are all trade unionists. We are all civil rights activists.
And it’s about time for all of us to get together and
organize America like never before! It’s time to say to
America, ‘We will not turn back now!” ~ Rev. Dr. William
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excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace with opportunity
and prosperity for all!
Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
AFSCME - A
History of Fighting for Justice
Sing 2014: The Twin Cities Labor
Chorus leads an informal sing-along of labor songs
new and old on Tuesday July 29. The second
annual Labor Sing begins at 7:00 p.m. at the
Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion on the State
Fairgrounds, Cooper St. and Dan Patch Avenue. The
event is free and open to all. Voluntary donations
will benefit the Community Services Programs at the
Minneapolis and St. Paul Regional Labor Federations.
year we're gonna reprise the sing along format.
We'll have some new songs, some old songs, some
songs to listen to and some songs to sing to. Come
build power and solidarity, learn a bit about the
rich history of workers singing together, and have
some fun! Twin Cities folk legend and union
musician, Charlie Maguire, will be joining us as
well. This year's concert also features a number of
Pete Seeger songs (Pete died this year at 94). Hey
if you're coming make sure to invite your friends!
Founded in 2009, the Labor Chorus has become a
staple at area union events, from picket lines to
membership parties. For information about joining or
booking the Labor Chorus, e-mail email@example.com.
6, 2014 General Assembly Meeting: 1.
Discuss and vote on the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) to approve or reject the
health insurance holiday for the following pay
periods: August 1, 2014; August 15, 2014 and
September 12, 2014.
Elect delegates to attend the AFSCME Council 5
Convention to be held in Bloomington (9/11- 9/13)
Council 5 officers and Executive Board officers
will be elected at this onvention. Delegates will
also discuss and vote on the proposed amendment to
the Council 5 Constitution to raise the Counil 5
dues by $5.00 per member per month.
Elect delegates to attend the Minnesota State
AFL-CIO Convention held in St. Paul.
you wish to be considered for either of the two
conventions and cannot attend the General
Assembly, please send me an e-mail expressing your
interest and for which convention. You should do
so by no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, August
5, 2014. ~ Local 34 President Jean Diederich
Capsule: AFSCME Council 5 is putting together
a time capsule to celebrate Council 5's 10th
anniversary! Have something you'd like included?
Mail or drop off your photos, remembrances, and
mementos at our South St. Paul office. We'll share
collected items and unveil the time capsule at our
convention in September!
to Vote: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, is
this year’s primary election date. There are
numbers of candidates for the Governor and US
Senate races in the Republican primary. The only
significant statewide DFL primary contest is for
State Auditor between incumbent Rebecca Otto and
up the Grill! The AFSCME Family Picnic will be
held on Sunday, August 17th at Battle Creek
Regional Park Picnic Pavilion in Maplewood from
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This free picnic, for AFSCME
members and their families, includes food,
raffles, and activities for the kids with
discounted waterpark rides. Volunteers are still
needed to help serve food and handle the raffle.
You are also asked to bring a dish to share with
with AFSCME at Minnesota State Fair! The
Minnesota State Fair is being held August 21st to
September 1st – volunteers are needed to work a
shift at the AFSCME Council 5 kiosk in the Labor
Pavilion. Shifts run 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM; 12:30 –
4:30 PM and 4:30 - 7:30 PM each day of the fair.
As thanks for volunteering, you receive a t-shirt
and your admission is covered by the Council. Last
year, volunteers collected over 6000 post cards
that was the jump start to the successfully
raising the minimum wage. This year we will be
building support for transportation investment
that supports our jobs and expands economic
opportunity and quality of life for everyone.
Please contact Michael Kuchta at 651-287-0537 or
volunteer. He is waiting to hear from you!
AFSCME Council 5 announced recently that we reached
our goal of 2600 new membership cards signed by the time
of the AFSCME International Convention -
time period was 2/2014 – 6/2014. We not only
reached that goal, we exceeded it by 161 – 2761 news
cards signed. You can all feel proud of your efforts to
achieve that goal as Local 34 lead the Council with 190
cards signed. The time and effort that you put into
talking to new employees and fee payers was well spent.
Not only have we increased our membership, we have
increased our visibility. Folks know who we are and where
to find us in the workplace. That translates into strength
and power as we continue to address worker’s issues on a
daily basis. ~ Local 34 President Jean Diederich
“Minnesota Miracle”: One old gentleman has
spent the past 40 years giving of himself to make
a difference in the lives around him. He’s
taking on another cause that affects so many in
Minnesota. Making sure that our communities have
the food they need to keep their families and
children nourished so they may contribute to the
welfare of all Minnesotans! Gary C. Fitch retired
from the United States Postal Service in March
2013 and is now devoting 1 solid year to reach out
to everyone in Minnesota for their support and
donations to reach a goal that will give everyone
that comes on board, a “Legacy” that will be
unsurpassed. This is a 300 mile walk from
International Falls to the State Fairgrounds in 30
days. The walk will begin on August 2nd 2014 and
end on September 1st!
