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May 17

New Parental Leave Policy is a Big Win for All University Staff

Due to our efforts and those of other employee groups, the University passed a new parental leave policy, effective April 18, 2018 that is great for our members and the whole University Community. 

Dec 13

Tentative Agreement Reached

This morning, Wednesday, December 13, our AFSCME Clerical bargaining committee finalized a Tentative Agreement with the U of M for a 2017-2019 contract and we are unanimously recommending approval of this agreement by our membership. We have also canceled our action at this Friday's Board of Regents' meeting and have stopped circulating our petition.

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. 

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

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.

Jul 02

Negotiations Update #1: June 24 & 25, 2019

Our U of M AFSCME Bargaining Committee, representing clerical, technical, and healthcare workers throughout the University system began formal contract negotiations with the U of M administration last week. 

Jan 29

A Letter to Pres. Kaler Re: the University Administration’s Decision to Not Close UMN - Twin Cities:

AFSCME 3800 President Cherrene Horazuk and AFSCME Local 3937 President Mary Austin sent a letter to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and the Board of Regents asking that the University consider the safety of all members of the University community and make the decision to close the UMTC campus. P&A employee leaders have also contacted the President regarding the decision. We encourage you to contact University leadership, as well.

President Kaler: ekaler@umn.edu
VP Kathy Brown: <brown059@umn.edu
Board of Regents: <regents@umn.edu>

Dec 13

AFSCME comes out strong on election day

On election day here in Minnesota, AF-SCME’s endorsed candidates swept the statewide races. AFSCME’s candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor, Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan, beat out Republican Jeff Johnson, who’s said he’d love to “go all Scott Walker” on Minnesota. Members and leaders of Local 3800 talked to co-workers and neighbors, door knocked, and phone banked to help make this possible. Thanks to all who voted and who volun-teered.

Dec 13
Jayne Hacker and Terri Hawkinson, members of AFSCME Local 3800 at the U of MN Morris campus.
Jayne Hacker and Terri Hawkinson, members of AFSCME Local 3800 at the U of MN Morris campus.

Union member profile: Jayne Hacker & Terri Hawkinson

This month we are highlighting two union members at the UM-Morris campus. Jayne and Terri both graduated from Chokio-Alberta High School in 1978. And now, 40 years later, both work in Academic Divi-sion Offices at Morris; Jayne in the Division of the Humanities, Terri in the Division of the Social Sciences.

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