work has dignity and deserves respect.
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Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
"Our union is
a testament to collective action and the triumph of
WE over ME.
You can vote
absentee beginning Friday, September 19.
a list of candidates
endorsed by local AFSCME PEOPLE committees.
you want to volunteer with other AFSCME members and
retirees to support candidates who support us, call
Council 5’s Jon Grebner: 651-287-0587.
4 is Election Day!
here to register to vote in Minnesota. If
you are already registered to vote,
please forward this link to a friend, family members, or
a neighbor. Voting
is a core principle of our democracy.
know, I’m always amazed at the folks who detest
government, who believe it’s incompetent, and then
take a job in government….People who believe the
private sector has all the answers should find jobs
there, and leave the complex, sophisticated job of
managing complex, sophisticated public services to
those of us who believe in them – and those of us
who believe in the people, like you in AFSCME, who
provide them them very well. So that’s
what this election comes down to: A choice between
someone who believes in government, who cares about
what it does or someone who doesn’t.” ~ Governor
Engagement, and Outreach! Our next AFSCME
EEO meeting will be held on October 6, 5:30 -
7:30 pm at the Health Services Building, Room
agenda items include: Labor Lunch, Strikes, Workplace Issues and
Roses Have Thorns: Flower Workers & U.S.
Free Trade with Colombia! Join us October
7, 7:00 pm in welcoming Josefa Gomez and Leo
Luna Alzate from Cactus, which advocates for
flower worker rights in Colombia. Flowers are
one of Colombia's biggest exports (with 76%
imported to the US) - and a priority sector in
the Labor Actions Plan created as part of the US
Free Trade Agreement. The workers, 65% who are
female, have few protections. Listen to Josefa
and Leo who have over 10 years of experience in
the flower industry and building solidarity
among flower workers. This event is sponsored by
Witness For Peace-Upper Midwest, the MN Fair
Trade Coalition, and Veterans for Peace. For
more information, contact Elise Roberts at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-421-2269.
Where: CWA Local 7200 Hall, 3521 E. Lake Street,
Ice is Coming to Hennepin County! Body
Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice, winner
of the 2008 Nonprofit Mission Award for
Anti-Racism Initiative, is a theatre event that
addresses the “tough stuff” of cultural
differences in today’s multicultural
organizational environment. It’s a powerful,
dramatic, and entertaining way to get a fresh
perspective on the dynamics and dialogues we
experience in the workplace, a way to gain more
intimate understanding of each other within a
safe space. Two performances, each followed by
an enlightening facilitated conversation, will
be held Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m.
and 12 p.m. at Central Library’s Pohlad Hall.
Enrollment is open to all Hennepin County staff
with sign up through APEX.
Big Gay Race will kick off at 9:00am on
Saturday, October 18 at St. Anthony Main.
Minnesotans have an important story to tell
about how we won marriage and why we support all
families. We hope we can count on your continued
generosity to show our legislative champions
that we've got their backs, and ultimately set
the stage for the Supreme Court to rule in favor
of marriage nationwide. Early Bird
registration pricing ends next week. Don't
wait, sign up today!
Lunch! Strikes! Hennepin County workers and
Labor Activists talk about their experience of
going on STRIKE. Pizza will be provided.
Hennepin County Government Center Auditorium,
300 6th St. Mpls., November 12, 2:00 Noon
Hosts Labor History Class! St. Paul Public
Schools and the East Side Freedom Library are
teaming up for a six-part community education
class on the history of labor in Minnesota. The
class is held on Thursdays, October 16 -
November 20, from 6-8 p.m., at the library, 1105
Greenbrier St. Cost is $50. To register, call
Keep your eyes open for information about the
open enrollment for our health insurance plan.
That will be coming your way this month in
preparation for the open enrollment in November.
We do not have all the details yet but it
appears that we will have a third option for the
Advantage Plan - HCMC and their clinics plus
NorthPoint. Please remember to complete your
wellness activities to qualify for the reduced
co-pay. You will need to have the activities
completed before the end of the business day on
October 31st. Open enrollment will be from
November 10—November 25, 2014.
The Be Well Clinic is expanding and moving in
2015 to the 1st floor of the 701 Building,
across from the Government Center. Services will
be expanded to include: Pharmacy, Acupuncture,
Chiropractic, and a Physician on site. The
County’s 2015 health insurance premium
proposal will be presented at the September
Labor-Management Health Care Committee meeting.
