Fellow Retirees, I am seeking this position because I believe the Retirees Department deserves to be led by an elected Director, not someone handpicked and appointed by the administration.
Since its beginning, the Retirees Department leader has been decided by the APWU administration. It is time that we the members decide on our Director. I believe I am the candidate to provide this leadership.
I am a dues paying APWU member for over 40 years. My working career was spent in Pittsburgh, Pa. I served the local on a full time basis from 1987 until my retirement in 2011. I was the elected Secretary-Treasurer from 1994 until 2011. I was responsible for the financial operation of a 3,000 member local, with an annual income of nearly $1 million.
I am currently an active member of the Florida State Retirees Chapter. I have attended nearly every National Convention from 1982-2010, serving as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee in 2008 and 2010. I have attended numerous APWU seminars and conferences, and I was a highly successful nationally certified arbitration advocate.
I believe I possess the experience, knowledge and desire necessary to serve as the Retirees Department Director.
When elected, I will ensure that the communications between the national and the local chapters receive the utmost attention. Too often, the local chapters are left to fend for themselves, with little or no assistance from the National. That will not occur under my leadership. I will make sure that the local chapters receive all the assistance necessary to be successful.
I believe that the education of our members and future members is vital to our success. I will utilize our in house experts from across the country to conduct seminars, answer questions, and assist the local chapters in organizing and serving our membership.
I will work closely with the Legislative/Political Department to support and pass legislation that protects and expands our hard earned benefits. We must be ever vigilant and oppose those who seek to reverse our gains.
Finally, I will ensure that our voice is heard in house. Too often, we retirees are taken for granted. We are sometimes treated as second class citizens. I will make sure that we receive the dignity and respect we so rightfully deserve.
Brothers and Sisters, this is a crucial election for the Retirees Department. We can continue in the ways of the past and let others make our decisions, or we can embark on a future that we control. I believe I am the candidate to lead us into the future and I ask you for your support and vote.
Vote for Desi Neurohr, Director of Retirees Department.
First Name: Desi
Last Name: Neurohr
Union/Local: Florida State Retiree Chapter
Office held if any: Former Sec-Treasurer, Pgh Metro Area Local Candidate for Retirees Department Director