Professional Development Fund for Spring/Summer 2020
Due by Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Professional Development Guidelines

Professional Development Form

Per the SSA collective bargaining agreement, a Professional Development Fund has been established to pay for expenses for SSA members for:

• External conferences/seminars
• Travel related to off-site conferences/seminars
• Tuition/fees associated with certifications/licenses
• Tuitions/fees reimbursement for courses successfully completed (“C” or better) in an accredited four (4) year degree program.

The committee, which consists of three (3) SSA members and an administrator from HR, meets three (3) times a year and will be meeting to review applications for reimbursement for expenses incurred during the 2020 Spring/Summer Semester

If you have not already done so, please submit your application to the Office of Human Resources by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.   A copy of the application form and SSA PD Guidelines is attached for your convenience.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tiffany Webster, MBAHR
GeneralistHenry Ford College
tlwebster1@hfcc.edu

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Volunteer Opportunity
Operation Happy Cards

The purpose of this project is to send encouraging messages to senior citizens, residents of nursing home, Veteran’s Hospitals, and sick children. Many participants use phrases including “thinking of you”, “sending positive thoughts your way”, or “sending blessings your way”. Some participants do not want to use their full name. They sign the card with their first name or from someone who cares.

Instructions for HFC employees:

  1. Design cards and mail to recipients on the monthly list.
  2. Keep track of your hours. 
  3. Add information to your SSA volunteer form. Name of activity: Operation Happy Cards   Contact person: Michele Featherston and include a notation of the name of a facility sent to.
  4. This is an ongoing activity and you are responsible for mailing the cards during the time we are away from HFC.
  5. Use the return address:
    Henry Ford College
    Office of Student Activities, M-105
    5101 Evergreen Road
    Dearborn, MI 48128
  6. Michele will add your name to a list that includes names and addresses of where to send the cards. The list changes periodically.

Michele has received positive comments about this project. Recipients enjoy homemade cards but we also recycle used cards by cutting out pictures and adding ribbons, stickers, etc.

Contact Michele Featherston if you have questions.
mfeather@hfcc.edu

September 2020 – Send thinking of you cards

Heartland Health Care
26001 Ford Road
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
Cards for Veterans

4646 John R
Detroit, MI 48201
Attention: William Browning, Volunteer Services

Joanne Seifferlein
209 West High Street
Metamora, MI 48455

Victoria Senior Care – Cards for Seniors
4270 Heath Dairy Road
Randleman, NC 27317
Mention the theme on the envelope (thinking of you, holiday, etc.)

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New HFC-SSA Membership Forms Required
For All HFC-SSA Employees

Please read the section below that pertains to your current status and submit the required documents to the HFC-SSA Treasurer – Joni Morris as soon as possible.  

All employees who submit the required documents by September 21, 2020 will be entered into a raffle.  Winner(s) will be announced at the General Membership meeting on Sept. 24, 2020.

If you are a CURRENT HFC-SSA MEMBER

  1. To continue your membership beyond June 30, 2021, you must complete this form:
    ALL EMPLOYEES_Membership and Payroll Authorization Form Effective 2021-07-01
  2. Complete this contact information form:
    Employee Contact Information_Effective 2020-07-20

If you are a CURRENT HFC-SSA FAIR-SHARE FEE PAYER

  1. To continue as a fair-share fee payer (or to change to a member) beyond June 30, 2021, you must complete this form:
    ALL EMPLOYEES_Membership and Payroll Authorization Form Effective 2021-07-01
  2. Complete this contact information form:
    Employee Contact Information_Effective 2020-07-20

If you are a CURRENT NONMEMBER 
Identified as any employee who has not submitted membership documents OR who has elected to not be a member or fair-share fee payer.

