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in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over
2000 Social Service employees of Hennepin County.
is not just a land of immigrants, it was built by
“foreigners” to reinvent themselves. It's time for a
reality check, America—"Remember always, that all of
us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and
We All Benefit From Unions
advocate for excellence in public services, dignity in the
workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all
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Minnesota is a project of the Labor Education Service at the
University of Minnesota. Workday began publishing in the
summer of 2000 with support from Minnesota's labor
community. It was the first on-line labor news publication
in the United States.
new series of wage increases has increased wages for full-time
workers from $12.85 to $13 an hour and the average for
part-time workers from $9.48 to $10 an hour. Is this a direct
result of the workers movement demanding a more liveable wage?
Walmart will be raising all
employees’ base wages to at least $10 an hour in hopes of
enticing workers to better care for customer service. The
company’s sales have been low lately, leaving the CEO
responsible for making some positive changes.
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excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace with opportunity
and prosperity for all!
Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
meeting 3/4/15, 5:30, HSB 110
8th is International Women's Day
we come marching, marching,in the beauty of the day
million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray
touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun
the people hear us singing, Bread and Roses, Bread and
we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days
rising of the women means the rising of the race
more the drudge and idler that toil where one reposes
a sharing of life's glories, Bread and Roses, Bread and
34 March Newsletteer is now posted on the website
are two reasons for you to become personally involved in
organizing activity outside of your workplace. First, a
healthy, effective union is one in which the members pitch
in to do the work, greatly increasing the people resources
of the union.
no matter how skilled professional union staff may be -
there is an extra measure of credibility when an already
organized employee speaks directly to an unorganized
worker about day-to-day experiences. The successes of
member-to-member organizing are clear. Unions win
representation elections in organizing drives conducted by
So let us
all be missionaries – missionaries for solidarity, for
organizing, for growing our unions and for the fights for
justice. It’s not a new idea, but it’s the right idea.
Organizing the unorganized is the highest priority for
labor, and for all of our hopes for change.
34 2015 Elections! Final
will be taken at the March 4th General Membership
meeting. If you
have been a dues paying member of Local 34 for one year, you
are eligible to seek an office.
Read the 2015
officer election notice.
If you think you might be interested in any of these
positions, please contact Nominations Chair Vicki
Moore or President
for more information.
Netroots Nation will be held in
Phoenix, Arizona July 16 -19, 2015. The central topic
for this year is immigration and social media’s
ability to effect change in the existing policies. A
motion was passed to send up to 2 members to this event.
The delegates will be elected at the March 4th General
Assembly meeting. Please plan to attend that meeting to
put your name forward and to let us know your plans for
utilizing the experience and knowledge gained to help
our local continue our growth.
Stone Johnson Scholarship Dinner! An annual dinner,
held in March, benefits the scholarship program. The
Stone Johnson Scholarship Program
provides financial assistance to racial minority union
members and their families who wish to pursue an education
at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Higher education supporters, labor union activists,
legislators and students participate in the event. The
dinner honors the student recipients and Nellie Stone
Johnson. The next NSJ Scholarship Dinner will be held on
March 26, 2015 at the Prom Center in Oakdale, Minnesota.
The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a Reception and
Silent Auction and Dinner and our Program will begin at
6:30 pm. Local 34 has purchased a table for 8 and will
select members to attend the dinner at the March 4 General
Training for Your Local! Regional trainings
take place the first week of March to help local
leaders strengthen members’ allegiance to each
other and our union. The trainings will hash out
practical steps to fight court threats that would
undermine the ability of AFSCME members to provide
a good life for themselves and their families.
Metro area training takes place in South St. Paul: Friday March 6, AFSCME Council 5 office, 300 Hardman
Ave. S. The
training is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The training is
free, but reservations are required – Contact Jackie
by email or by phone at 651-287-0524.
