Hello PSEA Members, and Happy New Year!
This is Meagan Carmichael, Acting Executive Director for PSEA. As you may know, Jake Metcalfe is leaving PSEA, effective January 5, 2018. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors as Executive Director of ASEA. During his 8 years as Executive Director at PSEA, his hard work increased pay, benefits and qualify of life for all PSEA members. We will miss him!
The PSEA Corporate Board of Directors has established a transition committee to hire a new Executive Director, as well as address issues that arise in the interim. The committee has appointed myself as the Acting Executive Director for PSEA, until a permanent Executive Director is hired. The committee anticipates this process could be completed in April of 2018.
As the Acting Executive Director of PSEA, I would like to personally thank all of our PSEA members for all of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to providing public safety, and protecting the citizens of Alaska. You make sacrifices every day to keep the rest of us safe and secure, and your public service is invaluable and irreplaceable.
In 2018, PSEA will continue to fight for increased wages for all PSEA members, as well as lobby for legislation to improve retirement and other benefits. Law enforcement agencies around the country are facing a crisis with recruitment and retention, and Alaska is no exception. PSEA plans to educate Alaska’s political leaders about the dangers of ignoring this crisis, and the dire consequences for public safety, if nothing is done to attract and retain qualified law enforcement officers. The state, and municipalities, must significantly increase wages, and provide a defined benefit retirement system, to public safety employees in Alaska in order to compete with other law enforcement agencies around the country.
PSEA will also continue to address the rising costs of health care for our members in 2018. Some PSEA members are covered by PSEA’s health trust, and trust members are currently exploring options for containing and reducing costs as much as possible. This is a long and complex process in a heavily regulated industry, so we will keep the membership updated of any anticipated changes.
As we work together to accomplish these goals, I would encourage all of you to get more involved with PSEA business. We currently have several vacancies on various PSEA Boards and committees, and I would ask that you consider running for an open position. Board members direct and control the business of PSEA, and influence leadership decisions and actions. Get involved today to make your voices heard!
With a reduced staff at PSEA for the next several months, we encourage all PSEA members to contact your local union representative to address work place issues. It greatly benefits PSEA members, as well as management, to attempt to resolve problems at the lowest level possible, with a discussion with the shop steward and the supervisor. Although it may not always solve the problem, open communication improves the working relationship and helps build trust between PSEA and management.
Please contact me any time via phone, email or text message, with questions, comments and concerns. I look forward to working with all of you, and thank you again for everything that you do for the great State of Alaska!
Thank you, and have a very Happy New Year!
Acting Executive Director
4228 Laurel Street
Anchorage, AK 99508