  We hope for representative participation at this important meeting.


    Nominations are open during October for GAA Member of the Year.  If you are aware of a member who has exemplified extraordinary job
    dedication, employment recognition, notable accomplishments and/or significant contributions to the Community, please complete request
    a  nomination form, click here to download a form, or call the office (313-224-5076) and we will send one to you.  Only GAA members may
    make a nomination, and all nominations must be received by November 3, 2020.  You can submit the nomination to gaa@gaawayne.
    onmicrosoft.com or Fax to 313-224-5076.

    September 7, 2020

    Why I Support My Union

    In celebration of Labor Day, GAA asked our membership why you support your Association  and fellow GAA colleague.  
    The following are your responses.  GAA is only as strong as our member.  We encourage everyone to take an active
    role from monitoring the Collective Bargaining Agreement and reporting violations to Chapter Officers, to volunteering to
    be an Area Representative or Running for Office.  

    “They have awesome staff and caring officers.”

    “Even through all of our trials and tribulations, unknowns, injustices, and a multitude of other obstacles we stand united
    as one.”

    “I have been a proud member since 1996 and, I will continue to be a proud member and support them.”

    “They do the best they can with what they have, unfortunately this administration kicks rocks!”

    “We work so hard for Wayne County, particularly during the pandemic where we have had to maintain flexibility while still
    being committed to Wayne County. I hope all the union members are staying safe.”

    “Now more than ever we need a union to protect the rights of hard-working people like the employees of Wayne County.
    Solidarity is needed all of the time to effect change and progress especially today with so much division going on among
    the people. Together we stand, divided we fall.”

    “Its the U and I in union that's makes us strong.”

    “To show and encourage solidarity.”

    “Because of the commitment the union has to serving its membership.  GAA is always working to make our work life

    “Because the Union has fought for my rights, due to the hard work of the Union my probation was reduced from 1 year
    to 6 months. I am very grateful to the Union and the hard work. “

    “My Union & GAA members always support me!”

    “United we stand..Divided we fall"....this exemplifies the spirit and meaning of "solidarity" which is the foundation of all
    unions. In these trying times, solidarity is being tested every day for all unions.  I believe by supporting, advocating, and
    listening to the issues/concerns of its members, GAA, will become a more unified union.”

    “They support proper working conditions employee rights.”

    “We stick together no matter what!”

    “We all work hard!”

    “Black Lives Matter “

    “They work hard for us.”

    ‘”In these times we all need support. I want each every one of them to know their labor is not in vain. Even in times when
    it doesn’t seem like it, just know that everything you do matters... and you play an important role in the lives of others.
    For tasks big and small, I honor you.”

    “Solidarity is everything.”

    “My union and fellow GAA members support me.”

    “I believe in solidarity. As a long standing union member over the past 29 years, I have witnessed the hard work of
    bargaining units for its members whether in representation, contract negotiations, or general support. I am a proud
    union member and I stand with GAA.”
    “GAA is really concerned about its members.”

    “It creates fair and equal services and opportunities to us all.”

    "Being a part of GAA means we support and encourage each other.  I’m proud to be a part of such a great group! "

    “Unions are the backbone of society and paved the way for some of the benefits everyone benefits from.”  

    “They have always been supportive and informative to new and current members regardless of title. I am so appreciative
    of there ongoing efforts to make sure GAA members are getting what they deserve.”

    “They support GAAA members. They represent its members with enthusiasm and fairness.”

    “Everyone matters everyday no discrimination ever have been shown. I love my GAA union.”

    “Yes, I am a very proud Union supporter  and will be supporting GAA this Labor Day because only togetherness that
    can make a difference.”
    “During COVID solidarity has provided  a constant reminder that the true source to draw strength from is the support of
    one another. We have much to be thankful about and be mindful that we all face difficult challenges. However, we must
    make progress together until each individual wants for the other what they may want for themselves.”

    “We stand together."

    "It is a blessing to be employed during this pandemic, as well as being able to pause for rest during Labor Day.”

    ”Because we all need each other.”

    “My GAA union always supports me!”

    “Together we accomplish more.”

    “It is important to remain a unified group to protect the interest of everyone.”

