Strong, United Voice for Minnesota Workers
•*In the early-morning hours
of Inauguration Day, janitors who clean Home Depot stores in the
Twin Cities will go on strike, protesting not only the poverty wages
paid by their cleaning-contractor employer, but Trump’s
anti-worker agenda as well. Striking workers are members of the Twin
Cities worker center CTUL. Join
them on the picket line beginning at 5:30 a.m. at the Quarry store,
1520 New Brighton Blvd.,
* Friday afternoon, organizers
plan to march in opposition to Trump’s “racist agenda,” from
the intersection of Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue to Minneapolis
City Hall. The “Resist
from Day 1” march
will begin at 2:00 p.m., with plans to reach City Hall by 5:00 p.m.
Several unions and labor organizations have endorsed the action,
including AFSCME Council 5, SEIU Local 26 and the St. Paul Regional
* In solidarity with the Women’s
March on Washington happening
the same day, activists will stage the "Women’s
in St. Paul, culminating with a rally on the Capitol grounds. The
Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) and IATSE
Local 13 are co-sponsors of the march, set to launch at 11:00 a.m.
from St. Paul College.
Local 34 General Membership meeting, HSB Room 110, 5:30 p.m.
in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over 2000 Social
Service employees of Hennepin County
Lunch at entury Plaza
Friday of every month. 5 p.m. Mac’s Industrial
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launches new labor history website
Munt, Council 5 Public Affairs Director, wrote and
directed the performances. "Worker rights,
civil rights and human rights are all connected,"
said Munt. "Now, more than ever, we must
remember who we are and what we fight to protect as a
labor movement. We hope AFSCME Roots will help
working people do that."
historic figures brought to life in six vignettes are: Sojourner
Truth, a former slave who struggled to free other African
Americans, performed by Sametta Hill; Mother
Jones, the iconic miner and child worker organizer, voiced
by Sara Franck; Pauline
Newman, garment worker and lesbian rights pioneer,
interpreted by Mary Falk; Eugene
Debs, railroad organizer and Socialist presidential
candidate, portrayed by Dennis Frazier; Bayard
Rustin, gay civil rights leader and strategist, played by
Vaughn Thompson; and Jerry
Wurf, consummate AFSCME leader and mentor to Eliot Seide,
who portrays him. All of these historic leaders
faced and overcame serious adversities to advance the
rights of working people.
singer Georgia Wettlin Larsen opens the series with a
Cheyenne honor song. She recognizes the labor of her
ancestors and all women workers, as well as the critical
importance of the land and water that support all people.
music coupled with the portrayal of each leader was
performed by renowned local talents Larry Long, Sharice
McCain, Billy Steele and Georgia Wettlin Larsen.The
songs repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet.
new site also includes the reflections of the performers
on how the examples of leaders they portrayed have
inspired their own work on behalf of fellow union members
and all workers. Also featured are downloadable resources
to make sharing labor history easy.
were shot and edited by Randy Croce and Howard Kling of
the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service.
provides a new, dynamic way to tap into and spread
appreciation of labor’s rich legacy. ~
Randy Croce, Labor Education Service
“The labor movement was the principal force that
transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of
its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to
unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for
the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere
survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not
lead this transformation - they resisted it until they were
overcome.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
and Martin Luther King Jr.
April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to
support AFSCME sanitation workers. That evening, he delivered
his famous “I’ve
Been to the Mountaintop”
speech to a packed room of supporters. The next day, he was
Strikers Stand Firm (March 1968)
Recognition Still Remains as Principal Issue - Public
Employee, March 1968
firm in their fight for union recognition, dues deduction,
a meaningful grievance procedure and wage improvements,
the 1,300 members of SCME Local 1733 entered their seventh
week of the public works strike here as The Public
Employee went to press.
the city has stubbornly refused to recognize the union,
grant dues deductions, set up grievance machinery, and
meet other demands of the workers, the strike has
accomplished a remarkable coalescing of the Negro
community. The pent-up frustrations of the community have
been brought dramatically to the surface, with the strike
serving as a catalyst to unify the city's 200,000 Negroes,
who represent 36 percent of the population of this
President Jerry Wurf has been here much of the time,
leading the fight for union recognition.
