Become A Member
Become a member of AFSCME 3800 – Clerical Workers at the University of Minnesota
READY FOR A RAISE? THEN STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!
Our contract expires on June 30, 2013 and negotiations for our new contract will begin this spring. We’re facing a huge fight because the U of M wants to:
- Keep our wages low while continuing to give administrators huge salaries.
- Cut our jobs while expanding administrative positions.
- Continue to hack away at our hard-earned Health Care benefits.
- Continue the drive to make the U inaccessible to our families.
- Continue with reduced Regents’ Scholarship benefits so we can’t afford to further our education.
- Ignore the disrespect and bullying we face in our workplaces.
We deserve better. Our families and communities do, too. But we have to build our power to fight back and win.
First Step for Raises & a Better Contract…
Sign a Membership Card Today!
The key to winning a good contract is showing the University administration that we’re ready to do what it takes to win. Joining our union is the first step! Make sure you ARE a member by signing a membership card. Check with your Executive Board Rep, local CAT (Campus Action Team) member, or our organizer to join today.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE UNION?
The first thing the University administration does when they bargain with our union is look at how many of us are actually members. This tells them how much support the Union has and the more members we have, the more serious the U will be in bargaining with us. If our membership is low, the administration will think we are disorganized or don’t care and they will be able to push through their agenda. Becoming a member is the simplest way to say to the administration, “I deserve dignified treatment and a raise.”
WHAT HAS “THE UNION DONE FOR ME”?
Clerical workers at the University of Minnesota formed our union in 1991 to ensure that we had dignity and a voice in the workplace. We are over 90% women, and have historically had some of the lowest paying jobs at the U. Many of us went years without a pay increase, and others were in “temporary” positions for years at a time. Since we came together and formed our union, we have won contract language that ensures temporary positions are just that – temporary, and that our jobs are permanent appointments that offer stability and security. Many of us started out in positions that barely paid above the minimum wage. Our union organized a living wage campaign that won the highest starting salary at any public university in the country. New clerical workers are now guaranteed a starting salary of at least $13.86 an hour, with most positions starting at over $14.00 an hour. We also have guaranteed annual salary increases (steps), which recognize the experience we gain each year in our positions. We also organized and won a partial restoration of the Regents’ Scholarship for ALL University employees. We will continue to push for a full restoration of these benefits. We also work to ensure that all clerical workers have a respectful workplace that is free of bullying.
MONEY IS ALREADY COMING OUT OF MY PAYCHECK, SO I’M A MEMBER, RIGHT?
If you haven’t signed a membership card yet, then you are not a member – you’re a “Fair Share Fee Payer.” Minnesota state law requires everybody who is covered by a union contract at the U of M to pay their fair share for the benefits and representation they receive from being covered by the contract – benefits like affordable health care, wage increases, job security, sick and vacation days, representation in investigatory and disciplinary meetings, and seniority.
DOESN’T IT COST A LOT MORE TO BECOME A MEMBER?
Minnesota state law requires that a fee payer (also known as fair share) pay 85% of the dues amount for the benefits and representation you receive from being covered by the contract. For a person making $15.00 an hour, the difference between being a fee payer and being a full member is $3.49 a pay period – about the price of a latte every two weeks.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEMBER AND A “FAIR SHARE” FEE PAYER?
Not only does becoming a member of our union, AFSCME 3800 – Clerical Workers at the U of MN, send a message to the University administration that you care about your job and contract, but you show your co-workers that you stand together with them.
The basic idea behind a union is that we have shared interests and goals with our co- workers: whether you’re a Payroll Specialist, Assistant DGS, Administrative Assistant, or Classroom Scheduler, we all want a better contract with raises and job security. We want our benefits protected and we want a fair and dignified work environment. Rather than standing alone, we’re a lot stronger when we stand together and take collective action. Our union puts that wisdom into action.
IS IT TRUE ONLY MEMBERS CAN VOTE?
Yes. Members get a real democratic voice in our Union. AFSCME 3800 is a member- run, member-powered union built on having a voice both on the job at the U of M, as well as in our union. Decisions are made by members and member participation has been the key to our successes. Members decide collectively what our focus should be in contract negotiations, what we spend our dues money on, what position our union
is going to take on the important issues of the day, and what organizations in our communities we are going to work with and support. Our commitment to democratic and transparent decision making is what sets us apart from many other unions. Only members can vote on whether or not we should go on strike, on electing our Union’s leadership – like President, Executive Board and Negotiating Committee Representatives, or on accepting or rejecting contracts. To have a voice in our union and be part of the decision making process you simply need to be a member of AFSCME 3800.
IT’S TIME TO UNITE, FIGHT BACK AND WIN!
AFSCME 3800 – Clerical workers at the University of Minnesota. This University works because we do.