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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. 
Jun 08

Contract Negotiations 2015 Officially Begin

Negotiations for the 2015-2017 contract between AFSCME 3800/3801 and the University of Minnesota formally opened on June 3, 2015. Our union committee presented our proposals, which were determined by surveying clerical workers system-wide regarding needs, issues, and priorities. The proposals were then finalized and ratified by the Clerical Assembly - an elected committee of over 100 clerical workers statewide. Our message to the University administration was simple: we need raises and respect; we bargain for our families; and we deserve equity in benefits with other employee groups.  

Apr 20

Fight for 15 Rally

Check out Workday Minnesota's Video from the Fight for 15 Rally.

Mar 04

Supporting a Strong Union

AFSCME Council 5 voted to increase the per cap (per person) rate for all AFSCME members and fee payers in Minnesota and this went into effect on January 1, 2015. Local 3800 voted in November to adjust the maximum dues and fee rate. Due to the time required for the international union to approve the constitutional language and for legally required notice periods, the Council 5 increase and local increase occurred separately, rather than in the same pay period.
 
Per the Local 3800 constitution, the Council 5 per cap increase automatically is passed on to members and fee payers. However, due to the formula in the Local 3800 constitution previously used to determine the maximum rate paid by members and fee payers, members and fee payers in the top half of the pay scale would not have seen an increase, though members and fee payers in the lower half of the pay scale would have seen an increase. At the November 2014 membership meeting, AFSCME 3800 members voted to increase the maximum rate paid by members and fee payers so that those in the higher end of the pay scales contribute an equal percentage of salary as those in the lower half of the pay scales. AFSCME 3800 members also voted for a small increase in the percentage paid by everybody, and the rate was changed from 1.67% to 1.75% of the biweekly gross pay, until the maximum rate is reached. Many people will see an increase of $2 or less per paycheck. The maximum increase will be approximately $6 per paycheck. 
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.

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