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Greetings Hennepin County Union Workers-

Labor Management Healthcare consensus decision making began June 26 and our Hennepin County Unions are joining together to say NO increases to our healthcare costs!

As part of our bargaining agreements any annual healthcare changes (co-pays, deductibles, etc) are agreed upon by a consensus decision of the Labor Management Health Care Committee (LMHCC). This is a consensus process between all Hennepin County Unions and Management and is separate from contract negotiations. Premiums will not be debated as they are part of our contract.

In May, AFSCME 2822 delegates to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation (MLRF) attended two congressional roundtable discussions with US House Representatives Ilhan Omar (MNCD5) and Dean Phillips (MNCD3). This was historic as both these US reps are new to Congress. Phillip’s election marks the end of a 58 -year streak of Republican representation in the Third Congressional District.

2019 has been a busy year for our Local and all AFSCME Locals at Hennepin County. We are working collectively to address issues that affect workers in every department, in every building, and in every local. In January, we fought the Employer for refusing to give workers with their review in the last week of December 2018 their proper step increase. Instead of Locals trying to go it alone we joined forces to file a class action grievance against the County and build political support from Commissioners to aid in our fight.

2019 has been a busy year for our Local and all AFSCME Locals at Hennepin County. We are working collectively to address issues that affect workers in every department, in every building, and in every local. In January, we fought the Employer for refusing to give workers with their review in the last week of December 2018 their proper step increase. Instead of Locals trying to go it alone we joined forces to file a class action grievance against the County and build political support from Commissioners to aid in our fight.

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Check out the July issue of the 2822 newsletter to read about the President's take on happenings around the county, Congressional Round table from the Recording Secretary, and Unions refusing increases in Healthcare Costs.

AFSCME is on a roll. We are notching victories coast to coast – at the bargaining table, in the organizing trenches and in state capitals.

Following a brutal workplace attack in October that left her unconscious and hospitalized, Tina Suckow is speaking out. She and her AFSCME sisters and brothers are raising their voices against her firing by Iowa state authorities and in favor of a federal bill that would help prevent such workplace attacks.

Back in 2015, workers at the Children’s Adolescent Behavioral Health Services facility found out about a budget plan to transition the program out of the state’s hands and into the private sector and got right to work opposing it. AFSCME members from Local 701, alongside community allies and elected officials from across the state, fought hard to keep the program alive. They pointed out that many of the youth in the workers’ care would be unable to find housing or adequate treatment with private providers, who can turn away clients arbitrarily.