Use Google to
Your Advantage! Friday March 6 is the
deadline to register for a new skills class from
the Labor Education Service. The class gives an
overview of how to use the vast array of Google
products for union and personal tasks. The
noncredit class will cover Google Docs (creating
and editing documents), Google Drive (saving and
sharing files), YouTube (videos), Picasa (photos),
Google+ (similar to Facebook), Slides
(presentations), Hangouts (live video meetings),
and Blogger (web journaling). Details: “The
Wonderful World of Google” will be taught on
Saturday March 14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Carlson
Room L-117 on the University of Minnesota’s West
Bank campus in Minneapolis. Tuition is $50. You
phone at 612-624-5020
Wave! The AFSCME Next Wave program is an organization
aimed at AFSCME members who are 35 years of age and younger,
who are building the union movement. Upcoming meetings will be
held from 11:00 - 3:00
on March 7, May 9, July 11, September 12 and November
14 (Saturdays) in the Hennessey room at the AFSCME Council 5
office. Kenneth Garnier (Local 34 member) will be co-chairing
Meeting: Greetings from the Education and Engagement
and Outreach Committee of AFSME Locals: 34, 552, 1719,
2822, 2864, 2938 in Hennepin County.
Our next meeting is Monday March 9th, 2015 from
5:30-7:00 pm in Room 111 in the Health Services Building.
We would like to invite you to attend and hope to
see you there. *Also: Please
remember to mark your calendar for the Next Labor Lunch
which will be on March 19th from noon to 1:00 in the
Hennepin County Government Center Auditorium. On behalf of
the EE&O Committee I wish you all the best. ~ Norm
Board Seeks to Fill Vacancy! AFSCME Council 5’s
Executive Board is accepting nominations to fill a vacancy
in East Metro District 5. Nominees must live Dakota,
Goodhue, Ramsey, or Washington County (or work in one of
the counties if they do not live in Minnesota). The term
runs through fall 2016. Submit names to: AFSCME Council 5
Elections Committee, 300 Hardman Ave. S, South St. Paul,
MN 55075. The application deadline is Friday March 13.
-the-Clock - Working for Free! Thursday,
March 19th, 12:00
- 1:00 , Hennepin
County Government Center Auditorium, Pizza
will be provided. Working-off-the-clock
has become a growing concern for workers around the
County. In many departments vacant positions leave
existing employees with more work than they can
complete in a 40 hour work week. Fearing discipline or
termination, many of us are forgoing breaks and not
reporting the actual number of hours we work. The
pressure to do more with less is forcing people to
work for free and to do so in silence.
education and action, front-line workers around the
County are organizing to break this silence. To this
end we have launched two initiatives: Know Your Time,
a mock time-sheet that allows you to calculate the
money you lose by working unreported hours and
forgoing breaks and Off-the-Clock, Without Pay, a
facilitated conversation hosted by the Education,
Engagement and Outreach Committee about the culture of
working for free and how to stop it. Off the clock is part of our ongoing Labor Lunch
series. ~ Alessandra
Fuhrman, AFSCME Local 2822
Month of 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!
Retreat! Local 34 elected 6 members to attend the U of
MN L.E.S. Union Woman’s Retreat at Ruttger’s Bay,
April 22-25: Tywanna Gray, Kay Powell, Deb Konechne,
Sharon Streeter, Elizabeth Allison and Deb O’Neill.
Economic Forecast! The
state can look forward to a nearly $1.87 billion
surplus in the next biennium, Minnesota Management
& Budget (MMB) announced on Friday.
The February Budget and Economic Forecast
shows an increase of $832 million over the surplus
projected in the November forecast.
The twice-annual forecast from MMB provides
a snapshot of the state’s economy and predicts
if the state should have a projected surplus or
budget deficit. MMB
bases its projections on economic growth
estimates, along with tax and spending patterns.
The new biennium begins on July 1, 2015.
After the announcement, Governor Dayton indicated
he would be putting together a supplemental
budget, which will include a recommendation that
$50 million be set aside to implement the
recommendations of the child protection task
is expected to release his supplemental budget
during the week of March 9.
Much Better Minnesota! Education and
Transportation: Governor Dayton has made it
very clear what his top priorities are this
session. After learning that Minnesota’s state
budget surplus has almost doubled, to nearly $1.9
billion, Governor Dayton’s legislative
priorities have not changed. Here is what you need
to know about what the Governor said, and what it
means for the next phase of this legislative
session. Minnesota is truly a success story. With
more than 182,000 new jobs added since 2011, the
5th-lowest unemployment rate in the nation, rising
high school graduation rates, and a nearly $1.9
billion state budget surplus, it’s hard to argue
otherwise. Still, there is a lot more work to do
to connect more Minnesotans with good-paying jobs,
ensure all Minnesota children receive excellent
educations, fix our aging roads and bridges,
improve our transit systems, and secure an even
brighter future for all Minnesotans.
