Monday, November 07, 2005

Odds 'N Ends

Hey Everyone,

Just a quick few things here to keep you in the loop with what all's going on. We had a rip-roaring time at the White Harte on Wednesday, so thanks to all who made it out... Hope to see even more next time around so we can talk about my terminally breaking car, politics and this fine career that we've all picked for ourselves. Good times, in other words.

Starting things off, you may have heard that we're having this little thing called a statewide election tomorrow. Since as journalists, we don't publicly endorse things one way or another, I'll refer you to, which has the union perspective. Even though it looks like most of the issues aren't very popular, it's still important to get out and vote. It's also worth considering that while some of the biggest fights are over public employee unions, the precedents set for them could one day affect us as union members, as well.

Secondly, to update you guys on the phone situation, Ron tells me that the tech services guys are trying to fix the phones up in SAC and are working with the phone company to set up better voice mail for the other bureaus. It may take awhile, but it looks like the problem is being properly addressed and everyone oughtta be in good working order soon.

Third, I've got draft copies of the new contract available for anyone who'd like to see exactly what will govern this place for the next 3.5 years. They're not official yet, because they haven't been signed and fully reviewed by the folks in HR, but as soon as they're finalized, we'll get you nicer copies. For those of you out of the office who need them, let me know and I'll email them-- they're pretty hefty so to save on postage, electronic's the way to go for now.

Lastly, I've either collected checks or mailed or handed out stamped envelopes to everyone to pay the last of the October dues. Thanks to everyone who's paid up so far and if you for some reason didn't get one, let me know. I really appreciate your help on this-- we expect to have some sort of an automatic payment option set up soon. And thanks again for supporting the union with those dues-- I know it's not easy for all of us to pay, but we're supporting something important that'll benefit us all both now and in the future.

That's it for major issues at the moment, though I'll be checking back in on a few other things soon. If you need anything, please let me know.



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