Sep 14

Negotiations Update #6: No movement from the U

The clerical committee of U of M AFSCME Locals 3800 & 3801 returned to mediation with the University of Minnesota administration on September 6, 2017 at the Bureau of Mediation Services.

Picket at the U of M Gala

Date: 
Sat, 09/23/2017 (All day)

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PICKET AT THE U OF M FUNDRAISING GALA
 

This month, the University is kicking off a $4 billion fundraising campaign with a black-tie gala for big time donors and University leadership on Saturday evening, and unionized workers will be there to let donors know about the Administration's hypocrisy of raising billions of dollars while telling the U’s lowest paid workers that there will be wage freezes next year.


From our award winning libraries to the maintenance of our buildings, from support for faculty research to scheduling classrooms, from admitting students to processing diplomas, front line staff contribute behind the scenes every day to make this an excellent institution. The research, teaching and outreach mission carried out by top faculty would not be possible without the support provided by unionized staff. When the University receives national recognition, it’s not because of brand new buildings, it’s because of the people who work in them.


AFSCME and Teamsters are currently in contract negotiations and we are fighting to ensure wages that workers can raise a family on and allow us to retire with dignity after dedicating our entire career to this institution. More than 250 University administrators are earning $250,000 a year at the same time that over 400 frontline staff earn less than $15 an hour. While the administration always seems to find the funds for wages, raises, and pensions for administrators, they plead poverty when it’s time to discuss frontline salaries. The University is offering us pennies for the first year of our contract and nothing for the second year. .


Join us as we shine a light on the existence of two universities: one where administrators are earning salaries twice that of the governor; and one where frontline workers go to food shelves to make ends meet. The University’s fundraising campaign is #UMNDriven. AFSCME and Teamsters are #UMNDriven to make this an equitable place to work and study for all Minnesotans.


 
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 5 PM,
MEET AT COFFMAN MEMORIAL PLAZA
300 WASHINGTON AVE SE, MPLS 55455
Sep 15
AFSCME was joined by Teamsters, students and others in support of raises and respect for frontline workers.
AFSCME was joined by Teamsters, students and others in support of raises and respect for frontline workers.

Workers call on the U to invest in people instead of buildings

The University of Minnesota wants to limit clerical workers to a 1.5 percent raise this year and 0 percent next year, at the very same time it’s publicly launching a $4 billion capital campaign.

Jul 28

Negotiations Update #5: We're worth more!

U of M AFSCME Locals 3260, 3800, 3801, and 3937 returned to negotiations with the University of Minnesota Administration on July 17 and 18, facilitated by the Bureau of Mediation Services.

Jun 26

The University administration’s disrespectful wage proposal: we’re worth more!

On Monday June 26,  the U of M AFSCME bargaining committee continued another round of negotiations with the University of Minnesota.  Watch this video to get an update. Learn what the University offered the front line staff.

Jun 16

Contract Negotiations Update # 3

U of M AFSCME Locals 326-, 3800, 3801, and 3937 had their third round of negotiations. Mary Austin, president of the technical unit, gives a report from their day of bargaining.

Jun 13
Local 3937 president Mary Austin asks the University of Minnesota to pay frontline workers fair wages.
Local 3937 president Mary Austin asks the University of Minnesota to pay frontline workers fair wages.

AFSCME calls on U of M to pass fair budget

Workers and students at the University of Minnesota are calling on the Board of Regents to pass a budget that’s fair and more transparent.

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