takes strength to stand alone,..it takes
courage to lean on another…”
Local 34 Organizing and Training Days
still have organizing and training days that our
union local members may participate in. So
far, we have held four organizing/training days
and have gained great information and talked to
hundreds of our coworkers and members. You may
participate in one, or as many as you wish.
Please RSVP for date that works for you. Remember,
you will be paid your days wages by the union
is the schedule for upcoming organizing days -
please let me know which of these you would be
interested/able to attend:
though the Freiderich’s Decision at the
Supreme Court did not pass recently due to a tie
vote, the wealthy special interests have
multiple other cases in lower courts, making
their way to the Supreme Court, that could
destroy our unions. Also these same
wealthy people and corporations continue to turn
state after state into Wisconsin-style, “right
to work” (for less) states one by one.
We need to build our strength to withstand these
attacks on public sector workers and unions such
consider attending one our Local 34 AFSCME
organizing and training days and passing the
info to your teams and fellow coworkers. You
will get paid your day’s wages by the union as
“Lost Time” and as a union member you have
the right to take time for union
activities. You merely notify or request from
your supervisor in advance (if you typically do
that) that you will be taking the day off (much
like a vacation day).
is provided and parking/mileage costs are also
will send you details on how to get wages and
parking paid once you RSVP that you will attend
a date. RSVP is also important so we have lunch
and materials to accommodate all.
of you may have heard that as workers -
especially those of us in the public sector - we
are under attack. The attacks are coming
from wealthy special interests and corporate
interests that are deliberately trying to
dismantle unions in our country. Cases are in
waiting to be brought to the US Supreme Court
that would jeopardize our ability to exercise
our rights at work. These are deliberate
attacks on public sector unions because our
unions get us much better wages and benefits
than non-union jobs. Much of our focus in
the next months will be to connect with our
coworkers and educate each other on what we are
up against as workers and how we can defend
our rights and strengthen our unions.
you so much for all you do to defend our union
and serve our communities!
solidarity, Deb Konechne, Membership Secretary,
walked out of a meeting with County Administrator David Hough
and Labor Relations Director Kathy MeGarry after Local 2822
President Lynn Stetler read them the letter below.
"We will stand in solidarity with our county attorneys who had their
good faith contract settlement denied a vote by the county
board. We will stand with our brothers & sisters in Locals
2822 and 34 who continue to be harassed for doing the work of
the summer of 2015 there was an investigation in the
Administrative Services Division of HSPHD. As a result of this
investigation several supervisors and managers resigned from the
county. Since that investigation concluded, we have become aware
of acts of retaliation perpetrated on some of our members who
provided information for the investigation. Retaliation would
include but is not limited to frivolous investigations,
harassment of union officers, denial of step increases, failure
of some individuals to complete probation, and involuntary
actions run counter to the county’s policy of diversity and
respect. They ignore
long-standing adherence to our collective bargaining agreements
and are creating an atmosphere of unfair labor practices.
Furthermore, whistle-blowing is a protected activity under
federal law. We have raised our concerns to Human Resources,
Labor Relations and the Assistant County Administrator of HSPHD
to little avail. The harassment and disparate treatment
continue. We want the unfair treatment of our members to stop.
Further, we ask that investigations at the next layer of
management begin immediately. Many of these current supervisors
are modeling those same behaviors of those who resigned and no
one is holding them accountable.
But our members who work under these supervisors are
afraid to speak for fear of retaliation. They have witnessed
what can happen when you speak out.
sisters and brothers who work in the Public Safety Facility of
local 2822 aren’t getting the differential that was bargained
in negotiations. In fact, the employer claims that they
misunderstood what they agreed to; despite the fact all issues
brought to the table were discussed in detail and repetitively
for multiple full day bargaining sessions before any tentative
agreements were made. There is no grounds or excuses for the
employer to renege on the agreement made during bargaining. To
date employees are not being paid what the employer negotiated
and grievances are filed.
sisters and brothers who are COPE Coordinators in Local 34, the
employer is also
reneging on the agreed upon settlement that occurred during
bargaining. The employer has repeatedly made agreements that
they were well informed of and spent time collecting information
on during bargaining however, now claim they didn’t
understand. This is not the Union’s fault and our members will
not suffer the employer refusing to implement the agreements
that were mutually bargained.
