February 1-3, 2016
SACRAMENTO - The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) would like to extend a warm welcome to some of its newest members. During the first week of February, new state hospital police officers and CHP motor carrier specialists recognized the benefits of association membership and joined thousands of other law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals as members of CSLEA.
"As CSLEA reported last month, our member services representatives are travelling throughout California to meet with state employees new to Bargaining Unit 7," said CSLEA Supervising Field Representative Richard Carrillo. "Most of our member services representatives have spent decades as state employees and know, first hand, the benefits of association membership and having a union on your side. No one ever starts a new job thinking they will need help from their association, but we've all seen it, when there comes a time of need, you want the assistance."
On February 1, 2016, CSLEA member services representatives, along with CSLEA Member and CHP Training Coordinator Kevin Dee , welcomed four new members at CHP Golden Gate in Vallejo. These newest members become part of the CSLEA affiliate - Association of Motor Carrier Operation Specialists (AMCOS). On February 2, 2016, CSLEA Member Services Representative Shelley Bishop also welcomed new AMCOS/CSLEA member Ray Acevedo at the CHP facility in Baldwin Park.
The CSLEA welcoming wagon didn't stop there. On February 1, 2016, Bishop also welcomed Metropolitan State Hospital Police Officer Sean Cross to CSLEA membership and on February 3, 2016, CSLEA representatives welcomed two new Napa State Hospital police officers to CSLEA and its affiliate - Hospital Police Association of California (HPAC).
"I would like to thank Member Services Representatives George Pina, Marco Castro and Shelley Bishop, all of whom visit new state employees within Bargaining Unit 7 at their work or training sites and explain the benefits of CSLEA membership," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "It's important that employees new to the state understand the importance of having access to a legal defense fund, access to affordable long-term disability insurance, and as a benefit of being a CSLEA member, a $15,000 life insurance benefit . Not to mention, as members they have access to our exclusive members discount program, several opportunities for scholarships and a vote on contract ratification."
"We are so fortunate to be able to meet our newest members, introduce ourselves and explain to them what our association is all about and that if they ever need anything, one of our six attorneys is just a phone call away," said CSLEA Member Services Representative Marco Castro. "Few things are more stressful than, on a daily basis, having a problem on the job, a problem with a supervisor, or your career threatened. We hope that never happens to our members, but if it does, CSLEA is here to help."