Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related


Short version: This is a story about trying to get respect and transparency from our employer.

Hennepin County Library took down the Salary Schedule from the staff web, making it harder for library workers to understand our steps and compensation. We asked many times for this important information to be reposted, to no avail.

So it's found a home on your union website, afscme2822.org, instead.

Longer version:
Hennepin County Library workers have long referred to a spreadsheet called the Salary Schedule when trying to understand our compensation. It was posted on the HR payroll page of the library staff web. During the recent Staffing Strategy changes, PSAs were transferred to the OSII job class and, for all their many new responsibilities, given only half-step increase in pay. As a result of this half step, the OSII scale in the Salary Schedule no longer reflected what most library OSIIs were actually being paid. Several of us point out this discrepancy to the Library HR Director, Shira Naharit, hoping the Salary Schedule would be corrected.

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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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Director’s Column – Stepping Up – October 15, 2016

With the November 8th election fast approaching, I’m asking you to BELIEVE. Not just in a particular candidate’s ability to bring real change to Minnesota, but to believe in our union’s collective power to make our state work even better.

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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:


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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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.

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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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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
HSPHD Grain Exchange

Sam Gutierrez
Chief Steward

HSPHD Government Center
Lynn Stetler Library Hopkins Library
LeeAnne McDonough Sheriff Public Safety Facility/
Central Records
Jayne Mikulay Library East Lake Library
Ali Fuhrman Library Hosmer Library
Susan Rose Library Franklin Library
Amal Hassan Library St. Louis Park 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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The officers of AFSCME 2822 contribute their time and expertise to serving our local.

Local 2822 Officers

Lynn Stetler

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
  Jayne Mikulay 612-543-8426
Trustee Claudia Perez-Selva de Heintz 612-543-1490
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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