Celebrate AFSCME Local 3800's 25th Anniversary

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

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Eventbrite - U of M Clerical Workers 25th Anniversary AFSCME Local 3800


Please join AFSCME 3800 on Thursday, June 16 as we celebrate 25 years of solidarity and struggle!
For the past 25 years, AFSCME has tirelessly fought for raises and respect in the workplace. We demanded recognition for our work as careers, for job security and flexibility, and for the respect and dignity that every worker deserves. Since unionizing in 1991, we have launched successful campaigns, from our Living Wage campaign raising the wage from $7 to $12 to our  2015 “Raises & Respect” campaign winning clerical workers a $15 starting wage. We included our families and future by fighting for our standard of living from tripling the length of paid parental leave for birth mothers to fighting for guaranteed annual step increases and winning a partial restoration of the Regents’ Scholarship for ALL University employees and continue to push for full restoration. We have made progress in pressing the University to recognize that bullying is a serious issue and that our members have a right to a safe and respectful workplace. The members of AFSCME 3800 are proud of these achievements and recognize that we still have work to do. We look forward to collectively raising our voices and strengthening our union in the years to come.
Please join us in the Humphrey Forum on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, cake, wine, beer, and drinks will be provided. Our program starting at 6:00 p.m. will recognize members who have been with us since our beginnings in 1991 and also reflect on our local’s history and promising future.


Humphrey Forum

Contract 101 Info Session

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

  Tuesday, May 24
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ford Hall B10

Are you new to a unionized workplace and don't know what we mean when we talk about our contract or collective bargaining agreement? Have you been at the U for years, but still get confused about steps versus across the board increases? Do you have questions you haven't been able to ask or were afraid to? Now's your chance! 
Join us at a Contract 101 Information Session and learn more about changes that we won in our last round ofcontract negotiations including parental leave, wage increases, respectful workplace issues. We'll also go over what things are covered in the contract, such as wages, insurance benefits, vacation and sick leave usage, work rules, performance reviews, layoff protection, seniority, etc. 

A video connection will be provided for anybody who would like to attend who is not located within walking distance of the East Bank. Email afscme3800@gmail.com to RSVP and for connection info. 

Labor Movie Night: 'The River Ran Red'

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 7:00pm
Labor Movie Night presents, The River Ran Red

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   Friday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.
   United Labor Centre
   312 Central Ave SE Ste 356, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Join us on Friday, May 20 for the Twin Cities  Labor Movie Night screening of The River Ran Red. We were not able to find a copy of Blood Fruit as the original movie screening. If anyone can find a copy, we would be happy to screen it.

The River Ran Red, Director: Steffi Domike and Nicole Fauteux.

Blair Brown narrates this gripping account of a community’s struggle to preserve its way of life. In the summer of 1892, a bitter conflict erupted at the Carnegie Works in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The nation’s largest steelmaker took on its most militant labor union, with devastating consequences for American workers. Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick head a fascinating cast of characters which includes 300 armed Pinkerton guards, and the would-be assassin, anarchist Alexander Berkman. To evoke the strike and its century old legacy, the film employs documentary techniques, primary sources, dramatically staged scenes shot on location in the Pittsburgh area, and lyrical commentary found in poetry, song and fiction.

Snacks, soda, beer and wine will be available during the film; donations appreciated 

Ongoing labor movie events the 3rd Friday of every month. Check out the 2016 schedule here!

Upcoming Movie: June 17, 7:00 p.m., Pride, East Side Freedom Library 

Labor Movie Night is sponsored by AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME Local 3800, East Side Freedom Library, AFSCME Council 5 Next Wave, AFSCME Local 2822, AFSCME Local 34, AFSCME Local 1164, AFSCME Local 607, Teamsters Local 638, AFSCME Local 552, IBEW Local 292, Minneapolis Labor Review, UNITE-HERE Local 17

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."

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