Mandy Roberts-Amo is a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school in upstate New York, where she helps a legally blind child get through his day. His name is Jonathan. To Mandy, helping Jonathan learn and improve is more than a job, it’s a calling. And that’s in part because to her Jonathan is more than a student.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we as a nation faced a tragedy unique in our history.

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

 On June 29, AFSCME Local 2822, representing clerical and support staff in Hennepin County, presented our supplemental contract proposals to the County (a full copy of our initial proposals is available below). Another 2822 supplemental bargaining meeting will be scheduled soon. The Master Contract Bargaining on Wages continues in August.

On the heels of high profile walkouts, new organizing and spiking approval for unions, union leaders see the SCOTUS decision as a rallying point to unrig the economy and put workers first.

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.