agreement on a new two-year contract for
State of Minnesota employees includes a 2 percent raise
effective July 1; another 2.25 percent raise on July 1,
2018; and steps both years.
That means employees with annual step increases
could see their pay increase by 9.25 percent by the time
the proposed contract expires June 30, 2019. AFSCME’s
master bargaining team is unanimously recommending
recommendation first goes to the elected Delegate Assembly
on July 28. Members
then will vote on the contract proposal in August. The
tentative agreement also includes significant improvements
in health and dental insurance.
Combined with raises and steps, workers will get
ahead economically with this proposed contract. The
proposed contract also guarantees six weeks of paid
parental leave, a benefit that will save the average state
employee $6,200 in lost wages and give parents priceless
time to bond with newborn and adopted children.
The employer estimates that 500 mothers and fathers
will take advantage of this recruitment and retention
benefit each year.
minimum wage proposal: A four year
grassroots campaign to enact a $15 per hour minimum wage
in the city of Minneapolis is approaching a dramatic
conclusion. The City Council's final vote on the $15
minimum wage proposal was scheduled for Friday,
June 30 at 9:00 a.m.
Co-op workers support unionization: Seward
Co-op workers organizing with UFCW Local 653 submitted
union authorization cards signed by 220 workers to the
National Labor Relations Board June 7 - 75 percent of the
pops concerts: The 68th season of free
outdoor concerts presented by the Minneapolis Pops
Orchestra begins Saturday, July 1 with a 7:30 p.m.
performance at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The members of
the Pops Orchestra are members of the Twin Cities
Musicians Union Local 30-73. The Pops' Lake Harriet
concerts will continue through July 30, with performances
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 5:30 p.m.
outdoor Minnesota Orchestra concerts: The
Minnesota Orchestra's "Symphony for the Cities"
series will present four free outdoor concerts in July.
The Orchestra will perform Monday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. at
the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis. The Orchestra
will perform Wednesday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hilde
Performance Center in Plymouth. The members of the
Minnesota Orchestra are members of the Twin Cities
Musicians Union Local 30-73.
"Labor Movie Night" film series
at the East Side Freedom Library will screen
"Brothers on the Line" (USA, 2012, 81 minutes) Tuesday
July 11, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
The award-winning documentary tells the story of the
Reuther brothers — Walter, Roy, and Victor — and their
role in the founding and growth of the United Auto Workers
Director Retirement: Council 5
Executive Director, Eliot Seide, has announced his
intent to retire after serving our labor movement for
the past 38years. He intends to continue serving in his
position until a new director is hired and will be part
of the transition period once we have a new person in
place. The Council 5 Executive Board, by terms of our
Council 5 Constitution, is the hiring entity for this
position. President Judy Wahlberg will head up the
Hiring Committee which is comprised of the four Chair
Officers - President Wahlberg, Vice President Mike
Lindholt, Secretary Mary Falk & Treasurer Nickson
Nyankabaria – plus ten Executive Board members - Jeff
Couillard, Gerald Firkus, Dennis Frazier, Pat Guernsey,
Jennifer Guertin, Eric Hesse, Cherrene Horazuk, Delphine
Steiner, Jacqueline Terry and Jean Diederich. The job
will be posted nationally. We have a series of meetings
scheduled between now and September to work on the
hiring process, review applications and conduct initial
interviews of applicants. The final interview of
candidates will be conducted by the full Council 5
Executive Board in September. This will be a daunting
process as we look to find someone to fill the HUGE
shoes being vacated by Director Seide. He helped to
guide us through our merger into Council 5 over 11 years
ago and has served as our mentor, guide, lodestone,
leader, spokesperson, cheerleader, role model, chief
cook & bottle washer over that time as we grew into
the strong, effective Council that we are today.
Scholarship Winner: Congratulations
to Asia Yang, child of Sirynoise Yang from our local,
winner of a 2017 AFSCME Family Scholarship. Asia is
graduating from Roseville Area High School this year. If
we obtain permission to do so we will run Asia's essay
in next month's newsletter.
Summer Picnic: Save
the date - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - for the AFSCME
Family Picnic. It will be held from 1:00- 5:00 PM at
Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood. All members and
their families are welcome to attend. Burgers, hot dogs
and soft drinks will be provided. The first 100 kids
will receive free Water Park tickets. Please bring other
foods and desserts to share. Volunteers are needed to
help with the various activities and duties. Please
contact Duane Gatzke at 651-472-2787 or
if you have questions or are able to volunteer. He would
love to hear from you!
you to Leah Hicks, Tequia Brown and Wes Volkenant for
their service to our local. They have promoted to a job
class out of our bargaining unit. Leah served as one of
our Good & Welfare contacts. Tequia served as a
steward. Wes served as a Membership Secretary, Vice
President and Newsletter Editor. We are grateful for
their hard work on our behalf over the course of their
years as members of our local. Please join me thanking
them for that service and wishing them well with their
new job classification.
Minnesota Union Leadership Program (MULP)
applications for the 2017 - 2018 class. This program is
coordinated by Labor Education Services (LES) and is
offered in cooperation with the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Staff
from LES lead the training which has experienced
speakers from the labor movement and allied community.
Participants in the program gain and develop leadership
skills as they build relationships and network with
their classmates. The course consists of six days of
classes beginning with a two day session in October 2017
followed by four one day sessions between December 2017
and May 2018.
Local 34 will once again sponsor members
to be part of the 2017 - 2018 series if their
application is accepted by LES. You must complete the
application which can be found at https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/LES. If your application
is approved, LES will then contact our local to see if
we will support your participation in the program. That
support consists of covering the $1500.00 tuition as
well as lost time, mileage and parking to attend all six
sessions of the program. Local 34's request is that any
member who submits an application make a firm commitment
to attend & fully participate in all six days of the
program AND make a firm commitment to participate in
Local 34 union activities.