    “Unions have fought for equal rights throughout the years.”

    “...because  all the union do for its members.”

    “We can’t win this battle alone!”

    “Because this pandemic was proof that together with my fellow GAA brothers and sisters we can accomplish anything!!”

    “Union helps members to stay united and results in better working conditions as well as better pay.”

    “COVID-19 has changed our lives and the simple pleasures are most important to me now. I support and surround
    myself with love, kindness, and patience. Being a member of GAA has allowed me to interact with people that spread
    these joys of life.”

    “I support Union jobs.”

    “There is strength in solidarity!”

    “Support is what we do!!  We fight for what's right and we make a difference in the lives of others.”

    “The ones that are essential are just as tired as I am.”

    “Of the solidarity of all of the members of this union, and the compassion that the leaders display towards the members.”

    “I'm still alive and COVID free!”

    “It paves a way for the future generation of workers.”

    “Now more than ever we need to keep our unions strong.  I am proud to be a GAA union member!”

    “It rocks.”

    “Solidarity is important to the membership, especially in difficult times; understanding that we are stronger when we work
    collectively for a common goal.”

    “Labor Day is a day to honor those who have put in the work to make our country what it is today.  GAA Z MEMBERS.”

    “Now, more than ever, the work we do is crucial to supporting our members during these unprecedented times.”

    “Solidarity :)”

    “The support received by me and my fellow members for the more than 25 years in GAA and 40 years with Wayne

    “Unions have given us so much.”

    “GAA keeps me informed about the information in the union contract and keeps me feeling safe at my job.”

    “They have my best interests at heart.”

    “We work hard and some of us had to work during the pandemic this year. We strive to provide our customers with
    excellent services in a safe and thorough manner. I support all unions because my son is an essential worker.”

    “Labor Day is a day to honor  those who put in the work. GAA members proudly embodies that same spirit as we are not
    always celebrated for the work we've done but nevertheless are a enteric part that enables the system to daily progress.
    Our task many times are thankless but are vital as we serve the public, so this year, as we rest this lone Monday in
    September, GAA members reflect and take pride in your daily labor and celebrate yourselves for a job well done. Happy
    Labor Day.“

    “The unions played a vital role in creating the middle class and protecting membership with fair wages, safety, and fair
    labor practices.”
    “Our GAA union strengthens our democracy by giving members a voice in policy debates, reduce inequality and is
    essential to obtain a fair share of economic growth.  The GAA union also helps to improve the health and safety
    practices of our workplaces.”

    “When we are united, no of us will fall!”

    “So much is going on we need to show love for each and everyone and support our union member and just joy life.”

    “This current condition has showed us more than ever, we need each other.  I support GAA because GAA supports me.”

    “Of the solidarity and the work the GAA does in advocating for the members and their interest.”

    “Because without unions workers would not have any rights, such as, fair treatment, days off, breaks and etc.”

    “These are very trying times and the very existence of the union is under attack. I stand in support of the union and my
    fellow members as a testament to the struggle to bring fairness and protection to us all.”

    “We need our Union”s."

    “During these craziest of crazy times, it's easy to feel stressed, overworked, and under appreciated in the work place.  
    The solidarity I share with my fellow GAA members, whether it be just a simple rant session with a co-worker or going to
    the table for serious business, brings a great sense of comfort...knowing they are there to protect your best interests.  
    Thank you for all you do & God bless each & every one of us hard working members!!!”

    “Unions work to protect our jobs.”

    “The union has and continues to help maintain my job with the county.”

    “I have seen them work hard in support of the member all years that I have been a part of GAA.  I trust their decisions
    for us and am proud to be a part of GAA.”

    “Solidarity is key and we stick together.”  

    “They have worked diligently on our behalf.”

    “It's a blessing to have retained employment during COVID and for that I am thankful to GAA. It is an honor to work in
    solidarity with coworkers and colleagues who support each other and share a common interest in fair and favorable
    working conditions for all employees.”
    “Unions have always been part of my life. My mom was a union member growing up, and now my husband and I are
    both union members. We are proud to be union workers.”

    “We are one family.”


    “They have been there for me every time I've needed them.”

