Committees

Communications Committee

Our union faces a unique challenge in that our members are scattered all across the United States and are constantly on the move. In order to keep our union strong, we need to make sure that everyone is informed.

Our main methods of communication are through this website, the USU Facebook Group, and email. We need people to help generate content for this website, administer requests to the members-only section, and moderate the Facebook group.

Contact to Latisha Shaw-Samuels to get involved.

Constitution Committee

Every two years delegates to USU’s Delegate Assembly have the opportunity to suggest amendments to the Constitution. The Constitution Committee reviews proposed amendments and reports back to the members on the advisability of proposed changes. Members then vote whether or not to approve or reject the amendments. They also propose amendments as needed.

This Committee is also in charge of interpreting the Constitution and making final decisions on its meaning. The Committee’s interpretation is sent to the general session of the Delegate Assembly, which will then vote on the interpretation.

The Committee consists of 9 members; three members of the Executive Board and two members from each of the professional units (Field, Field Support, and Headquarters). Committee members are elected at the Delegate Assembly.

Current members (2015-2017):

Name
Unit
 Gary Storrs Executive Board
 Latisha Shaw-Samuels Executive Board
 Zillah Covelli Executive Board
 Mike Imbrogno Field
 Liz Sparks Field
 Barb McCourt Field Support
 (vacant) Field Support
 Chris Fox Headquarters
 Joseph Tso Headquarters

Good & Welfare Committee

The good and welfare committee is responsible for sending remembrances to members at times of happiness or sorrow.

They are also in charge of screening applicants and awarding USU’s Family Scholarship for relatives of members who are attending college.

Contact Claudette Wingfield to get involved.

Elections Committee

This committee is crucial for ensuring that USU is a democratic and staff-led union. The Elections Committee runs our elections for our union’s leadership positions. The accept nominations, make sure that voting is fair, and publish the election results.

Contact usuelections@gmail.com to get involved.

Name
Unit
Email
Sabella Ally, Chair Headquarters sabeela.ally@gmail.com
Garvel Newburn Headquarters garvelnewburn@gmail.com
German Castro Field gmanfelipe@gmail.com
John Rees Field afscmejohn@hotmail.com
Micah McClure Field MicahJMcClure@outlook.com

Labor-Management Committee (Field/Headquarters)

This committee is made up of management and USU Representatives from the Field and Headquarters units. The purpose of this group is to work out keep an open channel between workers and managers, improve working conditions, monitor the implementation of the contract, and resolve minor problems.

If you have an issue you want discussed at the next Labor Management Committee meeting please speak with your chief steward.

Labor-Management Committee (Field Support)

This committee is made up of management and USU Representatives from the Field Support unit. The purpose of this group is to work out keep an open channel between workers and managers, improve working conditions, monitor the implementation of the contract, and resolve minor problems.

If you have an issue you want discussed at the next Labor Management Committee meeting please speak with your chief steward.

Organizing & Mobilization Committee

This committee is responsible for building internal strength and organizing new members. Per our Constitution they are “charged with developing a strategic plan for member organizing, mobilization and strategic communications.” They spearhead campaigns around working conditions and contract negotiations.

This committee consists of 7 members; one from the Executive Board and two from each of the professional units (Field, Field Support and Headquarters).

Elections for this committee are held at the biennial Delegate Assembly.

To get involved and help out, contact one of the members from your unit.

Current members (2015-2017):

Name
Unit
Email
Phone
Courtney Brunelle Field court.brunelle@gmail.com  (716) 913-0134
(vacant) Field
 Jeremy Kruse Field  Jeremy.kruse@mac.com  (503) 360-6226
 Liz Huffman Field Support  whizzerh@comcast.net  (651) 442-7453
(vacant) Headquarters
Olga Liapis-Muzzy Headquarters oliapism@gmail.com x5062 / (443) 615-1326
Dominik Whitehead Headquarters  dominikwhitehead@gmail.com  x1112 / (757) 735-5046

Health & Safety Committee

Please contact your Chief Steward if you are interested in getting involved.

Affirmative Action & Diversity Committee

Please contact your Chief Steward if you are interested in getting involved.

Gender and Sexuality Equality Committee

Please contact your Chief Steward if you are interested in getting involved.

Is there a committee that you think USU needs which you don’t see listed above? Find fellow co-workers who want to get involved and get in touch with your Chief Steward to talk about how to get it started.