us commence toward the common good!
the desk of Local 34 President Jean Diederich
AFSCME Next Wave And Keep the Wave Rolling
American Labor History
Fair Trade Coalition
Local 34 6/18/2013
you say is more important than how you say it
What you do is more important than what you say
And what you build is more important than what you do
So what you gonna build today?
many kids need to go hungry to pay for corporate tax
breaks and giveaways? Apparently, 2 million —
unless we act together right now to stop it.
Congress: No child should go hungry to pay for
corporate tax breaks.
what’s happening: Just before Memorial Day, Tim
Cook — CEO of Apple — went before Congress when
Apple’s complex, but entirely legal, tax-avoidance
scheme was exposed. Congress put on a show about how
outrageous it is. But, at nearly the same time, when
the cameras weren’t rolling, the House
Agricultural Committee voted to give more subsidies
to big agribusiness and cut food aid for 2
million families, kids and seniors.
Harsh cuts like these aren't a necessity. They are a
choice to support tax breaks for the wealthy and big
businesses (like Apple) by literally taking food
from hungry kids.
beyond outrageous. It’s morally reprehensible.
Tell your representative to reject cuts to food aid
for hungry children in order to pay for corporate
It’s a national shame that one in five children in
America are at risk of hunger while companies like
Apple skirt taxes on at least $74 billion in profit.
This is the price America pays when Congress refuses
to fix our rigged tax system that lets corporations
and the rich get away with it.
The bottom line is that children should not go
hungry to pay for corporate tax giveaways — for
Apple or any other big businesses.
House of Representatives begins debate this week on
a bill that would cut $20 billion from food stamps.
(And use that money to pay for wasteful subsidies
for big corporations!) That would mean cutting off
two million Americans from benefits as well as
280,000 school-age children from their free school
full House will vote soon on whether to accept these
your representative a message right now telling them
to put nutritional aid before corporate subsidies.
in advance for taking action and please help spread
the word after you have — we need to make sure
Congress hears from everyone on this one. Kids are
going hungry and corporations are getting richer. We
have to stop it. In solidarity, AFSCME
Million Engines of Growth - A Middle-Out Plan for
Jobs, Business, and a Growing Economy!
one has all the answers or can predict with
precision what the best economic policies will be in
five years or in ten. Economic realities are
constantly evolving, and policymaking needs to keep
up. But while the future will always contain
unknowns, the policies we propose are grounded in
both economic theory and empirical analysis. They
would build a stronger economy and provide the means
to adapt to changing times.
United States is at an important juncture. We can
proceed as we have in recent years, with income
inequality rising, growth stagnating, middle-class
incomes falling, crisis compounding on crisis—all
circumstances that have coincided with the growth of
a philosophical view that is opposed to any public
attempts to address shared economic challenges and a
fatalism about America’s future. Or we can choose
to make investments that need to be made and reform
the aspects of our economy that are not performing
up to 21st century standards. We just have to agree
to do so.
week the Center for American Progress released a
plan to boost the U.S. economy with investments and
policies benefiting middle-class workers. The
250-page plan is based on the premise that shared
prosperity is essential for a thriving economy.
The plan proposes policy solutions to improve the
skills and earning power of middle-class workers and
to create an economy with good-paying jobs.
Proposals include making it easier for workers to
form labor unions, funding one million new
apprenticeship programs in American companies,
making college more affordable, enacting the
President’s preschool for all initiative, raising
the minimum wage, and overhauling immigration
policy. It also recommends new or increased
taxes on carbon emissions, financial transactions on
Wall Street, dividends, capital gains and profits of
targeted corporations, including oil companies. ~
Center for American Progress
You Up For A Party?
Several groups and organizations including Labor are
co-sponsoring “The People’s
Party” June 20th to celebrate legislative
successes – and the grassroots volunteers,
leaders, and organizations who made them happen. The
free event includes food, drink, children’s
activities, art, and more. Details: The party takes
place 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., June 20th on Harriet
Island in St. Paul, in the Wigington Pavilion.
