Leadership Reports

President’s Report

These women are heroes on and off the field

October 9, 2019

Who are America’s number one sports heroes?

It’s safe to assume that most people agree they are the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team and its phenomenal co-captains, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. Thanks in part to the brilliant guidance of Head Coach Jill Ellis, this team dominated the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in France to win the championship for the second time in a row. It was the team’s fourth championship since the quadrennial tournament began in 1991. This time, though, the American women were fighting for something much bigger than their personal glory. They were fighting for the rights of all women to be paid fairly for their accomplishments. The crowds in Paris knew the score. Right after the Americans sealed their victory by shutting out the Netherlands team 2-0 in the finals, fans began shouting out for “equal pay” f

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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

Self-checkout machines aren’t good for members, consumers or anyone else!

October 9, 2019
Has this ever happened to you at the grocery store? You’ve collected all of your items and you’re standing in line at the checkout stand. You notice the lines are longer because there aren’t as many open stands as there used to be. Then something happens. A clerk taps you on the shoulder and lets you know “the self-checkout line is open.” What do you do? I simply say, “No thanks, I’m off the clock and I’m not going to take someone else’s job.” None of us asked for the technology that makes self-checkout stands a reality, but it’s here anyway. Corporations are spending millions on these things, and they can affect your job, your wages, your pension, your contract and your entire community. How so?
  1. They eliminate jobs. Self-checkout machines are part of a major push by companies to increase their profits by eliminating workers from their

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