Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related


Join your co-workers for food and conversation at the Crown Plaza patio. AFSCME member Angela Marlow will share her experience working as a public employee without union protection in Scott Walker's Wisconsin. Marlow will speak at 6pm.

Thursday, May 14th
Crown Plaza Hotel

618 2nd Ave S, Mpls
½ blocks from Government Center and Light rail station
On street and ramp parking available

Appetizers will be provided, cash bar.

In case of inclement weather, event will be moved inside to ballroom.

Hennepin County Education, Engagement and Outreach Committee

For a printable file to share with your coworkers, click "read more" below.

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St. Paul’s annual Untold Stories labor history series returns April 28 with neighborhood events focusing on jazz and classical musicians, railroad workers, slave labor in Minnesota, the impact of immigrants, and a riverboat tour of key Dakota Indian sites along the Mississippi. All events are free and open to the public.


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!

The annual St. Paul Labor Bowl takes place Thursday April 30. The event benefits the St. Paul Labor Studies and Resource Center, a nonprofit arm of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation that assists union families in need. Teams and individuals are welcome.


Council 5 is accepting applications through May 8 for three scholarships. In addition, deadlines are approaching for other scholarships available to AFSCME members furthering their own education, or for children attending college from AFSCME families.

Council 5 wraps up a month of volunteer action with a celebration, march, and community service project in St. Paul on Saturday April 25. The “Keep the Dream Alive” activities publicly demonstrate how we, as AFSCME members, improve lives not only on the job, but also on our own time, in our own communities.


As we ready for this year's contact negotiations, stay informed by reading April's issue of A New Voice.

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!


Here's what's coming up in the Labor Movie Night film series:

February 20: Killing Floor

March 20: Made in Dagenham

April 17: Wisconsin Rising

May 15: No God, No Master

June 19: Pride

All movies are at 6:00pm at the United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave SE, Room 356 or 467.

See the flyer attached over the fold for more info! 

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The March 2015 issue of A New Voice is now available.

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:

By Jim Ruiz, OSIII, Southeast Library

In protest of austerity measures proposed by a new center-right government, Belgian trade unions are staging a National Strike Day scheduled for Dec. 15th. Today, Monday, was the third provincial strike leading up to the National strike and included the capital Brussels.

What will make the strike so effective is that unions in Belgium are divided not along industrial lines but political ones.

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By Sarah Sosa

A group of 40+ Hennepin County workers gathered in the Government Center Auditorium on a brisk Wednesday afternoon to hear their fellow union activists describe their experience of strikes in their workplace. The panel of speakers was AFSCME Local 552 Vice President and probation officer Tim Turentine, President of AFSCME Local 3800 clerical workers at the U of MN Cherenne Horazuk, AFSCME Council 5 Metro Field Director Joyce Carlson and local author and labor lawyer Joe Burns. Each speaker outlined the issues in their workplaces that led up to their group’s decision to engage in strike tactics as well as the challenges and victories they encountered along the way.

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By John McNeil

Accepting a National Book Award, the legendary science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin had some unminced words to say about the state of publishing and writing today, and on hope for a better future.



 This month's issue of A New Voice is full of timely articles about issues in our workplaces. Check it out!

Local 2822 member Ali Fuhrman created a Labor History display entitled "Labor History: The Story of Working People and Collective Struggle" for the Oxboro Library. The display includes historical posters as well as materials related to Minnesota Labor History, African-American Unions, and Labor Stories for Children. Labor displays are a great way to educate the public about the history of the union movement and its potential for social transformation. If you are interested in creating a Labor History display at your Library and are looking for materials, send Ali an email. Or check out this great reading list provided by our union.



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.

AFSCME 2822 Stewards

Steward Phone Department/Location
Genae Nicole
Chief Steward
612-543-3366 MHP
Grain Exchange Building
Erlene Olson
Chief Steward
612-596-8000 Records (Public Safety Facility) Sheriff
Walter Hanson 612-543-0272 Service Center
Brookdale Service Center
Sarah Sosa 612-543-2199 HSPHD
Lynn Stetler 612-543-6409
Hopkins Library


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.

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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.

Local 2822 Officers

Lynn Stetler

Vice President Dirk Schot 612-543-8426
Treasurer Walter Hanson 612-543-0270
Recording Secretary Jeanne Whetstone 612-543-6357
Chief Steward Genae Nicole 612-543-3366
  Erlene Olson 612-596-8000
Membership Secretary Rita Watson 612-596-7843
E-Board at Large Valerie Wiggins 612-596-8000
  David Salmon 612-543-8585
  Tykesha Crouch 612-348-9964
  Sarah Sosa 612-543-2199
Trustee Keven Larson 612-543-6463
  Jim Ruiz 612-543-6729
  Lucia Smida 612-596-0825
Delta Dental Trustee Ann Baird 612-543-0270
Good & Welfare Heather Clark 612-543-8523


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The constitution lays out the rules that govern our local. Read more >>>

The Standing Rules set  financial and other procedures of our local. Read more >>>

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