sisters and brothers working for the County Attorney have yet to
see their negotiated agreement and subsequent raises due to
continued missteps by the employer in bargaining. Including
reaching a tentative agreement that the County Board is refusing
to accept and implement. We bargained and behaved in good faith
the employer should do the same.
sisters and brothers who work in library have been notified that
the employer’s new staffing strategy includes putting all 2822
job classes in the library on probation. Furthermore, the new
staffing strategy proposes to implement an “Aide” job class
proposed to earn $9.00/hour and they will no longer be
represented by AFSCME. This is just 3 months after negotiating
and implementing a $15.00/hour minimum wage for Hennepin County
workers. The $15.00/hour was something both Union and the County
board stated they were proud of. We are insulted.
strong Stewards are being singled out by the employer. Stewards
in both local 2822 and 34 have been interviewed by management
per the direction of labor relations, to illegally discuss,
direct and attempt to regulate steward activity. We are shocked
at the behavior by the employer. We are insulted at the mistrust
and abuse of our relationship that this union has worked so hard
County has shown that it has bargained in bad faith repeatedly
since settling the contract in 2015. We currently have members,
activists and stewards who have raised issues and have suffered
retaliation, loss in pay and repeated unfair treatment by
labor relations director made the statement that there has been
an uptick in union activity. There has been no uptick in union
activity, we have merely responded to the repeated and numerous
attacks on our members, our wages, our working conditions and
the disrespectful treatment by Hennepin County management. We
have always valued the relationship between labor and management
but it seems that value is not reciprocated. Don't forget,
Hennepin County works because WE DO.
you are well aware, AFSCME has never backed away from a fight.
We will do whatever it takes to see these changes be made. These
attacks must stop. Front line supervisors and management need
clear direction to immediately cease the targeting, the
retaliation and the unfair treatment on our union activists and
Stetler, 2822, Jean Diederich, 34, Cathy Brennan, 2864 , William
Mondale, 2938 , Pat Guernsey, 552, Dale Blom, 1719
Membership meeting - May
4, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - Health Services Buildinbg, Room L14/L15
all - First, thank you all for your many kind words
on the loss of my brother. Your expressions of
sympathy have made our loss much easier to bear.
Blog, - March 2016.
election results: I have contacted and
received responses from all of the candidates for our
2016 officer elections so I can now share the
results with you.
new Treasurer will be Paul Madison.
new Members-at-Large will be Brittany Bullock, Brenda
Louise and Kay Powell.
will take their oath of office at the May 4, 2016
General Assembly along with the other officers and
stewards who begin their terms of office this month. Please
join me in thanking Angel Alexander for putting her name
forward for the Treasurer position and Christina
Eichorn for putting her name forward for the
Member-at-Large position. We are very fortunate to
have members who care enough about their fellow members
to run for office. Thank
you to everyone who took the time to vote.
of our longtime members,
officers and activists, Vicki Moore, is retiring this
month. She asked that I share her retirement party
flyer and invites you to her retirement party on May 26,
2016 at Memory Lanes. If you are not able to join
her, please send her best wishes for a long and happy
Thursday, May 26 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Memory Lanes, 2520 S. 26th Avenue, Minneapolis
Kate Sagness @ 612-702-1787
Contributions: Annie Crawford @612-348-4308 or Annie.Crawford@co.hennepin.mn.us
come, celebrate Vicki Moore’s retirement at Memory
Lanes Bowling Alley (Party room). Bowling, drinks, menu
food on your own and cake provided. Please come with
your favorite Vicki story, moment or picture to share. A
well wish book will be present to sign & send her on
you, Vicki, for your many years of service to our
members and to the residents of Hennepin County.
You deserve the best as you retire.
not returning this year are Patrick Regan,
outgoing Treasurer, and Jacquelin Poole, outgoing
Member-at-Large. And by outgoing, I mean that both
literally and figuratively as they both enjoy talking to
folks!!! Please join me in thanking them for their
many years of service to our members. Pat has spent
hundreds of hours toiling over our financial books –
making sure that all our bills have been paid and forms
filed with the necessary agencies such as the MN Dept.
of Revenue, the IRS and DEED. His work has been stellar.