  1. To join the HFC-SSA as a member or fair-share fee payer immediately, you must submit this form:
    NONMEMBERS_Membership and Payroll Authorization Form_Expires 2021-06-30
  2. If you choose to be a member, you must also complete this form:
    NONMEMBERS_Authorization for Initiation Fee_Revised 2020-08-04
  3. You must also submit this form:
    ALL EMPLOYEES_Membership and Payroll Authorization Form Effective 2021-07-01
    regarding your election beyond June 30, 2021.
  4. If you choose not to become a member or fair-share fee payer, you will be subject to the information contained in this form: Direct Service Fees_Effective 2020-08-01 
    Beginning August 1, 2020 you will be required to pay for direct representation services.
  5. Complete this contact information form:
    Employee Contact Information_Effective 2020-07-20
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Important HFC-SSA Updates for July 2020

Vacation and Personal Business Time Rollover: 
The HFC-SSA approved a Letter Of Agreement (LOA) that would allow 2019 vacation to rollover to 2020 vacation and 2019 personal business to rollover to 2020 personal business banks.  The rollover vacation and personal business time must be used first, then new time added to the banks on July 1, 2020 will be used.

Click here: LOA Vacation/PRB Rollover – June 2020

Use of Supplemental Time: 
Effective June 1 through June 30, 2020, time can be supplemented in any order (SIC/VAC/PRB). This would include if your power went out because of the recent winds/storms and you were unable to work remotely. This will language will carry over for July 1, 2020- June 30, 2020.

Click here: LOA Supplemental Time – June 2020

Extension of the 2016-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement was approved by an HFC-SSA membership vote on July 23, 2020.
We still need to wait for it to be approved at the August Board of Trustees meeting then we will be retroactively paid for our raises back to July 1,2020.

Click here: CBA Extension June 30 2021

Paycheck 7/17 and Step increase effective 7/1: 
The negotiation team signed an agreement, emailed out on 7/10 to extend the current contract for 1 year. However, the terms of that agreement including raises are not effective until after the agreement is (1) approved by the board of trustees and (2) approved by the SSA at the July Membership meeting. As soon as both parties vote to ratify the one year contract then we will be retroactively paid back to July 1, 2020.

HFC-SSA affiliation with the Technical, Professional and Officeworkers Association of Michigan (TPOAM) was approved by an HFC-SSA membership vote on July 23, 2020.

Click here: Presentation – Why Affiliate with TPOAM?
Click here: Service Agreement TPOAM and HFC-SSA August 1 2020 to July 31, 2021

A dues increase for membership was approved by an HFC-SSA membership vote on July 23, 2020.
Dues will go up to 100% of 1 hour of wages effective July 1 2021. New Membership and <br>Payroll Authorization Forms will need to be signed for every member to continue dues after June 30, 2021.

Effective 8/1/20 – Membership and Payroll Authorization Forms Required
All members are required to complete and return these forms to Joni Morris, Treasurer. Employees who submit the required documents by September 21, 2020 will be entered <br>into a raffle.  The winner(s) will be announced at the General Membership meeting on September 24, 2020. Forms will be provided in a separate message.

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Informal SSA General Membership Meeting –
Thursday, May 7 at 5:00 PM

The SSA Executive Board will be holding an informal meeting on Thursday May 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. There will be no voting so everyone is welcome to attend. There will be no minutes but a recording will be sent out of the meeting.

Zoom Etiquette

1. Please mute your phones
2. Submit questions and comments in the chat section then wait for your name to be called to unmute yourself and ask your question.
3. Make sure your display name is your actual name, so I can admit you to the meeting. You will not be admitted if I can not see your name.
4. Arrive 5 minutes early in case you have technical difficulties

How to Join Zoom Meeting

1. Online via the following link
https://zoom.us/j/98550586837?pwd=eHExRUdQc0J2RlNDZWlyU3hkaXJJUT09

2. Download the Zoom app and use the following meeting ID and password.

Meeting ID: 985 5058 6837
Password: HFCSSA

3. Call in via telephone and use the following meeting ID and password.
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 985 5058 6837
Password: HFCSSA

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