Engagement and Outreach Committee
We wish to remind and invite everyone to the upcoming EE&O meeting
which is this coming Monday evening March 30 from
5:30-7:00 in Room 111 of the Health Services Building
which is located at 525 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis.
What a great turn out at the Labor Lunch!
Thanks to all who were able to attend.
The Auditorium was filled with people who care
about their Union and their careers and being able to
deliver the best possible services to the residents of
Hennepin County and shared in serious discussion about how
this is impacted by wage theft.
The impact of wage theft is very damaging and the
information that was shared is powerful testimony that
this issue needs to be addressed.
This meeting is a follow up to the Labor Lunch that was recently held
regarding Wage Theft. We
will be reviewing information members have shared about
wage theft and how they are impacted.
As was discussed at the labor Lunch the data
collected is very important.
Be sure to continue to fill out the time sheets and
encourage your so-workers to fill out the time sheets.
When completed please refer to the information on
the back side of the time sheet on how or where you can
submit your time sheet. Again,
this data is important in helping all of us and united
together we can make a difference.
Have a great day and we hope you can attend the meeting on Monday March
30. ~ The Education, Engagement and Outreach Committee (EE&O)
of all six Hennepin County AFSCME Locals.
Workday Break - It’s Your Right! You Deserve It!
the History of the Labor Movement and the Struggle for the
8-Hour Work Day! May 1st is International
Workers Day. Come and celebrate the benefits we enjoy
because of unions fighting for worker’s rights in the
Organized by the Action & Education Committee of
AFSCME Local 34 and Local 2822. Refreshments will be
at Century Plaza (Lunchroom), NW Hub (Lunchroom), North
Hub (Break Room), Government Center (Room A1412),
Brookdale (Meeting Room), Ridgedale (Room 172).
at South Suburban Hub (Room 174) and 1800 Chicago (Room
at HSB (Room 110) and FJC (3rd Floor)
to offer paid parental leave!
Hennepin County Board approved a policy to offer
paid parental leave to new parents. The county
policy will be implemented May 1, 2015 and
provides up to three weeks (120 hours) of 100
percent paid parental leave to eligible parents
following the birth or adoption of a child. The
policy will be used as a tool to attract and
retain employees and give parents additional
flexibility and time to bond with their new
children, adjust to their new family situations,
and balance their professional obligations.
to the National Partnership for Women and
Families, 12 percent of workers in the United
States had access to paid family leave through
their employers in 2014. Over the past several
years, Hennepin County has experienced an
increased number of retirements. Analysis of the
new hire demographic data shows 65 percent of all
newly hired employees fall between the ages of 20
information regarding policy details, eligibility,
application process, and FAQs can be found on the paid
parental leave web page.
Questions? Contact Human Resources Leave and
Accommodation Management (LAM) Office: Email: HR.LAM.Office@hennepin.us
34 2015 election results!
following individuals were elected by uncontested
President: Laura Ross
Secretary: Miguel Salazar
Steward: Kela Williams
Regional Labor Federation Delegates: Patrick Regan, Grace
Baltich, Kay Powell
Regional Labor Federation Alternates: Maggie Keating
Paul RLF Delegates: Kathy Kelly, Tony Parish, Deb
Konechne, Tywanna Gray
is one contested race for Executive Board Member at
Large: There are three open positions and four candidates:
Kenneth W. Garnier, Sharon Streeter, Angel Alexander,
Mohamed Falag. Voting for any
contested races will be done by mail-in ballot in the
following manner: Beginning Monday, March 30th a ballot
will be mailed to each member’s last known address. A
self addressed stamped envelope and a balloting envelope
will be provided to return the marked ballot. All offices
will be voted on by the general membership. Members will
have until Monday, April 27th to return their marked
ballot. Any ballots postmarked after April 27th will not
Local 34 staff representative!
Matt Nelson has served
as the staff representative to Local 34 for the past 15
years. Prior to that time, Matt was a Hennepin County
Financial Worker and Chief Steward for Local 34. A new
staff representative for our local is yet to be appointed.
We wish to convey our deepest thanks and appreciation to
brother Matt for all his years of service to the members
of Local 34. He will truly be missed! We wish him well in
his new assignment. Matt's last meeting with Local 34 will
be the April
1 General Membership meeting.....stop by to
wish him well!
Board opens nominations!
5’s Executive Board is accepting nominations for
the following vacancy:
Metro District 6: Nominees must live in Anoka,
Carver, Hennepin, Scott, or Wright County (or
work in one of the counties if they do not
live in Minnesota). Friday April 10 is the
deadline to submit nominations for District 6
vacancies. Submit names to: AFSCME Council 5
Elections Committee, c/o Michelle Stein, 300
Hardman Ave. S, South St. Paul, MN 55075. The term
for all the seats runs through fall 2016.
service - keeping the dream alive!
Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated in Memphis in 1968 after marching with our fellow
AFSCME members, the sanitation workers who were on strike as
they fought to improve their lives by improving their working
conditions. To commemorate the sacrifices of the sanitation
workers and Dr. King, Council 5 is organizing a “month of
service” this spring. The goal is a unified, statewide
effort showing how we AFSCME members improve lives in our
communities when we are off the clock. The plan is for members
to take part in a volunteer or community service activity
where we work or live between March 25th and April 24th.
It all concludes with a one-day
project and celebration in the Twin Cities on Saturday April
can do this with coworkers, families and friends and may be
some-thing that we are already doing such as keeping our block
clean, serving in a food kitchen, helping at your child’s
a list of ideas!
health & benefit fair!
Labor/Management Health Care Coalition invites all
union members and their families to “Spring
Fever! The 2015 Labor Health & Benefit Fair”
coming Saturday, March 28, to the
Minneapolis Convention Center. The event runs
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free for all union
members and their families. The fair, now in its
ninth year, focuses on incorporating good health
practices into family life. The 2015 event will
feature more than 75,000 square feet of health
information, education, cooking demonstrations and
activities focused on improving health. Doctors,
nurses and pharmacists will answer questions and
offer health education and screenings.
Kids’ activities will include face painting,
jugglers and more. The Health & Benefit Fair also will offer
$10,000 in giveaways and prizes for both adults
and children. The Labor Health & Benefit Fair
is the largest of its kind in the nation. For more
information, visit the