You can RSVP
Lunch is a Way to Say ‘Thanks’!
The annual “Thank You” lunch for public
employees takes place
on the lawn of the
state Capitol, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Government workers are invited to enjoy free
refreshments (while supplies last) and have a shot
at prizes and other giveaways. The event is
sponsored by Hiway Federal Credit Union,
Subway restaurants, Joia soft drinks, and
radio station KS95.
Wear your AFSCME t-shirt and march with AFL-CIO
members in the Twin Cities Pride Parade on
June 30th. Line up at 11 a.m. at Hennepin Ave. and 3rd
St. S. in downtown Minneapolis. The route follows
Hennepin Ave. to Loring Park. This year we march to
celebrate love, freedom and equality. We believe all
people should be able to live their lives with
dignity and respect, marry whomever they love, and
enjoy equal protection under the law. For more
information or to volunteer, contact Jessica Hayssen
at 651-261-8559 or email@example.com.
in to a Great Cause!
AFSCME retirees Wesley and Karen Quick again
will be riding in the annual Minnesota Ride for
Kids, which raises money for the Pediatric Brain
Tumor Foundation and children being treated for
fully escorted ride takes place Sunday
tours a 45-mile route through the East Metro,
Festivities begin and end at Jimmy’s Event Center,
1132 E. County Road E, Vadnais Heights. (Map)
Details: To sponsor the Quicks, contact
them by email.
get details online.
Council 5 Family Picnic:
Metro-area locals are holding a council-wide AFSCME
picnic. Festivities take place Sunday, August
1 to 5 p.m., at Battle Creek Regional Park, McKnight
& Upper Afton Roads in Maplewood. The picnic
grounds are within easy walking distance of Battle
Creek’s water park. Organizers will provide
grilled meats; picnic-goers are asked to bring side
dishes to share. For details, contact Local 2829’s
Hear It for Great Work!
Council 5 is now accepting applications for our
annual Achievement Awards, which honor outstanding
activism by individuals and locals. Awards are given
for political activism, organizing, local union
development, and communications during 2012. Full
details on each award, and information on how to
submit nominations, are available online.
The application deadline is August
Basics of Child-Care Organizing!
Want the facts on “What’s Next” in organizing
family child-care providers in Minnesota? Visit the Child
Care Providers Together website for
a complete rundown on who is eligible for the union
and how the process will roll out.
Negotiations Committee has been meeting for the past few months and have agreed
to a number of proposals for the contract. The Committee will wrap up their
work at the June 24th meeting. After that, the
final contract proposal will be polished and readied for
presentation to the Employer at our first Negotiations meeting
scheduled for August 12th.
insured reserves continue to grow at a steady rate. I think
that we can safely say that you - the employees - are helping
to hold down the costs by watching the costs of the services
you and your families use.
and Dental Insurance: There
has been a change in the process for dental insurance through
the union. At such time as you are officially retired from
Hennepin County, you will be contacted by mail with the
information about enrolling in the dental program as a
Care Savings Account for Severance Pay: Stephen
Cook and Jacquelin Poole are the chairs of the ad hoc
committee working on the education of the membership about
what such a plan would entail. Please contact them if you are
interested in serving on that committee.
You New to the County?
Just transferred into Local 34? To sign up as a union member
or to get answers to questions about AFSCME and membership
benefits, please contact
Heather Hemmer, Local 34 Membership
Changes Pending for Some County Employees:
The Hennepin County Board will direct staff to align its
policies, procedures, and employee benefit coverage with state
law, pending the August 1st implementation of the Freedom to
Marry bill. Special thanks to Commissioners Peter Mclaughlin,
Jan Callison, Gail Dorfman, and Linda Higgins for their
support of this action.
Ball: September 6, Wabasha Street Caves, St. Paul
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AFSCME Local 34,
P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
of course, no guarantee of success. But politics is not about
observations or predictions. Politics is what we create, by what we do,
what we hope for, and what we dare to imagine." ~ Paul Wellstone
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