    “Yes I will be supporting my Brothers and Sisters because we must stand in Solidarity because the fight for better pay
    and working conditions are still number one on the list.  So the fight must continue.”

    “Because of the pandemic I know my fellow GAA Members have been working extra hard to keep their offices and
    departments running smoothly.”

    “I feel we are one in mind and body working toward becoming better as professionals serving the public.”

    “As the saying goes, "There Is Strength In Numbers" .  We are one powerful, collective voice , together.”

    “Because my union protects our jobs, promotes equality, and fair practice. They work hard to improve conditions and
    quality of employment. They work hard to balance work and life by negotiating basic benefits such as access to health
    insurance, fair wages, and pension benefits.  I would like to Thank our GAA Leadership and wish them health happiness
    and prosperity.”

    Thank you!”

    “It is a honor to work for them.”

    “The members are just like my second family.”

    “As an Organization, there should be equality for all employees and their Managers in terms of how individuals are
    treated.  There should be a clear understanding of the regulations within the Organization and whenever an employee
    has a question, the ability to come to a Representative in the Union to assist with the answer is imperative for individuals
    to feel included with the Company.”

    “I am deemed essential and my work is necessary.”

    “Although I am new to unions and still learning, I admire all of work that GAA has done over the years to support and
    advocate for employees including recognizing holidays such as Labor Day.”

    “I am proud to be apart of this organization.”

    “I am an advocate for the hard working Americans that keep this country strong and free.”

    “Unions promote fairness, prosperity, and a sense of community.”

    “American union workers are the backbone of this country.”

    “It takes all to run to run a ship. We work hard to make it happen.”

    “GAA Leaders has supported employees during the "new work normal", because of the global pandemic, COVID-19.  I
    believe that GAA Leaders work efforts are in the best interest of Union Membership.”

    “Solidarity Rocks”

    “Solidarity is crucial to continue to advocate fair labor practices and policies for the body of members in GAA.”

    “Union membership and solidarity adds to worker strength and representation.”

    “I am proud to stand with my fellow GAA members for the rights our predecessors worked so hard for and look forward
    to continuing the legacy for future generations!”

    “We all are one”


    “I love labor”

    “Ride or die for my union and always in solidarity.”

    “Unity is an important part of the work force.  Keeps management on their toes.”
    “The support and backing that’s shown.”

    “We’re union”

    “Now more than ever, in the midst of COVID-19, so many are out of work or under-employed. People need the support
    of organized labor to protect rights of the workforce.”

    “I believe we all stand together and support each no matter the situation. I noticed the helping hand since I joyed GAA.
    They are an amazing group of people.”

    “I am very aware of my blessings and GAA is the best union there is.  We are small in size but close like a family.”

    “With so many lives being lost this year, it is important to show peace, love, and gratitude.  Tomorrow is not promised, so
    supporting each other and celebrating life on this Day is so important.”  

    “I love yall..”

    “I enjoy doing the greater good for others.”

    “They are caring and supporting members.”

    “I support the union because the union supports me.”

    “We all need each other in these crazy times, especially when there is a problem we can’t resolve with our employer,
    GAA (Margaret) will jump in there and get it right.”

    “The Labor Movement has helped minorities in their struggle for economic equality!”

    “We are stronger when we are united.  We stand on the shoulders of members who have paved the way.  We owe it to
    those coming behind us to keep GAA strong.”

    December 17, 2019


    The Special Association Election to replace the vacant Association Secretary position was conducted Monday, December 16, 2019.  TThe
    term of office is effective Immediately and ends December 31, 2020.)

    GAA received 88 valid Ballots, 1 voided ballot, and 1 late ballot for a total of 90 ballots cast.  The votes were cast as follows:

    *Serina Gordon                 49 votes
    Kienda Ivy                           16 votes
    Angela Weeks                   23 votes

    Serina Gordon was elected Association Secretary and will join Association President Margaret Keyes-Howard and Association Treasurer
    Soraya Williams-Farver as Association Officers on the GAA Executive Board.

