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Jun 20
Negotiations 2013 Updates - part 1

Contract Negotiations Opened Tuesday, June 18

Read more about the opening day of negotiations...

Jun 13
Cherrene Horazuk
Cherrene Horazuk

University of Minnesota clerical workers protest 25 job cuts (Star Tribune)

The union representing clerical workers at the University of Minnesota will protest recent layoffs Friday before the Board of Regents votes on the 2014 operating budget.

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.
 
 
May 31

Walmart Workers Launch First-Ever 'Prolonged Strikes'

Walmart employees are on strike in Miami, Massachusetts and the California Bay Area this morning, kicking off what organizers promise will be the first “prolonged strikes” in the retail giant’s history. The union-backed labor group OUR Walmart says that at least a hundred workers have pledged to join the strikes, and that some workers walking off the job today will stay out at least through June 7, when Walmart holds its annual shareholder meeting near Bentonville, Arkansas.
 
May 31

University of California Patients and California Leaders Stand with UC Hospital Workers

“overwhelming majority of UC Hospital patient care workers” participated in strike

OAKLAND: The historic first-ever strike amongst UC Patient Care Technical Workers represented by AFSCME 3299 drew thousands of workers, their families, patients and elected leaders from across California to picket lines at UC Hospitals in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.

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
Apr 03

Negotiations Table Committee & Consultative Assembly Elected

At the March membership meeting Local 3800 members elected our negotiations Table Committee and Consultative Assembly. New this year, the Consultative Assembly is open to any member in good standing and is responsible for gathering input and disseminating information about negotiations to the full membership.
Apr 03

Mother Jones, Workers Resistance, and the Origins of Rank-and-File Unionism

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was a fearless fighter for workers' rights who shaped the concept of "rank-and-file unionism." When she was mocked as the "grandmother of all agitators," in the U.S. Senate, Mother Jones replied that she would someday like to be called "the great-grandmother of all agitators." And she is. She taught us that movements are theatres of battle, that strategy matters, and that unions can be vehicles for workers' power, not just a contract.

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