How to vote on the County’s LBFO Contract Offer

How to vote on the County’s LBFO Contract Offer

2021 Contract Negotiations!
Taking Care of our Health!
Open Enrollment is coming soon! October 1-31!

Hennepin County has sent AFSCME Members what they are calling their “Last Best and Final Offer” and the table team has not made a recommendation on whether to approve this offer. As members, we must decide how we want to proceed by either accepting or rejecting the offer with the ballots being mailed out.

AFSCME Local 34 Members voting options include: 

  1. Vote by mail – Due to unreliable service due to postal service cuts, it is recommended you get it in the mail by no later than Wednesday, December 8th otherwise plan to bring in person. If you do mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than December 11th.
  2. Physically return your mail ballot to the Council 5 office at 300 Hardman Ave S South St. Paul, MN 55075 by 3pm on Monday, December 13, 2021 OR
  3. Physically return your mail ballot to one of the on-site voting locations within the voting schedule below OR
  4. Vote on-site within the following voting schedule. Council 5 Field Representatives and local member leaders will be on site to answer questions and go through the offer with all voters:

Voting locations and times

BuildingAddressCityZipVoting Date(s) and Time(s)
Adult Correctional Facility, Lobby1145 Shenandoah LanePlymouth55447December 8, 5:30am-7:30am and 5:30pm-7:30pm
Brookdale Regional Center, East Rotunda6125 Shingle Creek ParkwayBrooklyn Center55430December 9, 10am-2pm
Central Library, Atrium300 Nicollet MallMinneapolis55401December 8, 10am-2pm
Government Center, Auditorium300 6th St SMinneapolis55487December 7, 8am-2pm and December 10, 8am-2pm
Public Safety Facility, Suite 235401 4th Ave SMinneapolis55487December 8, 5:30am-7:30am and 5:30pm-7:30pm
Richfield Human Services Satellite, Conference Room 2056625 Lyndale AvenueRichfield55423December 6, 10am-2pm
Ridgedale Regional Center, Main Lobby12601 Ridgedale DriveMinnetonka55343December 6, 10am-2pm

County’s offer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cthrfJC_E2iXFYoKmQOc6RdO6qwQUp_L/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106709732582969007522&rtpof=true&sd=true

President Grace Baltich’s Memo on the County’s offer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xrD3S56l9cSQW2zIfo3sE5JLYmU3oR4F/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106709732582969007522&rtpof=true&sd=true

Contract length: 3 years starting 01/02/2022

General Salary Adjustment (COLA): 2.5% all 3 years (everyone receives)

Progression (raise at EPR): 3% all 3 years to the top

Recognition payment: all staff employed 01/02/2022 will receive a one time payment of $500 

Paid Parental Leave: increase from 3 to 6 weeks fully paid for any parent

Bereavement leave: Removes restrictions and allows individuals to use the 48 hours in whatever increments they need and includes “taking cultural circumstances into account” increasing access to this leave

Enhanced PTO: No change for employees currently on Sick/Vacation, moves all employees who have been hired after 2009 and enrolled on PTO from schedule 1 to schedule 2 increasing their PTO accrual by 2 days a year. In return, ALL new employees hired after 01/01/2023 will be required to chose PTO and no longer have another option.

MetroPass or GoTo: transit subsidy increases from 50% to 70%

“Loser Pays” arbitration: when a grievance is not resolved with the county at a Step 2, the Union has the right to present the case in a legally binding arbitration where an arbitrator (who is a neutral 3rd party) makes the final decision. Currently, the cost for this is shared 50% by the county and 50% by AFSCME Council 5. This change would mean that the “loser” of the case would pay the full amount and if the decision was split (both for and against the Union) it would still be 50/50. (If asked we have had around 8 arbitrations in the last year and the cost is around an average of $5,000 each).

Premium Holiday: When the county has “premium holidays” it sounds like a benefit since we do not have to pay our insurance premium on that paycheck. However, the fact is that the county also does not pay their share which depletes our insurance reserves and only harms us all. The county has agreed to 2 years without a premium holiday of this 3 year contract.

