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,
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.
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
or 612-816-4321 to learn how to request the day off using
SLWOP and be paid for the day by the union.
strong events are also scheduled for 9/14 at the North Hub
and TBD in November at the South Hub.
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
Blee Alarcon has been appointed as a new steward effective
next Stewards’ Training is scheduled for 10/9/17.
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:
at the 2017 MN State Fair with AFSCME Council 5
fair runs from Thursday, August 27th until Labor Day,
Monday, September 4th.
are: 9 a.m.—12:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m.—4 p.m., and 4
Council 5 pays for your admission and provides a free
T-shirt for volunteers.
Lynette Kalsnes, Communications Coordinator with
Council 5, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 day’s wages.
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.