AFSCME Local 34
the 1930s, the first steps towards our current health care
system occurred. At the time, hospital care was largely reserved
for the rich. The system was purely fee for service, meaning
anyone that couldn’t afford those fees relied on charity care
in public hospitals (this included the majority of working
people). This began to change in 1929, when Baylor University
offered a $6 per year plan that guaranteed professors up to 21
days of hospital coverage annually. The “Baylor plan,” along
with a prepaid plan covering miners and lumber workers in the
Pacific Northwest, would become a company now known as Blue
Cross Blue Shield, and the model for employer-based health care
in the United States.
If you’d like
to help women and children affected by domestic violence, join
Council 5 members for an evening of pizza, crafting and
fellowship. We’ll be making fleece blankets for the women and
children who seek help from Safe Haven Shelter and Resource
Center in Duluth, which is staffed by Local 3558 members. The
Blanket Party is Wednesday,
September 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. Location: AFSCME Council 5
office. Contact email@example.com
or call 651-287-0558.
demands end to U.S. ‘right-to-work’ laws
by the president of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector
union, the Canadian government is formally demanding that a
“new NAFTA” force the United States to eliminate so-called
“right-to-work” anti-union laws. Not only that, adds Unifor
President Jerry Dias, but his government wants the negotiations
on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement between the
U.S., Canada and Mexico to require the three countries to sign
and follow all eight International Labor Organization
conventions specifying workers’ rights worldwide. Read
more at Workday Minnesota
is the AFSCME Free College Benefit?
a program exclusively for AFSCME members and their families to
take classes online through Eastern Gateway Community College in
Ohio. You can earn credits toward a two-year associate degree.
It’s free and flexible. The online format allows you to work
from wherever and whenever. You can transfer your credits to
four-year programs at most institutions. Visit freecollege.afscme.org
to learn more and to apply.
they work together?
Hennepin County Judge Rick Solum will mediate the budget dispute
between the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton that resulted from
Dayton’s line-item vetoes of funding for the House and Senate.
The sides informed the Minnesota Supreme Court of the selection
on Tuesday ahead of a deadline imposed by justices. The court
ordered the case into mediation before it issues a final
decision in the lawsuit filed by the Legislature this summer.
Lawmakers sued after Dayton’s veto, saying he breached
separation of powers with the action. A lower court sided with
the Legislature and nullified the veto. Solum said he expects
the mediation to commence next week but said nothing has been
There is time
pressure for the mediation because a temporary funding agreement
for the Legislature runs out in October. After that, the
Legislature will have to exhaust reserves, lay off staff and
potentially withhold paychecks. The Supreme Court wants an
update on the progress of mediation by September 30. Solum said in
general he sees his mediator role as talking with each side
separately and shuttling between the sides to explore a possible
“If they can,
terrific,” Solum said. “If they don’t, there is no
compulsion involved in the mediation process. It is an entirely
October 31st and November 1st, the Obama Foundation will welcome
civic leaders from around Chicago, the U.S., and the world to
join us for a two-day immersive event in Chicago. During this
inaugural Summit, hundreds of leaders from around the world will
come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions.
We’re inviting people from around the world to attend the
Summit, but we’re saving a handful of spots for applicants
through Obama.org. We’re inviting incredible young leaders who
are passionate about social change and civic engagement to apply
to attend. The ideal candidate is active in their community, and
will bring a unique perspective to share with other attendees.
No matter if you’re from a rural town or a big city, we want
to hear about the positive impact you’re having in your
community, and why you should join us in Chicago.
*Please note: Applications will close at 7PM EST on Wednesday,
September 27.ns to common problems, and experience civic art,
technology, and music from around the world. READ
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Unions respond to
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with help, funds
By Barb Kucera,
dispatchers and utility line workers to health care
professionals and FEMA employees, union members are stepping in
to help during and after the devastating hurricanes in the
southern United States. Numerous labor organizations also are
conducting fundraising to aid affected communities. Hurricanes
Irma and Harvey mark the first time in U.S. history that two
Atlantic Category 4 landfalls have occurred in the same year,
according to meteorologists. Both storms caused widespread
devastation, with at least 70 deaths attributed to Harvey and
the numbers still being counted for Irma. Scores of communities
are flooded and electrical power was knocked out to hundreds of
thousands of people.
resources of our world belong to the people and not to
corporations” - A conversation with the feminist Latina labor
leader at the center of a new documentary
Dolores, the new
documentary about Dolores Huerta, chronicles the life and
activism of one of America’s foremost feminists, Latinas and
labor leaders, who created the United Farm Workers union with César
Chávez in the 1960s. The 87-year-old iconic organizer still has
that “si se puede” spirit: Last year Huerta traveled to
Standing Rock to support the indigenous-led anti-pipeline cause.
The 97-minute nonfiction film directed by Peter Bratt and
produced by Carlos Santana includes interviews with Angela Davis
and Gloria Steinem. Huerta was interviewed for In These Times at
a Los Angeles movie theater and answered follow up questions by
USA, an organization advocating for increased investments in
American infrastructure, recently produced a compelling video
highlighting the importance of formal apprenticeship education
and training in developing the skilled workforce that will be
needed to re-build and repair America’s crumbling
infrastructure…while also providing opportunities for American
of all walks of life to acquire career training that literally
changes lives for the better. Watch
the Re-Build USA Video
Northwest Suburbs Community Labor Coalition and Working
Partnerships are hosting a Union Jobs Fair on September
27th at the
Pipefitters Training Center (6200 Lakeland Avenue north,
Brooklyn Park). They are inviting a variety of union employers
and union training & apprenticeship programs to participate
in the employer panel and hiring event.
Local 34 Vice President:
We held our special election at the
Local 34 Executive Board meeting on August 16, 2017 to
fill the vacant Vice President seat.
Please join us in congratulating Alex Erickson as
our new Vice President. He
will begin his term of office effective September 1, 2017.
Please join us in thanking Linda Flykt, Tamika Hannah and
Kay Powell for putting their names forward.
It is always encouraging to see our members step up
to run for office. Note:
Alex will also be taking over as the Local
34 WEB Developer soon. A new design and layout for the
site is currently under production.
Calling all future Local 34
YOU interested in learning more about the grievance process?
Would you like to become more involved in our local, while
also acting as a resource for your peers? Become a Local 34
Steward! Stewards act as a union representative for members
during investigatory meetings, grievance hearings and
you would like more information, please contact Senior Chief
(South Regional Service Center) and/or Junior Chief Steward Brian
(Northwest Regional Service Center).
made a commitment to getting back
to organizing basics, building
power at the grassroots level and
hearing the unique concerns of
every public service worker in
one-on-one conversations. As a
union, we will never quit fighting
for the respect and opportunity
public service workers deserve,
because public service workers
never quit on our communities.
strong events are scheduled for 9/14 at the North Hub
and TBD in November at the South Hub.
All are welcome! Anyone who wants to learn
more about or get a feel for union organizing or
get more involved in our union.
Next events are in September and November,
Konechne know. Ask for the day
off, take Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP) and
our union pays your day’s wages.
34 will continue our efforts to develop Member Action
Teams (MAT) during 2017. The structure is aimed at
fostering communication, networking and organizing for
our members. Our goal is to have 80 MAT leaders by the
end of 2017. Contact Deb Konechne, Local 34 Membership
Secretary for more information and to express your
interest in becoming a MAT leader. Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at 612-816-4321.
Action Team meeting:
The next MAT meeting is 10/18. All are welcome. Contact
Deb Konechne for more information.
next Stewards’ Training is scheduled for 10/9/17.
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Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
was first created on 4/29/2001.
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