Security Summit - Another Outstanding Year

This year’s Annual National Security Summit held August 20-21, 2014 was another outstanding year!  The International Union welcomed over 230 new and long standing leaders near and far, with one Local who came all the way from Hawaii.  It was a fully-packed, two-day dynamic training program.  Special speakers included John Beck, Labor Education Programs from Michigan State University, who provided an informative and beneficial program on “Effective Representation”.  Kathryn VanDagens, Arbitrator, gave a power presentation on “What One Arbitrator Wants you to Know.”  The praise received was overwhelming and unanimous.  Kari Kriebel, SPFPA Bookkeeper and Laura Haynes, CPA, presented a finance overview that included fiduciary responsibilities, recordkeeping, and proper and effective reporting.  An SPFPA Benefits Update was presented by Scott Brooks, Trust Attorney, and Henry Lakes Humanomics.  Benefit Service providers from Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Michigan, Wells Fargo, Humana, Catamaran, Action Pharmaceutical Consulting, and Boon Group  were available to spend one-on-one time to answer questions.  Gordon Gregory, General Counsel provided an informative overview of “Grievance Troubleshooting: A Critique of Common Concerns.” NLRB representatives Elizabeth Kerwin and Brett Johnson presented “The Statutory Rights of Union Representatives/The Duty of Employers and Unions to Provide Information.” President Hickey announced the International Convention and reviewed what Locals need to know to prepare to attend.  The crowd’s favorite with overwhelming comment and support was President Hickey’s “International Officers, Directors and Local Leadership Forum.”  The stories shared were invaluable because we learn so much from one another.  We truly have the best members in the world!  That is what separates us from every other secuirty union....and why we “Keep Moving Forward” together as one strong, united SPFPA family.   It seems like the week flew by so quickly and before we knew it, we were shaking hands, giving hugs and saying, not goodbye but, “see you again soon!”