Win if you Don't Fight
Strong, United Voice for Workers
in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over 2000 Social
Service employees of Hennepin County
has happened. While
negotiating the bill to fund state agencies, Republicans
inserted language that would cripple the right of state
employees to bargain wage increases and health insurance.
would force us to negotiate with the legislature, making it
nearly impossible to get a fair contract.
In effect, it would require a pro-worker governor, a
pro-worker House and a pro-worker Senate to gain approval of a
enjoyed that trifecta only once in the last 37 years.
The rest of the time, right-wing politicians have
argued that our wages are too high and our benefits are too
change would weaken the Public Employment Labor Relations Act
that strong protection, employers can do just about anything
they want to public workers.
call Governor Dayton right away at 651-201-3400 or
1-800-657-3717 (toll free).
Ask him to veto the State Government Finance Bill.
Tell him that AFSCME needs a goalie to protect our
right to bargain higher wages and health insurance.
Ė President, AFSCME Council 5
Eliot Seide Ė
Executive Director, AFSCME Council 5
Union Leadership Program
Proud graduates from AFSCME Local 34
Tamika Hannah, Christina Eichorn and MiKayla Handley.
Minnesota Union Leadership Program (MULP) is an eucational
program designed to help unions develop and strengthen
leaders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to
address the challenges faced within the labor movement.
Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months,
participants study the labor movement -where we have been,
where we are, and where we are going. With each session,
emerging and established union leaders build relationships
and network with their fellow class members, using a
participatory approach that values each otherís
experiences and knowledge. Previous class members have come
from multiple labor organizations and varied positions.
Friday of every month. 5 p.m. Macís Industrial Bar.
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AFSCME Local 34
The Women of Labor - 25 Women that helped build the
Labor history is
full of contributions from women. Sometimes these
contributions were a lifetime dedication to unions and
civil rights, other times they gave their lives for the
movement. But too often, unions are looked upon as menís
organizations, but in 2014, 45.5% of unions, 6.6 million
members, were women. (Note:
25% of the traffic to the Voices of Labor website
are women.) We need to recognize these contributions and
encourage women to become more involved in their unions.
Celebrating Womenís History one month out of the year is
not enough, we must celebrate year round. At Voices of
Labor, we can see every day what women have done for our
movement. But if you donít have time to read daily, here
is a list of 25 women who played an important part in
building the labor movement.
They are in no particular order, so please donít
think the first is any better than the last. They each
played an important role in the building of the working
34 Officer Election Results
Erickson, Elections Chair,
noted that we have a tie for the 3rd Member-at-Large
seat. A run-off election between Alexandra
Marzolf and Remy Huerta-Stemper beginning 5/8/17.
Mail ballots must be postmarked by no
later than Monday, 5/22/17. Ballots will be
counted by the Elections Committee at the
Local 34 office on Thursday, 5/25/17.
FOLLOWING RESULTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.
Vice President: Grace Baltich
Chief Steward : Kenneth
Secretary: David Yang
Secretary: Deb Konechne
Members: Angel Alexander, Kimberly
Mpls. Regional Labor Federation
Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Grace Baltich, Kay
Powell, Kenneth W. Garnier,
Mpls. Regional Labor Federation
Alternates (6): Maggie Keating
Paul Regional Labor
Federation Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Kathy
Kelly, Jody Stadler, Deb
Konechne, Tamika Hannah, Laura
Paul Regional Labor
Federation Alternates (6): None
still time to apply for a Nellie
Stone Johnson Scholarship,
which honors the famous labor activist. Itís open to
minority students from union families attending a school in
the Minnesota State system. At least 30 scholarships will be
given out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
scholarship. The renewable scholarships are for up to $1,200
a year for full-time students and up to $500 for part-time
students. Applications must be postmarked by June 1.
Organizing Days/Labor Lunches
All are welcome! Anyone who wants to learn
more about or get a feel for union organizing or
get more involved in our union.
One day in the months of February, March,
May, June, August, September, November
Konechne know. Ask for the day
off, take Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP) and
our union pays your dayís wages.
last Local 34 Labor Lunch held in February was
very successful! We collected 30 new membership
cards and over 110 people attended.
34 doubled our number of Member Action Team (MAT)
leaders in the past quarter. Contact Deb Konechne
if you may be interested. Local
34 will continue our efforts to develop Member Action
Teams (MAT) during 2017. The structure is aimed at
fostering communication, networking and organizing for
our members. Our goal is to have 80 MAT leaders by the
end of 2017. Contact Deb Konechne, Local 34 Membership
Secretary for more information and to express your
interest in becoming a MAT leader. Contact Deb at email@example.com
or call her at 612-816-4321.
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