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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.
Oct 05

Negotiation Update #7 - U still has not moved on our priority issues

On Tuesday, September 29, our bargaining team met with management for the seventh round of negotiations. Our members joined the negotiations session to give their personal testimonies in support of our top four negotiation priorities: 1} dignified wages; 2} parental leave equity; 3} restoration of the Regent’s Scholarship; and 4} addressing workplace bullying. We left the bargaining table with one small agreement but did not move further on other negotiations and are now moving to mediation.

Sep 08

Negotiation Update #6 - Management walks out during negotiations

On Tuesday, August 25, our bargaining team met with management for the sixth round of negotiations. Management came into bargaining today & once again made no moves on wages & indicated that they have no interest in agreeing to any of our contract proposals. They specifically said, "the contract as it stands works for management" and they're only interested in housekeeping issues and not interested in "extraneous" proposals.

 
Aug 18

Negotiation Update #5 - University's wage proposal remains at 0.375%

Below is the latest negotiations update. The University's wage proposal remains an insulting 0.375%.

The University's response to equitable parental leave: "No."
Restoring the Regent's Scholarship: "No."
Addressing bullying supervisors: "No."
Increase our job security: "No."

Aug 18

Negotiations Update #4: We still can't survive--let alone thrive--on 0.375%

On Tuesday, July 21, the University upped their wage proposal to 0.375% each year. This adds about 2.5 cents/hour per worker to the original proposal of 4.9 cents/hour per worker. This is outrageous! The U negotiator also made clear that they don't intend to discuss or move on wages at the next bargaining session on August 13.

The University Administration needs to continue hearing from clerical workers that 0.375% is not an acceptable wage increase. Thanks to everybody who sent messages to President Kaler, VP Cathy Brown, and Chair Johnson earlier this week. We believe that the administration increased their proposal because of these emails, and will put more money on the table if they continue to hear from us.

If you haven’t done so, please add your name to an email petition to Administration with our message: we can’t survive--let alone thrive--on 0.375%.

Jul 17

We Can't Survive , Much Less Thrive on 0.25%

On Thursday, July 9th, we heard the University’s opening wage and health insurance proposals.

The Administration proposed a general (also known as Across The Board) increase of 0.25% per year. A 0.25% raise for our 1621 clerical workers is worth $158,311 a year. To put that in context, over 220 administrators have salaries higher than what the U wants to spend on raises for 1600 people. Even the University’s negotiator acknowledged, when making this proposal that, “the Across the Board proposal is not very good.”

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 18

Negotiations Update #2: June 16, 2015

The second round of negotiations for the 2015-2017 contract between AFSCME 3800/3801 and the University of Minnesota happened on June 16, 2015. Janel Mendoza, member of bargaining team and clerical on the Morris campus, reports on the second round and the responses from the U.

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. 
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