Contract Negotiations Update #7

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Our clerical negotiating committee returned to the table on Friday 9/27, Monday 9/30, and Tuesday 10/1. We were disappointed to hear yet again that the University Administration will not even discuss a sliding scale model. Nor will they say why they won't discuss a premium model where employees making more pay more while employees earning less pay less. Our fight for sliding scale is not over and it is not going away. We will continue to push for sliding scale even if we are not able to achieve it in this round of negotiations. We will also continue to fight during negotiations and beyond to ensure that healthcare remains affordable - through keeping costs down and increasing wages. University VP Human Resources Kathy Brown recently reported on wages and benefits to the Regents. She explained that though wages at the U are below comparable higher ed institutions, employees are compensated with a “strong” benefits package. The University cannot keep wages low AND attempt to cut benefits! We are also continuing to press the U for job security language, particularly in light of the Administration's recent announcements of plans to cut Administrative costs by $15 million per year. The University needs to chop from the top, not continue cutting from below. Finally, we are continuing our efforts to achieve parity with other employee groups on parental leave.

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.