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AFSCME Council 5 Locals 34, 552, 977, 1719, 1726, 2474, 2822, 2864, 2938                             November 2005

 

UNION NEGOTIATIONS HEAD TO MEDIATION

 

AFSCME and Hennepin County will enter the home stretch of negotiations with a mediator on November 7 and 14.  The union hopes to reach a fair and equitable contract. 

A strong show of support from workers gave the union a huge boost on October 24.  Over 200 workers formed a gauntlet through which the employer's negotiating team passed to chants of “Do the right thing!”  AFSCME members filled the Government Center Auditorium to learn that negotiations had concluded for the day because their union and employer are far apart on wages.  Negotiators will return to the bargaining table with a mediator November 7. 

What is mediation?  It involves a mediator who works for the State Bureau of Mediation Services        whose job it is to get the negotiating parties to reach an agreement on a contract.  The mediator

can force the parties to meet, but can’t force them to reach an agreement.   Mediators facilitate

more and better communication by offering another viewpoint, making sure understandings are

correct, and shuttling back and forth when the parties are separated in different rooms. 

PROPOSALS

UNION

COUNTY

Wages 2006

6.5% or $1 per hour, whichever is greater

1% and a new 1.5% top step

(this means 2.5% if on top step)

Wages 2007

6.5% or $1 per hour, whichever is greater

1% and increase new top step by 1.5% (this means 2.5% if on top step)

Health Insurance 2006

Employer pays 100% of Single Coverage,

Families pay $268.04

Employee pays $7.40

Families pay $268.05

Health Insurance 2007

Employer pays 100% of Single Coverage and

85% of Family Coverage

Employee pays $20

Families pay $332.54

Maximum Out-of-Pocket

$1,500 Single

$2,500 Family

$3,000 Single

$5,000 Family

Health Care

Account Expense

2006: $200 lump sum

2007: $100 lump sum

2006: $60 for those under $15*

2007: $60 for those under $15*

 

* NOTE: The county doesn’t know if it can do this by law for the Health Care Account Expense.

 

Visit www.afscmemn.org and click Hennepin County under Bargaining Updates to view the complete side by side.

 

The union has many market adjustments for job classifications open.  The county is proposing to eliminate retiree health insurance for new employees, cap severance pay at $15,000, and cut sick leave in half. 

  UNITED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  SUPPORT YOUR UNION.

The Consumer Price Index has increased 9.4%

since our last raise in January 2003. 

The county’s proposal is not good enough! 

 Act now…

 to get a raise and affordable health care

"When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat." 

~ Nelson Mandela  

 

November 7    12 noon

Outside Government Center Auditorium (A-level)

·       Wear green and AFSCME stickers

·       Bring lunch and get an update on negotiations

 

November 14     4:30 pm

Government Center Plaza

·       Wear green and AFSCME stickers

·       Rally for a fair and equitable contract 

UNITED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  SUPPORT YOUR UNION.