Legislators Support Bill to Modernize Workplace
Looking to ensure workers have a voice in
how much and when they work, a coalition of worker
advocacy groups, social justice organizations,
labor unions and workers joined together with Rep.
Rena Moran to introduce the Fair Scheduling
Legislation. The legislation, designed to bring
Minnesota’s workplace scheduling laws into the
21st century, would require employers to provide
employees with adequate notice of their work
schedules and provide employees with compensation
when a regular or on-call shift is cancelled
within 24-hours. Read
and Senate DFL Leaders Unveil Working Parents Act!
House DFL Leader Paul Thissen, Senate
President Sandy Pappas, and several DFL
legislators unveiled the Working Parents Act, a legislative package aimed at providing
greater opportunity and economic security to
millions of Minnesotans. The package responds to
the real challenges facing working parents and all
Minnesotans in an economy that is tilted against
them. As an example, the number of dual-income
families and single working parents has grown
significantly in Minnesota, yet workplace policies
haven’t kept up, often putting working parents
in the position of caring for a loved one or
forgoing a paycheck. House DFL Leader Paul Thissen
said responding to these core challenges of work
and family is the best way Minnesota can restore
balance for Minnesota parents who are seeking
economic security and a better life. Maybe
you work at a restaurant, a nursing home, or a
Maybe your daughter does.
Or your neighbor.
You know people who are working hard every
day but falling behind every year. The Working
Parents Act will make more possible for them and
the million Minnesotans who want to care for their
families and keep their paychecks.
Bills, Bad Bills - What You Gonna' Do? A
slew of bad bills have been introduced to give tax
breaks to billionaires and corporate giants –
all at the expense of hardworking families who are
struggling to get ahead in Minnesota. The first
bill Republicans introduced is a $250 million tax
cut that largely benefits corporations and wealthy
special interests. Their plan cuts income taxes
for the owners of businesses, but offers not a
dime of relief for the employees whose wages have
stagnated. Another bad bill would repeal the
estate tax for wealthy families who inherit more
than $1.2 million. Worst of all is a plan to phase
out corporate property taxes – with a whopping
price tag of $1.8 billion. These expensive tax
cuts would break the bank and put the state back
on a budget rollercoaster. Of course, we all want
our Minnesota businesses to prosper. But helping
the rich get richer at the expense of the middle
class simply is not an effective strategy to grow
Minnesota’s economy. Now that Govvernor Dayton
has balanced the state budget, it’s time to
invest wisely in education, programs, services and
infrastructure to create a better Minnesota where
everyone can prosper. Ask
your legislators to stop
the tax breaks for billionaires and big
the rich get richer at the expense of the middle
class is simply wrong.
Penalty! Recently, on
a party line vote, a legislative committee voted
to send a tip
penalty bill to the House floor. This bill would
repeal, lower, and freeze the minimum wage for
tipped workers. We don’t freeze the price of
groceries, why would we freeze the minimum wage?
The bill would impose a lower, tip penalty wage on
workers such as restaurant servers. Tips should be
a reward for good service, not an excuse to pay
workers less. Note: An
estimated 48,000 servers, bartenders and other
tipped employees could see their wages cut if the
legislation passes, according to 2013 employment
data compiled by the state. The majority of these
workers are women.
the Minimum Wage! House Republicans renewed
their attacks on hardworking Minnesotans by
advancing a bill to cut and freeze the minimum
wage for tens of thousands of Minnesota workers.
Republicans pay lip service to supporting
hardworking Minnesotans and claim their top
priority is increasing wages for Minnesota
families, but their actions speak louder than
the Federal Communications Commission voted to classify
broadband internet as a Title II telecommunication
utility. This means that strong net neutrality rules will
be put in place that will require all traffic on the
Internet to be treated equally. There will be no “fast
lane” deals for large corporations.
President Barack Obama rejected a bill to approve
construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This was
only the third time in his presidency that he has used his
veto power. Since being proposed six years ago, the
pipeline has been protested by environmental activists all
over the country, who have staged countless marches and
actions to promote awareness about the negatives and
grossly-exaggerated positives associated with the project.
both of these issues are far from over, these victories
illustrate the power of social awareness and activism.
When we come together for a united cause we can accomplish
things that seem impossible. These victories give us
reason not to give up and give in to the powers of
corruption. ~ Nation
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