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    MDU and Council 3 are affiliated with AFSCME, a union of 1.4 million members nationwide. Being a part of the union offers a range of benefits from discounts on car rentals to home mortgage assistance. The benefit we are most excited about is the free college program that is offered to members and their families. Contact MDU at [email protected] [2] for more information about benefits.
     
    MDU and Council 3 are affiliated with AFSCME, a union of 1.4 million members nationwide. Being a part of the union offers a range of benefits from discounts on car rentals to home mortgage assistance. The benefit we are most excited about is the free college program that is offered to members and their families. Contact MDU at [email protected] [2] for more information about benefits.
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    On October 1, all non-supervisory employees at OPD will have the right to bargain for better pay and working conditions as a union. Eligible core staff, attorneys, and social workers will be able to file for MDU’s certification election with the state labor board.
     
     
     
     
     
    [1] https://afscmemd.formstack.com/forms/new_membership_form
     
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    /**/Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022. The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
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    /**/Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022. 
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    The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
     
    The theme of the convention, /Power of the Past, Force for the Future/, reverberated throughout the workshops and from one speaker after another. The history of this vibrant organization underscores the fact that it is helpful and important to remind members, as stated by the CBTU President, Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, “of the legacy we have laid, but also focus on the work ahead.” He further urged members not to get comfortable.
     
    The theme of the convention, /Power of the Past, Force for the Future/, reverberated throughout the workshops and from one speaker after another. The history of this vibrant organization underscores the fact that it is helpful and important to remind members, as stated by the CBTU President, Rev. Terrence L....
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    /**/Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022.
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    The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
      
     
    The theme of the convention, /Power of the Past, Force for the Future/, reverberated throughout the workshops and from one speaker after another. The history of this vibrant organization underscores the fact that it is helpful and important to remind members, as stated by the CBTU President, Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, “of the legacy we have laid, but also focus on the work ahead.” He further urged members not to get comfortable.
     
    The theme of the convention, /Power of the Past, Force for the Future/, reverberated throughout the workshops and from one speaker after another. The history of this vibrant organization underscores the fact that it is helpful and important to remind members, as stated by the CBTU President, Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, “of the legacy we have...
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    /*Report by Lesly L Williams, VP of Publicity and Public Relations and a CBTU Convention partipant */Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022.
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    /*Report by Lesly L Williams, VP of Publicity and Public Relations and a CBTU Convention partipant */
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    Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022.
     
    The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
     
    The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
     
    The theme of the convention, /Power of the Past, Force for the Future/, reverberated throughout the workshops and from one speaker after another. The history of this vibrant organization underscores the fact that it is helpful and important to remind members, as stated by the CBTU President, Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, “of the legacy we have laid, but also focus on the work ahead.” He further urged members not to get comfortable.
     
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    /*Report by Lesly L Williams, VP of Publicity and Public Relations and a CBTU Convention partipant */Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022.
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    Two years since the last in-person convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), well over 800 CBTU members arrived at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to attend the 51st International Convention from May 25-30, 2022.
      
     
    The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
     
    The atmosphere was festive as members were greeting one another after such a long hiatus. COVID 19 kept everyone away, isolated, and unfortunately caused significant human losses, pain and suffering. We honor and salute our first responders who provided support and saved countless lives. Strict COVID rules were observed and enforced at the convention to ensure a safe environment to assemble.  
     
    The theme of the convention, /Power of the Past, Force for the Future/, reverberated throughout the workshops and from one speaker after another. The history of this vibrant organization underscores the fact that it is helpful and important to remind members, as stated by the CBTU President, Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, “of the legacy we have laid, but also focus on the work ahead.” He further urged members not to get comfortable.
     
