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With former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his participation on Tuesday, the AFSCME-sponsored presidential candidate forum on Aug.

Today, the latest attempt by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act will

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved their 2020 budget, which includes tuition increases, the possibility of health care hikes, and a wage increase that doesn’t do enough

The 2018 Contract campaign continues! Locals 34, 552, 1719, 2822, 2864, and 2938 are at the table. The Union will keep members updated through this newsletter known as “Table Talk” Please keep in mind, Economic Issues will not be discussed in negotiations until August.

When he first took a job at the Centralia Correctional Center in Illinois, Keith Kracht knew that a career in public service wouldn’t make him a millionaire. But then again, that’s not why he went into public service.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders lashed out at the Trump administration after President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their unions.

During our bargaining session on Monday May 21, the County proposed a troubling addition to Article 4, our union security article. This newly-proposed Section 12 reads as follows:

The Parties agree that any employee representatives of the UNION who do not honor the contract language of this article 4 will be subject to removal from union activity for a period of time to be negotiated between the Labor Relations Department and AFSCME Council 5.

Express your union solidarity through art! Take a coloring break, then display your masterpiece on your locker, cubicle wall, or the union bulletin board. We’d love to see your work– take a picture and send it to [email protected] or post it to our Facebook page: @afscme2822. We won’t tell you to stay within the lines! Click below for a file to print.

Thanks to Brett Schlosser, Steward, North Regional Library, for this beautiful coloring sheet rendering of our Contract 2018 graphic!

The June Edition is here! We are in full contract-bargaining mode. Read about the Contract Kickoff Rally and get your AFSCME 2822 Contract 2018 coloring sheet. Plus, June elections for 2 delegates to the AFSCME International Convention and workers' education opportunities.

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The County’s proposals made on 5/21/2018 represent serious take backs for our union rights, pay, and benefits.

    1. Attacks on Our Compensation and Benefits:

      1. Reduce Steps

      2. Increase Health Insurance Costs- no details yet

      3. Eliminate Occasional Bilingual Pay

Hennepin County gave their opening proposal on Monday, May 21. Their full proposal is available in full below as a PDF to view/download. Top on their agenda: attacking union rights and our right to free speech; making it easier for the employer to discipline workers; and curtailing seniority rights and pay differentials. The changes were divisive, pitting newer workers against senior workers. No concrete wage proposals have been submitted but the employer is telling us they think steps are too generous and insurance costs need to go up.