Market Adjustments: These were make to individual job classes, any with a “TA” listed are set and will not change.

The new numbers do not include the 2.5% GSA which would apply 01/02/2021

Local 34 Classifications: If the union accepts these market adjustments, only 6.4% of unit employees will be at the maximum of their range, allowing access to progression for 93.6%.

Chemical Health Counselor

Current 2021: $ 20.475778 – $28.094049

TA to new 2021 salary rate: $20.475778 – $28.950219

CSO Union proposal 34-10

Current 2021: $18.377511 – $24.983085

TA to new 2021 salary: $20.00 – $29.597488  

CSO, Senior – Union proposal 34-10

Current 2021: $17.546993 – $27.664322

 TA to new 2021: $21.611406 – $32.644833

CSO, Principal Union proposal 34-10

Current 2021: $21.388812 – $31.666888

TA to new 2021 $23.837894 – $36.002247

Community Health Specialist

Current 2021: $25.555339 – $35.066122

TA to a new 2021: $25.555339 – $35.922882

Community Health Worker Union proposal 34-13

Current 2021: $17.358384 – $21.384526

TA to new 2021: $20.00 – $25.581293 (narrow range)

Community Health Worker, Senior U34-13

Current 2021: $19.90138 – $29.811884

TA to new 2021: $20.510237 – $31.018262

Dental Asst Union Proposal U34-13 – TA

Current 2021: $18.411804 – $26.97526

TA to new 2021: $20.00 – $29.584310

Dental Hygienist – County Proposal

Current 2021: $26.977403 – $42.011405

TA to new 2021: $30.379432 – $45.904.571

Health Care Quality Improvement Specialist (vacant) – County Proposal

Current 2021: $27.378195 – $39.050471

TA to new 2021: $27.528556 – $41.610314

HSR – Union proposal 34-9

Current 2021: $20.278597 – $27.36855

TA to new 2021: $20.278597 – $29.577915

HSR, Senior – U-34-9, and U34-13

Current 2021: $19.21446 – $34.752132

TA to new 2021: $23.763634 – $35.927987

Interpreter – Union Proposal U34-13 TA

Current 2021: $18.154611 – $26.540175

TA to new 2021: $20.00 – $28.161722

Medical Assistant – Union proposal – U34-13

Current 2021: $17.836335 – $24.171856

TA to new 2021: $20.00 – $25.443053 (narrow range)  

Nurse, LPN – Union Proposal U34-13

Current 2021: $19.728846 – $27.49286

TA to new 2021: $20.00 – $28.146231

Nurse, Public Health – County Proposal –

Current 2021: $27.378195 – $47.482115

County proposal: new 2021: $33.460872 – $50.577337

Social Worker Union proposal U34-8

Current 2021: $27.51215 – $34.253822

County Proposal new 2021: $27.512215 – $39.677417

Social Worker, Senior Union proposal U34-8

Current 2021: $27.97081 – $40.289284

County proposal new 2021: $28.964074 – $43.749922

Social Worker, Child Protection – Union U34-8

Current 2021: $27.035271 – $45.122368

County Proposal new 2021: $31.936232 – $48.237628

Social Worker, Psych Union U34-8

Current 2021e: $27.738266 – $38.117075

County Proposal new 2021: $27.738266 – $39.613812

Social Worker, Psych Sr. Union U34-8

Current 2021: $27.738266 – $44.134319

County Proposal new 2021: $30.437300 – $45.962439

Sterile Proc Tech – Union Proposal U34-13

Current 2021: $17.194424 – $21.534555

TA to new 2021: $20.00 – $23.173598

WIC Public Health Nutritionist – U34-13

Current 2021: $19.90138 – $29.811884

TA to new 2021: $20.531309 – $31.039334

Case Management Assistant – U34-13

Current 2021: $18.918689 – $28.910636

TA to move the minimum rate for 2021 to $20

Record Info Spec –U34-13

Current 2021: $18.918689 – $28.489483

TA to move the minimum rate for 2021 to $20