Union member profile: Jayne Hacker & Terri Hawkinson

Jayne Hacker and Terri Hawkinson, members of AFSCME Local 3800 at the U of MN Morris campus.
Jayne Hacker and Terri Hawkinson, members of AFSCME Local 3800 at the U of MN Morris campus.
This month we are highlighting two union members at the UM-Morris campus. Jayne and Terri both graduated from Chokio-Alberta High School in 1978. And now, 40 years later, both work in Academic Divi-sion Offices at Morris; Jayne in the Division of the Humanities, Terri in the Division of the Social Sciences.
Jayne Hacker
Years of service 1980-1983 on the Minneapolis Campus, Immunobiology Research Center
1985-1987 50% time in the Dean’s Office
1987-1988 full time in the Dean’s Office
1988-present in the Division of the Humanities
What do you like about your job? Interac-tion with the faculty and students. Being able to call Terri, if I need to, for help with the job duties that we both do.
What do you like about AFSCME, about having a union? Knowing that the Union is behind you! … and fighting for you!
Terri Hawkinson
Years of service
1995-1997 Rodney A Briggs Library
1998-present Division of the Social Sciences
What do you like about your job? What I enjoy most about my work is the varie-ty. Somedays wearing many hats can be tiring - budgets, Catalog/Curriculum, Class Sched-ules, assisting with search-es, and assisting faculty and students all keep me busy everyday. Jayne and I both actually do a few of the same job duties.
What do you like about AFSCME, about having a union? There was much employment uncertainty where I worked in the 1980’s. If you didn’t agree with man-agement, you had two choices, their way or the highway. In the 90’s I worked for a great employer with a generous benefits package, but I didn’t enjoy the traveling or sales quotas required in the job. It seems I found a great fit here at Morris. My skills match the job well, and the union provides me with stability and a safety net.