Local 3937: U of M Technical Employees

AFSCME Local 3937 Events and Updates

Here's the text of an update e-mail we sent out today February 3rd, 2014

Be sure to take a look at upcoming events!

Hello all!

- Retro Pay
By now you will have all received the pay statement (Jan. 22, 2014) that included a calculation and payment of your retroactive pay from the conclusion of our contract negotiations. We've heard from a few folks that the calculations on that retro pay were inaccurate. We suggest you double-check that statement and get in touch with your DEPARTMENTAL payroll people if you believe there's an error. For the most part - everything went pretty smoothly, and we can thank the hard-working AFSCME Local 3800 Clerical staff for that! Believe it nor not - each person's retro calculations had to be done individually - it must have been daunting!!

- Precinct Caucuses TOMORROW, Feb. 4
Minnesota's political parties hold their precinct caucuses on Tuesday Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Attending your district caucus and becoming a convention delegate are the first steps toward re-electing Gov. Mark Dayton and maintaining a House majority that shares our values.
Here are three resolutions you can bring to your caucus:

Read more about the drive to bring fairness back into the workplace:
Read more about MoveMN (transporation)
Read more about Expose ALEC (and you can find more about ALEC on the afscmemn.org website)

- Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Richard Trumka, President of the National AFL-CIO will be in Minneapolis on Thursday, February 20th (see details below) to give a speech on the following theme:
"Free At Last? On the 100th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Where Will We Be?"

We encourage all AFSCME members in the area to take advantage of this opportunity to see, hear and meet Brother Trumka. He's a national Union president who rose through the ranks and has literally been in the trenches (he was a mine worker) so he understands what it is to be a front-line worker. (AFSCME is, of course, part of the AFL-CIO.)
Thursday, February 20
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Use this link to register: (the event is free but you'll need to register so that they can estimate attendance)

More about Trumka from the event announcement:
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, examines the connection between labor rights and civil rights. Trumka, a third-generation coal miner, argues for policy efforts to better ensure the right to vote, to guarantee unemployment insurance and a higher minimum wage, and changes in criminal justice to reduce levels of incarceration. Trumka’s election to president of the AFL-CIO followed 15 years of service as the organization’s secretary-treasurer and capped his rise to leadership from humble beginnings in a small mining community in southwest Pennsylvania. As a young boy troubled by how mine workers were treated during the 1960s, Trumka told his grandfather he could grow up to be a lawyer and “stand up for workers’ rights.” He was elected president of the AFL-CIO by acclamation in 2009 and re-elected by delegates in 2013.

- Remember 34

This is the 80th anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Truckers' Strike. A number of people have been working to plan events surrounding the anniversary, including a street fest and a picnic. Not everything is yet scheduled, but we know that the picnic will be held:
Sunday, July 20
Wabun Picnic Area
Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

The Labor Education Service at the U of M has put together a web page with an enormous amount of information AND images/videos. Be sure to look at the drop-down lists at the top of the page.
We're just starting to talk about events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the strike (including Bloody Friday). Not much here yet, but a good place to start is this page from the Labor Education Service. It's primarily designed to be a resource used with the video "Labor's Turning Point", but is a good resource on its own.

The group of people who are working to plan the events meets every four Saturdays, at 10:00 at the Nordic-American Center, 4200 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis (entrance on the 42nd St. side of the building.) Join us in planning the commemoration of a milestone in labor history!! (You can send an e-mail to the Local office if you're interested, or just show up!)

- Contracts almost here!
We will be taking delivery of our printed contracts in the next couple weeks, and we need you to help us distribute them! If you are willing to take a batch to hand out to your co-workers, let us know. We promise we won't dump a hundred contracts in your lap!! Even bringing two or three to people in your area is a huge help, as we begin the process of getting these out to folks. Send an e-mail to the Local e-mail (the one that sent you this note) and let us know who you are, where you are, and how many you need. Looking forward to having these so soon!

As always - THANK YOU for all you do to make your Union stronger!

Barbara Bezat
President, AFSCME Local 3937

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