November Membership Meeting

Tue, 11/22/2016 (All day)
November membership meeting at Nicholson 325. Meeting starts at 5:15 pm.
Aug 15

Video History of AFSCME 3800: 25 Years of Struggle!

On Thursday, June 16th, our AFSCME 3800 union sisters and brothers came together to celebrate the 25 years of struggles and successes at the U of MN since our successful union election 25 years ago. Watch the video commemorating this history, made by our friends in Labor Education Service (LES) at UMN.

You can watch the video through this link.

Mar 23

Salary Raises

Our negotiated across-the-board salary increases should show up on the paycheck for March 16, 2016. For those of you who make under $15, this means your salary will go up to $15 an hour. Everybody else will see a 1.5% increase. If you'd like to double-check the amount of your increase, you can find the new salary grids posted on the local 3800 webpage. Go to the grids for your classification and find the new rate for your step in the first column (June 29, 2015). For workers who were making less than $15 an hour, you will now be at the new step 1. If you have any questions or if there are errors, contact your departmental payroll person or call our local union office (612-379-3918) or email us. 

Mar 23

Not in Kansas Anymore: Basketball can't Beat Benefits

Growing up in a union household in Kansas, a wildly anti-union state, I knew that unions weren't as awful as people said; they aren't filled with terrible people (my dad's puns may be terrible, but he isn't). But when I started my working life, the stability of a union job seemed out of reach. 

Since getting a job at the University of Minnesota with benefits (thanks to the union members for fighting for the good benefits) and union membership, my life has improved because the security of working a union job and doing it in a state that isn't a right to work (for less) state has allowed me to start planning for the future (and retirement).

AFSCME 2016 Day on the Hill

Tue, 04/05/2016 (All day)
AFSCME Council 5

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Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, has been on the House Higher Education committee for nine years. Her role includes oversight of the University of Minnesota. But after attending a forum sponsored by University Unions United regarding the realities of frontline workers at the U, Norton said, "I have never had my eyes opened the way I have today." 
Legislators have few opportunities to hear the voices of the front-line staff who work every day to advance the land grant mission of the U. When they do hear from us, it can influence their conversations with the regents and administration and their actions regarding the U's funding and bonding bills. As a result of our conversations with legislators about our needs at the U, many legislators advocated on our behalf during contract negotiations. 
Tuesday, April 5 is the annual AFSCME Council 5 Day on the Hill. This is your chance to have your voice heard at the State Legislature on issues that are important to you as a U of M employee. It's also an opportunity to thank the legislators who stood with us during our contract campaign!
The University Administration has agreed to University-paid release time from work to attend. This means that you just need to talk to your supervisor about taking the day off with pay to attend. 

Register online for Day on the Hill 2016! Then, send us an email to let us know that you're attending, and to let us know if you would like to carpool or ride over on the light rail with your coworkers.
AFSCME 3800 members will join 1,000 other public workers and AFSCME members from throughout the state as we advocate for One Minnesota that ensures a fair shot for a better future for all Minnesotans, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Day on the Hill will begin at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul, where participants will be briefed on the day's activities and given a short lobbying lesson. We'll then proceed to the Capitol, where members will have the opportunity to speak with Minnesota legislators about the issues that are important to us. A reception at the hotel will wrap up the day.

St. Paul RiverCentre
Feb 26

Member Spotlight: Janaya Martin

Member Spotlight is a space to share your story with our union sisters and brothers. 

"Now, as I count down the weeks to the arrival of my new little one, I feel a sense of calm I hadn’t before. This baby is likely my last and will also be the first (of three) that I will get to stay home and bond with for a full 12 weeks."

Feb 04

2015-2017 Contract Ratified by our Membership

After an incredible contract campaign that won key demands from the University Administration, we counted our members' ballots last night on whether to accept the tentative agreement. The members of AFSCME Local 3800 and Local 3801 (Clerical, UMD) voted by majority to ratify the Tentative Agreement for 2015-2017.

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