This month, Brave Books used meeting rooms in BE and BU to host anti-LGBTQ+ programs as part of a nationwide event. While the group does not align with KCLS values, the requests did fit within the meeting room use policy, and were allowed to occur. KCLS administration tried to support the staff in those buildings, as did our Union. With the help of Rai Yiannakos, our former president and current member of 1857S, we were able to contract with a local artist to produce buttons for staff at these buildings to wear to demonstrate our support of the LGBTQ+ community. We are so grateful to Edward C for these amazing creations! To see more of his work, take a look at his professional Instagram @transghostart. We are proud to support our LGBTQ+ staff and community members.
We are more than thrilled to announce that Aisha Burrell, a PSA floater in the Alder region will be our new Vice President. She has been our past secretary and current PSA-at-Large for the executive board. Aisha has been a longtime Union member and steward. Aisha is working to restart the listening sessions as well as other VP duties. So be on the lookout for further information as to dates and times for these meetings. They will be held via Zoom.
We have a Page-at-Large position open. If anyone has questions about what this position entails, or is willing to volunteer, please reach out to me or another Board member. We are always happy to have more new faces in an active role in our Union. Typically the position is one where you are available for the monthly E-Board or General Membership meetings.
June 8th through the 11th is Council 2’s 56th Biennial Convention taking place in Spokane at the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane. This convention is an important one as we will be electing the Executive Director for Council 2, along with considering a number of other proposals for how the whole of our umbrella union works. At our General Membership Meeting in May we will elect delegate members to attend. If you are interested in attending the convention, please attend the May 5th meeting so that you can be present for further information. 1857 does reimburse for travel, hotel and other per diem costs for those who attend.
Attention Local 1857 members!
If you or your dependents are planning to pursue higher education this year, don’t miss the opportunity to apply for Council 2 scholarships. Last year, Council 2 awarded over $65,000 in memory of our late Local 1857 member Jennie Westlund, in addition to other awards. The deadline for submitting your applications is March 15th, so hurry up and get them in!
Council 2 offers a variety of scholarships to support our members and their families in achieving their academic goals. This year, there are nearly 30 scholarships for members in good standing and their dependents.
For more information and the application form, visit the Scholarship page at Council 2.
Remember your application form must be postmarked no later than March 15th in order to be eligible.