    TO:                 Members, GAA Airport Chapter

    FROM:          Patricia Peña, Deputy Association Executive

    DATE:            December 10, 2019

    RE:                 Nominations for Chapter Offices

    The GAA WCAA Chapter Election was held. Monday, December 9, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.  Nineteen valid ballots were received.  The Chapter did
    not receive any late or voided ballots.  Sixteen (16) votes were cast for Karen Offerman, and three (3) votes for Corey noble.  

    Karen Offerman will begin her term of Presidency January 1, 2020, until December 31, 2021.  Diane Spencer was nominated Vice
    President and won via acclimation as she had no opposition.  There were no nominations received for Secretary before nominations were

    TO:                 Members, GAA Airport Chapter

    FROM:           Karen Offerman

    DATE:            November 15, 2019

    RE:                 Nominations for Chapter Offices

    A GAA Airport Authority Chapter meeting will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., Bldg. 703 Conference Room, Wayne
    County Airport Authority. The main item on the agenda will be to receive the report of the Chapter Nominating Committee (listed below).
    They will present the names of candidates for Chapter President, Vice-President, and Secretary.

    Anyone interested in being a candidate or nominating someone for one of these positions should immediately contact a Committee


    Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at this meeting.

    The election will be held by mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all members following the membership meeting. Ballots will be counted at
    the Airport Authority, 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2019.  Should you not receive a ballot, please contact the GAA Office (gaa@gaawayne.
    onmicrosoft.com, 313-224-5076) prior to the election date. W e will also make arrangements for a GAA Representative to be at the Airport
    Authority from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., December 2, 2019, with replacement ballots for any member that does not receive a ballot in the mail,
    as well to collect ballots from those who wish to hand deliver them.

    Membership participation is important, so please try to attend this Chapter meeting.

    December 4, 2018


    As marijuana becomes legal in Michigan for recreational use Thursday, December 6, 2018, employees have had questions as how the
    legalization affects their employer’s current drug policies.   

    Please be advised that “this act does not require an employer to permit or accommodate conduct otherwise allowed by this act in any
    workplace or on the employer’s property. This act does not prohibit an employer from disciplining an employee for violation of a workplace
    drug policy or for working while under the influence of marijuana. This act does not prevent an employer from refusing to hire, discharging,
    disciplining, or otherwise taking an adverse employment action against a person with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges
    of employment because of that person’s violation of a workplace drug policy or because that person was working while under the influence
    of marijuana.”

    Employers have informed the Association that they intend to enforce existing drug policies and that the use of marijuana could result in
    discipline, up to and including discharge.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the GAA office or your Chapter President.

    November 28, 2018

    5368/6474--CONTACT YOUR STATE

    Sisters and Brothers,

    Senate Bills 795 and 796 have passed the Senate as a whole, and now, identical bills are being taken up in the House Education
    Committee on Thursday as HB 5368 and 6474.

    These bills will end union leave time for public sector employees to bargain contracts, handle grievances, and talk to their legislators about
    important issues facing their work.

    Release time—or official time—allows workers to use time from their jobs to take care of issues in the workplace—most of it central to
    keeping the workplace running well.

    Please contact your Rep TODAY by clicking on the link below to urge them to vote NO on House Bills 5368 and 6474:


    The organizations attacking public service worker release time are the same organizations attacking workers’ rights around the country.

    Senate Bill 795/House Bill 5368

    SB 795 and/or House Bill 5368 penalizes public employees for assisting in necessary workplace employer/employee relationships while
    simultaneously costing the State approximately $1 million a year in increased unfunded actuarily accrued liabilities (UAAL). This is a result
    of the lost revenue paid by unions to the MPSERS reserves (current law provides for reimbursement) exceeding the costs to the system.
    The loss of those funds will result in additional UAAL being attributed to the balance of the school workforce and assessed against either
    local school districts or the School Aid Fund.

    The bills create a lose/lose situation denying employers and employees the ability to maintain an efficient and productive workplace while
    costing our schools additional money.

    Senate Bill 796/House Bill 6474

    Either of these bills would prevent public employers and public employees from negotiating “paid” leave time for employer/employee
    purposes such as negotiating contracts, resolving grievances or other purposes designed to assist the employer in running an efficient
    workplace. Many employers have already voiced their concerns about the loss of the ability to resolve workplace disputes in a timely and
    efficient manner. The inability to resolve workplace disputes in a timely manner are likely to lead to increased problems and accelerated
    costs in the resolution of problems that might well have been settled quickly during work hours.

