|Local 3937: U of M Technical Employees|
If you weren’t at Council 5’s 10th anniversary convention in person, here’s some of what you missed.
When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an immense sadness that quickly turned to anger.
We will never forget.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare costs aren’t a budget buster. The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reported last week that Medicare spending is declining.
AFSCME International threw down the challenge: It dared locals to sign up 50,000 new members before its July convention. Members in Minnesota and across the country responded – big time.
In case you missed it, we put together a very short video of Sen. Mitch McConnell and the secret audio of his remarks to a group of billionaire right-wing donors.
Around the Clock, Around the State
Whatever the time, whatever the day, AFSCME members are on the job. Sometimes, we do work that everybody sees. More often, we do work that’s invisible. In a special photo essay, we sample and celebrate the incredible variety of work Council 5 members do to make life better, safer, and more enjoyable.
On Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer.
It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.
We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.
This November, AFSCME will work overtime to support candidates who will protect collective bargaining rights, preserve retirement security, and ensure that every American has decent health care coverage.
Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.
Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.
Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.
Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.
In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.
We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.
Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.
Elections bring results. Gov. Dayton and DFL majorities delivered the best legislative session in a generation. They proved that, given a chance, state government can work for working people. Here’s the proof.
Minnesota Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding damages
July E-Board Meeting and Regualar Membership Meeting will be cancelled.
EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.
PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality Read more >>>
Lisa Berg receives 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service
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AFSCME Local 3937 - OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS!
Please join us in congratulating our new and returning Local Union Chair Officers and Executive Board members!
President - Teresa Shunk, BSAC
VP/Chief Steward - Brad Kraling, RAR
Treasurer - Mary Austin, EPI
Recording Secretary - Nicole Masika, Minitex
Med Area E-Board - Krista Gallagher, Med School and Bil Hill, U Libraries
Trustee - Mary Lisa Berg
Thanks go out to Election Chair, Beth Wolszon, and to our "retiring" officers - Chief Steward, Chris Koehler and President, Barb BezatRead more >>>
New AFSCME campaign will grow the union by 50,000 members before the 2014 Convention in July. Read more >>>
Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>
by Olivia Sandbothe
Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.Read more >>>
AFSCME Local 3937 Events and Updates
Here's the text of an update e-mail we sent out today, Monday, February 3, 2014
Be sure to take a look at upcoming events!Read more >>>
Our pay statements for checks due Wednesday,January 22 are already up and ready for your review!
TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PAY STATEMENT!Read more >>>
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION ELIMINATES 92 AFSCME TECH POSITIONS Read more >>>
AFSCME U of M Techs ( Locals 3937 and 3801, UMD) reached a tentative contract agreement with the University of Minnesota on Tuesday night, October 15th. Read more >>>
WEAR GREEN TO SUPPORT YOUR TEAM!!!
AFSCME NEGOTIATIONS - Upcoming Dates to note!
We will be in Health Care Mediation with the University on the following days:
The Techs will be in regular contract mediation with the University on the following days:
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University Locals Lead Fight Against Health Plan Changes
In an article from the AFSCME Council 5 web page, Council reporter Michael Kuchta says:
"About 60 university workers rallied Tuesday and marched through part of the East Bank campus to highlight the university’s plan. 'This is not a small change,' says Barb Bezat, president of Technical Local 3937. 'This is going to have a huge impact, and it doesn’t have to happen.'"Read more >>>
The Minnesota Daily calls on the University to take its time in making any changes to our Health Care Plans:
"Though the threat of the “Cadillac” tax is a genuine concern for the University, there is time before 2018 to hold discussions and collect data before scaling back benefits."Read more >>>
All University of Minnesota employees would face increases in deductibles and co-pays if the changes proposed by the University administration in the health insurance plan are implemented.
The proposed changes were recently announced at the University Benefits Advosiry Committee meetings, a group representing University employees which advises the administration on our benefits plans.
The link here provides more detailed information about these potentially harmful changes, and we urge you to learn more about them!Read more >>>
Students Need Frontline Staff, Not More Managers
While University of Minnesota regents blessed their budget and a new staffing study this morning, union leaders appealed the layoffs of 25 frontline employees who take care of students on the Twin Cities campus.Read more >>>
Even monkeys can recognize when they're part of the 99%!!
Click on "read more" for a link to a video from one of the TED Talks
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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Realities vs. Myths
Read this Minnesota Daily article for the real numbers about the management "spans and layers" in Facilities Management.Read more >>>
BE SURE TO COMPLETE YOUR NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY! DEADLINE - FRIDAY, MAY 3 Read more >>>
WILL YOU BE NEXT?
AFSCME Local 3937 has elected the members of the 2013-2015 Negotiations Committee to begin the next round of bargaining talks with the University of Minnesota. Read more >>>
PLEASE NOTE! The e-mail address for our Local 3937 office has changed. It is now:
IMPORTANT NOTE insideRead more >>>
Negotiations for our 2013-2015 contract are coming closer every day. Can we do better than last time? YES! But only if we all work together to advocate for our needs.
You can participate by becoming a member of our Technical Bargaining Unit Negotiations Committee. Yes - it's something that takes time. It's a slow process. As you well know, we don't always see a completed contract that has everything we know we need to do our jobs and live our lives - but NOTHING will happen unless we word hard to make it happen!
We'll be having our elections for the 2013-2015 Negotiations Committe at our Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 16th. See "read more" for additional information.Read more >>>
CHARLES LANE, Star Tribune
On August 30, 2012 Ann Edgerton, Director of the University of Minnesota Child Development Center (UMCDC), refused to continue participation in the UMCDC Labor Management Committee.
AFSCME Local 3937 vigorously protests UMCDC management’s dismissive disrespect for the principles and process embodied in the University’s Labor Management Committee Philosophy’s.
The main email account for AFSCME Local 3937 has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please update your address book.
Local 3937 offices have moved to 312 Central Ave., SE Mpls.
Remember when our Members were SOLD to Fairview this past March and were informed they were no longer University of Minnesota employees.
FInd out about their victory and how it was won.Read more >>>
The Hennepin County Board adopts a respectful workplace policy as a result of the work of AFSCME Locals in contract negotiations. Read more >>>
Click here to read more about Workplace Bullying and what it means Read more >>>
Yes, dependent grandchildren will be covered by the the U's health care.
Find out whyRead more >>>
Information on how employees who apply for or utilize FMLA are protected by Federal labor laws. Read more >>>
Find out about your right to $2.00/hr for every hour an employee is "on call" Read more >>>
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