J.P. Ciampa, International field staff director; Local
1733 President T.O. Jones, William Lucy, associate
director of legislative and community affairs; Joseph
Paisley and Jesse Epps, International representatives, and
Newman Jones, a local 1733 steward, were judged in
contempt of court on the grounds they violated an
injunction ordering the workers to return to their jobs.
city's case against Wurf was largely based on the fact
that the International President had addressed the Memphis
City Council asking the Council to take action to settle
the strike. The city maintained that Wurf's talking to the
councilmen constituted incitement.
seven men were sentenced to 10 days in jail and $50 fines.
The case is being appealed to a higher court and the union
leaders are free on bond.
has run the gamut from mass meetings, sit-ins at City
Hall, marches through downtown, church rallies, all-night
vigils, economic boycotts and futile attempts to reason
with Mayor Henry Loeb, who prides himself as being
of the highlights of the numerous rallies was the
appearance of Roy Wilkins, executive director of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People, and Bayard Rustin of the A. Philip Randolph
Institute. The rally was attended by more than 15,000
was followed by another mammoth rally addressed by Dr.
Martin Luther King. Dr. King was so impressed by the unity
of the strikers and the community that he planned to
return to Memphis March 22 to lead a march on City Hall.
on March 22, the worst snowstorm in the history of Memphis
hit and closed down the city. Dr. King was unable to reach
the city and the march was rescheduled for March 29.
was paralyzed by 17 inches of snow which clogged streets,
since the sanitation workers who are on strike would
normally help clear the streets.
striker observed: "Maybe the mayor should try to get
an injunction against God. He's on our side!"
a peaceful march of ministers, strikers, and sympathizers
through the downtown area was turned into violence when
Memphis police suddenly sprayed the marchers with Mace
chemical gas. Several marchers were beaten, including a
74-year-old sanitation worker who had to be hospitalized.
Jones, Lucy, Paisley and Epps were among those gassed.
Ciampa was sprayed once and collapsed in the street. Other
police then joined in spraying the nearly-unconscious
filed staff director as he lay helpless in the gutter.
marches through the downtown area have enforced a boycott
of merchants. The boycott has cut sales in the downtown
area from 40 to 45 percent.
backing is being given the strikers by other Memphis
General Membership meeting business (2/1/2017)
call for nominations of 2017 Local 34 Officer
for up to 6 members to attend the LES Women &
Femmes retreat to be held April 19 -21, 2017.
for up to 50 members to attend the 3/28/17 AFSCME
Council 5 Day on the Hill to be held in St. Paul.
of up the eight members to attend the Nellie Stone
Johnson Scholarship dinner to be held on 3/23/17.
two Chief Stewards, Tywanna Gray and Kela Williams, have both
accepted positions as supervisors.
Ssengendo has been serving as Acting Chief Steward while Tywanna
was in an acting supervisor position.
The members voted to appoint Mara to step in to that
position pending Tywanna’s return to her Senior HSR position. The
term for this Chief Steward position ends April 30, 2017.
The members attending the December 7, 2016 General
Assembly voted to have Mara continue in that position through
the end of that term. Note
that this is one of the officer positions that will be up for
election this year with nominations at the February and March
Chief Steward position vacated by Kela Williams has a term
ending April 30, 2018. The
members voted to have that position filled via a special
election at the Wednesday,
January 18, 2017 Executive Board meeting held in HSB 917 at 5:30
Per the terms of our Local 34 Constitution, the election
is held by the Executive Board.
Any member in good standing for one (1) year prior to
January 1, 2017 is eligible to run for that office.
you are interested in putting your name forward for the Chief
Steward office please contact me as soon as possible.
You are asked to attend the meeting to answer any
questions that the officers of the Executive Board might have
for you. The duties
of the office are listed in the attached document from our Local
34 Standing Rules. Jean Diederich, AFSCME Local President
Access for January, 2017: Mara
Ssengendo, Chief Steward, is on vacation this month – January
2017. In her absence, Grace Baltich, Jim Edin and Brian Olson
have been appointed to share the Chief Steward duties. If you
are in need of a steward, please send an email to the three of
should make sure to include the reason for your request along
with your full name and both work & personal phone numbers.
