General Assembly lays the groundwork for victory

WHAT IS GENERAL ASSEMBLY?

The TSEU General Assembly is a statewide meeting of elected delegates and other TSEU members and families.It is held every even-numbered year. The General Assembly considers and adopts the broad strategic plans that guide decision-making in TSEU for the next two years. These plans are generally contained within the Organizing Program and Political Program. Specific legislative goals for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature are also contained in the Political Program. The General Assembly also makes decisions and adopts positions on various specific questions, including election of TSEU candidates for the ERS and TRS boards of trustees.
All members present at the General Assembly can participate in debates, discussions, and meetings. The final vote on issues is restricted to elected delegates. The General Assembly marks the beginning of the mobilization campaign to win specific victories. The enthusiasm and determination that begins with General Assembly allows members to go back out to our cities and towns ready to do the organizing and mobilizing it takes to win.
Finally, the General Assembly is the best opportunity for TSEU members from across the state to meet one another, renew friendships, and enjoy the companionship of fellow TSEU members and families.

GA_rallyphotoGENERAL ASSEMBLY 2012
A LOOK BACK

The TSEU General Assembly brings elected delegates together from every part of the state to adopt the political/legislative and organizing programs and make the decisions that will guide TSEU for the next two years.  General Assembly 2012 was held in Austin on October 5, 6, and 7.

General Assembly always begins with an action.  This year, we marched at the ERS building to start our campaign against budget cuts and attacks on state employee health care and pensions.  The ‘rush-hour’ timed march/rally drew supporting honks and waves from traffic.  Three state workers passing by joined TSEU!

A major task of General Assembly is adopting the organizing and political programs that chart a course for our campaign to defend state services and state employees. The TSEU legislative agenda is listed below.  Agency caucuses also met and adopted legislative goals specific to their issues.  Caucus goals can be found on their respective pages of the TSEU website.

On Saturday afternoon, delegates watched video coverage of our last Lobby Day and discussed our next Lobby Day in 2013.  Almost all in attendance committed to coming to Lobby Day 2013 by buying their tickets.  You can find more on Lobby Day 2013 on page 2 of this UPDATE.

At the Saturday nighGA_meetingphotot banquet, a bevy of awards were given for COPE participation and on-the-job organizing excellence.  Delegates, members and guests were treated to a speech by Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller and CWA District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings.   The Saturday Night Dance Party followed the banquet and was enjoyed by all who attended.

On Sunday, delegates took care of final business and concluded this year’s General Assembly with the singing of our union’s song, ‘Solidarity Forever’.