talk…table talk…tab

AFSCME Council 5 Locals 34, 552, 977, 1719, 1726, 2474, 2822, 2864, 2938                             November 9, 2005







Your voice was heard on November 7…

9:00 a.m.        Union and County meet for mediation

10:00 a.m.      Mediator asks Union to put together a proposal

12:00 p.m.     Employer hears 750 union members rally for “zeros no more!”

2:30 p.m.        Union submits its new proposal

6:30 p.m.        County submits its new proposal: “In an effort to jumpstart these negotiations, the employer is dropping all of our language issues so that we can concentrate on wages and health insurance for 2006 and 2007.”

All county take-backs are now off the table.  The employer dropped proposals on the “super department,” severance pay take-backs, and retiree insurance for new employees.  They also agreed to continue the contracting out language for Local 552.   

WAGES: The County can do better!

On wages the County increased its offer to 1.25% and a new 1.75% top step, meaning those on the top step would receive 3%.  For 2007, the county offer is 1.25% and those on the top would receive 2.5% as the top step is increased by 1.25%.  Those whose maximum step is $15 would receive $0.20 in both years. 

The Union is asking for 5.75% or $0.86 for each year, whichever is more.

HEALTH CARE: The County can do better! 

The County proposed that employees pay $7.40/ month for single and $294.26/ month for family coverage in 2006 and $31.26/month for single coverage and $360.92/month for family coverage in 2007.  The Union is proposing 100% paid by the employer for 2006 and 2007 and a County contribution of 80% each year for family coverage. 

Also, the Union is proposing that the County contribute $100 each year to each employee Health Care Expense Account to help pay for the extra out-of-pocket expenses.  The Union is also asking that the health care maximum out-of-pocket be reduced to $1,500 single and $2,500 family.  The County proposal has it at $3000 and $5000.


Act now! 

This is the final push for a raise and affordable health care.



 Say that the county needs to make a better offer on wages and health care. 

Tell your commissioner that quality services are delivered by quality employees

who deserve quality compensation.

  When calling, don’t do it on work time and don’t use your work phone.  

§         District 1         Mike Opat                  612-348-7881    

§         District 2         Mark Stenglein         612-348-7882

§         District 3         Gail Dorfman             612-348-7883

§         District 4         Peter McLaughlin     612-348-7884

§         District 5         Randy Johnson        612-348-7885

§         District 6         Linda Koblick             612-348-7886

§         District 7         Penny Steele              612-348-7887  


Government Center Plaza

November 14 (the last day of bargaining)

12 noon and 4:30 p.m.


ü      Wear green and AFSCME stickers

ü      Attend one or both rallies

ü      Bring co-workers, friends and family to build a crowd