From the Desk of the President (June, 2014)
(Memorandum of Understanding) to change the length of the probation period
effective June 1, 2014, just for STS Crewleaders, was approved by the members
voting at the May 7th General Assembly. This means that newly employed,
promotional and transfer employees in the STS Crewleader job class will now
serve a 12 month probationary period. This change does not affect any other job
class in our Local 34 bargaining unit.
It is not
too early to make plans for the 2014 AFSCME Family picnic. It will be held on
Sunday, August 17th from 1:00- 5:00 PM at Battle Creek Regional Park in
Maple-wood. Organizers are seeking commitments for potluck food and desserts. If
you have a picnic specialty such as a fabulous potato salad or a delicious
rhubarb crumble, please let Duane Gatzke know. He can be reached at email@example.com
or at 651-472-2787. Any and all food contributions are greatly welcomed. There
is a water park so bring your swimsuits and towels for an afternoon of good
food, good company and good times.
me in welcoming Kathy Kelly as our new Vice President. She will serve as our
First Vice President for May 1, 2014—April 30, 2015. One of Kathy's major
responsibilities will be setting the agenda for the monthly HSPHD Meet &
Confer. If you have suggestions for agenda topics, please let her know. She,
along with Vicki Moore, our Second Vice President, will work with our members on
a myriad of non-contractual issues that crop up in the workplace.
taking office as Vice President, we now have a vacancy for Recording Secretary.
That position will be filled with a special election held at the Executive Board
meeting held Wednesday, June 18th at 5:30 PM in HSB 917. Per the terms of our
Local 34 Constitution, any Executive Board vacancies are filled with an election
by the Executive Board.
Recording Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes of the monthly General
Assembly and Executive Board meetings, for providing those minutes at meetings
that follow, and maintaining the minutes at our Local 34 office; for keeping a
record of the property of the local and conducting an annual inventory of that
property; for completing the registration of delegates to any conferences or
conventions, and other duties assigned.
If you are
interested in put-ting your name forward for the office of Recording Secretary,
please let me know by no later than Monday, June 16, 2014. All candidates will
have the opportunity to give a short speech to the officers before the election
that this month's Labor Movie Night offering is "Live Nude Girls
Unite!". It will be shown on June 20th in Room 356, United Labor Center,
312 Central Ave SE.
Minnesota Session is over. The phased retirement option for PERA was approved
through 2019 ,so, if you who have been thinking about easing into retirement
while sharing your vast wealth of knowledge about the services and programs we
provide with your coworkers, you should look into what this option entails. And
speaking of PERA, all the calls you made and letters you sent to your
legislators helped as our pension re-mains in place. This is in spite of
repeated attempts by ALEC backed legislators to reduce the benefits or change it
to a 401(K) type plan. If those legislators are re-elected, they will try to
pull the same stunts in the 2015 session so remain vigilant.
And with the
end of the legislative sessions, comes campaigning in earnest. All of the
candidates for the various seats such as State Representatives, Governor,
Secretary of State and State Auditor, for U.S. House and Senate, as well as a
variety of local races, will be out in full force as they join sum-mer parades,
host door knocks and phone banks, and ask for money to fund their campaigns.
5 Screening Committees will be meeting around the state to question the
candidates for of-fice. You are welcome to attend any of the screenings. We have
two West Metro screenings in June - June 3rd and June 10th - coming up. They
will be held in the 5th floor conference room of the Labor Center, 312 Central
Ave SE, Minneapolis beginning at 5:30 PM. If you are interested in attending,
please let Jon Grebner, Council 5, know via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in the East Metro, he can also let you know when screenings will
take place for those candidates.
to have made an appearance. If you have gardens, I wish you well. Otherwise,
kick back and relax!