Contract Negotiations Officially Begin

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Negotiations for the 2017-2019 contract between U of M AFSCME locals 3260, 3800, 3801, and 3937 and the University of Minnesota formally opened on May 17, 2017. Our unified committee presented proposals that were determined by surveying clerical, technical and healthcare workers system-wide regarding needs, issues, and priorities. The proposals were then finalized and ratified by the AFSCME Assembly, an elected committee of over 100 unionized workers statewide, and at our local membership meetings. Our message to the University administration was simple: we are standing together for our standard of living. We need to make real economic progress, particularly for long term workers who have dedicated their careers to the University. 
 
Key proposals include:
  • 5% cost of living increases each year of the contract
  • Fixing the step and classification systems so annual steps are larger, people get to the top sooner, and the top is a higher
  • No changes or cost shifts to health insurance
  • Full restoration of the Regents Scholarship, regardless of degree status
  • Six weeks paid parental leave, regardless of the parent's gender or birth parent status
 
Please watch a video summary of negotiations. Copies of our opening proposal as well as the University administration's opening proposals are attached.
 
The University proposals were minimal. They did not give us a wage proposal, and didn't provide a timeline for when we would receive one. We did receive the University's opening health insurance proposal, and for the second contract in a row, it does not include any increases to premiums or copays. We believe this is due in part to the many years that AFSCME, Teamsters, and other employees have pressured the U to keep costs down for employees.
 
The most significant language proposals that the University made were  several proposals in the Health Care contract that would weaken our rights regarding hours of work, work week, and work locations. 
 
Standing Up for Our Standard of Living! 
We are working closely with Teamsters and the other AFSCME locals on campus to push the University to prioritize the economic needs of frontline staff. We will be testifying at the Board of Regents Public Hearing on the Budget in early June regarding the needs for frontline workers, and we invite you to join us. We'll send the details as soon as the hearing is announced.
 
We also ask you to be part of the negotiations process. Please share this update and video with your coworkers.  Wear your AFSCME t-shirt or button (or wear green) every Friday during negotiations. 
 
Members are also encouraged to join the AFSCME Assembly to be part of the strategic decision-making. To join the Assembly or for more information, contact your local president or Local 3800 Organizer Marie Dino.
 
U of M AFSCME Negotiating Committee:
Mary Austin, President of AFSCME 3937, Technical
Cherrene Horazuk, President of AFSCME 3800, Clerical
Geraldine Hughes, Treasurer of AFSCME 3801, Duluth Clerical and Technical
Patricia Miller, President of AFSCME 3260, Health Care
Dave Bodick (Health Care)
Rosetta Chears (Clerical)
Nicolas Demm (Clerical)
Meri DuRand (Technical)
Jody Ebert (Technical)
Bill Hill (Technical)
Angie Hoffmann-Walter (Clerical)
Brad Sigal (Technical)
Julie Smith (Duluth Clerical)
Steff Yorek (Clerical)