Delegates Rally at Trump Hotel

More than 2,000 AFSCME delegates at AFSCME’s International Convention in Las Vegas took it to the streets Wednesday (7/20), standing in solidarity with Culinary Workers demanding a fair contract at the Trump International Hotel.

Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 members who work at the Trump International Hotel won their union elections last December, and the National Labor Relations Board certified their victory in March. Yet Trump International has refused to begin contract negotiations and has conducted an aggressive anti-union campaign, including firings and intimidation of union supporters.

Though several members experienced discomfort from the excessive heat, AFSCME delegates demonstrated that we won’t stop fighting for all workers’ rights – whether ours or our sisters and brothers from other unions.

“I’m so happy to see you guys,” said Geoconda Arguello Kline, who started out as a hotel worker and is the secretary-treasurer of Local 226.

Kline said of Trump “He doesn’t respect working people...who make him money every single day. These workers here, they had an election. They won. We’re going to fight and we’re never going to give up. He’s been refusing and denying the rights of the working people… Mr. Trump, you’re fighting against the immigrants... you’re fighting against this country. And right now, the country will fight against you too.”

IVP Kathryn Lybarger pledged AFSCME’s support. “It’s the heat we’re turning up on Donald Trump. AFSCME is proud to stand in solidarity with you,” she said. “As long as Trump continues to undermine basic fairness for working people, the 1.6 million members of AFSCME stand with the Culinary Union to urge Trump to treat his employees with respect and negotiate a fair contract.”



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Dear Members,

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated during the long contract campaign to secure our new contract. If you signed a petition, or asked coworkers to sign, filled out a survey, attended a meeting or a labor lunch and added your voice, put up posters in your worksite, or wore green on Tuesdays, talked to coworkers, participated in the rallies, participated in info pickets at worksites, packed the commissioner meetings or called your commissioner, your efforts on any and every level were outstanding and made a tremendous impact.

Just to highlight a few of the things we all did together during the contract campaign:

  • Hundreds of members filled out surveys that informed the negotiating team about member priorities, many of you took the surveys out to your worksites and organized coworkers to fill them out.

  • Held a standing-room only Labor Lunch and Take A Breaks at various sites immediately after management’s first proposal, to inform our membership of what we were starting with in negotiations.

  • Organized a spirited rally and march at the Government Center and an info picket and march at Century Plaza (at 7am) on the same day, bringing hundreds of our members together to speak to what we need.

  • Organized 3 actions at the Hennepin County Commissioner’s meeting, where we packed the hearings and members testified to the inadequate staffing and impossible workloads.

  • Hundreds of members signed petitions to call for a fair contract. Again many of you took the petitions out to be signed by coworkers.

  • Held Info Pickets at our worksites, to involve and engage our members at our various sites and to let supervisors know that we are engaged and what our demands are.

  • Wore our green T-shirts on solidarity Tuesdays throughout the contract negotiations.

  • Held a call-in day to the commissioners and flooded their phone lines with calls and messages.

  • Distributed thousands of fliers and posters calling for adequate staffing, fair wages, and a fair contract.

  • Held a rally on the last day of negotiations with a “petition banner” stretching 185 feet to “greet” management’s negotiation team and delivered the petitions to the Commissioners and to the County Administrator.

The list could go on and on, but together these and all your efforts showed the strength and commitment of our members, showed management that we are engaged, and let management know our needs for our work conditions, our wages and our contract .

Please stay engaged, we have much more ahead of us to build the strength of our union. If you want to get more involved, please contact myself or other union reps, please come to our monthly Local 34 GA meetings or monthly EEO meetings to find out how to be more involved. Together we are STRONGER! 

~ In Solidarity, Deb Konechne, Local 34 Membership Secretary, Member, EEO Committee 




  AFSCME Local 34             Updated 7/22/2016






AFSCME Local 34 Union News

Local 34 delegation at the AFSCME International Convention: Paul Madison, Andrea Lazo Rice, Grace Molenaar Baltich, Jean Diederich, Brittany M. Bullock and Katherine Kelly.

Did you know? If you are an AFSCME member, you have benefits and discounts available to you. Check them out on the AFSCME web page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on AFSCME Advantage to find what is out there.  

Local 34 regretfully accepted the resignation of Britany Bullock from our Executive Board as she begins a new career working for AFSCME Council 5.  

Miguel Salazar, Local 34 Recording Secretary, is on a 6 month assignment as an acting supervisor. Christina Eichorn will fill in as acting secretary effective 7/1/2016.  

Newsletter Editor: Ali (Alexandra) Marzolf began her duties starting with the June/July 2016 newsletter. Please join us in thanking her for stepping forward to serve in this position. If you have suggestions for newsletter ideas or have an article for a future edition, you can send them to her at Please join us in congratulating Ali and thanking her for all the hard work she will be putting in to the future editions of this important piece of our local’s communications.  

Sing in Solidarity: Join the Twin Cities Labor Chorus for a night of song and solidarity: The chorus is hosting the 4th Annual Twin Cities Labor Sing on July 26 at 7 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul. All donations benefit the library and the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Regional Labor Federations’ Community Services Programs. Make checks out to the: Twin Cities Labor Chorus, P.O. Box 40095, Saint Paul, MN 55104.  

AFSCME Union Social Hours sponsored by EE&O are held the 1st Friday of the month. The next get together, August 5, will be at Mac's Industrial Bar @ 5 pm, 312 Central Avenue N.E., Mpls.  

The next AFSCME Strong Training is scheduled for August 11 at the West Hub. Contact Deb Konechne for more information.

Labor Lunch is on the Road! Please join us for a Labor Lunch at the West Hub!  Wednesday August 17, West Hub, Room 233, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (come anytime on lunch break, information will be repeated). Pizza lunch will be served. Topic:  Why are Wealthy Special Interest Groups Trying to Destroy Our Unions? Please join us for pizza lunch and discussion about the attacks on our unions, what we can do to stand up for our rights as working families.  Come anytime on your lunch break, information will be repeated during the 2 hour span. Organized by the Education Engagement and Outreach Committee (EEO) of the Six Hennepin County AFSCME Locals. ~ Hope you can join us! Deb Konechne, Local 34 Membership Secretary, Member, EEO Committee.

Local 34 Executive Board will consider nominees to fill the vacant at-large position on the Executive Board at its August 17 meeting. Contact Jean Diederich (Local 34 President) if you are interested. The position is open to any Local 34 member in good standing who has paid dues for a year as of August 1st, 2016.

AFSCME Family Picnic: August 21 from 1 to 5 p.m., Battle Creek Regional Park, Maplewood.  

State fair volunteers are still needed. Want to do fun and important work with AFSCME Council 5? We’re looking for volunteers for the Minnesota State Fair. It’s a pretty great day: In return for a 3.5-hour shift at the kiosk sharing your labor values, you get a cool State Fair T-shirt and a free ticket. The rest of the day is yours to munch on cheese curds and pickles on a stick. This year’s Fair runs from Thursday, August 25, until Labor Day, Monday, September 5. If you can be part of this year’s fun, please email for details.  

The annual Local 34 Executive Board Retreat will be held on 9/14/2016.  



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