Jimmie Mathis Treasurer
Joel Funfar Secretary
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Keith Covert M W Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
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Emily Brent-Fulps Treasurer
Ben Blankley Secretary
Midwest Regional Council Officers
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Chris Streckfus Treasurer
Emily Forest Secretary
Northwest Regional Council Officers
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James Raskob Treasurer
Doug Brazeal Secretary
Bill Dugovich Communications Director
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SPEEA Executive Board
Petitions due this month for SPEEA
president, treasurer and secretary
SPEEA seeks qualified candidates to run for president, treasurer or secretary on the seven-member Executive Board. Four
regional vice presidents, elected every other year,
also serve on the Executive Board.
Candidates must be a regular member in good
standing for at least the preceding 24 months.
To run for office, candidates must submit a petition and written statements. Petitions are due by
See the election information,
including petition and candidate information requirements,
Valid candidates’ statements
and answers are included
with a ballot sent to the
homes of all current SPEEA
members by Feb. 28.
Ballots are counted March 14.
New two-year terms start
The Executive Board directs SPEEA activities
through the executive director, monitors expenses and serves as the interim negotiations team
Federal laws apply to
Federal law requires labor organizations to comply with all reasonable requests of any candidate
to distribute campaign literature, at the candi-date's expense, to members in good standing of
the labor organization.
If candidates or their supporters want to send
a mailing to members, they will work through
a bonded mailing house. Addresses are never
provided directly to a
Per federal law, candidates
cannot use union or company resources to conduct
their election campaigns.
• Campaigning on
• Using company (or union) resources such
as paper, copy machines or email
• Posting on union or company bulletin boards
This applies to the candidates and their sup-
Election information online
o Eligibility requirements
o Candidate petition
o Candidate information
o Election timeline
Go to www.speea.org for the
election information and petition
Union honors civil rights 50th anniversary
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s (MLK) assassination in Memphis, the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
launched a special “I AM” campaign.
The I AM slogan came from the
striking AFSCME sanitation workers. King was in Memphis to support
them when he was assassinated April
The night before King was shot and
killed while standing on a hotel balcony, he delivered his “I have been to the Mountaintop” speech
in support of the sanitation workers, civil rights
and social justice.
The sanitation workers, who sought safer working conditions and increased pay, ended the
strike April 16 with a contract.
On MLK Jr. Day, Jan. 15, surviving Memphis
strikers, members of AFSCME Local 1733, are
receiving an award from the NAACP. The award
honors groundbreaking work to increase the understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.
Other 50th anniversary events include:
• Moment of silence - On Feb.
1, AFSCME is urging the labor
movement to observe a moment
of silence in honor of Echol
Cole and Robert Walker, the
AFSCME sanitation workers who
were crushed by a garbage truck
50 years ago. Two other workers died this way in 1964, but
the city refused to fix the faulty
equipment that triggered the
• Memphis - From April 2-4, AFSCME
plans to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination
and honor the legacy of the striking
sanitation workers with activist trainings,
panel discussions, musical performances,
and a march re-enacting the one led by
Dr. King’s wife in Memphis on April 8,
SPEEA will close Jan. 15 in observance of the
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.