The walk will end on Labor Day which will
allow everyone to finish the final day from White
Bear Lake to the State Fairgrounds. All of the
professional athletes, politicians, Union workers
and everyone in Minnesota will be invited to join
hands and give evidence that Minnesota Takes care
of their Own! The goal is an endowment of $30
million dollars to buy 10 million pounds of food a
here for more information.
Standards Changed: Hennepin County Human
Resources approved a change in the minimum
qualifications for Child Protection Social Worker
to recognize a Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of
experience in Child Protection on a par with a
Master’s Degree and relevant experience
34 Seniority Report: An updated Seniority
Report from Hennepin County for the members of
AFSCME Local 34 is now available on the Labor
Relations website. Please take the time to find
your job title and check out your seniority date.
If you feel that your date is not correct, please
send me an e-mail with your name, your employee ID
number, that date on the list and why you feel it
is wrong. I will compile a list and forward to
Labor Relations for investigation. Any responses
from Labor Relations will, in turn, be routed
through me and sent back to you. Any request for
review of your seniority date should be sent to me
by no later than September 1, 2014. Jean
Diederich, President, AFSCME Local 34
34 Executive Board Vacancies: Currently Local
34 has two vacancies to be filled on the Executive
Board: One At-Large position and Senior Chief
Steward. If you are interested in serving in
either one of these positions, please contact Jean
Diederich, AFSCME Local 34 President. The
elections will take place at the August 20th
Executive Board meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. in
the Health Services Building (HSB), room 917.
County Insurance Premium Holiday: The
Hennepin County Board adopted a motion to have a three pay check
holiday from paying health insurance premiums –
both for the employees and the employer.
this means is that you will have no deduction for
health insurance from the pay checks for August 1,
August 15 and September 12.
When the recommendation was originally
made, it was for a two pay check holiday.
The Chair of the Board, Commissioner Mike
Opat, noted that we could afford a three pay check
the past five years, the county's health insurance
premiums have been significantly less than the
industry average and have reflected a 2% total
increase versus the 8% industry average.
This extraordinary accomplishment could not
have been achieved without the effective
partnership between the county, health plan
providers, union representatives and you, the
employees who participate in the county's health
insurance plan.” ~ Commissioner Mike Opat
Since this is a change to our contract, the
membership will need to vote to accept a
Memorandum of Understanding on the insurance
premium holiday. We will hold a special vote at
our 8/6/14 General Assembly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HSB
110. ~ Jean Diederich, President,
AFSCME Local 34
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (
MACV) is hosting the Metro StandDown on August 5th
(8:00 – 5:00) and 6th (8:00 – 4:00) at the Boy
Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling. Free services
available to all veterans. Meals, clothing, VA
benefits, legal assistance, court, public
benefits, haircuts, federal and state tax
assistance, VA medical care, dental, optometry,
state DMV, housing, AA/NA, employment assistance
and mental health counseling. Please distribute
this information to veterans who may need
assistance. Go to mac-v.org for more information
or please contact Nathaniel Saltz at 651-224-0290.
Ways the ‘Schedules that Work’ Act Would Make
the Lives of Working Families Better:
Tuesday, Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rosa
DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the "Schedules
that Work" Act to provide federal guidelines
for making sure that employers offer fair, flexible
and reliable schedules for working families who are
often left in difficult situations because of
erratic employer scheduling. Miller said the act is
about "dignity" and ensuring workers can
earn a decent living and meet family
of Congress Take ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ to
Live Off Reduced Budget for a Week: Since
he began his minimum wage challenge on Sunday,
former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, now president
of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has
had eggs and toast, a bowl of cereal with a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich, and a banana. On Monday,
he came to work with a bologna and cheese sandwich
and a banana. “I’m not sure what I’m going to
have for supper.”
Bad Boss Tax:
how much money are low-wage businesses draining from
local, state and federal coffers? More than 400
organizations that advocate progressive tax reform
and it is estimated that WalMart alone costs
taxpayers 6.2 billion dollars annually in public
assistance. Should we fine them?
Pay for Women Would Mean a More Secure Retirement
the wage gap is especially critical to advancing
these American values. How can we fix the persisting
problem of the gender pay gap?
Subsidies Financed by Pension CutsAs
states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls,
many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash
public employee pension benefits and public services
while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies
for professional sports teams.
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