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By Lynn Stetler

Our next Membership Meeting Wednesday, September 7, 2016 is at the Brookdale Library at 7:00 PM. We would like to approve a new group of stewards and have a broader discussion about steward work. There will also be the general business meeting and more discussion about the newsletter. And there is still time to commit to the Council 5 convention. We are paying lost time and mileage. See the latest newsletter for details. Any other topics you would like to add for discussion? I look forward to hearing from you.

By Ali Fuhrman

Our Union Sister Iesha Martin works as a Specialist/OSII at Hosmer Library. Iesha was raised a few blocks from the Hosmer Library in the Central Neighborhood of Minneapolis in a home where she continues to live and care for her two young children and aging parents.

Last week one of Iesha's closest family members, an Aunt in Atlanta, died, marking the most recent family emergency in year that has brought her much hardship. Earlier this summer, only weeks after Iesha was misdiagnosed with Ovarian cancer, her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Iesha is also a single mother. Her children have many health issues for which they are routinely hospitalized.

Between hospital visits regarding her own misdiagnoses, her mother's cancer treatment, and the health of her children, Iesha has exhausted her sick and vacation time.

As you may know, Hennepin County has a vacation donation program. Our goal is to raise 64 hours to make up for the time Iesha will miss in traveling to and attending her Aunt's funeral.

Please fill out the above form and donate whatever you can afford. Many small donations can go a long way.

The September issue of our newsletter, A New Voice, is now available.

Among other articles, check out the debut of a new column, "PELRAs of Knowledge" by Lindsey Fenner, about our rights as union-represented workers.

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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Teresa Kachelmeier, Associate Librarian at Southdale library, writes us with a request for time off donation:

"As of today I am going to be out on Medical Leave, and will most likely have back surgery again soon. I have depleted all of my sick leave and vacation. I am asking for vacation donations at this time, just 1 hour would be much appreciated. Last time I was out for approximately 4 weeks, I’m hoping that’s all it is again, but I’ll just have to wait and see. The link is below, thank you all so much."

https://hcconnect.hennepin.us/HR/Lists/VacationPTO%20Donation%20Program/Item/newifs.aspx

 

By Lynn Stetler

Your local approved a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) at its June 1 membership meeting after a tentative agreement was reached for a new staffing strategy.

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We have reached a tentative agreement with Library Administration and Labor Relations. Thanks to everyone who signed a petition, attended a Library Board Meeting, Commissioners Meeting or bargaining session. Thanks also to people who talked with their co-workers, asked questions and spoke publicly to their concerns regarding the Staffing Strategy. Our collective actions resulted in decisive wins.

The highlights of the agreement are outlined below. The full tentative agreement follows. We will be voting on the agreement at our June membership meeting next Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm at the Ridgedale Library. Come vote on this agreement; exercise your right as a full dues paying member. If you're not a full member you can sign a card the night of the vote! If approved, the changes will go into effect at the end of June.

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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:

http://hennepinmn.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=10&clip_id=2742

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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“Right to Work” on steroids hits Minnesota legislature

Protect Your Pension! Read more >>>

AFSCME has a packed agenda. Here are some of the big issues we’ll be focusing on. Read more >>>

Our union's future is at stake in the Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California Teacher's Association, arguments held Monday January 11.

Conservatives on the court could deal a heavy blow to AFSCME and other unions by taking away our fair share members. It's a critical time for us to be informed, so please watch the videos below and talk to your coworkers! Signing up full members is our best defense.

A Council 5 media plan surrounding the Friedrichs arguments can be found under "read more."

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On Monday, Jan. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that seeks to undermine our rights to negotiate for fair pay and benefits that sustain our families.

Bad boss barred from another attempt to decertify for a year 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.

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University workers stand together to demand livable wages and reasonable family leave policies Read more >>>

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

Sam Gutierrez
Chief Steward

612-460-7264 HSPHD Government Center
Lynn Stetler 612-543-6409
Cell:763-245-8285
Library
Hopkins Library
LeeAnne McDonough 612-596-8000 Public Safety Facility/
Central Records
Jayne Mikulay 612-543-8426 East Lake 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.

Local 2822 Officers
President

Lynn Stetler

612-543-6409
Cell:763-245-8285
Vice President Ali Fuhrman  612-543-5776
Treasurer Tykesha Crouch 612-348-9964
Recording Secretary Jeanne Whetstone 612-543-6357
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
  Sarah Sosa 612-543-2199
  Jayne Mikulay 612-543-8426
Trustee Claudia Perez-Selva de Heintz 612-543-1490
  Jim Ruiz 612-543-6729
Delta Dental Trustee Ann Baird 612-543-0270
Good & Welfare Heather Clark 612-543-8523

 

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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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