Jul 17

We Can't Survive , Much Less Thrive on 0.25%

On Thursday, July 9th, we heard the University’s opening wage and health insurance proposals.

The Administration proposed a general (also known as Across The Board) increase of 0.25% per year. A 0.25% raise for our 1621 clerical workers is worth $158,311 a year. To put that in context, over 220 administrators have salaries higher than what the U wants to spend on raises for 1600 people. Even the University’s negotiator acknowledged, when making this proposal that, “the Across the Board proposal is not very good.”

Jun 18

Negotiations Update #2: June 16, 2015

The second round of negotiations for the 2015-2017 contract between AFSCME 3800/3801 and the University of Minnesota happened on June 16, 2015. Janel Mendoza, member of bargaining team and clerical on the Morris campus, reports on the second round and the responses from the U.

Jun 18

Divide Grows at the University

By Michael Kuchta, AFSCME Council 5.

IB ImageThe University of Minnesota is building a caste system that increasingly takes care of those at the top while it pushes lower-paid, frontline workers further and further behind, union activists told the Board of Regents Friday.

“The University’s wage and benefit policies increase the gap between the haves and have-nots, and it’s got to stop,” says Cherrene Horazuk, president of Clerical Workers Local 3800.

Jun 10

Workers object to U of M’s continued wrong priorities at Regents Budget Hearing

On Friday June 12, University of Minnesota campus union workers will hold a press conference regarding the U of M proposed budget before testifying inside the McNamara Alumni Center (200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis) at the Regents public budget hearing. 
 
At the hearing members of U of M AFSCME and Teamsters Local 320, which collectively represent over 4,000 University workers, will testify on the U of M budget proposals. 
Jun 08

Contract Negotiations 2015 Officially Begin

Negotiations for the 2015-2017 contract between AFSCME 3800/3801 and the University of Minnesota formally opened on June 3, 2015. Our union committee presented our proposals, which were determined by surveying clerical workers system-wide regarding needs, issues, and priorities. The proposals were then finalized and ratified by the Clerical Assembly - an elected committee of over 100 clerical workers statewide. Our message to the University administration was simple: we need raises and respect; we bargain for our families; and we deserve equity in benefits with other employee groups.  

Jun 08

Contract Negotiations 101: Upcoming Info Sessions

Are you new to a unionized workplace and don't know what we mean when we talk about contract negotiations? Have you been at the U for years, but haven't paid attention to negotiations in the past? Do you have questions you haven't been able to ask or were afraid to? Now's your chance! 

Join us at a Contract Negotiations 101 Information Session and learn more about the contract, proposals, and the negotiations process. Some of the questions we'll be answering include:
What issues do we negotiate over?
Why don't we start negotiating earlier?
How can we win bigger salary increases and stronger contract language?
 
Pizza will be provided for meetings on the Twin Cities Campus. Please RSVP, so we order the right amount.
Apr 20

Fight for 15 Rally

Check out Workday Minnesota's Video from the Fight for 15 Rally.

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