Can't Win if you Don't Fight

One Strong, United Voice for Workers

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


The unthinkable 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.

The change 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 contract.  Weíve 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 rich.

This toxic change would weaken the Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA).  Without that strong protection, employers can do just about anything they want to public workers.

Please 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.

In solidarity,

Judy Wahlberg Ė President, AFSCME Council 5

Eliot Seide Ė Executive Director, AFSCME Council 5


Minnesota Union Leadership Program

Proud graduates from AFSCME Local 34 Tamika Hannah, Christina Eichorn and MiKayla Handley. 

The 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.



Newsletter (February)

President's blog (February)

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.~ AFSCME


 Local 34 Officers

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Local 34 Contract  

AFSCME Advantage



AFSCME Happy Hour 

First Friday of every month. 5 p.m. Macís Industrial Bar. 

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Can your union reach you when youíre not at work? To make sure we can, we need your personal Ė not work Ė email and phone. Simply fill out the form on Council 5's website.


Council 5 Advocates for excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all workers.

AFSCME Local 34 Facebook is a closed group - Email Amanda Abell for an invite. 

AFSCME women make up close to 60% of the unionís membership.

Workday Minnesota is a project of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota. 

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Labor History in 2:00

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     AFSCME Local 34                   Updated 5/24/2017



The Women of Labor - 25 Women that helped build the Working Class

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 class. Read more


Local 34 Officer Election Results

  • Members at Large (3): Angel Alexander, Kimberly Jorgensen, 

Alex 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.


  • First Vice President: Grace Baltich  

  • Senior Chief Steward : Kenneth W. Garnier  

  • Recording Secretary: David Yang

  • Membership Secretary: Deb Konechne 

  • At-large Members: Angel Alexander, Kimberly Jorgensen 

  • Mpls. Regional Labor Federation Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Grace Baltich, Kay Powell, Kenneth W. Garnier, 

  • Mpls. Regional Labor Federation Alternates (6): Maggie Keating

  • St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Kathy Kelly, Jody Stadler, Deb Konechne, Tamika Hannah, Laura Ross 

  • St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Alternates (6): None

  • Trustee (1): Open

Scholarship Deadline Nears

Thereís 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. 

AFSCME Organizing Days/Labor Lunches

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 dayís wages.

Upcoming Dates/Locations:  

  • June 7 - NW Hub

  • August 16 - West Hub

  • September 14 - North Hub / Northpoint

  • November - South Hub

The last Local 34 Labor Lunch held in February was very successful! We collected 30 new membership cards and over 110 people attended.

Local 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 or or call her at 612-816-4321.  


John Herzog - WEB Developer

AFSCME Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415

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