Domestic Violence Resource
Must Do More To Protect Women From Violence!
is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and with it coming
to a close we wanted to share a new resource on this important
issue. Earlier this month The Center for American Progress
a new website that provides state-specific information about
the intersection of gun violence and domestic violence and
highlights the work of partner organizations such as Americans
for Responsible Solutions, the National Domestic Violence
Hotline, and Everytown for Gun Safety. The website supports
the work of the Protect All Women Leadership Network, a
national network of women leaders seeking solutions that
protect women from gun violence and keep guns out of the hands
of dangerous abusers and stalkers. Check out ProtectAllWomen.org
follow the conversation online at #ProtectAllWomen.
Line: From 2001 to 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in
this country by an intimate partner using a gun - more than
the total number of U.S. troops killed in action during the
entirety of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We must
do more to prevent stalkers and domestic abusers from having
easy access to guns - it’s an issue that is too important to
ignore. ~ The Progress Report
Local 34 Member News
in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over
1900 Social Service employees of Hennepin County.
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workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all
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the gains we've made for working families!
is what democracy is all about - voting. There's so much
at stake this year for women, for students, for seniors
and for working families that every vote will matter. When
more people know the issues and get out to vote, then
democracy works -- and we can help it work.
the temperature is dropping, the election season is
heating up. Soon we will be voting to decide the future of
Minnesota. Will we keep moving our state forward for
Dayton and DFL majorities have made astounding progress
during the last two years by creating an economy that
works better for everyone. They approved contracts with
pay raises for state employees. They raised the minimum
wage to lift hardworking families out of poverty. They
leveled the economic playing field for women. They made
sure every child has access to free all-day kindergarten. They passed property tax relief for middle-class
homeowners. They required the richest two percent to pay
their fair share of income taxes. And they turned a budget
deficit into a surplus! ~ AFSCME Council 5
Time off for voting on Election Day - November 4th
20 of our Local 34 Contract: “An employee who is entitled
to vote in any election, as defined in M.S. 204C.04, subd 2,
may absent himself/herself from his/her work for the purpose
of voting during such election day for a period not to
exceed two (2) hours without deduction from salary on
account of such absence, provided the employee has made
prior arrangements for the absence with the Employer.
Any employee making claim for time off for voting and
not casting a ballot or utilizing the time off for
unauthorized purposes shall be subject to disciplinary
let your supervisor know now if you plan to take the time
off for voting. S/he needs that time to make sure that
your team/unit has adequate staffing to meet your area’s
website makes voting easier than ever!
the new website launched by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary
of State, makes it easier than ever to vote in the November 4
elections. Minnesotans can register online, request absentee
ballots, find their polling places and more. Read
a list of candidates
endorsed by local AFSCME PEOPLE committees.
you want to volunteer with other AFSCME members and
retirees to support candidates who support us, call
AFSCME Council 5’s Jon Grebner: 651-287-0587.
News From Your Union! Hennepin
County has agreed that there will be no premium
increase for all health plans in
2015. This is in part due to the extraordinary
performance of the self-insurance plan
negotiated four years ago. It also has to do
with members being healthier, so all those
wellness activities are starting to pay off.
Hennepin County Medical Center/NorthPoint is a new
network option available with Advantage! Find out
more about this network for Hennepin County
employees that will cost 10% less than the
Standard plan and 5% less than other Advantage
plans. You will need to have
your health incentive activities
completed before the end of the business day on
Care Open Enrollment Begins: November 10, 2014
Ends: November 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m. Open enrollment
is your opportunity to review your benefits
elections, make changes, enroll in flexible
spending and enroll or cancel eligible dependents
in your health or dental plans. During open
enrollment you can:
in or change health insurance plans.
in the voluntary dental plan.
or waive coverage for yourself or eligible
or re-enroll in a flexible spending account
(requires annual enrollment).
in the vacation-PTO cash out program.
34 dues Increase proposed! The
Budget & Finance Committee reported
that meetings have commenced for the year, and
the committee has been diligently working to flesh out
what a membership dues increase would look like,
based on 2015 wages. A presentation of the
with discussion will be presented
at the November 5th General Membership meeting.
That meeting will be held in HSB 110 at 5:30 p.m.,
and is open to all of our members.
After discussion and questions/answers by the
members present at the meeting, the
membership will then vote on the dues amendment to our
Issues of the Local 34 Newsletter!
The Executive Board has decided
that beginning with the October 2014 issue, our newsletter will no longer be distributed in paper
version to each individual member. The PDF version will be
made available to each of you through e-mail links
via unit representatives. We
are in the process of building an “e-tree” – similar
to a phone tree but with e-mail addresses – with a
contact from every team/unit in our local to receive
notices of the newsletter being ready, flyers, etc. and
then share them with the team/unit. If you are
willing to serve as that person for your unit, please send
an e-mail to Kay Powell, email@example.com.
Our goal is to be able to get our information shared
as quickly as possible.
Until that system is in
place you can contact our Newsletter Editor, Wesley
and he will email you a notice once the
newsletter has been posted on the Local 34
can also view all copies of our Local
dating back to 2002 on this website. A shorter
version of our newsletter will also be posted on
all union bulletin boards in your work areas.
Budget Briefings! The County Board will begin their
Department briefings prior to setting the 2015 budget and
maximum tax levy. Here
is the schedule.
Consider sitting in on the briefing for your department.
Wear green. Bring coworkers. Fill up the seats. Pay
attention. Keep in mind that County Administrator David
Hough's proposed budget will add 120 new positions as of
1/1/15. According to Human Resources Director, Rafe
Viscasillas, they are supposed to be all line staff, - and
he said that I could quote him on that. We know that 30
are slated for Social Worker positions, 2 for Child
Support and some for Human Service Representatives as well
as 22 or so for Probation Officers. It will be interesting
to see how those numbers add up on 1/1/15. ~ Jean
Diederich, President, Local 34
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Could Save $7.6 Billion By Raising Minimum Wage! A
new report from the Economic Policy Institute says the
government could save $7.6 billion on public benefits to
workers living in poverty if the minimum wage went up to
$10.10 an hour. The report said if the federal minimum
wage had kept pace with productivity growth since the
1960’s – the last time it was tied to inflation –
it would be $18.42 today.
Reasons to Stay in Child Protection Social Work!
This is not a short-term career and the profession needs
experienced workers, so give it a good run. No two days
will ever be the same. The variety of children,
families, complex problem-solving, situations and
locations will keep your brain moving at a pace. You
will be in a process of continuous learning for as long
as you stay in the job. Read
Minneapolis Unions Launch Campaign over Unsafe
Conditions At Ridgedale Center Mall! A 28-union
coalition is launching a “Shop at Your Own Risk”
campaign in Minnetonka warning of safety problems at the
Ridgedale Center shopping mall renovation project. The
unions are launching a mobile safety information
campaign aimed at mall customers after the mall owner
– General Growth Properties – failed to adequately
respond to the safety concerns. Dan McConnell is the
Business Manager of the Minneapolis Building and
Construction Trades Council. The Minneapolis Building
and Construction Trades Council has distributed letters
to businesses in the mall informing them of the safety
problems and the coming union campaign about them. The
union coalition is also launching a web site called “ShopAtYourOwnRisk.com”
to highlight the safety issues.
Parental Leave Policy! St. Paul is poised to become
the second city in Minnesota (after Brooklyn Park) to
offer paid maternity leave to city employees. A
resolution that has the unanimous support of the city's
seven council members "would provide four weeks
paid salary to the birthing employee mother and two
weeks paid salary to the non-birthing employee parent or
adoptee employee parent. Read
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