Local 34 2016 Elections
will be sent a notice about the 2016 officer
elections around the middle of January 2016.
Vicki Moore will serve as the Nominations
Chair and Alex Erickson wills serve as the Elections
will be taken at both the February 3, 2016 and March
2, 2016 General Assembly meetings.
following officer positions will be open for
nominations: President, Vice-President, Chief
Steward, Treasurer, Sergeant At Arms,
Member-at-large (3 positions), Trustee (1 position).
If you think you might be interested please contact
Vicki Moore.You must be a full member for at least
one year to run for an office position.
here to read the election notice.U
The following members were nominated at
the February 3 General Membership meeting:
President (1 position): Jean Diederich
First Vice President (1 position): Kathy
Treasurer (1 position): Angel Alexander,
Sergeant-at-Arms (1 position): Andrea
Senior Chief Steward (1 position): Kela
Members-at-Large (3 positions): Kay
Powell, Brittany Bullock, Christina Eichorn, Alex
Trustee (1 position) (three year term)
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
Delegate (5 positions): Grace Baltich, Wes
Volkenant, Kay Powell – Local 34 President is an
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
Alternate (6 positions) Maggie Keating, Miguel
Salazar, Kenneth W. Garnier
Paul Regional Labor Federation Delegate (5
positions: Kathy Kelly, Laura Ross, Tywanna Gray,
Deb Konechne – Local 34 President is an
Paul Regional Labor Federation Alternate (6
positions): Lindsay Schwab
Student Debt Relief
Council 5 Education Department Presents Student
Debt Relief Clinic *For Union Members*
for Income Based Repayment Programs.
about Public Service Loan Forgiveness.–
out if you qualify to reduce your monthly
payment and work towards getting some of your
24 and 25: 5 to 6:30 PM AFSCME Council 5, S. St
Melinda Pearson to register firstname.lastname@example.org
is limited for this Debt Relief Pilot Program!sc
34 Organizing and Training Days
hope this finds you well, and hope you received my
former email of thanks for all your contributions
to our union and contract campaign.
have set many more organizing and training days
that our union local members may participate in.
You may participate in one, or as many as
you wish. Please RSVP for date that works for you.
Wednesday, February 24th 9-4:30 PM
Government Center Auditorium
dates: March 15, April 14th, May 11, May 12; June
9 and 21st. (locations
to be determined)
have much to do before the Supreme Court makes a
decision about the future of public sector workers
and unions such as ours.
consider attending one our Local 34 AFSCME
trainings and passing the info to your teams and
fellow coworkers. You will get paid your day’s
wages by the union as “Lost Time” and as a
union member you have the right to take time for
union activities. You merely notify or request
from your supervisor in advance (if you typically
do that) that you will be taking the day off (much
like a vacation day).
is provided and parking costs are also covered. I
will send you details on how to get wages and
parking paid once you RSVP that you will attend a
date. RSVP is also important so we have lunch and
materials to accommodate all.
of you may have heard that as workers, especially
in the public sector, we are under attack. The
Supreme Court has taken a case (Friedrichs vs.
California Teachers Association) that could
jeopardize our ability to exercise our rights at
work, and is a deliberate attack on public sector
unions because our unions get us much better wages
and benefits than non-union jobs. All of our focus
in the next months will be to connect with our
coworkers and educate each other on what we are up
against as workers and how we can defend our
rights and our unions.
you so much for all you do to defend our union and
serve our communities!
solidarity, Deb Konechne, Membership Secretary,
William Lucy on How
We Win: Union!
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. William Lucy returned to the
union’s headquarters Feb. 8 to celebrate Black
History Month, declaring that low-wage jobs are
the new slavery and that unions – particularly
AFSCME – are powerful instruments that can bring
people together and elevate dignity and respect
for all working people.
started as just an idea, because we were not
granted the same rights that unions in the public
sector got under Franklin Roosevelt,” he said.
“We’ve had to fight for everything
we’ve gotten, turning our good idea into a great
organization. We’ve empowered African Americans,
and all public service workers.”
was introduced by AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders, who
noted not only his nearly five decades of
leadership with AFSCME, but also Lucy’s work as
the president of Public Service International,
which represents millions of public service
workers around the globe, and how he co-founded
both the Free South Africa Movement and the
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).
was also in Memphis in 1968, working with the
1,300 sanitation workers, standing shoulder to
shoulder with them as they fought for
representation with AFSCME,” President Saunders
said. “This union is in his heart, and his soul,
and his blood.” Read
Discussion Panel – February 18th
labor educator Bill Barry, author of the new book
on internal organizing in open shop environments
“Closing Up the Open Shop”. This event is open
to Union members and to all interested in building
a vibrant labor movement in Minnesota. There will
also be a discussion panel with local leaders
about the Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs
California Teachers Association that could impact
public sector unions in Minnesota.