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May 09

Turning Up the Heat at the Capitol

We, as U of M staff, always make a point of using the opportunity to specifically speak up about issues important at the U, such as our personal experiences as workers here, and asking legislators to fund Governor Dayton’s higher education budget proposal. The U has recognized the value in having its front-line workers show up at the capitol and raise these issues. So, next spring, I’ll see you at the capitol!

May 09

U of M Unions Standing Together!

Four thousand front-line University of Minnesota workers, members of AFSCME Locals 3260, 3800, 3801, and 3937, and Teamsters Local 320, start negotiations this month for our 2017-2019 contract. Our priorities are to make real economic progress, especially for long-term workers and those nearing retirement, to win six weeks paid parental leave for all parents regardless of gender, to expand education benefits, and to ensure respect for our workers and the contributions we make to the University.

Apr 12

UMD Local Fights with Renewed Spirit

AFSCME members at UMD are under-going an awakening about just how essential their union is.
Years of budget cuts have put pressure on workers, and more cuts are expected at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Workers are concerned about what that will mean for already over-burdened employees, especially with the Trump administration’s stance toward public education and public services. 
Apr 12

Member Spotlight: Wendy Plager

Growing up, I didn’t know much about unions, because no one in my immediate family was part of a unionized work force. I generally knew that unions were good for working people, but I had no direct connection...I thought.

Apr 12

Our Fight for Raises and Respect Continues

Our union exists to improve the lives of workers at the U of M. We do that by negotiating a contract every two years to try to get the best wages, benefits and work rules that we can. We also have stewards in the workplace that make sure the contract is followed, and that defend us when management violates the contract. But none of this happens on its own – we can only accomplish our goals by being well orga-nized and having as many members as possible involved in our union.

Jan 13

Ensuring Our History Doesn't Get Lost

The rich history of working men and women who fought for the union rights we enjoy today too often goes untold. Labor history isn’t taught enough – if at all – in many schools, and we’re certainly not hearing about union gains for working people from some politicians and media sources.

Jan 12

Letter from the President

The labor movement is built on the principles of solidarity and that an injury to one is an injury to all.  As we start a new semester on campus and look ahead to a new president, congress, and state legislature, I invite all of you to join our union in showing our commitment to our families, our coworkers and our communities and to ensuring that all working people are treated with dignity and respect, and can earn enough to raise a family, own a home, send their kids to college, and retire with security. 

Aug 15

Video History of AFSCME 3800: 25 Years of Struggle!

On Thursday, June 16th, our AFSCME 3800 union sisters and brothers came together to celebrate the 25 years of struggles and successes at the U of MN since our successful union election 25 years ago. Watch the video commemorating this history, made by our friends in Labor Education Service (LES) at UMN.

You can watch the video through this link.

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).

Mar 23

Salary Raises

Our negotiated across-the-board salary increases should show up on the paycheck for March 16, 2016. For those of you who make under $15, this means your salary will go up to $15 an hour. Everybody else will see a 1.5% increase. If you'd like to double-check the amount of your increase, you can find the new salary grids posted on the local 3800 webpage. Go to the grids for your classification and find the new rate for your step in the first column (June 29, 2015). For workers who were making less than $15 an hour, you will now be at the new step 1. If you have any questions or if there are errors, contact your departmental payroll person or call our local union office (612-379-3918) or email us. 

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