Thursday, April 16, 2009

GC Delegate Letter

Sent out Tuesday from California State Employees Association (CSEA) headquarters:

From: CSEA President Dave Hart
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 2:39 PM
To: [a delegate candidate]
Subject: Preparations for 2009 CSEA General Council

CSEA prepares for 2009 General Council

April 10, 2009

Preparations for the 2009 CSEA General Council are moving forward. Delegates elections are under way. CSEA and affiliate leaders and staff are working together to structure a productive and enjoyable meeting over Labor Day weekend.

The heart of General Council will be an exercise in Designing Our Future, giving delegates the opportunity to determine the future of their affiliate, share that perspective with other affiliates, and determine what they need from CSEA. It's an occasion for us to review implementation of the new directions set by the 2007 General Council delegates. We'll adopt a three-year budget and consider resolutions on general policy issues.

We will also consider proposed CSEA Bylaw revisions, drafted by a hard-working Bylaws, Policies and Procedures (B&P) Committee. It is my intent that these proposals will be available on our website for review, and for discussion by newly-elected delegates, long before GC meets. We need to take advantage of technology to encourage greater participation in Association governance.

Some of the proposed changes will deal with housekeeping and other proposals will reflect existing practices. We'll also look at new language reflecting the changes made by the 2007 delegates regarding affiliate autonomy, independent political action, and the new role of central support.

It's not too early for delegates, potential delegates or members, to start educating yourselves on these issues. For example:

Attend the next meeting of the Bylaws and Policy File Committee or the next CSEA Board of Directors meeting where you can hear discussions of these issues. Check the CSEA website calendar for time and location.

Read B&P 8/07 - the group of resolutions passed at GC in 2007 setting in motion all the changes we've made in central support over the last two years. It's available the CSEA website.

Keep track of some dates:
  • June 8 - Deadline for signed statement of intent to to run for statewide office.
  • July 6 - Proposed Bylaw changes in resolution form to be posted on CSEA website.
  • July 7 - Proposed CSEA central support budget mailed to all delegates.
  • August 15 - Proposed Bylaw changes mailed to delegates.

We'll send you additional updates as preparations continue. Every member and every delegate will have the information they need to make their voice count. That's how we can make sure that GC serves its purpose, helping CSEA affiliates become stronger as they go about the business of representing their members.

In Unity,
Dave Hart, President

CSUEU is part of CSEA, and CSUEU chapters will have seats at the CSEA General Council (GC). Each chapter elects its own GC delegates and alternates. Ballots for GC delegates were scheduled to be mailed today from headquarters. The number of delegates your chapter has depends on how many members your chapter has.

General Council takes place September 5-7, 2009, in Los Angeles.


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