Jacquelin has served on a number of committees and
workgroups for our local with the result that members
have been informed of union rights, benefits and
activities. Anytime we have had a need for a
Member-at-Large to help, she has been one of our
volunteers. Thank you to both Pat and Jacquelin. May
your time with the County as non-officers be pleasant.
that we have three important votes at our May
4, 2016 General Assembly will be held in HSB L14/L15,
HSB,525 Portland Ave, Minneapolis MN at 5:30 PM. This
is our annual installation of officers and stewards meeting.
Food will be provided.
will hold elections for two events:
Netroots Nation held in St Louis, Missouri on July 14
– 17, 2016 and our AFSCME International Convention
held in Las Vegas, Nevada July 18 – 22, 2016.
Nominations and election for both events will take place
at that meeting. If you are interested in
putting your name forward for either event and cannot
attend the meeting, please contact me with that request
by no later than 12:00 noon on 5/4/16.
will also vote on a MOU (Memorandum of
Understanding) regarding the COPE Coordinator shift
differential. The language was sent to your home
address via US mail yesterday.
names have been added for folks
in need of vacation/PTO donations. Having been the
recipient of those donations years ago, I know that your
donation is greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
we are still in need of replacement for Wes Volkenant.
If you think that this is something you might be
interested in, please let me know. Keep in mind that
this a job that can be shared with another member. We
will interview applicants for this position at our May
18, 2016 Executive Board meeting. Interested
members are asked to send me a sample of their writing
for the Executive Board officers to review prior to that
meeting. The job comes with a $130.00 per month
stipend for the time spent on putting the newsletter
together each month. I am working on the current
edition and can attest that you will earn that stipend!
March/April/May newsletter is almost complete. It
will be forwarded to you as soon as the finishing
touches are completed and spellcheck is done.
Steward Update: Tywanna Gray will be taking a
Leave of Absence from the position of Co-Chief Steward
beginning 4/18. Mara Ssengendo will be filling in as
Co-Chief Steward during this time. All steward related
communications should be direc6ted to Kela Williams and
Mara Ssengendo. If someone expresses interest in becoming
a steward, he/she must be a full member for at least one
year. Please have him/her contact the Chief Stewards.
Please direct steward assistance requests and questions
via e-mail only to both Chief Stewards and they will
contact the member.
One of the issues that has been on the table at
the Capitol for the past few sessions is our pension -
PERA. PERA has a
new Executive Director, Doug Anderson.
It is gratifying to read in the most recent issue
of PERAgraph, the newsletter of the General Plan of
PERA, that Mr. Anderson is a strong proponent of our
current defined benefit plan.
He states that he believes a defined benefit plan
provides more benefits at a lesser cost because you have
a larger investment return over a longer period of time.
This is what our lobbyists from AFSCME have been
saying for years as we work to maintain a plan that is
sustainable and healthy.
And this is one of the reasons why we hold Day on
the Hill each year and why we must remain politically
Student Debt Relief Clinic sponsored by
AFSCME Council 5: This was such a popular
workshop that folks have asked for more of them.
Our Council 5 Education staff heard your request
and have scheduled more of them. If you are interested
in attending one of the workshops, please register. Registration
is Required! Register with Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This clinic will give you resources to consolidate your
loans, apply for Income Driven Repayment Programs and
learn if you qualify for Public Service Loan
Forgiveness! Clinic dates: May 17, June 1 and
June 14, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Location: AFSCME
Council 5 Office, 300 Hardman Avenue South, South St.
hope to see you at this Wednesday’s General Assembly
to join me in congratulating the new officers and
stewards as they take their oath of office. Food
with a south of the border flavor will be served as we
anticipate the Cinco de Mayo celebration the following
Jean Diederich, AFSCME Local 34 President (5/2/2016)
Racial Uplift in a
Jim Crow Local: Black Union Organizing in Minneapolis
Hotels in the 1930s: The
East Side Freedom Library (1105 Greenbriar Street, St.
