Juneau’s 4th of July Parade!

CEA member, Tami Brown, is armed and ready for some major bead throwing.

CEA member, Tami Brown, is armed and ready for some major bead throwing.

Across the Juneau area, cooler temperatures and threatening weather reports did not discourage hundreds of residents from coming out to watch and participate in the Independence Day activities. 

In fact, the weather turned out to be exactly what was needed for a short tour through town, perfect temperatures and not one drop of rain! The Juneau Central Labor Council represents AFL-CIO Unions, including APEA’s Juneau area Locals #6133 Confidential Employees Association, #4900 Supervisory Unit, #6134 Juneau Mental Health Professionals, #6096 Juneau Education Support Staff and # 6054 United Academic Adjuncts. 

JESS Member, Earl St. Clair, sat on the truck and refilled bucket after bucket of candy for members to toss to the crowds.

JESS Member, Earl St. Clair, sat on the truck and refilled bucket after bucket of candy for members to toss to the crowds.

APEA unions walked in solidarity with ASEA, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, firefighters and marine highway members. AEL&P, whose electricians are represented by IBEW, donated their shiny brand new (and huge) Boom truck for our banners and decorations while carrying our members in style. Rodney Hesson, IBEW Assistant Business Manager, led the CLC in his ’54 Ford Crestline, rightfully displaying his award for “Best Classic Car,” an award he has won a second year in a row. 

This joint Union activity is fast becoming a CLC and APEA tradition. If you didn’t make it down this year, be looking for us next Fourth!


Technology: A Core Function for Schools and Society

By Joel Hill, SE Field Representative

Greg Collen (IT Department), Juneau Education Support Staff (JESS) Employee Representative, surveying obsolete equipment.

Greg Collen (IT Department), Juneau Education Support Staff (JESS) Employee Representative, surveying obsolete equipment.

While you may think schools are vacated for summer, far from it.  Not only are the maintenance folks busy, but the technology department is in the process of exchanging out old equipment.  Some of the laptops slated for recycling are ten years old. They will be replaced new equipment.  

Stephanie Gavin and Chris Cairns (JESS, IT Department) working to ensure that when school starts in just over a month technology will be up and functioning properly.

Stephanie Gavin and Chris Cairns (JESS, IT Department) working to ensure that when school starts in just over a month technology will be up and functioning properly.

Chris Cairns and Stephanie Gavin running wiring for projector. New monitors and projection devices are being mounted while classrooms are empty.

Chris Cairns and Stephanie Gavin running wiring for projector. New monitors and projection devices are being mounted while classrooms are empty.

 

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