From the Desk of the President (January, 2013)


WANTED: Local 34 members with a passion for serving on the AFSCME Master Negotiations Committee…. The members of our local, along with the members of the other five Hennepin County AFSCME locals, work together to craft our negotiations proposal which is presented to the Employer. We meet 4 - 5 times over the course of a few months to review our contracts, finds sections that we think need to be changed, talk to our fellow members about what they would like to see in the contract and bring those ideas to the meetings. We find those areas of common interest to all six locals which become the main proposal as well as items that are specific to Local 34 which then become our supplemental proposal. The members of the Master Committee approve the final proposal. Once negotiations are over and we have a tentative agreement from the Employer, it is the Master Committee that reviews that agree-ment and votes on whether or not to recom-mend acceptance to our members. We have our first meeting of the Committee on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM in the Government Center Auditorium. Please let me know if you are interested in serving on this committee - I will be asking the membership to approve our Local 34 participants at the Janu-ary 10, 2013 General Assembly. We can always add more folks so please contact me if you are reading this after1/10/13. Please note that the members of the Table Team must serve on the Master Committee.

Officer Elections: LaQuita Williams was appointed as our Nomi-nations Chair for the 2013 Officer Elections and Joe Weston was appointed as the Elections Chair. You will receive a mailing via US mail with the information about which offices are open for election this year.  

Day on the Hill: The 2013 Council 5 Day on the Hill will be held Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Capitol in St Paul. We will elect our delegation at the January 9, 2013 General Assembly held at 5:30 PM in HSB 110. If you are not able to attend the meeting but would like to put your name forward, please contact me by no later than 12:00 noon of that day.

Pay raise: Remember that you will see the 2.5% raise in your January 18, 2013 paycheck.

Please take time to read President Saunders’ letter to all our members about the tragedy in Connecticut last month.

Happy New Year! Jean