Paul) invites you to a
presentation by Luke Mielke, Macalester College Honors
Student and Labor Activist. Learn about the courageous
and creative efforts to local African American waiters
during the Great Depression to unionize. They sought not
only to achieve economic security but also to create the
working conditions in which they would be treated with
respect by employers and customers alike. For the past
two years, Luke has dug relentlessly into newspapers,
union records, and oral histories, not just locally but
also in Detroit, New York, and Chicago. He has unearthed
a great labor history story. Come hear it! May
5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Free
Cinco de Mayo at the Government Center May 5:
You're invited to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at the
Government Center with musical group Trio Mexico. The
event takes place Thursday,
May 5, from noon to
1 p.m. on the Public Service Level. Learn how the Battle
of Puebla, a victorious battle led by Ignacio Zaragoza
Seguin over French forces on May 5, 1862, has become a
celebrated holiday. The celebration is sponsored by Project
County AFSCME Union Social! Hosted by EEO, Education,
Engagement, and Outreach - Friday, May
6 at 5:00 PM - El
Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant - 2709 E Lake Street, Minneapolis. Please
share this post with your fellow workers!
Food Drive: The National Association of Letter
Carriers (NALC) Stamp
Out Hunger Food Drive will be held on Saturday,
May 14 – put food by your mailbox that
morning. The NALC National Food Drive is the outgrowth of
a tradition of community service exhibited repeatedly by
members of the letter carriers union over the years. These
carriers, who go into neighborhoods in every town six days
a week, have always been involved when something needed to
be done, whether it be collecting funds for a charity like
the Muscular Dystrophy Association, watching over the
elderly through the Carrier Alert program, assisting the
American Red Cross during time of disaster, or rescuing
victims of fires, crime, and other mishaps. For many
years, a number of branches had collected food for the
needy as part of their community service effort. The
national, coordinated effort by the NALC to help fight
hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a
number of leaders at the time, including NALC President
Vincent R. Sombrotto, AFL-CIO Community Services Director
Joseph Velasquez and Postmaster General Anthony Frank. A
pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October of 1991, and
it proved so successful that work began immediately on
making it a nationwide effort.
Harvest Heartland - Stamp Out Hunger – Volunteer
with us on Saturday, May 14, as we partner
with the National Association of Letter Carriers and Cub
Foods to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food
drive: Stamp Out Hunger.
Events to Keep in Mind
May 5, 2016: Sixth Annual Labor Bowl at the Midway Pro Bowl, St
May 14, 2016: NALC Stamp out Hunger food drive - leave a bag of
groceries by your mailbox
May 20, 2016: "Blood Fruit", 6:00 PM, Room 356, United
Labor Center, 312 Central Ave SE, Mpls.
June 17, 2016: "Pride" shown at 6:00 PM at East Side
Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St. Paul
July 15, 2016: "The Organizer", 6:00 PM, Room 356, United
Labor Center, 312 Central Ave SE, Mpls.
July 14 -17, 2016: Netroots Nation, St Louis, Missouri
July 18 - 22, 2016: AFSCME 42nd Annual International Convention,
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 12 -14 & 19 - 21, 2016: Working Partnerships booth at
the Game Fair near Anoka
August 19, 2016: "Matewan", 6:00 PM at East Side Freedom
Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul
August 21, 2016: AFSCME Family Picnic at Battle Creek
Regional Park, Maplewood
August 25 - September 5, 2016:
AFSCME booth at the Minnesota State Fair
September 19, 2016: Working Partnerships Golf Tournament
September 22 - 24, 2016: AFSCME Council Convention in Bloomington
September 25 - 27, 2016: Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention in Duluth
Movie Night - Blood
Fruit - May 20
us that the current employment difficulties faced
by Dunnes Stores workers are not without
precedent, Blood Fruit takes us
back to 1984, the height of the apartheid regime
in South Africa, when Mary Manning, a 21-year-old
Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell
Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union
in support of the anti-apartheid struggle. She and
ten other supporters were suspended and a strike
Central Ave. SE
Friday of the month, 6:00 pm
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beer and soda will be available during the films.
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