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Yesterday, September 29

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    General Membership Meeting-AFSCME 404

    September 15, 2022

    4:30pm

    Present:

    Ryan Cates, Eric Hesse, Matt Stenger, Nick Weerts, Steaed Doehring, Jamie Schwartz, Steve Wilking, Antonio Guerrero, Rick Pitts, Lisa Brandenberg, James Kibler, Ben Zarn

    Again, my apologies to the many members that made it to the meeting.  We appreciate all of those who were able to attend.  I was unable to get the attendance sheet and still post the minutes in a timely manner. 

    1.Secretary Report:

    Motion to approve meeting minutes by Matt Stenger. 2nd by Ben Zarn. Motion passes.

    2. Treasurer-Antonino Guerrero:

    STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES FOR MONTH ENDING: August 2022

    CASH BALANCE BEGINNING OF MONTH: $ 158019.48

    INCOME FOR THE MONTH: $ 7698.85

    EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH: $ 4013.13

    CASH BALANCE ENDING OF MONTH: $ 161705.20

    SAVINGS: $ 151588.99

    SUBMITTED BY: Antonino Guerrero

    Motion to accept subject to audit by Matt Stenger.  2nd by Eric Hesse. Motion passes.

    3. Correspondence: 

    4. New Business: Trustee- 1 year Heather Rheaume and Chief Steward- James Kibler were announced and congratulations to each of them.

    5. Old Business:

     

    6. Items from the membership:

    1. Step 3 grievances were presented today at meet and confer to try to get caught up from the past couple months

    2. Schedules- Management are going to...

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    Agenda

    AFSCME Labor Management

    September 15, 2022

    Facilitator / Chair (IN BOLD)

    Roxanne Portner, Becky Robinson, Marvin Sullivan, Ryan Cates, Matt Stenger, Rick Pitts, Annie Jackaki, Michelle Chalin, Emily Samarzia, Brian Wills, Scott Melby, Steve Wilking, Erin Wiederich

     

    Membership:

    AFSCME  404 & Management

     

    Topic 

    Discussion

    Action

    Meeting Called to Order

    Approval of Minutes

     

     

    Reflection / Celebration

    Thanks for all the staff that continue to come to work. FNH getting good applicants.

     

    Standing Agenda Items

    1. OSHA Information
    2. Overtime Information 
    3. Budgeted Position Review/Staff Shortage
    4. Achievement Award Data
    5. Covid Updates/Concerns

    1.OSHA Information was provided to the union

    2. Overtime information was provided to the union

    3.  Budgeted Position review/ staff shortage information was provided to the union

    4. Achievement award data-union was provided the data

    5. Covid updates/concerns- Labor asked about the masks going away. Management responded with they are waiting on the next CDC guidelines. Labor then asked what is the process for sending people home that aren’t vaccinated and have been exposed to the virus? The members felt targeted since some are getting sent home and some are not.  Management will discuss with infection control and then bring it back to labor.  They were members sent home for 5 days and that’s the isolation timeframe.  Received notice via email at noon to go home until tested negative.

     

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    Management:

     

    AFSCME:

    1. Virtual Platform Meetings
    2. Safety Issues-patients in hallways
    3. Lack of Vacation
    4.  Grove A-Cameras in quiet room and curtains on inside of the patient doors
    5. Emergency Inverse Language
    6. Proposed schedule-more details on staffing individual units

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    Management:

     

    AFSCME:

    1. Virtual Platform Meetings-The new alternative (instead of employees having to abandon their login on a computer) has been rolled out in grove D and management hopes to work out the kinks for a couple more weeks.  Then get more iPads and rollout the implementation across the program.  Each iPad has their own email that can be used to do an invite through WebEx.  Attorneys tend to continue...
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    MINNESOTA SEX OFFENDER PROGRAM

    AFSCME LABOR/MANAGEMENT MEETING

    St. Peter – HR Conference Room – Microsoft Teams

    September 8, 2022

    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

     

