Friday, April 20, 2012

Forestry Statewide Meeting, May 5, 2012

Our next Forestry Statewide Local meeting will be May 5, 2012 in conjunction with ODOT in Lincoln City. We will be meeting at the Surftides Beach Resort, 2945 NW Jetty Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Lunch will be provided and mileage and lodging are available in accordance with SEIU Local 503, OPEU Administrative Policies and Procedures.


Forestry and ODOT Joint Meeting
  • Introductions ODOT and Forestry

  • Election Results and swearing in of new officers

  • ODOT Coalition Report from our industry rep

  • Report on recent Healthcare Summit held in Salem

  • Bargaining timeline and concepts

  • General Council preview and resolutions

  • Forestry Meeting

  • President's Message

  • Treasurer's Report

  • Training: Interview tips and Application hints

  • Firefighter school orientations - who will provide Union orientations?

  • Labor/ Management Topics (Tents and Field Gear committee report)

  • Constitution and By-lays discussion and vote to bring ours into SEIU compliance

  • Promotional item (t-shirt and sweatshirt) distribution.

  • Please plan on attending, for more information contact myself of Troy Barnard. Lodging arrangements can be made through K Ratcliff at 503-408-4090 or

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Growing Organic Leadership

    Leadership, sometimes it’s bestowed and sometimes grown into. For many members on Incident Management Teams it has grown organically from interest and need, and someone saying yes to be the first called to Oregon’s most complex emergencies.

    Food Service Leader, Division Supervisor, Situation Unit Leader, Safety Officer and more, all leadership positions making up the team from those who are wildlife biologists, office specialists, planners and foresters in their daily work. It is pretty special how this group has been able to grow to fill such a critical need.

    You may know some of these leaders or others who are ready to grow. Do you plan the summer picnic or winter potluck? Are you the chair of a professional organization or active at your church? When you see a need have you organized others to fill it? These are some of the seeds of organic leadership.

    Our Forestry Local is also looking for leaders, Stewards, to fill a need at District Offices. As a Steward you will get additional leadership training to improve your skills and be more prepared to help your co-workers. If this interests you contact me or any of the Local Officers for more information.

    Our next Forestry Local Statewide meeting is being held with the ODOT local on May 5th in Lincoln City.