From the Desk of the President (August, 2014)
will be busy at the August 6, 2014 General Assembly with the following:
– discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to approve the health
insurance holiday for the following pay periods: August 1, 2014; August 15, 2014
and September 12, 2014. After the discussion, members will vote on whether or
not to approve the MOU.
– Doug Flateau from the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation will give a
short presentation on the United Way Day of Action on August 14, 2014. There are
lunchtime volunteer events in downtown Minneapolis, downtown St Paul and the
Mall of America.
– elect delegates to attend the Council 5 Convention held at the Bloomington
DoubleTree by Hilton September 11 - 13, 2014 (the number of delegates and
expenses covered have not been determined as of the time this article is being
written). We do have two very important items of business at this conventions
– elect the Council 5 Chair Officers – President, Vice President, Secretary
and Treasurer and the Council 5 Executive Board officers for a two year term and
to discuss the proposed amendment to the Council 5 Constitution to raise the
Council 5 dues by $5.00 per member per month.
– elect delegates to attend the Minnesota State AFL-CIO Convention held at the
St Paul Crowne Plaza on Kellogg Blvd September 21 - 23, 2014 (the number of
delegates and expenses covered have not been determined as of the time this
article is being written). We will be electing the new AFL-CIO Executive Board
members at this convention.
you wish to be considered for either of the two conventions and cannot attend
the General Assembly, please send me an e-mail expressing your interest and for
which convention. You should do so by no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday,
August 5, 2014.
34 Seniority Report - I am pleased to let you know that the new Local 34
seniority report can be found at
take the time to find your job title and check out your seniority date. If you
feel that your date is not correct, please send me an e-mail with your name,
your employee ID number, the date on the list and why you feel it is wrong. I
will compile a list and forward to Labor Relations for investigation. Any
responses from Labor Relations will, in turn, be routed through me and sent back
to you. Any re-quest for review of your seniority date should be sent to me by
no later than September 1, 2014.
20, 2014 Executive Board meeting – we will hold a special election to fill two
vacant seats on the Executive Board. One is for the Member-at-Large seat that
opened up when Laura Ross was elected to be our new Recording Secretary. The
other is for the 1st Chief Steward seat opened up with the resignation from Dana
Hanson due to her promotion out of our bargaining unit. Per the terms of our
Local 34 Constitutions, any vacant seats are filled with an election by the
Executive Board. You must be a dues paying member in good standing as of August
1, 2013 (one full calendar year prior to the election) in order to put your name
forward for either office. If you are interested in running for either office or
would like more information about the job duties of the office, please send me
an e-mail by no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. We would also
ask that you attend the Executive Board meeting as, if elected, you will begin
your service that evening.
that note, the members attending the July 9th General Assembly very regretfully
accepted the resignation from the office of Chief Steward which was tendered by
Dana Hanson that evening. She has accepted a position that takes her out of our
bargaining unit. Please join me in thanking her for her hard work as a Steward,
Chief Steward and union activist. The energy and enthusiasm that she has brought
to the local has helped us to grow forward. She and Kela Williams, working
together, have helped our stewards represent our members effectively and timely.
Thank you, Dana!!! Best wishes as you move to your new job.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is hosting the Metro StandDown on
August 5th & 6th at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling, 200
Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling. They will need to bring their DD214 for faster
registration. Some of the free services provided include meals, clothing, VA
medical, dental and optometry care and state and federal tax assistance. For
more information, please contact Nathaniel Saltz at 651-224-0290. Please share
this information with any veterans you know who might be interested in this
AFSCME Family Picnic- Sunday, August 17th at Battle Creek Regional Park Picnic
Pavilion from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. This free picnic, for AF-SCME members and their
families, includes food, raffles, activities for the kids and discounted
waterpark rides. Volunteers are still needed to help serve food and handle the
raffle. You are also asked to bring a dish to share with fellow attendees
(desserts are always good - hint, hint).
6th Hennepin 5K hosted by HennepinWalks! Walking Club, Health-works, and the
Active Living Commit-tee will be held on Thursday, September 18th. This event is
free but contributions are accepted for the Hennepin Special Gift Fund. A
traveling trophy will be awarded to the Department with the most participants -
and that includes employees and their families. You and your spouse can earn a
wellness credit for participating – whoo hoo!!! You can register for the event
on APEX. For additional information about the Hennepin5K and Active Living,
State Fair held August 21st to September 1st – volunteers are needed to work a
shift at the Council 5 kiosk in the Labor Pavilion. Shifts run 9:00 AM- 12:30
PM; 12:30 – 4:30 PM and 4:30 - 7:30 PM each day of the fair. As thanks for
volunteering, you receive a t-short and your admission is covered by the
Council. Last year, volunteers collected over 6000 post cards that was the jump
start to the successfully raising the minimum wage. This year we will be
building support for transportation investment that supports our jobs and
expands economic opportunity and quality of life for everyone. Please contact
Michael Kuchta at 651-287-0537 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. He
is waiting to hear from you!
hope is that you all use some of your savings from the health insurance premium
holiday to do some-thing fun with your family this month. You have been part of
the solution in keeping our health care costs contained and you deserve this
break. Enjoy!!! Jean