2021 Union Candidates:
Sergeant at Arms:
Elections will be March 24th and 25th 2021 at the union hall. Ballots can be submitted from 07:30 until the conclusion of the nighttime meetings on both days. If you do not want to come inside, call 216 548 4242 upon arrival and someone will bring a ballot out to your car.
2021 Candidate Information
Steve Palek for 1st Vice (Note Steve Palek was CARE president from 2007 - 2013)
Stephen G. Palek, 215
Chelief Caldwell for Sergeant at Arms
Chelief Caldwell, a longtime resident of the City of Cleveland and twenty-four (24) year veteran of Cleveland Emergency Medical Center is running for Sergeant At Arms of C.A.R.E ILA Local 1975. Chelief began her career with the City of Cleveland in the recreation department as a lifeguard in 1995. She transferred to Cleveland Emergency Medical Service and was one of the first civilian dispatchers in RED Center.
Quickly mastering the task of dispatching, Chelief applied for and was accepted as a Dispatch Training Officer where she provided hands on training for new civilian dispatchers. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, Chelief decided that knowledge was empowering and enrolled in and successfully passed the Emergency Medical Technician program with Cuyahoga Community College. Soon after, completing the program and passing her National Registry, Chelief applied for and became a Sergeant in the Dispatch Center. Again, realizing that in order to have a true understanding of the field and how they function, Chelief enrolled in and successfully completed the Paramedic program and passed the National Registry while working full-time and raising her two sons.
Chelief has served as the Sergeant At Arms with CARE 1975 for over 3 years. Throughout her tenure as an employee and union member, Chelief has worked with the union tirelessly to effect positive changes within the dispatch center. She has often given up her off days to testify or speak in front of a number of different committees, different councilmen and the media in regards to the working conditions at RED Center. Her moving testimony in front of the Arbitrator for the 2016-2019 contract negations was one of the catalyst that helped to win the dispatchers their 12 hour shifts.
Sergeant Caldwell comes from a family of proud union members, her mother, Angela Caldwell served on the AFSME union for over 25 years effecting change, negotiating contracts and ensuring that members receive fair and equal representation. Chelief spent numerous hours and days at union meetings learning at her knee. If positive leadership, knowledge of the job and a commitment to fighting for everyone’s rights is what your WANT, then vote for Chelief Caldwell as your Sergeant At Arms.
CARE officials serve 2 year terms with no term limits.
During years ending in an EVEN number the following positions are up for election:
During years ending in an ODD number the following positions are up for election:
Nominations are held at the first membership meetings of the year with elections following at the March meetings. Only active members may participate.