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Established in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over 2000 Social Service employees of Hennepin County

Newsletter  (August, 2017)

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   Calling all future Local 34 Stewards!! 

Are YOU interested in learning more about the grievance process? Would you like to become more involved in our local, while also acting as a resource for your peers? Become a Local 34 Steward! Stewards act as a union representative for members during investigatory meetings, grievance hearings and more. If you would like more information, please contact Senior Chief Steward Kenneth W. Garnier (South Regional Service Center) and/or Junior Chief Steward Brian Olson (Northwest Regional Service Center).

AFSCME has made a commitment to getting back to organizing basics, building power at the grassroots level and hearing the unique concerns of every public service worker in one-on-one conversations. As a union, we will never quit fighting for the respect and opportunity public service workers deserve, because public service workers never quit on our communities.

Closed group: Email Amanda Abell for an invite



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     AFSCME Local 34                   Updated 8/14/2017





AFSCME Council 5 Convention: Local 34 received the official convention call for the convention and we are entitled to 93 delegates. The local voted to send our full complement of delegates this year. The convention will be held October 5, 2017 – October 7, 2017 in Duluth MN. We held an election of delegates to the convention at our August 2, 2017 General Assembly as noted in several emails sent out by the President and information posted on our web site. We had the names of 55 members putting their names forward for the election and the membership voted to elect them as delegates. The members attending that meeting authorized Local 34 President Jean Diederich to appoint an additional 38 members to bring us up to our full complement of 93 delegates with a deadline of August 14.

Executive Board vacancy:  The Local 34 Executive Board will fill the position of Vice President with a special election at our August 16, 2017 meeting. That meeting is held at HSB 917 at 5:30 PM. Any dues paying member in good standing is eligible to put their name forward for that election. If you would like to know more about what the duties and responsibilities the position are please contact President Jean Diederich. If you are interested in being a candidate for the position please contact Jean by no later than August 14, 2017.

AFSCME Strong: Local 34 seeks members to volunteer for an “AFSCME Strong” event Wednesday, August 16 at Hennepin County’s West Hub regional service center, 1011 - 1st Street South, Suite 108, Hopkins. Volunteers will spend the day inviting AFSCME members to a same-day labor lunch and chatting with peers about how they perceive their work environment and answering labor-related questions. Prospective volunteers should contact Local 34 membership secretary Deb Konechne at or 612-816-4321 to learn how to request the day off using SLWOP and be paid for the day by the union.  

AFSCME strong events are also scheduled for 9/14 at the North Hub and TBD in November at the South Hub.

Local Union Leadership Academy: What: Leadership teams of locals from Council 5 and Council 65 participate in a two-day program designed to give them the knowledge and tools needed to build strong, active and effective local unions. Where: Kelly Inn, St. Cloud  When: September 15th—16th, 2017. Please contact Jean Diederich if you have interest in attending the September LULA event or future events. Local 34 will cover one day’s lost time and mileage reimbursement.

New steward: Julio Blee Alarcon has been appointed as a new steward effective 7/1/17.

Steward Training: The next Stewards’ Training is scheduled for 10/9/17.

Member Action Team meeting: The next MAT meeting is 10/18. All are welcome. Contact Deb Konechne for more information.

Volunteer at the 2017 State Fair:

  • Volunteer at the 2017 MN State Fair with AFSCME Council 5

  • The fair runs from Thursday, August 27th until Labor Day, Monday, September 4th.

  • Shifts are: 9 a.m.—12:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m.—4 p.m., and 4 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

  • Perks: Council 5 pays for your admission and provides a free T-shirt for volunteers.

  • Contact: Lynette Kalsnes, Communications Coordinator with Council 5,

AFSCME Summer Picnic: Save the date - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - for the AFSCME Family Picnic. It will be held from 1:00- 5:00 PM at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood. All members and their families are welcome to attend. Burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided. The first 100 kids will receive free Water Park tickets. Please bring other foods and desserts to share. Volunteers are needed to help with the various activities and duties. Please contact Duane Gatzke at 651-472-2787 or if you have questions or are able to volunteer. He would love to hear from you!  



AFSCME Organizing Days

Who: All are welcome! Anyone who wants to learn more about or get a feel for union organizing or get more involved in our union.

When: One day in the months of February, March, May, June, August, September, November

How: Let Deb Konechne know. Ask for the day off, take Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP) and our union pays your day’s wages.

Upcoming Dates/Locations:  

  • August 16 (All Day Event) - West Hub

  • September 14 - North Hub / Northpoint

  • November - South Hub

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 or or call her at 612-816-4321.  




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AFSCME Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415 was first created on 4/29/2001. 

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