HOPE has several member-lead committees. The following three – 99% Committee, Political Action Through HOPE (PATH Committee), Member Engagement Team – are standing committees mandated by the HOPE Constitution. Issue focused committees such as the Municipal Employees Pension Action Team are initiated by HOPE members and formed as needed.
“Pensions are a partnership”
The MEPAT committee was established to educate city of Houston employees and the general public about the importance of a fiscally sound pension system. The committee through thought leadership, education and direct action promote and protect retirement security on behalf of city of Houston municipal employees.
Co-Chair: Monica Johnson, Olaf Krause
“Why stand alone, when we can stand together”
The Member Engagement Team plays a key role in the union’s goal of organizing to majority. Members of the committee receive training and engage members and non-members in and outside of the workplace. They collaborate with HOPE organizers and the communications department to keep members informed and motivate non-members to join.
Chair: To Be Determined
“Getting the right candidates elected”
PATH or Political Action Through HOPE seeks to strengthen and exercise the political strength of the union. Members of the committee take an active role in educating the union community about key election issues, candidates and the voting process. Committee members screen and recommend qualified candidates for advertisement. Through block walking, coalition building and getting out the vote, HOPE helps elect labor-friendly candidates at the local, state and national levels
Chair: Cynthia Sidney
“Community in everything we do”
The 99% committee, a community service and outreach committee, invests in communities in need. Through volunteering, neighborhood clean ups, toy drives and food drives HOPE members strive to make a difference on and off the job.
Chair: Monica Johnson
“Know Your Rights in the Workplace”
The Contract Enforcement Team (CET) was established to provide education and training on the 2011 meet and confer agreement to HOPE members. Committee members conduct trainings and assist Departmental Union Representative with grievance and ECRP cases. Members who complete CET training qualify to register to become Departmental Union Representatives.
Dispute Resolution Specialist: Gary Simmons