Win if you Don't Fight
Strong, United Voice for Workers
in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over 2000 Social
Service employees of Hennepin County
In A Nutshell
Legislature adjourned early Friday after sending Gov. Mark
Dayton 10 bills that lay out a $46 billion spending plan for
Minnesota government for the next two years. Dayton has until
Tuesday to sign or veto them. If he vetoes any of the bills,
it could mean another special session.
A $1.35 billion increase in state money to schools over the
next two years. That includes a 2 percent increase in per
pupil spending each of those years, for a total of $245 more
per student. It also includes a $50 million boost for
districts that are developing pre-kindergarten programs.
$600 million in new money over the next two years, including
$300 million in permanent funding for road and bridge
construction and renovation. The bonding bill also contains
$300 million for transportation infrastructure.
Taxes: A $650
million tax cut delivers a $117 million break for senior
citizens on a portion of Social Security income, $55 million
for tax credits for student loan payments and $20 million in
relief for families using 529 Savings Plans. Business owners
get a commercial property tax exemption totaling $95 million,
and farmers get $34 million in relief from payments toward
school bond referendums. Also as part of the tax bill, cities
and counties get annual boosts in local government aid
payments starting in 2019 by $15 million and $25.5 million,
Human Services: The state will spend $15 billion in the next
two years on assistance and aid programs, which is a reduction
of $463 million against the projected growth in need for the
Natural Resources: Fees to enter Minnesota state parks, and
other recreation-related fees, will increase for the first
time in a number of years.
Education: Minnesota’s public colleges and universities will
see a $210 million increase in funding for the next two years.
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AFSCME Local 34
Attack on State Employee Rights Stopped
members Thursday night defeated a Republican attempt to
cripple the right of state employees to bargain wage
increases and health insurance.
inserted in the Omnibus State Finance bill in the middle
of the night Tuesday would have forced us to negotiate
with the Legislature, making it nearly impossible to get a
changes were voted out of the bill by the Senate Thursday
night, and the entire bill passed both the Senate and
House. Now it goes to Gov. Dayton for his signature.
back the attempt to take away our bargaining rights and
turn us into Wisconsin through concerted member action.
Council 5 members were a constant presence at the Capitol
all session, and especially this past week, as the
Legislature blew past the end-of-session deadline Monday
and went into a special session that lasted four days.
green AFSCME T-shirts stayed late into the night all week,
packing House and Senate galleries, talking to lawmakers
and carrying “AFSCME is watching” signs. They made
hundreds of calls to Gov. Dayton and their legislators,
and signed petitions. They attended rallies with our
allies in labor, the faith community, transit and
community groups that packed the Rotunda and send chants
thundering through the Capitol.
better know one thing: We are watching and we will hold
them accountable for cuts that hurt working people,”
Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide said.
legislators told members Thursday night that the AFSCME
presence made a big difference in the outcome of the vote.
34 Officer Final Election Results
Vice President: Grace Baltich
Chief Steward : Kenneth
Secretary: David Yang
Secretary: Deb Konechne
Members: Angel Alexander, Kimberly
Mpls. Regional Labor Federation
Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Grace Baltich, Kay
Powell, Kenneth W. Garnier,
Mpls. Regional Labor Federation
Alternates (6): Maggie Keating
Paul Regional Labor
Federation Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Kathy
Kelly, Jody Stadler, Deb
Konechne, Tamika Hannah, Laura
Paul Regional Labor
Federation Alternates (6): None
Organizing Days/Labor Lunches
All are welcome! Anyone who wants to learn
more about or get a feel for union organizing or
get more involved in our union.
One day in the months of February, March,
May, June, August, September, November
Konechne know. Ask for the day
off, take Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP) and
our union pays your day’s wages.
last Local 34 Labor Lunch held in February was
very successful! We collected 30 new membership
cards and over 110 people attended.
34 doubled our number of Member Action Team (MAT)
leaders in the past quarter. Contact Deb Konechne
if you may be interested. Local
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.
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