One of the three will get back to you for more information and
to assign a steward to assist you. Thank you.
Protection Lobby Day
(January 24, 10:00am - 4:00 pm):
Please mark your calendar for Child Protection Lobby Day:
January 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Minnesota counties have
received $52 Million for Child Protection but caseloads are
larger and kids less safe. Our goal is to protect children by
maintaining caseloads set by the Child Protection Guidelines.
We'll be asking the legislature to require counties to utilize
existing and new state appropriations to fulfill the intent of
increased staffing levels created by the Child Protection
Guidelines. We’ll train child protection workers to lobby in
the morning, and head to the capitol to meet with legislators
after lunch. ~ Sponsor: AFSCME Council 5
Session Opens: Our state Legislature started a
new session with Republicans in control of both the state House
and Senate. It’s likely we’ll see legislation that attacks
our collective bargaining rights and public services on both the
state and national levels. We will fight to protect our clients,
our families, our communities and our rights. These are some of
our top legislative goals for 2017:
privatization of public services and ban private
an increase in state aid to cities and counties
transportation with long-term funding for roads,
bridges and transit; the deal must include increased
appropriations for our design, inspection and
safe staffing for workers in health and human
services, corrections and child protection
the Public Employment Labor Relations Act
for safety improvements at St. Peter Security Hospital
and Anoka Metro-Regional Treatment Center; a new
intake unit at St. Cloud Correctional Facility and
additional medical beds at Lino Lakes
and medical leave, and sick and safe time leave, for
local government preemption, such as the Legislature
trying to interfere when local governments want to
offer better benefits or a higher minimum wage.
AFSCME Council 5 Day on the
Hill 2017 - Tuesday
03/28/2017 (All day):
Save the date for our annual Day on the Hill! We’ll
rally, then bring our questions and concerns directly to
Ali Marzolf will be conducting a survey
regarding the format and content of our Local 34
Newsletter – we welcome your feedback!
Register for Labor Class:
The Labor Education Service is offering “Intro to
the Labor Movement” online from Jan. 30 to March 31.
The registration deadline is January 20. Learn
5 Offers Social Media Training:
Did you know that the Council 5 Communications
Department offers customized one-on-one and small
group trainings to help your local make the most out
of social media? The trainings are free and flexible.
It’s a great way to build solidarity within your
local. Email Trisha
to get started.
Twin Cities Labor/Immigrant
34 membership voted at the December General Membership
meeting to support the Twin Cities Labor/Immigrant
Rights March against Trump's racist agenda on
Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017). Times: 2:00 pm
start to gather at Lake Street & Nicollet Avenue
South for the rally/march! 4:00 pm march leaves from
Franklin & Nicollet to City Hall! 5:00 pm
Convergence Rally at City Hall!
reported earlier, Union and management are working
towards an improved process with onboarding that has
received feedback from both sides of the table. Some
of the feedback received from HSR’s included time to
practice the work in between learning new processes
and more time to practice the work before
certification. There are many more concerns regarding
the process but this is only just a few. We (meaning
the Union and Management) are in agreement that
improvements are needed in all areas of Onboarding to
support new staffs growth and success in the process.
Read more in the December newsletter.
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.
34 will continue organizing/training days with Labor
Lunches for members at various worksites throughout
Hennepin County. Contact Deb Konechne for
dates/times/locations. The first date is tentatively
set for 2/23/2017 at the Health Service Building (HSB), 525 Portland Avenue South, Mpls. Later dates
will include a variety of other work locations. All
members are welcome!
34 will also continue with union introductions in
conjunction with other AFSCME locals at New Employee
Orientations. Welcome cards with information about
meetings and ways to get more involved will be sent to
all new members beginning in January. If you or anyone
you know if interested in Organizing, NEO or the
Welcoming Committee, contact Deb Konechne.
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