At our November 1, 2019 General Membership meeting, we completed the nominations process for the open executive board positions mentioned in our previous communications. In a bit of exciting news, we have an election for the LTA-at-Large position! The three candidates (Jordan Hoerth, East; Don Isaacs, Bellevue; and Catherine Reece, Northcentral) were asked to provide candidate statements to help our members make an informed decision. We will be posting these statements below as they come in.
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Thank you for reading, and best of luck to all three candidates!
My name is Jordan E Hoerth and I am an LTA in the (Currently) East Region, and I am one of the 3 candidates running for the LTA-at-Large position for Local 1857.
I first became involved in the union as a page after the regional safety meetings, implemented with the union collaborative Joint Labor Management Committee 4 years ago.
It was there I was able to find my voice as a union member and speak about the many inconsistencies I faced as a page. Issues many pages still face today that effect all positions in KCLS.
At the time I worked 2 jobs, was on the contract negotiations committee, and served a term on the Safety Committee. I thank the Union for these opportunities and would love to continue my work representing the unrepresented.
I would like to see more uniformity in the duties between Pages and LTA’s. I remember subbing as a page and facing issues for not knowing certain duties that only LTA’s did at my main branch.
I believe that more specific outlines of duties will help protect staff work from Volunteer time, will help create a more direct training ladder of growth for Pages to learn LTA work, and also create clear uniform duties for substitute staff.
I also believe this will show a more accurate grid of staffing needs between page work done by LTA’s and show a stronger need for increasing page hours.
I thank you for your time and I hope to have your vote brothers and sisters.- Jordan Elliot Hoerth
Hello my name is Don Isaacs and I am an LTA at the Bellevue branch. I have worked for KCLS for 34 years and have been a member of our Union since before it was a Union as I was part of the organizing committee. This year I was awarded the Mary Hershey Award from Council 2’s Women’s Action Committee. This award is given to a Union brother or sister that has committed much time and energy to grow and sustain our Union and to represent us all when dealing with management. I was honored to receive this award but was also very shocked as I feel I have not done enough to be a recipient of this honor. So that is why I am again running for a position on the Union Executive Board.
Hello – My name is Catherine Reece and I’m running for the LTA at Large position on our union’s eboard (executive board). A little about me personally: I have been married for 42 years and have two grown children. My loves are my family, working with children, reading (of course), dogs, cooking, and crafting. I have lived all over the country – South, Midwest, West and the Pacific Northwest. We have lived in King County for over 23 years.
A little about me as a kcls employee and a union member: I started at kcls in 2000 as a Page and have been an LTA for the last 19 years. For the first 11 years I was a part time LTA, and then became a full time LTA 8 years ago. During the years that I was a part time LTA, I subbed at every cluster in kcls. As I was working part time as an LTA, and subbing as an LTA, I also worked a second job at an elementary school library for 12 years. I understand first hand the issues of part time and full time LTAs and I constantly push for better treatment for LTAs and all staff. For over 12 years I have assisted staff as a Union Steward. I have brought many issues to the attention of our eboard and I have answered questions and concerns when staff contact me. I would very much like to continue to be the voice on our union’s eboard for all kcls staff. I would appreciate your vote.