|Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related|
An official summary of the Tentative Agreement reached between AFSCME locals and Hennepin County is now available. Click "read more" to find a PDF link along with information on market adjustments and contract language changes.
Members will vote on this tentative agreement on Thursday, December 3. More details to follow.Read more >>>
A tentative agreement has been reached in our contract negotiations. Soon we, the members, will have a chance to vote on this.
Here is a message from our President, Lynn Stetler, after the November 16th session of negotiations:
"I want to thank our Table Team for all their hard work: Sarah Sosa, Tykeska Crouch and LeeAnne McDonough. We fought hard, we presented our thoughts and opinions well and did so in most respectful way. I am most proud of our work and also to our folks on the EEO team. I feel certain that we did our best to get the most from the Employer we could. This is a three year contract. Who knows what the State of the County will be when we come back to the Table again. I hope some of you will be there. What I know for sure is that this is my last negotiations. It has been a privilege to lead this team and be a member of the 2822 through zeroes and good times. I am most proud that we have finally brought the wages of the lowest paid workers in Hennepin County and most of them in our Local up to $15.00/hr. They held this card until the very end knowing how important this was to us and to the whole team.
"The vote will take place on Dec. 3. Stay tuned for voting locations and a more detailed summary.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Click "read more" to find a preliminary summary of the agreement by Jean Diederich, president of local 34.Read more >>>
University workers stand together to demand livable wages and reasonable family leave policies Read more >>>
Union and county representatives met on both October 8th and October 15th with a flurry of proposals and counter-proposals exchanged, reviewed, and discussed with necessary clarifications requested and provided. Much of that time was spent on tough issues such as workplace morale, dignity and respect and scheduling. Your Table Team members shared your concerns passionately on these issues with the Employer. The long hours spent at each session resulted in our being positioned to address the remainder of our language and economic proposal as we enter mediation with the employer in November.
We have reached a tentative agreement on the health insurance portion of the contract which will be what is offered during open enrollment next month. There will be increases in premiums with the employee and Employer splitting that increased cost as well as an increase in the cost of co-pays for generic drugs. Although increases are never positive we have mitigated the amount of the increase as much as possible. The reality is that our medical trend with Hennepin County insurance is changing. There are other significant and positive changes regarding insurance. We have entered into an agreemetn to utilize a consensus based model to further determine any change in plan design and future planning for Hennepin County insurance. This model provides a greater opportunity for collaborative work on the insurance plan alongside the employer. Rather than providing sole authority to the employer in future years we have asserted a place at the table to continue decision making regarding our insurance plan. We have agreed to use a consensus model for the outlying year(s) of the contract in regards to costs of family coverage.Read more >>>
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 2822Read more >>>
The November 2015 issue of our newsletter, A New Voice, is now available. Contract negotiations are now entering a critical phase. Please take action to support your union!
On September 14, union and county representatives met for 12 hours. Locals met separately with their departments on supplemental contract issues specific to their bargaining units. We also came very close to a settlement on health insurance, however, work remains and we are unsure an agreement will be reached in time for open enrollment. Please stay tuned for ongoing updates on health insurance and keep in mind what you may see in open enrollment may not be the final agreement.
Watch Hennepin County workers address County Commissioners on issues of staffing and respect in the workplace.
By Sarah Sosa, Steward, Executive Board 2822, Council 5 E-Board, HSPHD, Sabathani
For the second day of negotiations, September 3, 2015, we met in the Pohlad room of Minneapolis Central library. We awaited the employer’s response to our proposal. Labor Relations team gave us some initial verbal responses to our proposal. They asked for clarification on some pieces and said they would look further at others.
Hennepin County’s wage proposal is essentially a repeat of 2013. In other words, 1% COLA for top pay employees. Only steps for the rest of the employees. We have not agreed to any of it.
By Sarah Sosa, Steward, Executive Board 2822, Council 5 E-Board, HSPHD, Sabathani
Today (August 10, 2015) was our first day of negotiations. I got there early and sat next to my fellow local member. Ready with my coffee and my favorite AFSCME green accessories, I wondered what the day would hold. This is my first time on the team and I am glad I agreed to take on the new experience. As the room started to fill in I looked around at our team and felt honored that our local president Lynn Stetler asked me to represent so many workers who could not be at the table. My hope is to talk to my coworkers at my worksite, Sabathani Community Center, as well as my former coworkers at the Maple Grove Library and let them know that we are working hard to improve their contract. We need everyone’s support to make this happen. Even something as simple as wearing GREEN ON TUESDAYS.
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."
Contract negotiations begin this month. Read the latest newsletter to stay informed.
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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