Congratulations and thank you to everyone who stepped forward to fight for 2822 workers in an official capacity at our February membership meeting.

Workers in Missouri and New Mexico have chalked important victories against anti-worker laws that would have robbed them of their voices and the right to bargain collectively.

AFSCME social workers fight for the right to continue providing high-quality service to their elderly patients, who are among Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents.

The voices of almost 30 AFSCME Local 2822 activists rang through the Hennepin County Gov-ernment Center atrium as part of a day-long action-packed Local 2822 retreat for activists, stew-ards, and officers on April 16. The day started with a report from our president, Ali Fuhrman, on how far we have come in the past year as a union in fighting for workers in Hennepin County, and how far we still need to go. Workers from some of our most represented departments spoke about their struggles and successes in advocating for themselves, their coworkers, and the com-munities we serve.

The May edition is all about solidarity: with teachers around the U.S., with communities and workers in times of struggle, and the power we have together. Contract negotiations start May 7! Come make some noise at the Contract Campaign Kickoff Rally, Monday, May 7, 12-1PM, at the North Plaza of the Government Center. United We Bargain, Divided We Beg!

It’s been three years since we were in contract negotiations and our union is ramping up again for our next contract battle. Last round we won a $15 minimum wage. This round we’re looking at a large general wage increase and expanding protections for workers and union activists. As of this writing we are still finalizing our proposals. Here’s a little on what to expect and the process:

On Saturday, March 17, AFSCME Local 2822 joined in solidarity with workers at HCMC fighting for a fair contract. Over a hundred workers, families, and community members marched in the spring sunshine outside of the sparkling new HCMC Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Minnesota is one of the worst states for racial inequality. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Minnesota also has one of the greatest rates of disparity for opioid-related deaths based on race. Hennepin County public library workers have been seeing the reality of this, especially in libraries that primarily serve communities of color. In January 2018, a Franklin Library patron died at HCMC, after overdosing in the library restroom. Another patron overdosed the next morning in Franklin Library. Although this is absolutely heartbreaking, it was not surprising.

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April has a contract update, opioids in our libraries, college scholarship information, solidarity with HCMC workers, and lots of events! Most importantly, contract negotiations start May 7, with a kick-off rally on Monday, May 7, 12PM-1PM at the North Plaza of the HC Government Center!

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Salutations Union family, this is an update on class action grievances from your AFSCME 2822 chief steward and on behalf of all of our stewards in AFSCME 2822.

During the past three years we have fought for all of our AFSCME 2822 members and this has resulted in more grievances being filed for our Union members regarding Just Cause for discipline. In addition to these grievances, we have moved from fighting for individual grievance into what we call “class action grievances.”

Thanks to everyone willing to serve our union as an elected representative! Three members were nominated for the two Co-Chief Steward positions: Shane Clune, Sam Gutierrez, and Genae Nicole. Genae Nicole has since decided to not run for Chief Steward, and there will be no balloted election at the March Membership Meeting. Officers will be sworn in at the March meeting. The following offices were nominated without contest at the February membership meeting and were elected by unanimous consent: