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).

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."

Jan 11

Ballots on Tentative Agreement Have Been Mailed

 
On Thursday, December 10, 2015 our AFSCME Clerical Bargaining Table Committee reached a tentative agreement with the University for the July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017 contract. Our committee recommends that you vote in favor of this agreement.
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.

Oct 14

Tentative Agreement Reached, 2013-2015 Clerical Contract

On Friday, Oct 11 our Clerical Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the University for the July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015 contract.

Apr 03

Negotiations Table Committee & Consultative Assembly Elected

At the March membership meeting Local 3800 members elected our negotiations Table Committee and Consultative Assembly. New this year, the Consultative Assembly is open to any member in good standing and is responsible for gathering input and disseminating information about negotiations to the full membership.
Apr 03

Mother Jones, Workers Resistance, and the Origins of Rank-and-File Unionism

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was a fearless fighter for workers' rights who shaped the concept of "rank-and-file unionism." When she was mocked as the "grandmother of all agitators," in the U.S. Senate, Mother Jones replied that she would someday like to be called "the great-grandmother of all agitators." And she is. She taught us that movements are theatres of battle, that strategy matters, and that unions can be vehicles for workers' power, not just a contract.

Mar 11

National Day of Action for Education Rights

We demand a University for the 99%!

Rally in front of Morrill Hall
Thursday, March 14
Noon to 1:00

Feb 22

Join Local 3800 for AFSCME Day on the Hill Tuesday Febraury 26th

Given the attention the U is getting at the legislature, due to the Wall Street Journal article, it is critical that we have a large turnout of U workers to convey our perspective about senior administrative bloat and the need to hold the U leadership accountable. There is still time to register and we are trying to get 75 people to Day on the Hill this year, but are around 50 now.
 
The University Administration has agreed to University-paid release time from work to attend our annual AFSCME lobbying day.  They are doing this to encourage maximum participation because it is just that important! 
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