    Ryan Cates, Steaed Doehring, Erin Wiederich, Matt Stenger, Eric Hesse, Tim Lokensgard, Bonnie Wold, Paul Rodriguez, Michelle Breamer, Nicole Broder, Karen Holicky, Chris Hagen, Troy Sherwood (not present), Michelle Sexe (not present), Jonelle Gressman, Scott Halvorson, Annie Jakacki, Scott Halvorson, and Kim Franek

     

    FOLLOW-UP ITEMS

    1. Inverse Numbers – Operations 714.05 hours

    1st Watch            41 staff inversed for 178.38 hours

    2nd Watch          55 staff inversed for 238.75 hours

    3rd Watch            50 staff inversed for 296.5 hours

     

    1. OT Numbers – Operations 3825.37 hours

    Labor brought up there seems to be roughly 400 more hours of overtime and inverse and asked if there were any ideas what could be contributing.  Management said there has been more hospital coverages and continue to have staff shortages.  Labor asked if they have talked about reduction in the client outings?  Management replied that they plan to continue to look at them and evaluate as the overtime rates go.    

    1. Vacancy Rates – St Peter overall (18%) , AFSCME only (21.1%), & SCs only (11.4 SC Leads-20.47%) added a few leads so that can account for that
    2. Local Hospital Coverage-Management is working with MNIT for a viable option, MNIT doesn’t have a good answer. MNIT said that token for each person on the laptop isn’t a good option, MNIT is going to continue to look for options, management is going leave it for now, if new technology comes available then look at it again, labor is asking about going back to paper copies

     

    MANAGEMENT AGENDA ITEMS

    1. Staff Schedule Option-Looking at creating options—1 fulltime vacancy split it into 2 halftime spots…some of the recruiting events are saying they would prefer halftime.  It will be offered internally first then go to the outside.  Management is trying to see if there’s any interest out there for the halftime spots. 
    2. Timebook training- HR has given the job coaches the most used timebook codes and put in the job coach folder.  Job coaches are covering it and then employees are given the sheet of codes.  New staff are told to ask coworkers.  There were two instances where timebooks were talked about during investigations but not disciplines.  There have been more instances as a reminder note; staff can ask to get it removed after a year.  If it continues to be a problem, we could look at adding a CBT to training.  Management will talk to supervisors regarding that they should not be putting notes about...
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    1. Update On Contract Negotiations - DC37 Met with City in first bargaining session
    2. Bonus for Health Care Workers
    3. Juneteenth Holiday
    4. SODEXO Contract is Ratified

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    * Wage and Retro Payment issued in January 2022 at School Construction Authority (SCA)** *
     
    * Wage and Retro Payment issued in January 2022 at School Construction Authority (SCA)** *
     
    **Union requested DCAS** to include the following tests for Local 154 Titles, in the 2022-23 Exam Calendar: Public Records Aide TC 60215; Public Records Officer TC 60216; Associate Public Records Officer TC 60217; Special Consultant TC 51001; Administrative Claim Examiner TC 10044.*
     
    **Union requested DCAS** to include the following tests for Local 154 Titles, in the 2022-23 Exam Calendar: Public Records Aide TC 60215; Public Records Officer TC 60216; Associate Public Records Officer TC 60217; Special Consultant TC 51001; Administrative Claim Examiner TC 10044.*
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    * Wage and Retro Payment issued in January 2022 at School Construction Authority (SCA)*
     
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    **Union requested DCAS** to include the following tests for Local 154 Titles, in the 2022-23 Exam Calendar: Public Records Aide TC 60215; Public Records Officer TC 60216; Associate Public Records Officer TC 60217; Special Consultant TC 51001; Administrative Claim Examiner TC 10044.** *
     
    **Union requested DCAS** to include the following tests for Local 154 Titles, in the 2022-23 Exam Calendar: Public Records Aide TC 60215; Public Records Officer TC 60216; Associate Public Records Officer TC 60217; Special Consultant TC 51001; Administrative Claim Examiner TC 10044.** *
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