Press Coverage

Jun 23

AFSCME and Teamsters Testify at the Board of Regents Budget Hearing

On Friday, June 12 the Regents held their annual Public Hearing where the University community has the opportunity to give their comments on the budget. Members of AFSCME 3800 and Teamsters 320 spoke on behalf of the 4,000 frontline workers at the U of MN. We testified about the growing economic gap between administrators and frontline workers, disparities in benefits between employee groups, and the need for real wage increases for frontline workers. We also shared first hand experiences regarding the struggle to make ends meet and to raise a family and retire with dignity. 

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. 
Feb 10
Sarah Landmesser says one department she worked in “only wants workers to be submissive. They do not want creative humans with feelings and emotions.”
Sarah Landmesser says one department she worked in “only wants workers to be submissive. They do not want creative humans with feelings and emotions.”

University Unions Lay It on the Line

AFSCME and Teamsters join forces to improve conditions for front-line campus workers

Sep 24

The U’s benefits-wage gap

The University can’t keep wages low while shifting health care costs to employees.
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  • Daily Editorial Board
September 23, 2013
 
Aug 08

Obamacare Opens For Business, Shuts Out Labor

Unions pushed hard for health care reform, finally settling for a half-measure in the Affordable Care Act. Employers are responding to the law by lowering benefits to match its floor.

Aug 08

Death by 1,000 health care cuts

Minnesota Daily Editorial Board:

The University should bring all options to the table before scaling back employee benefits.

AFSCME 3800 President Cherrene Horazuk said, “If you don’t respect working-class workers, how do you respect working-class students?”

Jul 25

U of M wants to scale back employee health care coverage

The University of Minnesota is considering changes for 2014 that would increase copays for primary and specialty care, require employees to pay deductibles, and establish a cheaper, but more limited plan for Twin Cities area employees, among other things.

Jun 13
Cherrene Horazuk
Cherrene Horazuk

University of Minnesota clerical workers protest 25 job cuts (Star Tribune)

The union representing clerical workers at the University of Minnesota will protest recent layoffs Friday before the Board of Regents votes on the 2014 operating budget.

Jun 13
Melanie Steinman
Melanie Steinman

Unions appeal OIT employee layoffs (MN Daily)

Union leaders are fighting the layoffs of 25 University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology employees, citing problems with understaffing and the way the layoffs occurred.

Representatives from the University’s clerical union have filed grievances on the layoffs and requested the University re-evaluate them. They also addressed the Board of Regents at its public forum on the University budget last week about the layoffs, which occurred late last month.

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