Local 3937: U of M Technical Employees


 Thank you to everyone who signed the petition. Here's the latest in our ongoing contract negotiations.

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Hardworking Americans’ right to retire with dignity is in danger because billionaires are spending a lot of money to take away our pensions. Read more >>>

A case the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up this term called Janus v. AFSCME could make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.

A message from AFSCME President Lee Saunders Read more >>>

Thoughtful planning for leadership transitions boosts powerful young voices. “We’ve got big shoes to fill.” Read more >>>

Contract Negotiations Update #4

 On Monday June 26, the U of M AFSCME bargaining committee continued another round of negotiations with the University of Minnesota. Watch this video to get an update. Learn what the University offered the front line staff. Read more >>>

AFSCME negotiators reached the tentative agreement at 11:35 p.m. June 22. Members will vote Aug. 7 - 11. Read more >>>

The GOP's maneuvering to kill local control of measures that would improve life for workers has backfired. Read more >>>

February 21, 2017:

  • Support local control, stop corporate interference
  • Fix transportation now
  • Pensions
  • Child protection funding
  • Governor's tax proposal
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Director’s Column – Stepping Up – October 15, 2016

With the November 8th election fast approaching, I’m asking you to BELIEVE. Not just in a particular candidate’s ability to bring real change to Minnesota, but to believe in our union’s collective power to make our state work even better.

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 AFSCME Local 3937 passed the following resolution at the membership meeting on Wed., Sept. 21, 2016:


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“Right to Work” on steroids hits Minnesota legislature

AFSCME has a packed agenda. Here are some of the big issues we’ll be focusing on. Read more >>>

  Last night we counted your ballots and we have ratified the new contract! that is the first step... Read more >>>

 2016 AFSCME Women's Leadership Academy:  Application now being accepted! Read more >>>

On Monday, Jan. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that seeks to undermine our rights to negotiate for fair pay and benefits that sustain our families.

Bad boss barred from another attempt to decertify for a year Read more >>>

 Tentative Agreement reached between University of Minnesota and AFSCME Local 3937 (Unit 7 technical workers).

 We voted to pay the tuition for up to 3 members to attend People Power: Building Strength Through Member Engagement on Dec. 5 , location TBA, but will be on campus- West Bank. details below. Contact Mary Austin BEFORE Nov. 27 if interested.

University workers stand together to demand livable wages and reasonable family leave policies Read more >>>

  On Nov. 10, our negotiations committee met with management (from 1 pm – 5 pm, our longest meeting yet).

 Mary Austin, president, and Emily Erpelding, steward, flew to Indianapolis for the Women's Conference October 9 -11. Read more >>>

I don't know if the rest of you find it annoying that the MyU Sick Leave and Vacation information just show the balances and don't provide any detail on what's been added and subtracted, but if you do,  HR gave us a path for getting that information. Read more >>>

 AFSCME 3937 and Management met Wednesday September 23 from 5:30pm to about 6:30pm. Read more >>>

 AFSCME Local 3937 Negotiations Update 3 September 14, 2015

Negotiations are a slow moving exercise but knowing that our members stand with us gives the Local 3937 Negotiating Committee resolve to continue.

The Technical Negotiations Committee met with University management on Monday September 14, 2015. We began talks at 6pm and concluded them around 8pm.

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  We met with management the evening of Aug. 24. Read more >>>

  Our team met with management the evening of Aug. 5 Read more >>>

 AFSCME Local 3937 needs a few good volunteers to help with projects.... Read more >>>

 Upcoming events for AFSCME Local 3937 -- Check them out! Read more >>>

 AFSCME Local 3937 Member update on contract negotiations, posted 20150710.


 New contact information to reach Local 3937 President and Steward.



Lawsuit Seeks to Curtail Freedom of Firefighters, Teachers, Nurses, First-Responders to Stick Together and Advocate for Better Public Services, Better Communities

Jeopardizes American Promise that Hard Work Leads Families to a Decent Life


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 The Minnesota Daily editorial board understands our struggle for #RaisesAndRespect Read more >>>

 from Patti Dion in HR: 

"We wanted to make sure you were aware that the Board of Regents will convene a Human Subjects Research Forum on
Thursday, May 7th, 2015, per the attached announcement.
This announcement is being sent to faculty, staff, and students system wide. Please feel free to share this information with your members."

 We need to have the March Food Drive for Neighborhood House materials delivered to them by the end of March to count toward their goals. We'll be bringing our collected materials to them on Tuesday, March 31st. PLEASE get your contributions to one of the people listed in bold below by then!!

For the past two years our union, AFSCME Local 3937 has sponsored a March Food Drive for Neighborhood House on St. Paul's West Side. This is one of the oldest, continuously-running organizations of its type - a settlement house - and it continues to provide those services to thousands of community members (GED and ESL/ELL classes, youth programs, health access.)

Here's a link to their website:



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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.



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 Bezat

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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!

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Our pay statements for checks due Wednesday,January 22 are already up and ready for your review!


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Find out about your right to $2.00/hr for every hour an employee is "on call" Read more >>>

Find out what being a Member means and how to calculate what dues are:

By being Members, we run the local so we can set its goals and priorities. We are a union local of the Members, by the Members and for the Members.

By being a Member one can vote on the contract; submit contract proposals; vote for local officers; vote on the budget; vote on dues rates; attend Membership meetings; participate as an activist; run for an officer position in the local union’s elections; attend union training sessions; attend union conventions, etc.

Being a Member means you are building our ability to effect positive change for our entire membership.

Most importantly is that it is YOUR RIGHT to be a Member.

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