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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.

Jun 10

AFSCME 3800 Testifies at the Board of Regents Public Budget Hearing - June 5

3800 members testified about the impacts of health care increases, the deflation of our wages, layoffs, and the the horrendous actions of OIT at the Regents Public Budget Hearing June 5.
 
 
Apr 16

University of Minnesota regents are missing the point

Regents need to acknowledge how students pick up the burden.

Article by: Rep. Ryan Winkler

Apr 16

University of Minnesota's bloat must end

At our beloved U, there’s been a destructive trend of excessive compensation and administrative bloat. Here’s what we can do about it.
 
Article by: Arne H. Carlson
Mar 13

What some union workers say about the UMN spending report

Melanie Steinman, Chief Steward of AFSCME Local 3800 and a clerical worker in American Studies said, “AFSCME at the University is glad to see the governor’s proposal for an increase in funding to the University of Minnesota and MNSCU and for scholarship funds. We also welcome the call for a more accountable University.”

Mar 13

Lawmakers react to consultant report on U administration

The report found areas in which the University could be more efficient.

Mar 13

What former Gov. Arne Carlson says about UMN executive pay

Former Governor Arne Carlson criticizes executive salaries for U of MN officials:

"… Sadly, the leadership of Morrill Hall has left us with serious problems that must be dealt with if the University is to succeed. It is clearly a necessary challenge…"

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! 
Jan 29

Why do they raise tuition at the U? Because they can.

The University of Minnesota’s finance chief told state legislators Monday that colleges have raised tuition in part because … they can.

Jan 20

VIDEO: A Way Forward Can’t Wait

To mark the start of the legislative session, progressive leaders gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol to call on lawmakers to enact smart policy that restores drastic cuts to public services and strengthens the middle class.

AFSCME Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide and workers around Minnesota said now is the time, with DFLers leading the legislature and the governorship, to move Minnesota forward.

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