and HSR promotional process
wanted to inform our membership on actions that have
been taken regarding concerns that you have.
Specifically, VP Katherine A. Kelly and Chief Stewards
Kela Williams and Mara Ssengendo are working on issues
concerning HSRs through the HSR Meet and Confer
process.Currently, the big issues that have been on the
table are Onboarding and HSR to HSR Senior promotional
process. For Onboarding, Union and management are
working towards an improved process 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.
renewed our membership with MSSA for 2017. Based on that
membership, Local 34 is entitled to 7 delegates to MSSA.
We will elect those 7 delegates at the December 7, 2016
General Assembly. If you are interested in serving as
one of our delegates, plan to attend the meeting to put
your name forward for the election.
Randy Johnson retires
Johnson is stepping down from office as
Commissioner of District 5 at the end of this year. His
final County Board meeting will be December 13, 2016
after serving on the County Board since January 1979. He
has the distinction of being the longest serving
Commissioner since Hennepin County was founded in 1852.
Commissioner Johnson was instrumental in the creation of
the accretion agreement we have in place here at
Hennepin County. That means that we can organize workers
employed by Hennepin County without fear of management
interference that is experienced in other agencies and
in the private sector in the organizing process. He also
was a strong voice in keeping HCMC a quasi-public entity
when the move was made to make it more competitive with
private hospitals. That enabled our fellow AFSCME
members in Locals 977 and 2474 to retain their PERA
status for their pensions. Please join us in thanking
him for his many years of service to the residents of
Hennepin County and wish both he and his wife, Polly,
many happy years of retirement.
Minnesota AFL-CIO is calling attention to union-busting
tactics by Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis.
According to unfair labor practice filings, management
allegedly is threatening employees with plant closure or
the loss of their jobs; preventing people from going to
the breakroom or bathroom to discourage participation in
a union rally; warning them to stop discussing a union
or share workplace concerns; sending workers home early
without pay or threatening to do so; and prohibiting
workers from giving out union information while on
breaks. Workers say they want to form a union because
they face poor working conditions including unaffordable
health coverage, low wages and a lack of time off for
illness or funerals. They want to improve these
conditions and gain a voice by forming a union with
BCTGM Local 22. We
can help our brothers and sisters at the bakery by
signing a petition, which asks bakery owners to respect
workers’ rights to unionize.
DE ORO store closing
REGLA DE ORO - Art
Gallery & Fair Trade Gifts offers consumers a
conscientious alternative to meeting their buying needs,
while providing a market for unique art and quality fair
trade products. They work with local artists from the
Twin Cities and surrounding areas & community
non-profits, and provide a portion of all event proceeds
to Arts Education and Social Justice related Non-Profit
organizations. 2016 brought many challenges and
unanticipated opportunities for Regla De Oro.
It's with mixed feelings we announce the closing
of our storefront on Saturday, December 24. It has been
our great honor and privilege to have served you in our
Lyndale Avenue location(s) during the last 6+ years.
We'd like to thank our small business partners,
community & fabulous customers for your loyalty and
the New Year we will focus on selling Fair Trade items
through our online store shop.regladeoro.com &
beginning in Spring 2017 we will resume our
participation at various sales around the Twin Cities
and will be posted on our Facebook page and at www.regladeoro.com.
5 is hiring
is taking applications for a field representative based
out of the South St. Paul office to build local union
capacity and empower members. The deadline is December
14 at 4 p.m. Find details online at afscmemn.org
under the "Jobs
is partnering with the Creative Action Network to help
re-imagine the iconic “We Can Do It” poster, and we
need your help. To helpcelebrate
modern-day workers who make America happen, we’re
seeking designs from you that depict hard-working
Americans like AFSCME members. To submit an original
design or to view examples, visit https://creativeaction.network/afscme.
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
labor movie night film is “Cradle Will Rock”
(1999), an American historical drama film written,
produced and directed by Tim Robbins. The story
fictionalizes the true events that surrounded the
development of the 1937 musical “The Cradle Will
Rock” by Marc Blitzstein; it adapts history to
create an account of the original production,
bringing in other stories of the time to produce a
social commentary on the role of art and power in
the 1930s, particularly amidst the struggles of
the labor movement at the time and the
corresponding appeal of socialism and communism
among many intellectuals, artists and
working-class people in the same period.
Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbriar, St. Paul
Cities Labor Movie Night, and the screening of
“Cradle Will Rock” is co-sponsored by AFSCME
Local 3800, AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME Local 2822,
Local 34, Local 1164, Local 607. Teamsters Local
638, IBEW 292, UNITE-HERE Local 17, Minneapolis
Labor Review. Free and open to all.