    The cost to the employer for increased grievance resolution is incalculable as is the likely cost of forcing efforts to adopt contracts and
    enforcement of contract provisions after work hours – requiring employer representatives (human resource professionals) to be available
    after hours and likely at overtime pay. This problem will be even more complex at facilities and jobs that must operate on a 24/7 basis as
    many public services require including jails and hospitals.

    It further jeopardizes the ability to conduct joint employer/employee efforts beneficial to both parties. Many such joint employer/employee
    efforts have saved millions of dollars in medical costs alone. Other cost benefits to the employer include a better workforce by jeopardizing
    morale, safety and quality of services rendered.

    These bills also create a lose/lose situation by denying employers and employees the ability to maintain an efficient and productive
    workplace while costing public employers more to achieve that which is necessary.  That does not include the additional administrative
    costs to account for time off for employer conferences if a way were found to do so during work hours.

    Current law already prohibits the use of paid leave for political purposes and other non-contract related matters. Prohibiting public
    employers from negotiating mutually beneficial leaves diminishes the local control necessary to effectuate the productive environments we
    all desire. The private sector has long used this tool and the public sector should not be denied the same tool.

    Please contact your Rep TODAY by clicking on the link below to urge them to vote NO on House Bills 5368 and 6474:


    Lawrence A. Roehrig
    President, AFSCME Council 25
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    October 24, 2018


    The Association received 79 valid ballots, and one voided ballot for the election of Association Secretary, October 24, 2018, 4:00 p.m..  The
    votes for the candidates were as follows:

    Amy Miller-Vandawaker - 28 votes
    Ann Mosley - 33 votes
    Lisa Denise Peterson - 18 votes

    Ann Mosley was elected Association Secretary with the majority of votes cast.  Joining her is Margaret Keyes-Howard, Association
    President and Soraya Williams-Farver, Association Treasurer.  Both Keyes-Howard and Williams-Farver were elected by acclamation as
    there was no opposition.  All officers begin their term of office January 1, 2019.  

    Thank you for taking the time to vote in this important election.

    October 15, 2019


    Ballots were mailed to members’ home addresses this Saturday, October 13, 2018.  Ballots are due back in the GAA office before 4:00 p.
    m., Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  If you do not receive your ballot by Friday, October 20, 2018, please call the GAA office so that we can
    arrange to get a ballot to you.  

    The only office listed on the ballot is Association Secretary.  There was no opposition for Association President and the second candidate
    for Association Treasurer did not accept the nomination leaving the Association Treasurer unopposed.  Consequently, both Association
    President, Margaret Keyes-Howard, and Association Treasurer, Soraya Williams-Farver, were elected by acclamation.

    TO:                         All Members, Government Administrators Association
    FROM:                   Margaret Keyes-Howard, Association President
    DATE:                     October 2, 2018
    RE:                         Nominations for Association Officers

    A general membership meeting of the Association, involving all GAA Chapters will be held Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 5:15 p.m., GAA
    Office, 3031 West Grand Blvd., Suite 415, Detroit, MI 48202.  

    The main item on the agenda will be to receive the report of the GAA Nominating Committee (listed below).  They will present the names of
    candidates to fill the vacancy for Association President, Association Secretary, and Association Treasurer.   These three positions are for a
    two-year term beginning January 1, 2019.  All hold a seat on the Executive Board by virtue of the position.  Candidates for office must be
    members in good standing for at least one year.

    Nominations for Association President, Association Secretary or Association Treasurer may be made by contacting a Committee member
    before 4:00 p.m., October 9, 2018.  Should you choose to leave a nomination by e-mail or voice mail, please confirm that it was actually
    received by the Committee member.  If you do not receive confirmation, contact another committee member.

