Where: MN AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, State
Fairgrounds When: Tuesday,
July 28, 7:00 pm.
Forum on $15 Minimum Wage!
Medicare and Medicaid's 50th Anniversary!
Nurses Association will
host a “BBQ Bash” at Highland Park Picnic Shelter,
1227 Montreal Ave., on July
5:00 m to 8:00 p.m. RSVP
The Daughters of the American Revolution and the East
Side Freedom Library are hosting a screening of the
documentary, Who Built Our Capitol? about the men and
women who constructed the Minnesota statehouse. The
screening will be on Sunday, August
2, from 1
to 2 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105
Greenbrier Street, St. Paul. The event is free and open
to the public.
34 General Assembly meeting! Scheduled for
Services Building, Room 110, 5:30 pm.
A Community Gathering on the
Voting Rights Act 50 Years Later! Come for an evening of
learning, storytelling, and performance art. The
event is free, open to the public, and we hope
to see you there! Thursday, August
PM – 8:00 p.m., Harrison Neighborhood
Association, 503 North Irving Avenue,
for this event.
Your Voices Heard! Union retirees and other
seniors plan to show up in force at an August 29 meeting
of the Democratic National Committee in Minneapolis to
demand that party leaders do more about older adults’
concerns, especially the need to strengthen Social
Security, improve Medicare and assure a dignified
retirement for all, including coming generations. When:
a.m. - Noon. Where: Hilton
Hotel, 1001 Marquette Avenue South. ~ AFL/CIO
next Labor Movie Night is scheduled for August 12, 6:00
p.m. at the United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave SE with
the viewing of ”Citizen Koch”!
Central Ave. SE
Friday of the month, 6:00 pm
356 or 467
beer and soda will be available during the films.
in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over
2000 Social Service employees of Hennepin County.
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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Middle Class At Risk
Gap between Rhetoric and Reality of Republican
Prescriptions for the Economy!
recent decades, dramatic changes have squeezed the
middle class, making it harder and harder for
middle-class families to feel economically secure.
In response to these changes, GOP candidates have
shifted their rhetoric and begun decrying stagnant
wages, inequality, and rising middle class costs.
For example, in his campaign launch speech Jeb
Bush said we need to “make
opportunity common again.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio introduced his tax
plan in an op-ed with Sen. Mike Lee saying, “Too
many Americans believe the American dream is
new report from CAP Action
that despite its new rhetorical shift, the GOP
continues to propose policies that would undercut
economic security for working- and middle-class
families. Even as Republican candidates talk about
restoring the American dream and expanding
opportunity to all Americans, they continue to
embrace the same, failed policies that have led to
middle class Americans being squeezed by rising
costs and stagnant wages.
Decades of failed, trickle-down economic policies
have left middle-class Americans struggling.
Disguising old, top-down policies with new
rhetoric is as disingenuous as it is dangerous. Read
are disappointed that at a time when big
corporations and the wealthy few are
rewriting the rules in their favor,
knocking American families and our entire
economy off-balance, the Supreme Court has
chosen to take a case that threatens the
fundamental promise of America — that if
you work hard and play by the rules you
should be able to provide for your family
and live a decent life.
people come together in a union, they can
help make sure that our communities have
jobs that support our families. It means
teachers can stand up for their students.
First responders can push for critical
equipment to protect us. And social
workers can advocate effectively for
can’t build a strong future if people
can’t come together to improve their
work and their families’ futures. Moms
and dads across the country have been
standing up in the thousands to call for
higher wages and unions. We hope the
Supreme Court heeds their voices.” ~ AFSCME,
NEA, AFT, CTA and SEIU in response to U.S.
Supreme Court granting cert to Friedrichs
34 News / Updates!
34 Vice-President’s Report - Laura Ross! This has been
an eye-opening month for me as a new VP. I have spent a
good bit of time with members in various areas, not only
learning the positives of their work areas, but
interviewing people who are about to start the appeal or
complaint process. Of the new people coming into Child
Protection, a couple of them haven’t made it out of the
induction unit, and a couple more have quit. With the news
of 90—100 new CP workers being hired, it will be
interesting to see how they will be able to hire so many
qualified people, when there is talk in the community
about the difficulties faced, and the pay scale is better
in surrounding counties. This will make for interesting
discussion coming into the contract negotiations!
next Local 34 General Assembly meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday, August 5, Health Services Building, Room 110,
County Negotiations with AFSCME for the 2016-2017 contract
begin on August 10.
series of public meetings have been scheduled regarding
Hennepin County's 2016 budget and property tax levy. There
will be presentations from county staff to the county
board about the proposed budget, followed by public
comments on the proposed budget. Read the August Local 34
newsletter for specific dates and times.
there are 36 active stewards in Local 34 - we have 9
available positions. Contact our Chief Stewards if you
might be interested.
next meeting for AFSCME MN Next Wave is scheduled for
September 12, 11:00 a.m. at the Council 5 office in St.
AFSCME Council 5 picnic takes place Sunday, August
16 at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.
Bring potluck items or a dessert to share! To
learn more: Contact Duane Gatzke at 651-472-2787
are working to identify which of our leaders and members
are veterans of U.S. Military service so that we may
communicate with you about issues that matter to veterans.
fill out this form so that we can get in touch.
Wage in Minnesota!
August 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase again for
Minnesota employers. Here’s what employers need to know
about the minimum wage increase that will soon take
effect: Large employers – whose gross annual volume of
sales made or business done is $500,000 or more – will
need to pay a minimum wage of at least $9.00 per hour.
