Contract Negotiations - Health Care Mediation #1

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In our September 11th session, AFSCME provided a detailed sliding scale premium model for our members, based on the annual average University base salary of $59,000. This would mean everybody making below that wage would pay less for their portion of the health insurance premium, and everybody making above the U’s average base salary would pay more. We believe that if our wage increases are percentage-based, then it’s only fair that our health insurance premiums should be, too. Go to to see more details of our proposal. 
The University rejected our proposal because it is based on University salaries as a whole, not just AFSCME-represented workers. Just the day before, however, the Benefits Advisory Committee which includes all non-unionized employee groups, was told that they would not be allowed to discuss a sliding scale plan because AFSCME raised it in bargaining. The Administration refuses to discuss sliding scale with AFSCME and reneged on its promise to discuss sliding scale with all other employee groups, a promise made at the July 18 BAC meeting. The best and fairest option for healthcare changes at the U of M is a sliding scale model. The U needs to discuss it!


Get involved in the fight for sliding scale premiums and livable wages at the U – Join the AFSCME Clerical Assembly!

The AFSCME Clerical Assembly is a committee of your clerical coworkers from all around the University (including the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota) who have come together to strategize about contract negotiations, to gather input and disseminate information about negotiations to our coworkers, and to organize for a strong contract. Our talking papers on wages and health insurance, our online healthcare petition, and our rally to deliver our petitions were all developed by our Assembly members. Our efforts are currently focused on our sliding scale premium proposal and livable wages for all University workers.


The Assembly meets via videoconferencing and in person over the noon hour, as well as consulting online. We elect new members of the Assembly at each membership meeting – and we encourage all members who are interested to join us. If you have questions or would like to be Assembly please contact President Cherrene Horazuk at 612-940-0660 or or contact our local office at or 612-379-3918.