|Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related|
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a strong case for the value of labor unions following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Union Membership Report.The report highlights that the median weekly earnings of nonunion workers ($763) were only 79 percent of earnings for workers who were union members ($970). If you do the math, it amounts to $10,000 more a year for union members.
The 2015 AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy will be held from June to December of this year.
Happy new year! The February 2015 issue of A New Voice is now available.
Union members are happier with their lives than nonunion workers. Makes sense, right? Now comes a study that proves it.
The differences are clear. Some legislators agree with AFSMCE and our MoveMN partners in pursuing long-term, sustainable solutions for Minnesota transportation. Others just want to keep patching over the problem. In fact, they see it as an opportunity to raid education and health care, and to cut costs at MnDOT. In other words, they want to pay for it with our wages, benefits and jobs, and with the services we provide.
The legacy of Nellie Stone Johnson – Minnesota’s pioneering union, education, and civil rights leader – is about to reach a new level with the placement of a memorial in the State Capitol. Here's how you can help it happen.
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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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.
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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