USO Annual Meeting 2010

The USO Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, May 1, 2010. The proposed budget for 2010-2011 passed unanimously. Five USO members received awards at this year's meeting. Leslie Baehre, Karen Cherry, Donna Kendrick (retiree) and Dave Stafford each received the USO Presidential Award. Rick Long received the USO Advocacy Award. These individuals received awards for their outstanding work and dedication to the USO. Congratulations!



Award recipients Rick Long, Karen Cherry, Donna Kendrick, Leslie Baehre and Dave Stafford with
USO President Tom Greene.


National Staff Organization News

The NSO Representative Assembly will be held June 11-12 in San Antonio. Top on the list of business for delegates will be the electing of officers and Region 2, 4 and 6 Directors, go to to read more about the RA.

NSO 40th anniversary celebration celebrates advocacy heritage

This year's RA will do more than just take care of business. It will be a chance for NSO members to celebrate the organization’s 40th Anniversary in style.  Plans are being finalized for the June 11 event at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk.

The celebration will begin with a reception and dinner. The program will honor the events and people who made NSO a strong organization built on the principles of leadership and advocacy for its members. Region 2 Director Butch Santicola and Ginny Ross, former NSO Vice President for Program, will chronicle the history of NSO with a program and slide show.

During the evening, attendees will have the chance to purchase raffle tickets for the NSO 40th. Anniversary quilt featuring state affiliates and for other prizes donated by individual state affiliates.

Each State contributed a quilt square and Michigan's own Doreen Trevena did a beautiful job putting it all together. Great Job Doreen!


NSO 40th anniversary quit


USO Means Quality Representation

The United Staff Organization (USO) is an independent labor organization representing more than 550 employees of MEA, MESSA and MEA Financial Services.

USO is the certified bargaining agent for associate and professional staff employed by MEA, MESSA and MEA Financial Services.

Through their local affiliates, these members elect officers, association representatives and representatives to USO committees.

USO...Quality Representation for Every Member

USO provides trained personnel and other assistance at the bargaining table.

USO provides trained personnel to assist with contract maintenance, grievances and preparation of arbitrations.

USO provides training opportunities for you, your leadership, bargaining team, grievance chairperson and other representatives.

USO provides strike benefits for members involved in a work stoppage.

USO provides legal assistance to the local affiliate and, when appropriate, to the individual member.

USO provides local affiliate control, ensuring that each local makes its own decisions concerning bargaining and other local issues.

USO provides the only real opportunity for all MEA, MESSA and MEA Financial Services employees to work together for their mutual benefit.

USO is unity – professional and associate staff working together to improve benefits for everyone.

USO is strength – more than 550 employees working together.  USO has the ability to speak with authority on behalf of its members.

USO is quality representation.

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