|Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related|
The Twin Cities Labor Chorus is inviting newcomers to explore membership as it expands its ranks to prepare for a California festival appearance in 2016. A new member open house takes place Jan. 13 in St. Paul.
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.
Employees shouldn’t have to risk their health to do their jobs. Four out of 10 private-sector workers come to work sick – or don’t get paid. The picture is noticeably different for state and local government workers, where union membership is stronger. Nine out of 10 workers in state and local government receive paid sick leave and, of those who belong to a union, it’s nearly everyone – 97 percent.
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 >>>
State economists say Minnesota will have a budget surplus of more than $1 billion to work with in its new two-year fiscal cycle. That means there is no need to cut jobs or state services, because legislators will have money available to meet priorities when they convene in January. But it doesn’t change the fact that state employees still will have to lobby for a salary supplement in their next two-year contract, which begins July 1, 2015.
Put Your Best Photo Forward
Council 5 is hosting a photo contest. You can submit your best Minnesota winter photo to our Facebook page through Dec. 31. Then, between Jan. 1 and Jan. 5, our Facebook fans will be able to vote for their favorite. We’ll announce three winners on Jan. 6. The winners will receive an AFSCME swag bag.
Local 9's Kim Johnson gives up a kidney -- but saysshe's getting a lot more in return.
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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