Small employers – whose gross annual volume of sales
made or business done is less than $500,000 – will need
to pay a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour.
vs. Wisconsin: A Tale of Two States!
that he’s officially running for President,
let's take a look to see just how disastrous
Scott Walker has been for Wisconsin’s economy.
While Walker was busy busting unions and
redistributing wealth to the richest 1%,
Minnesota Governor Dayton was investing in
education and expanding collective bargaining. Read
Momentum Catching Public Eye!
across the country are pointing out the momentum
that our union, AFSCME, and others are gaining.
Why? Because Americans are fed up with the deck
being stacked against them and they’re seeing
how unions are the answer – bringing better
pay, benefits and even happiness! We’ve signed
up more than 140,000 new members during the past
year. Read more about a big threat that’s
looming with the Supreme Court and learn how you
can help make a difference. Read
living wages. Dunkin’ Donuts CEO Nigel Travis,
who gets approximately $4,889 an hour, says $15
an hour for low-wage food industry workers is
outrageous. “Absolutely outrageous.” But
lest you think of Travis as some greedy cretin
from a century or two ago who doesn’t believe
in living wages for workers, he wants to set you
straight. He would be perfectly OK with $12 an
hour, since he thinks that’s a more realistic
living wage. Problem is, Dunkin’ Donuts pays
workers an average of $8.99 per hour. So in
Dunkin’ Donuts CEO Nigel Travis’ world,
$4,889 an hour for the boss is just fine, while
paying workers $15 an hour is somehow bad. He
says it would prevent Dunkin’ Donuts from
hiring new workers. Nigel could fix that problem
himself. He could drop his pay to $150 an hour
and use the rest to hire 315 more workers.
out the Rights Of Average People!
day in America and another billionaire is trying
to use political power to stomp on worker
rights. This time it’s Illinois Governor Bruce
Rauner. He’s proposing legislation to kill
collective bargaining for public workers and to
freeze their wages for five years. He also wants
to get workers to switch their pension plans to
something that pays them less in retirement. The
Illinois legislature is controlled by Democrats
so Rauner’s attack on public worker collective
bargaining in Illinois isn’t likely to
succeed. The Illinois AFL-CIO says “Instead of
continuing his one-man political campaign to
stomp out the rights of average people, Governor
Rauner should be working with legislators of
both parties to find real solutions and revenue
for the critical programs Illinois families
County should care about the workers the way we care
about our communities!
Us! On July 21st, the County Commissioners
told us they would not let us speak. Over 60 members
from the six Hennepin County locals turned out to be
a powerful presence. We requested a mere 12 minutes
for 4 speakers, but the Board said they did “not
have the mechanism” to allow that. Instead
we were told to come to the next
open forum at the County Commissioner Board
Meeting on Tuesday August 4, 1:30 pm on the 24th
Floor of the Government Center. Please Join Us on
August 4th to have our message heard loud and clear.
Commissioners need to hear about the personal and
public cost of inadequate staffing and excess
workloads as well as our concerns about workplace
respect, safety, forced use of personal phones and
other concerns. Some members from many of the six
Hennepin County locals will be doing three minute
presentations. All are welcome to make a three
minute presentation to the board, to show we are
interested in the upcoming contract negotiations and
to request their support of us so that we in turn
may be able to do to our best to serve Hennepin
County. Most important is to be there, to show that
we care about our work conditions and that we are
engaged! Please wear green!! Please pass this on to
other coworkers. Thank you! EE&O
Committee of the six Hennepin County Locals
Engagement, and Outreach! Our contract
campaign is already starting with events planned by our
EE&O Committee. We welcome all members to join us as
we work on those plans and come up with ideas to involve
folks at every work site. Our next meeting is scheduled
for Monday, August 3rd,
5:30 PM in HSB L14/L15. Food is provided so you can feed
your creativity as you come up with a game plan. Any
questions that you have about EE&O should be
directed to Norm Meier, Chair. He can be reached at
County works because we do, and we do good work.
Our Local 34 members who attended the Master
Committee meetings met mid-July to craft our Local 34
supplemental proposal – taking all the ideas and
suggestions offered by you that are specific to our job
classes and the work that we do. That supplemental
proposal, along with the supplemental proposals from the
other locals, will then be added to the general proposal
for the finished document.
Contract Negotiations Schedule!
August 10th - (Union’s first proposal), August
24th - (Management’s first proposal and debate
begins), September 3rd
, September 14th
, October 8th
, October 15th, November 2nd, November 16th.
Our Local 34 Table Team, the folks who
will represent us in negotiations, were appointed at our
General Assembly meeting. Our Table Team members are
Jean Diederich, Alex Erickson, Kenneth W. Garnier,
Tywanna Gray, Kathy Kelly, Maggie Keating and Brenda Louise.
Benefits Manager Jeremy Zajicek is leaving the County
and Labor Relations Director Bill Peters will be
retiring as of September 11, 2015, and will not be
leading this year’s Negotiations with AFSCME. This
means that in the Fall, the AFSCME Business
Representatives will be new, the County Board Chair will
be new, and the County’s Labor Relations Director will
be new - should be an interesting Fall!
for the Contract Survey!
2015 contract negotiations survey is coming to a work
site near you soon.
will be talking to our fellow members about issues that
are important to us as we work on our contract proposal.
We are asking for home email and phone numbers so we are
able to spread any news, get notices of actions, ask for
feedback, etc., in a speedy fashion. Please take the
time to fill out the survey when we stop by.
a great day and thank you for visiting our union's