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Jan 20

VIDEO: A Way Forward Can’t Wait

To mark the start of the legislative session, progressive leaders gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol to call on lawmakers to enact smart policy that restores drastic cuts to public services and strengthens the middle class.

AFSCME Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide and workers around Minnesota said now is the time, with DFLers leading the legislature and the governorship, to move Minnesota forward.

Jan 19

Editorial: The U's failing grade for fiscal management

Exhibit A on administrative bloat: The U.

At the University of Minnesota, the number of employees with "human resources" or "personnel" in their job titles has grown from 180 to 272 since the 2004-05 academic year.

Since 2006, the university has spent $10 million on consultants for a vast new housing development that is decades from completion. It employs 139 people for marketing, promotions and communications. Some 81 administrators make $200,000 per year or more.

In the past decade, Minnesota's administrative payroll has gone up three times as fast as the teaching payroll, and twice as fast as student enrollment.

Oh, and tuition more than doubled in that same period, to more than $13,000 per year.

Jan 19

Wall Street Journal says Chop From The Top!

AFSCME 3800 has been saying, "Chop from the Top!" for years as we've seen tuition skyrocket and front line jobs get eliminated - all while high priced administrators enriched themselves and expanded their numbers. The U of MN's administrative excesses have finally caught the attention of the national media. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on December 29 detailing administrative excesses and skyrocketing tuition at the U of MN (attached or available to WSJ subscribers here). Doug Belkin, a reporter with the WSJ, has been working on this story for months, and approached our union in October for assistance in understanding the bureaucracy at the U. Thanks to all our members who helped provide background information for the article. The story has since been picked up by Minnesota Public Radio and Huffington Post, among others. 

We will continue to pressure the U to uphold a vital component of its land grant mission - offering a quality education for the working people of the state of Minnesota. We will also continue to defend front line jobs at the U and to pressure for an end to administrative bloat and excessive salaries.

Jan 19

AFSCME at the U: Making Success Possible

This University works because WE DO! Take Pride in your work, take pride in yourself, take pride in your union!

Jan 18

From Macha to Pacha: The Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota addresses pay inequity in clerical workers salaries

by Mary Lou Middleton (Garza), former vice president of AFSCME Local 3800 clerical workers at the University of Minnesota

Dec 10

One Year Later: Fundraiser for Locked Out Crystal Sugar Workers

August 1st, 2012 marked the 1-year anniversary of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union lockout by the bosses at Crystal Sugar. At the end of June, the BCTGM workers rejected a second contract offer that would double health care costs and allow management to ignore seniority when filling new positions and contract work out to non-union workers. These workers have held strong against this unfair contract. Workers from North Dakota never received unemployment insurance during the lockout and the Minnesota workers’ unemployment is beginning to run out. Our union brothers and sisters in the Red River Valley are going through difficult times and are engaged in a very difficult fight. The President of Crystal Sugar likened the union to a cancerous tumor that must be removed. Union busting is becoming all too familiar with ‘Right to Work’ legislation being introduced around the country and more attacks by bosses every day. Join us for a solidarity dinner and discussion on how we unite these struggles, show solidarity for the locked out Crystal Sugar workers and learn from their experience.
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