Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related


June's edition is full of action updates, the perspective of a substitute employee, an educational opportunity, and more! Oh, and we're looking for a webmaster! Read more >>>

By Ali Fuhrman, President, Hosmer Library and Shane Clune, E-Board-At-Large, East Lake Library

A member of our union wants us to share their story: they were sexually assaulted by a supervisor. We are working hard to ensure that this member is safe and receives the resources and support they need. We are looking for justice for our member, but also accountability and oversight in their department.

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May is a busy month for Local 2822! Commemorate International Workers Day with a march and rally on May 1, come to an open house before the next membership meeting, join our community at the In Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade and Festival, and more!

Beginning with our May 3 meeting, our monthly membership meetings will start at 6:30PM. They will be held every month at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, in the Doty Board Room on the second floor.

To welcome everyone to our new time and place, a tea and cookie social will be held before the meeting from 6 to 6:30PM. If you would like to help with the social, contact Jayne Mikulay, jjmikulay@hclib.org.

Lost time is available for members to attend union meetings during scheduled worktime. Members can also receive reimbursement for parking with a receipt, and childcare expenses of up to $15 an hour.

Our contract for the years 2016 to 2018 is now available (click "read more" to find a pdf link).

It's a long document which perhaps only a hardy few will read cover to cover. But if there's an issue you've been wondering about, like say "vacation time" or "severance pay" a quick Control + F search will take you to the relevant section.

It's worth noting how much it means just to have a contract. Many non-union workers are employed "at will," meaning they can be fired at any time for any reason, or no reason. Working under a union contract gives us rights to due process, which means a big chunk of protection and quality of life for us and our families.

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The officers of AFSCME local 2822 were nominated at our February 2017 membership meeting. There were no contested elections.

Local 2822 Officers
President Ali Fuhrman

cell: 720-771-8471

Vice President Jayne Mikulay 612-543-8426
Treasurer Amy Stark 612-596-8000
Recording Secretary Susan Rose
Chief Steward Genae Nicole 612-543-3366
Chief Steward- Sam Gutierrez 612-480-7264
Membership Secretary Rita Watson 612-596-7843
E-Board at Large Valerie Wiggins 612-596-8000
  Lindsey Fenner 612-543-5801
  Adonna Swift 612-543-2195
  Shane Clune 612-543-8426
Trustee Dari Kolstad 612-348-9942
  DJ Hooker 612-543-8500
  Lisa Daniels  
Delta Dental Trustee Ann Baird 612-543-0270
Good & Welfare Heather Clark 612-543-8523


Minneapolis Labor Federation Delegates: Ann Baird, Shane Clune, Sam Gutierrez, DJ Hooker, Brett Schlosser

St. Paul Labor Federation Delegates: Rita Watson, Vacant

By Susan Rose, Recording Secretary and Steward, Franklin Library

Welcome to your new job at Hennepin County! We hope you will have a great experience here. For the best chance of success during your probationary period, here are some recommendations, taken from actual steward cases.

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 By Lindsey Fenner, Editor and E-Board -At-Large, Penn Lake Library

The first May Day, May 1, 1886, was a nationwide general strike to fight for the 8-hour day. Striking workers were beaten and killed by the police. During an ensuing protest in Chicago’s Haymarket Square on May 4, a bomb was thrown, and through the hail of bullets that followed, seven police officers and at least four workers were killed. Scores of people were wounded. Eight worker-activists were tried, and four were executed by the State of Illinois. The prosecution admitted the accused were not directly involved in the bombing, but had dangerous ideas that might have influenced the bomber. May 1 has been commemorated as International Workers Day ever since.

We need to fight for workers every day, as we will on this May 1 at the May Day March and Rally in Minneapolis. But we also need to learn about the struggles of the past. Here are a handful of titles about American Labor History, all available from the Hennepin County Library.

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On April 19, 2016, union members addressed a committee meeting of the Hennepin County Comissioners about what's going on with our jobs at the library. Five people spoke and we had a an amazing turnout! Thanks so much for your support!

If you weren't able to make it, or if you had to leave before the open forum, you can watch a video of the speeches here:


One of the speakers, Lisa Daniels, got cut off by the three minute time limit, so we're posting her entire statement here on the local's website. Find it under "read more" below.

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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.

To request steward assistance please call 612.470.2822 or email afscme2822steward@gmail.com. In order to assist you with an investigative meeting please leave your name, date/time/location of the meeting, work/home phone, and home email. If you have a question, please ask it and leave your work/home phone and home email for follow-up.

AFSCME 2822 Stewards

Steward Department Location
Genae Nicole
Chief Steward
Hennepin Health Grain Exchange

Sam Gutierrez
Chief Steward

HSPHD Government Center
Jayne Mikulay Library East Lake Library
Ali Fuhrman Library Hosmer Library
Susan Rose Library Franklin Library
Shane Clune Library East Lake Library
Brett Schlosser Library North Regional 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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On Wednesday, October 21st, 50 library workers, union members and residents joined us at the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting to voice our concerns regarding the 2016 Proposed Library Operating Budget. Thanks to all of you who were able to make it and to those of you who lent moral support!

Lynn Stetler, President of Local 2822, and Mary Steinbicker of Local 2864, and Ali Fuhrman of Local 2822 each gave a brief statement to the Board while Library Director Lois Thompson sat next to us. See video below and text of speeches under "read more."

Our message was clear: we want 10 new FTE dedicated to front-line staff and a $15 base wage for all Library workers. Many of the Board members were receptive to our message.

Speech by Alessandra Fuhrman, PSA, local 2822


Speech by Mary Steinbicker, Librarian, Vice President local 2864


Speech by Lynn Stetler, Associate Librarian, President of local 2822

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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:

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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