|Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related|
This month's issue is packed with news: reports on our local's recent victory in arbitration, on the first round of contract negotiations, and a special announcement of a union of union members.
Please read it! As contract negotiations with Hennepin County heat up, now's a key time to be informed.
Watch Hennepin County workers address County Commissioners on issues of staffing and respect in the workplace.
AFSCME members can watch exclusive town-hall meetings that 2016 presidential candidates will hold with AFSCME members and retirees in Iowa on Saturday Sept. 5 and Sunday Sept. 6. The town halls are part of AFSCME International’s ongoing effort to involve members in the 2016 presidential endorsement decision.
6 out of every 10 Americans now supports labor unions – a phenomenal five-point jump over the previous year. That’s the latest from a Gallup poll showing that during the past year, Americans’ approval of unions skyrocketed to its highest point in 7 years.
Stop the Assaults at Work
As part of Council 5's “Safe Staffing” campaign, members are planning a Safety Conference to create real solutions that fix the problems faced by our co-workers in human services and health care. You can share your ideas at an open meeting the day before Council 5’s annual convention. Join us on Wednesday Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in downtown Duluth. Learn more on Facebook at “Safe Staffing MN.” Or contact JoAnn Holton at 651-287-0506 or by email.
Council 5 has mailed the official call to locals for our 2015 convention, “Stronger Together.” Here’s a rundown of key information.
Did everyone see the New York Times expose (August 15) of the horrors of working for Amazon?
To quote just a taste: "In interviews, 40-year-old men were convinced Amazon would replace them with 30-year-olds who could put in more hours, and 30-year-olds were sure that the company preferred to hire 20-somethings who would outwork them. After Max Shipley, a father of two young children, left this spring, he wondered if Amazon would 'bring in college kids who have fewer commitments, who are single, who have more time to focus on work.' Mr. Shipley is 25."
And that's just how they treat their white-collar, professional workers.
If it couldn't happen here, Hennepin County clerical workers, that's because we have a union. Please support it.
The first session of AFSCME contract negotiations with Hennepin County was held on Monday, August 10. From our opening statement (click "read more" below to find a pdf link to the entire proposal):
"Our interests lie in improving the wages, benefits and working conditions of all Hennepin County Workers. Our members strive to meet the Hennepin County mission statement of enhancing the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities in a respectful, efficient and fiscally responsible way."
"Our members have worked hard to achieve the mission, even to the point of sacrificing their own health and quality of life to do so. Insufficient staffing levels have left workers stressed and morale low. The time has come to rebuild the workforce by providing livable wages, support, maintaining honest department budgets and responsible staffing."Read more >>>
Contract negotiations begin this month. Read the latest newsletter to stay informed.
The July issue of A New Voice warns about the looming Supreme Court threat to public unions. Please read, stay informed and get involved!
This short video by AFSCME explains why all workers chip in to support their union. Thanks to Molly Malecki for the idea to post it here!
Today's labor history video is WatchMojo.com's "Top Ten Labor Strikes in U.S. History."
For all the labor history buffs I know are out there in 2822: take a moment to make your own top ten list before watching, then hit play and see if you agree!
Fellow 2822ers, did you know that YouTube is not just a great source of cat videos, but also a pretty good source of videos about your rights as a unionized employee? Well, it is.
Here are a couple of videos about the Weingarten Rule, which is your right to union representation in a meeting with management:
Read your contract and know your rights!
When you have a problem on the job, when you need information about your rights, when you want to know how to get involved, see a steward. Your steward provides leadership for the union in your work area.
Stewards receive training that helps them to address problems in the work place. They've become familiar with our contract by studying its provisions, answering questions from co- workers and investigating grievances.Read more >>>
The officers of AFSCME 2822 contribute their time and expertise to serving our local.
Officers were nominated during the February 2014 membership meeting. All nominees were unopposed. For more information about officers click "read more" below.
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