Issues of the Local 34 Banner!
The Executive Board has decided
that beginning with the October 2014 issue, our newsletter will no longer be distributed in paper
version to each individual member. The PDF version will be
made available to each of you through e-mail links
via unit representatives. Until that system is in
place you can contact our Newsletter Editor, Wesley
and he will email you a notice once the
newsletter has been posted on the Local 34
can also view all copies of our Local
dating back to 2002 on this website. A shorter
version of our newsletter will also be posted on
all union bulletin boards in your work areas.
for Being Sick? Know Your Rights! You may
qualify for rights under the Family Medical
Leave Act (FMLA). If you – or a family member
- suffer from a chronic illness that causes
periodic absences, those days away from work
cannot be subject to discipline. First, request
FMLA papers from your supervisor and complete
them including required information from your
doctor. Second, see a Union Steward and s/he can
advise you of your rights.
34 will be ramping up our Facebook Group with
the help of Council 5. A Face-book Group is not
the same as a Facebook Page. We envision a group
that is open by invitation to our members where
we can not only post information and our online
newsletter but also offer a forum for open
worker discussions. As we all move to Regions
and Open Works Spaces, finding new ways to
communicate and stay connected to one another
becomes very important. Stay tuned for more
information on our Local 34’s Facebook group.
Budget & Finance Committee! The
Budget & Finance Committee reported
that meetings have commenced for the year, and
the committee is diligently working to flesh out
what a membership dues increase would look like,
based on 2015 wages. A presentation of sample
dues increases with discussion will be presented
at the October General Membership meeting. The
2015 Local 34 budget recommendation is pending.
Planning for contract negotiations will
begin in 3/2015. The first negotiation session
with the county is tentatively scheduled for
Movement for HSRs! HSRs have an opportunity
to change where they work if they want to. HSRs
may complete a survey and request the work place
of their choice (not required). An interview may
be required for specialty positions.
Family Scholarship! Graduating high school
students who are children and financially
dependent grandchildren of full dues-paying
AFSCME members may now apply for the AFSCME
Family Scholarship. Download
an application here. Application
deadline is December 31.
a general proposition, when employees feel treated
respectfully and believe that key information is not being
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us vs. them paradigm that typically besets poorly led
organizations.” ~ David Yamada, Professor of Law and
Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk
University Law School in Boston
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look back at the 2014 AFL-CIO Convention! More than
500 delegates representing unions from across Minnesota
gathered in St. Paul Sept. 21-23 for the biennial
convention of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. The agenda focused
on political action around this fall’s elections and
efforts by workers to organize and achieve union
Minnesota was there and has comprehensive
coverage in a special section.
In 2014, Minnesota homeowners will experience the
largest property tax reduction in twelve years and will
begin to benefit from the most significant reform of
homestead taxation in at least three decades. The final
property tax after refunds paid by the typical homeowner
with a median income residing in a median value home
will decline by over ten percent from 2013 to 2014 in
the majority of Minnesota communities. Read
for Governor! Hennepin County commissioner
Jeff Johnson says he supports
“right-to-work” legislation that bars unions
from requiring employees to pay dues, even if
they are covered by a union contract — a
restriction that typically diminishes the power
of unions in such states. The GOP challenger
said recently that if he were governor, he would
push to repeal the legislation that allowed
child care and home health care workers to
decide whether to unionize. Governor Dayton on
the other hand said he supports the right to
organize and collectively bargain because he
considers it an effective way to build a
stronger middle class. He also defends his
approval of a measure that allowed for home
health care workers to vote on joining a union,
saying that workers should have that option.
Most Employers Think We Need a Higher Minimum Wage! Momentum
may be growing for a national minimum wage hike, with
the city council of Los Angeles recently voting for a
$15.37 minimum wage for workers at hotels with at least
125 guest rooms. Increasingly municipalities and states
are taking matters of fair pay into their own hands.
Conservatives often argue that employers oppose
increasing the minimum wage because it will suppress
hiring, kill jobs, and generally ruin the economy. A new
Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder finds that
employers actually approve of a national minimum wage of
$10 an hour. The new poll finds that 62 percent of
employers think their state's minimum wage should be
increased, and that includes 58 percent of “company
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