    Angela Weeks                                           General Fund
    Amy Miller                                                 Professional Engineers Chapter            
    Bridget Stewart                                        Probate Court  Unit                                    
    Kimberley Archie                                       3rd Judicial Circuit Court Chapter             
    Kimla Calhoun                                          36th District Court Chapter                       
    Joann Wall                                                 WCPNC Chapter             
    Connie Slack                                              Airport Chapter                                              

    Esther Twitty                                             Mental Health Authority Chapter          
    Laleta Dozier                                             Correct Care Solutions Unit                       

    Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the membership meeting, October 9, 2018, at 5:15 p.m.  Election will be held by mail
    ballot, which will be mailed out following the meeting.  Ballots are due in the GAA office by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  
    Results will be announced thereafter on the GAA website:  governmentadministratorsassociation.com.  We hope for representative
    participation at this important meeting.


    Nominations are open during October for GAA Member of the Year.  If you are aware of a member who has exemplified extraordinary job
    dedication, employment recognition, notable accomplishments and/or significant contributions to the Community, please complete the
    enclosed nomination form, click here to download an electronic nomination form from our website at
    governmentadministratorsassociation.com or call the office (313-224-5076) and we will send one to you.  Only GAA members may make a
    nomination, and all nominations must be received by November 3, 2018.  You can submit the nomination to gaa@gaawayne.onmicrosoft.
    com or Fax to 313-224-5076.

    June 9, 2018

    Get Involved

    The resources of any union are limited, and there is always much more that unions could do to be even more effective in defending the
    members' interest. GAA's power is unleashed when individual members take it upon themselves to pitch in and each does a little
    something to contribute to the larger effort. No matter what kind of person you are, you have something you can contribute to make GAA
    stronger. If you have good writing skills, you might volunteer to work on the GAAzette. If you have some expertise in health care benefits or
    health and safety matters, you might volunteer to serve on a committee or help out during contract negotiations. If you are good with kids,
    you can volunteer to work at the annual picnic. At the very least, we've all got at least a little time to spare once or twice a month, so why not
    volunteer to help hand-deliver union literature to your fellow employees?

    -Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

    July 5, 2018

    Register to Vote by July 9th for Michigan Primary

    July 9th is the last day to register to vote in Michigan's August primary election. It is more important than ever that the voices of working
    people across our state are heard, because we need to elect politicians that value working families and are ready to stand up for good jobs
    and strong communities.
    Click here for a pdf of the flyer with

    April 18, 2018

    IMPORTANT: 2018 family HSA contribution limit change

    On March 5, 2018, the IRS announced that the 2018 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit for families has been lowered to
    $6,850 ($7,850 if eligible for catch-up contributions) from the previous limit of $6,900, effective immediately. The individual limit was not
    changed and remains at $3,450.

    If you are on a family plan, please review your current contributions for 2018 to ensure you have not over-contributed and are not scheduled
    to do so.

    If you have over-contributed and wish to remove any excess contributions made through your employer’s payroll, please work through your
    employer; they have until the last pay period in 2018 to reverse payroll contributions.

    March 14, 2018

    TAKE ACTION:  Michigan Legislative Update--Senate Bill
    795 & 796 - Union Business Leave

    Today the Senate Education Committee passed two new bills that represent a direct attack on working people and our freedom to
    negotiate together.

    Specifically, Senate Bills 795-796 would ban public employee union officials from representing their members and collaborating with
    school and local government administrators during normal business hours.

    We need to take quick action to fight back and stop these bills. Can you help?

    Visit the AFL-CIO website by clicking here to send a quick email to your state senator. Tell them to vote NO on SB 795-796.

    These shortsighted bills will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and make our schools, as well as local and state government, less efficient
    and less effective.

    We defeated these same bills when they came up two years ago. I know we can do it again, but we need to speak up right now to make our
    voices heard in Lansing.

    TAKE ACTION and email your senator right now

    Thanks for stepping up.

    Visit http://miaflcio.org/ | Facebook | Twitter

    March 5, 2018

    Michigan Legislative Update--Senate Bill 795 - Union
    Business Leave

    The Senate Education Committee will vote as early as Tuesday on a bill that will end union leave time for public sector employees to
    bargain contracts, handle grievances, and talk to their legislators about important issues facing their work.

