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GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION
GENERAL FUND CHAPTER
3031 W. Grand Blvd, Suite 415
Detroit, MI 48202
313-224-5076
Fax 313-224-0064
gaa@gaawayne.onmicrosoft.com
Association Executive
Lorenzo A. Blount
lorenzoblount@outlook.com

Deputy Association Executive
Patricia Peña
gaawayne@comcast.net

Administrative Assistant
Shemika Jamison
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GAA GENERAL FUND
CHAPTER OFFICERS
Cassandra McDonald
General Fund Chapter
President
gaawayne@comcast.net
Vice-President:        Vacant
Secretary:                 Michelle Varran

Chapter Representative to GAA  
Executive Board:

    Gretta Johnson-Washington
    Alonzo McCann
    Candace Robinson
    Cedric Robinson
    Jackie Szafranski
    Donald Thompson

Area Representatives:           

    County Clerk
  • Candace Jenkins

    Health Department
  • Deborah Wendt

Frank Murphy Hall of         
Justice  
    
  • Karen Hall

    400 Monroe
  • Kienda Ivy
  • Vacant

    Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Alonzo McCann

    Guardian Building
  • Vacant
  • Donald Thompson

    Sheriff's Department
  • Jackie Szafranski

    Wyandotte Wastewater
    Treatment Plant
  • Vacant

    D-Building Westland
  • Vacant

    640 Temple
  • Vacant

    *If you need the phone number
    of your Area Representative or
    other chapter officer, you may
    email your request to
    gaawayne@comcast.net or call
    313-224-5076


    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.


CHAPTER UPDATES


    September 29, 2017

    SUPPLEMENTAL WAGE TALKS SCHEDULED TO
    BEGIN WITH GAA OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

    Wayne County Executive Warren Evans met with all Wayne County Labor Unions earlier this year to announce that his administration would
    open supplemental negotiations, on wages only, to address problems with recruitment and retention.   Consequently, Labor Relations has
    begun meeting with bargaining units to negotiate wage adjustments for classifications that the have had difficulties with recruitment and
    retention as well as to address certain other wage inequities throughout the County. Tentative negotiation dates for the GAA General Fund
    Chapter are October 31st, November 2nd, and November 9, 2017.  Dates for the GAA Wayne County Professional Nurses Chapter are
    December 7th, December 14th, and January 9, 2018.    

    If you are in a position where you believe there is an inequity in compensation, please email the specifics of your situation and your contact
    information to gaawayne@comcast.net as soon as possible.   While addressing the many individual inequities across Wayne County, the
    Association will also be arguing for a general wage increase for the entire membership.    


    September 24, 2017

    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.



    September 24, 2017

    AREA REPRESENTATIVES ARE NEEDED FOR THE
    GAA GENERAL FUND CHAPTER

    Area Representatives are needed to fill vacancies at the Guardian Building and 400 Monroe.  GAA is also looking for members at other
    locations who would like to volunteer to be groomed for future leadership roles in the Association or who are in locations where there
    is not currently an Area Representative.  If you would like to be considered for an appointment, please contact the GAA at
    gaawayne@comcast.net and we will forward your request to General Fund Chapter President Cassandra McDonald for
    consideration.  

    Area Representatives are responsible for representing members in the grievance process, acting as a liaison between the GAA
    Executive Board and the membership, and actively recruits employees promoted or hired in GAA positions into membership.  
    Training for this important position will be provided.  

    As we prepare to enter into negotiations in 2018, we need members to assume an active role in the Association.  Our unity is
    our strength.


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
313-224-5076
(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

    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
    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

    UPCOMING WAGE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE COUNTY OF WAYNE

    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

    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 gaawayne@comcast.net.  

    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
    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.

    http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html

    http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/



    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 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
    there.



    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
    meetings.

    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
    COMMISSIONERS

    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

    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 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,
    2017.  

    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
    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)

    AGENDA
    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:

    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

    ASSOCIATION ELECTION UPDATE:

    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.  

    GENERAL FUND CHAPTER ELECTION UPDATE:

    The General Fund Chapter had a membership meeting October 6, 2016 for the purpose of accepting nominations for a vacant Chapter
    Representative position to the GAA Executive Board.  Nominated to this positions were Joseph Budzinski, Alonzo McCann, and Joyce
    Wright.  This position was included on the same ballot as Association President which was mailed Friday, October 7, 2016.    Again, if you
    have not received your ballot in the mail, please contact the GAA office as soon as possible.  All ballots are due back in the GAA office by
    4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, 2016.



    SPECIAL ELECTION GENERAL FUND CHAPTER

    TO:                        All Members General Fund Chapter
    FROM:                  Cassandra McDonald, General Fund Chapter President
    DATE:                   September 27, 2016
    RE:                        Nominations for Chapter Representatives on the Executive Board Special Election

    A Chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:10 p.m. at the Juvenile Detention Facility, Baneker Training Room, 1326
    St Antoine St, Detroit, MI 48226.  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 to fill vacancy for one (1) chapter representative on the GAA Executive Board.  

    Nominations for any of these offices may be made by contacting a Committee Member before 4:00 p.m., October 6, 2016.  Should you
    choose to leave a nomination by e-mail or voice mail, please confirm that it was actually received by the Committee member.  

    Alonzo McCann-Juvenile Detention Facility        
    Gretta Johnson Washington-Guardian Building                
    Candace Robinson-Guardian Building             

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

    A special election to fill the vacancies will be held by mail ballot, which will be mailed out following the meeting.  Ballots will be due in the
    GAA office by 4:00 p.m., October 18, 2016.
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