From the Desk of the President (July, 2004)
note that we will hold delegate elections for two very
important conventions at our July
7, 2004 General Assembly.
They are as follows:
Council 14 Convention - Merger of Minnesota AFSCME Councils
Saturday, July 24,
2004 at the Ramada/Thunderbird Hotel, Bloomington MN,
with registration beginning at 8:30 AM and convention
convening at 9:30 AM. The
only topic of the convention will be to discuss and vote on
the issue of merging the four Minnesota AFSCME Councils into
one. Local 34
is entitled to 40 delegates to represent us at this
convention and will reimburse mileage/transportation to and
from the convention.
convention will be held August
16 - 18, 2004 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester,
Local is entitled to 6 delegates (we have 7 total with the
President an automatic delegate).
The Local will cover lost time for three days, $35.00
per diem for three days, lodging for two nights,
mileage/transportation to and from Rochester, parking if
incurred, and registration costs.
you have any questions about either convention or are
interested in representing Local 34 at one or both
conventions but cannot make it to the July 7, 2004 General
Assembly, please contact me by no later than 12:00 noon of
that day to put your name forward for the elections held at
Building for a Better Contract Survey - "Tall oaks from
little acorns grow."
held a second training for this initiative on Friday, May
21, 2004. Many
of the Local 34, 2822 and 2864 officers, stewards and point
persons from the different worksites around the county
attended this training to learn how to conduct this survey.
We received our surveys and divided them up,
practiced conducting a survey, received some tips on how to
ask and answer questions and, in general, prepared ourselves
to begin seeking input from all of our bargaining unit
members on how the budget cuts have affected us and our
families, the clients we serve and our communities as well
as what each of us is willing to do to change this.
You should note that Local 34, Local 2822
representing Clerical and Related and 2864, representing the
Librarians and other Professionals, have agreed to conduct
this survey jointly, so you may be contacted by a member of
any of three locals. If
you have not been contacted for a on-on-one survey by the
time you read this, please let me know so that we can make
arrangements for this to happen. Your input is not only valued, it is
necessary for us to develop a comprehensive plan for our
approach to the budget for 2005.
We continue to look for members willing to serve as a
point person in your work areas.
If you think that this is something that you would
like to do, give me a call, 348-0266.
2005 Budget - "Time flies whether you're having fun or
streams from state and federal sources were dramatically cut
for the 2004 County budget.
That had a direct impact on our the budgets for all
of Departments - reductions in FTE's, resources for services
to our clients and the general overall morale of our
2005 budget is shaping up to be more of the same as both the
state and federal budgets look to be running at deficits.
What is that going to mean to us?
What can we do to make the hurt a little less?
We need to be part of the budget process, beginning
at our respective Department levels and going all the way up
to the County Board budget committee meetings.
We, as a body, need to educate ourselves on the
issues coming before the County Board and prepare ourselves
to not only respond to the statements/plans from others but
to also to present our ideas/goals/plans for a better 2005.
Green Opportunity - "If your ship hasn't come in - swim
out to it!"
2005 budget has been a topic of discussion at the past few
Hennepin County AFSCME Presidents meetings.
We don't have all the answers yet but we are working
on finding a method for member involvement which will expand
to AFSCME members in the Hennepin County - not only those of
us who work here but those who live in Hennepin County and
work for other entities.
The Executive Director of Council 14, Eliot Seide,
will host a Special Planning Session of the nine AFSCME
Locals on Thursday, July 8, 2004 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM,
to brainstorm on how to become involved and to lay out a
plan of action. Members
who like to cut their teeth on grassroots activism are being
sought to be part of this session.
You do not need to be an officer or steward and
previous experience is not required.
We are looking for enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Please call me if you would like to
a wonderful and safe 4th of July celebration.