We are still in need of
replacement for Wes Volkenant. If you think that this is
something you might be interested in, please let me know.
Keep in mind that this a job that can be shared with
another member. Contact Jean Diederich, Local 34
President, for more information.
Blog, - April 2016.
- there is no newsletter for April, 2016.
Membership meeting: May
4, 2016 General Assembly
will be held in HSB Room L14/L15, HSB, 525 Portland Ave,
Minneapolis MN at 5:30 PM.
This is our annual installation of officers and
stewards meeting. Food
will be provided.
Delegates (5) to represent AFSCME Local 34 at
AFSCME’s International Convention to be held in Las
Vegas, Nevada 7/18/16 – 7/22/16 will be elected at the
May 4 General
held in the Health
Services Building, Room L15/L14
. If you are
interested in putting your name forward for this event and
cannot attend the meeting, please contact Jean die4derich,
Local 34 President with that request no later than 12:00
Noon on 5/4/16.
Local 34 members (2) will also be elected to attend the
Netroots Nation Conference to be held in St. Louis,
Missouri from July 14 – 17. The election will be held at
the May 4 General
Membership meeting in
the Health Services Building, Room L15/L14.
If you are interested in putting your name forward for
this event and cannot attend the meeting, please contact
Jean die4derich, Local 34 President with that request no
later than 12:00 Noon on 5/4/16.
Steward Update: Tywanna Gray will be taking a
Leave of Absence from the position of Co-Chief Steward
beginning 4/18. Mara Ssengendo will be filling in as
Co-Chief Steward during this time. All steward related
communications should be direc6ted to Kela Williams and
Mara Ssengendo. If someone expresses interest in becoming
a steward, he/she must be a full member for at least one
year. Please have him/her contact the Chief Stewards.
Please direct steward assistance requests and questions
via e-mail only to both Chief Stewards and they will
contact the member.
One of the issues that has been on the table at
the Capitol for the past few sessions is our pension -
PERA. PERA has a new
Executive Director, Doug Anderson.
It is gratifying to read in the most recent issue
of PERAgraph, the newsletter of the General Plan of PERA,
that Mr. Anderson is a strong proponent of our current
defined benefit plan. He
states that he believes a defined benefit plan provides
more benefits at a lesser cost because you have a larger
investment return over a longer period of time.
This is what our lobbyists from AFSCME have been
saying for years as we work to maintain a plan that is
sustainable and healthy. And
this is one of the reasons why we hold Day on the Hill
each year and why we must remain politically active.
Racial Uplift in a
Jim Crow Local: Black Union Organizing in Minneapolis
Hotels in the 1930s: The
East Side Freedom Library (1105
Paul) invites you to a
presentation by Luke Mielke, Macalester College Honors
Student and Labor Activist. Learn about the courageous
and creative efforts to local African American waiters
during the Great Depression to unionize. They sought not
only to achieve economic security but also to create the
working conditions in which they would be treated with
respect by employers and customers alike. For the past
two years, Luke has dug relentlessly into newspapers,
union records, and oral histories, not just locally but
also in Detroit, New York, and Chicago. He has unearthed
a great labor history story. Come hear it! May
5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Free
Cinco de Mayo at the Government Center May 5:
You're invited to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at the
Government Center with musical group Trio Mexico. The
event takes place Thursday,
May 5, from noon to
1 p.m. on the Public Service Level. Learn how the Battle
of Puebla, a victorious battle led by Ignacio Zaragoza
Seguin over French forces on May 5, 1862, has become a
celebrated holiday. The celebration is sponsored by Project
County AFSCME Union Social! Hosted by EEO, Education,
Engagement, and Outreach - Friday, May
6 at 5;00 PM - El
Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant - 2709 E Lake St, Minneapolis. Please
share this post with your fellow workers!
Food Drive: The National Association of Letter
Carriers (NALC) Stamp
Out Hunger Food Drive will be held on Saturday,
May 14 – put food by your mailbox that
morning. The NALC National Food Drive is the outgrowth of
a tradition of community service exhibited repeatedly by
members of the letter carriers union over the years. These
carriers, who go into neighborhoods in every town six days
a week, have always been involved when something needed to
be done, whether it be collecting funds for a charity like
the Muscular Dystrophy Association, watching over the
elderly through the Carrier Alert program, assisting the
American Red Cross during time of disaster, or rescuing
victims of fires, crime, and other mishaps. For many
years, a number of branches had collected food for the
needy as part of their community service effort. The
national, coordinated effort by the NALC to help fight
hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a
number of leaders at the time, including NALC President
Vincent R. Sombrotto, AFL-CIO Community Services Director
Joseph Velasquez and Postmaster General Anthony Frank. A
pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October of 1991, and
it proved so successful that work began immediately on
making it a nationwide effort.
Harvest Heartland - Stamp Out Hunger – Volunteer
with us on Saturday, May 14, as we partner
with the National Association of Letter Carriers and Cub
Foods to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food
drive: Stamp Out Hunger.
Events to Keep in Mind
5, 2016: Sixth Annual Labor Bowl at the Midway Pro Bowl,
14, 2016: NALC Stamp out Hunger food drive - leave a bag
of groceries by your mailbox
20, 2016: "Blood Fruit", 6:00 PM, Room 356,
United Labor Center, 312 Central Ave SE, Mpls.
17, 2016: "Pride" shown at 6:00 PM at East Side
Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St. Paul
15, 2016: "The Organizer", 6:00 PM, Room 356,
United Labor Center, 312 Central Ave SE, Mpls.
14 -17, 2016: Netroots Nation, St Louis, Missouri
18 - 22, 2016: AFSCME 42nd Annual International
Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
12 -14 & 19 - 21, 2016: Working Partnerships booth
at the Game Fair near Anoka
19, 2016: "Matewan", 6:00 PM at East Side
Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul
21, 2016: AFSCME Family Picnic at Battle Creek
Regional Park, Maplewood
25 - September 5, 2016: AFSCME booth at the
Minnesota State Fair
19, 2016: Working Partnerships Golf Tournament
22 - 24, 2016: AFSCME Council Convention in Bloomington
25 - 27, 2016: Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention in Duluth