From the Desk of the President (June, 2010)
we need people to be part of the labor contingent in the PRIDE parade on Sunday,
June 27th. AFSCME Council 5 has had
our banner carried by AFSCME members in the parade for a while.
Each year the group gets bigger. Let
me know if you can join the group this year or need more information.
Marathon can still use volunteers for Water Station # 25 - the first one going
out and the last one coming back for the runners.
It is held on Sunday, June 6th, in the morning.
You can sign up to volunteer on the Council 5 web site, http://afscmemn.org/minneapolis-marathon-volunteers-needed.
updated 2010 Seniority Report is
now on the Hennepin County Labor Relations web site.
Please look at it to make sure that your information is correct; the link
to that site is: http://hennote1.co.hennepin.mn.us/HR/Intranet/GenlInfo.nsf/2c3c06f0ef9746f18625704a00505136/ddd6c0fd42964ba986256c61004f9e11?OpenDocument.
you think that your information is incorrect, contact me by no later than July
5th as we have an agreed upon time frame for making corrections to the report.
When you contact me, I will need to know your job class, your employee ID
# (found on your badge), why you feel the information is incorrect and what you
think is the correct information. All
inquiries will be reviewed with Labor Relations and/or Human Resources so that
we get that report current.
Media Committee. The Executive Board
approved a motion to ask for members interested in exploring the use of social
media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to serve on a committee and report back
to the membership on what is feasible, how those tools could be used, some
parameters, etc. If you are
interested in working on this committee, please let me know by no later than the
July 7, 2010 General Assembly. We
have so many opportunities to better communicate with our members and to provide
better service to them, and this could be one of those resources to help us do
you to everyone who contributed to the May 8th Letter Carriers food
drive. Members of the Minneapolis
Branch of Letter Carriers reported that they will exceed their goal of beating
last year's total pounds - over 1 million pounds last year.
At the time of their report at the June 12th Minneapolis Labor Federation
meeting, they still had 18 trucks to unload as the response had been so great.
You have helped your neighborhood food shelves to get restocked so that
they can serve those in need - just in time for the summer crunch.
for All Express has been mentioned more than once in the newsletter.
This program is open to everyone - no income criteria to meet.
Here is a link to the listing of all the sites in the metro area:
the one closest to you and check it out. Food
packages are $17.00 for a Regular Pack: 2-3 fresh fruits, 4-5 fresh vegetables
and 3-4 frozen meat items; $12.00 for a Meat Only Pack: a variety of 3-4 meat
items such as chicken, beef, fish or pork; $10.00 for the Vegetarian Pack: fresh
fruits and vegetables , often accompanied by dry food items such as beans or
pasta. They also offer a Monthly
Special Package for $22.00 - $25.00: during the holiday months that includes the
fixings for a holiday meal (turkey or ham, potatoes, pie, vegetables and more).
During the other months it is a Mega Meat package with an assortment of meat
items. Expand your food budget
while getting quality foods for your family.
21st is the first day of summer. I
hope that you all plan to get out and enjoy all the beautiful public parks we
have around the state. When you are
there, make sure to thank your sister or brother union member for the good work
they do in maintaining the parks so that we can enjoy our time there.