    Sen. Knollenburg, along with 11 other Republican Senators has reintroduced legislation designed to prohibit paid union leave time. This
    time he has also added Community Colleges to K-12 schools in the prohibition on dues collection by payroll deduction.
    Release time—or official time—allows workers to use time from their jobs to take care of issues in the workplace—most of it central to
    keeping the workplace running well.

    Unfortunately, there have been efforts in several states to prohibit public-sector union release time. The American Legislative Exchange
    Council has a model bill to outlaw release time.   Legislation was introduced in 2017 in at least four states (Connecticut, Minnesota,
    Missouri and Pennsylvania) to eliminate release time for public employees.

    The organizations attacking public service worker release time are the same organizations attacking workers’ rights around the country.
    This attack is part of a coordinated, systematic attempt to weaken or outright eliminate workers’ rights. The groups behind the attack on
    release time are the same ones promoting efforts to take away working people’s freedom to join together and negotiate, weaker wages
    and benefits, more dangerous workplaces and lower taxes for corporations.

    Release time is a widely followed management practice in the public and private sector. Employers recognize the value of releasing
    employees from their usual duties for small amounts of time in order to focus on workplace issues. States, schools, and municipalities
    should not be prevented from practicing sound management strategies because of the objections of a few anti-union ideologues.

    Please contact the following Senators and urge them to vote NO on Senate Bill 795:

    Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) Committee Chair, 25th District

    Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) Vice Chair, 13th District

    Darwin L Booher (R-Evart) 35th District

    Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) 22nd District

    Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) Minority Vice Chair, 6th District

    Release time benefits the public by creating a safer, fairer and more efficient workplace.

    Public service workers use release time to resolve employee disputes, protect workers’ safety and basic rights in the workplace, represent
    workers in conflicts with management, address issues of discrimination or retaliation, and work with management to improve the
    workplace. Release time saves taxpayer resources in the long run.

    Release time helps to resolve workplace conflicts in a more timely and cost-efficient manner than would otherwise be the case.
    Public service workers can use release time to serve on labor-management committees that help to solve problems and improve the
    workplace. Without release time, conflicts that could have been resolved in these committees instead may end up as part of expensive and
    time-consuming legal or administrative procedures.

    Release time also saves resources by allowing public employees to serve on labor-management committees that develop cost-saving
    proposals. Taxpayers have saved millions of dollars as a result. Release time allows public employers to benefit from the expertise of
    public employees in these important and effective labor-management committees.
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    TO:                        All Members, GAA Wayne County Airport Authority Chapter

    FROM:                  Lorenzo A. Blount, Association Executive
                                  Karen Offerman, GAA Wayne County Airport Authority Chapter President

    RE:                        2018 Contract Survey

    DATE:                    February 23, 2018        

    The Collective Bargaining Agreement for GAA members of the Wayne County Airport Authority Chapter expires September 30, 2018, 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 March 23, 2018, to the GAA office, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 415, Detroit, MI 48080, fax to 313-224-
    0064 or e-mail to gaa@gaawayne.onmicrosoft.com.  

    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.  


    On Saturday, February 24, working people across the country will gather to stand up for our right to form a union and to fight for a better
    quality of life for ourselves and for our families. We’ll also be honoring the long history of labor rights activists and civil rights activists
    coming together to strengthen our communities.

    Next Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a case called Janus vs. AFSCME, which could limit the ability of unions to negotiate on our
    behalf and improve our communities. This weekend we’ll make our voices heard to show our strength when we come together.

    Join us in Detroit this Saturday to make your voice and help unrig the system! If you’re not able to make it to Detroit, find the event nearest
    to you and join us there.

    10:30 A.M. TO 1:30 P.M.
    18100 MEYERS ROAD
    DETROIT, MI 48235



    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.

    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.  
Click here for a pdf version of this notice.
Click here for a pdf version of this notice.

    October 30, 2017

    FOR NOVEMBER 2017:

    The GAA Wayne County Airport Authority Chapter election is scheduled for November 2017.   The Chapter will be electing their President,
    Vice-President, and Secretary.  A membership meeting will be scheduled in mid-November to solicit nominations.  A notice will be mailed
    shortly with additional 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.

    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


    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


    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.