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United Labor Center, 

 312 Central Ave. SE

Third Friday of the month, 6:00 pm 

Room 356 or 467

Snacks, beer and soda will be available during the films. Donations appreciated!

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

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AFSCME Local 34                   Updated 3/27/2015

April Newsletter is now posted on the Local 34 website.


Education, 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!  

Celebrate 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 past. Organized by the Action & Education Committee of AFSCME Local 34 and Local 2822. Refreshments will be provided.  

Times & Locations:

11:00—1:00 at Century Plaza (Lunchroom), NW Hub (Lunchroom), North Hub (Break Room), Government Center (Room A1412), Brookdale (Meeting Room), Ridgedale (Room 172).

11:30—1:00 at South Suburban Hub (Room 174) and 1800 Chicago (Room N140);

12:00—1:00 at HSB (Room 110) and FJC (3rd Floor)

County to offer paid parental leave!  

The 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.

According 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 and 39. 

Additional 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: Phone: 612-348-4082. 

Local 34 2015 election results! 


The following individuals were elected by uncontested ballot:

Vice President: Laura Ross                              

Recording Secretary: Miguel Salazar

Membership Secretary:  Deb Konechne

Chief Steward: Kela Williams

Mpls. Regional Labor Federation Delegates: Patrick Regan, Grace Baltich, Kay Powell

Mpls. Regional Labor Federation Alternates: Maggie Keating

St Paul RLF Delegates: Kathy Kelly, Tony Parish, Deb Konechne, Tywanna Gray           

Trustee: Greg Bill


Contested race: There 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 be counted.


New 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! 

Council 5 Executive Board opens nominations!  

AFSCME Council 5’s Executive Board is accepting nominations for the following vacancy: West 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.

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 25. We 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 school, etc. Here's a list of ideas!

Labor health & benefit fair!

The 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 fair's website.  


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