NEOEA has released a grant application for five grants up to $100 for a project or activity that celebrates unions. Please click the link below for an application form. The upcoming due dates for grant consideration are February 16th, 2016 and April 12th, 2016.
On June 18, 2014, our newly elected team of ACCESS officers will be sworn into their offices.
Christine Whitmore will step up as our new President. Chris is a Developmental Specialist out of the Green Road Services Center. As an ACCESS member for 30 years, she has a belief in maintaining a strong Association.
Paula Hackley, who was appointed as Vice-President in April and then voted into office in May, will continue her efforts to reach out to members for increased Association involvement and leadership training opportunities. Paula is an OT in the Early Intervention Department and has made recruiting both “seasoned” and new members a priority.
Dave Selent, a CCBDD electrician and ACCESS member for just one year, will mind the dollars and cents as our new Treasurer. Dave is a long-time union supporter, maintaining his membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) as well as his ACCESS membership.
Marian Graham is a familiar face among ACCESS leaders and will be our new Secretary. Marian has served as an SLP Rep for years, did a stint as our Grievance Chair, Negotiations Team member, and has attended a variety of NEOEA and OADDP events.
Besides the officers, the three At-Large Association Reps will be Paula Clark, Lynnette Harris, and Jeanni Zeal. Gloria Stansberry will serve as ACCESS Past President.
(A little clarification about Reps vs. Alternates: if the Rep is unable to attend an ACCESS monthly meeting, the Alternate is to substitute; if both are present and a vote is held on some matter, only the Rep gets to vote – both are always welcome at meetings.)
If your group does have its full allotment and you want to take on a more involved role with the Association, what about joining an ACCESS committee? More information on that to follow!
There are times being a service provider to individuals with developmental disabilities, their family, and staff has its disadvantages. One of these times is when an assault occurs. A staff member may be assaulted while in one of our centers, while in a family home, or in the community. If you are the victim of an assault at work or on a work-related activity, the following procedures are recommended.
1. Contact the proper CCBDD authorities.
2. Contact ACCESS President, Gloria Stansberry.
3. File all appropriate police reports. Press Charges against the assaulting individual.
4. Go to a doctor. Get a doctor’s statement if there is even a remote possibility of personal injury.
5. Take pictures, if relevant, and possible, of injuries or property damage.
6. Review Article 36, Assault Leave, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA):
• follow the timelines for reporting to your supervisor and obtaining medical treatment;
• you may qualify for up to five days of paid assault leave;
• complete and submit the ACCESS-CCBDD Leave Form (Appendix D of the CBA) and the required physician’s statement; and
• complete and submit the Work-Related Injuries (Assault) Form (Appendix G of the CBA).
7. Avoid talking to anyone representing the assaulting individual without prior counsel.
8. Inquire from the HR Department which papers and forms are necessary for possible Workers Compensation Claim.
9. Write down as soon as possible after the assault incident all particulars of the situation, including names, witnesses, date, time(s), location, and general conditions.
10. Contact an attorney to consider a civil claim. Any person who has been willfully and maliciously assaulted by a minor may recover up to $10,000 in compensatory damages from the parents having custody of an unmarried child under the age of 18.
11. Remember, OEA members are covered by the OEA/NEA Legal Services Program (LSP) if charges are filed against you.
I can’t believe I have been retired for 8 years. I have 4 grandchildren. I baby sit a 4 month old and a 4 year old 2 to 3 days a week. I still do handyman jobs for a few close friends. I am 62 and should probably start slowing down. My wife and I celebrated our 39th anniversary in October. I like taking pictures and posting stuff on Facebook and I like going out to eat with friends too. I still continue to sing for preschools and community festivals. Trying to keep busy and enjoy my grandkids.
We have a number of open positions and will need to fill upcoming openings in the spring. Currently we need members to fill the Grievance Chair position and the Legislative Chair position.
In May we’ll hold elections for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and three At-Large Reps. We will also have vacancies for the FCPE Chair, Constitution & Bylaws Chair, Labor- Management Committee members that will need to be filled.
NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!
Training is provided by ACCESS, NEOEA and OEA
Interested members are encouraged to contact Gloria Stansberry at 216-635-3502 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am loving retirement!! The best part is not having to set an alarm clock! On Monday morning, I volunteer at The Gathering Place, an organization that helps people who have been diagnosed with cancer. I went through a bout with endometrial cancer in 2010 and I am happy to say I’ve been free and clear since. My other volunteering is at Playhouse Square as a Redcoat, seating people for performances. It’s a great way to see shows for free!
My favorite past time is traveling. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Italy in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, I lived in Florence for over a month with Debbie Bratt and her sister. We also stayed a week in Paris. Last year I cruised Italy with my sister and her best friend. I’m so lucky!
Of course, winter in Cleveland sends me straight to my sisters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. I usually stay about two months. My sister and I are starting to plan our next adventure for summer 2014. We are thinking maybe an Alaskan cruise or Barcelona, Spain. Any suggestions?
I still enjoy flea markets, rummage and garage sales but I don’t go very often since I’m not buying toys for school anymore. I still get a little crafty now and then. I made a lot of yard art which consists of gluing old vases and plates together to make a statue. I also have been embellishing T-Shirts.
Best of all – I lie in my hammock and read a book. LIFE IS GOOD!!!
Sent from my iPad, Sally Barbour.
The 2013-2014 Monthly ACCESS Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month at the William Pat Day Services Center, in Conference Room A, from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. Please note the dates below. Monthly ACCESS Meetings are always open to all members.
- September 18, 2013 February 19, 2014
- October 9, 2013* March 19, 2014
- November 20, 2013 April 16, 2014
- December 18, 2013 May 21, 2014*
- January 15, 2014 June 18, 2013
Two of the monthly meetings are held off-site per year, one in May and one in October. The meeting will be held at the Edgewater Yacht Club on October 9th at 4:15pm. The October meeting will be the second Wednesday of October instead of the usual third Wednesday.