|AFSCME Local 668|
NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN JULY. The next Local 668 General Membership meeting will be on Thursday, August 27, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM in the Hennessey Room at Council 5. The Council 5 offices are located at 300 Hardman Av. S., South St. Paul.
Council 5 has a security system that is in effect after 4:30 PM. To gain admittance after 4:30 PM, you will need to dial "21" on the keypad next to the doors off the courtyard on the south side of the building. Someone will then meet you at the doors and let you in the building.
"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right to work'. It provides no 'rights' and no 'works'. It's purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining... We demand this fraud be stopped."
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1961
AFSCME IVP Henry Nicholas knows the Charleston community well, having rallied workers and families in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Church during the historic 1969 strike by black workers at Medical College Hospital.
AFSCME Negotiators Reach TA with State
AFSCME negotiators reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract with the State of Minnesota at 1 a.m. on June 26. The tentative agreement includes a 2.5 percent raise effective July 1; another 2.5 percent raise on July 1, 2016; and steps in both years of the contract. Union negotiators also beat back $74 million in proposed health-insurance take-backs.The master team is unanimously recommending ratification of the deal, which would expire on June 30, 2017. The contract would cover nearly 17,500 AFSCME employees in Unit 2 (craft and maintenance), Unit 3 (service), Unit 4, Unit 6 (clerical), Unit 7 (technical), Unit 8 (corrections), and Unit 25 (radio communications). Complete details and information about ratification dates and voting sites will be posted on Council 5’s website when available.
Good News from the Legislature
We increased state agency budgets to pay for raises and benefits for state employees. We gained more money for nursing homes, state prisons, and child protection services. We saved jobs in DHS, MinnesotaCare, and in local governments. We fought off attacks on our pensions. And we fought off attempts to expand tax giveaways for corporations. AFSCME members accomplished a lot at this year’s Legislature. Here are the details…
AFSCME joins in the celebration of Pride Month, affirming that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – like all Americans – are entitled to respect and dignity, and the equal protection under our laws.
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.
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