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                                                         AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees




                                                                          August 2004 General Assembly
         July General Assembly                                            Wednesday, August 4, 2004 (HSB 112)
     Wednesday, July 7, 2004 - 5:15 pm                         Special accommodations will be made for our physically challenged members.
           Health Services Bldg, Room 112                        Please call 879-3681 or 348-0266 if arrangements need to be made.


                            The Strength of the Union Begins with Me!

    We’ve tried to warn you in the past. Privatization, outsourcing… They’re not just scary buzzwords. They’re real
                 spectres and worth the worry. On page 2, this month, read about what’s coming from Texas…
        “Who You Gonna Call?... Texas' Welfare State Endures a Hostile Corporate Takeover”


    Inside: Highlights
       Privatization… Texas to Close Over 200 State Welfare Offices and Fire Over 4500 Eligibility Workers (Page 2)
       Sylvia Gutierrez-Sanchez… New Membership Secretary and the Challenges of Dues and Deductions (Page 3)
       Strike Preparation Committee Formed (Page 5)
       June 2nd GA Meeting… (Page 5)
       From AFSCME International… we need Help telling the White House about our Freedom to Choose a Union (Page 6)
       From the Contract… Absence Without Leave, Fitness for Duty, and Leave/Worker’s Compensation Benefits (Page 7)
       More on the Apology to Andrea Lennox… Did You Wonder Why She Received an Apology? (Page 8)
       Checking out Politics… Democratic Convention, Boston, July 26-29 – Who will be Kerry’s Running Mate? (Page 9)
       Gender Gap and Lack of Sick Leave Affects American Workforce (Pages 10-11)
       HSD is working on an Administrative Manual of HR Policies… What’s AFSCME’s Role? (Page 12)
       Check out David Brock’s new “Media Matters.org” Web site (Page 12)
       Excerpts from three excellent Governing magazine articles—on Minnesota’s holey safety net, on “offshoring”
        and on outsourcing hitting close to home (Pages 13-14)
       Book by Linda Chavez Slams “Big Labor” (Page 14)
       Monthly comments from Jean Diederich (Page 15)

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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                              Local 34 Banner                  July 2004                 http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                              AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



                       Who You Gonna Call?... Texas' Welfare State Endures a Hostile Corporate Takeover
                               by Dave Mann, The Texas Observer            http://www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=1655

 April 30th was the day that thousands of state workers had a chance to speak out        HHSC denies there is any conflict of interest because eLoyalty already contracts
 against a state proposal to abolish their jobs. The state is planning to shutter        with the state. Nevertheless, the case of eLoyalty shows the influence private
 more than 200 local social services offices and lay off thousands of                    contractors may be exerting over the HHSC overhaul. It has become routine for
 enrollment workers in favor of three privately run call centers. In the next            governments to outsource such mundane necessities as garbage collection
 five months, state officials will finish scrunching 12 health and human service         and paperwork filing. But it’s unusual for private companies to actually
 departments into four heavily privatized mega-agencies. The reorganization is the       formulate essential government policy.
 handiwork of right-wing state lawmakers and their handpicked administrators
                                                                                         The state eligibility workers, meanwhile, don’t have such access. Neither HHSC
 who seem determined to morph the state’s safety net into a money-saving pseudo-
                                                                                         chief Albert Hawkins nor any of the agency’s associate or assistant directors
 corporation.
                                                                                         attended any of the 10 public hearings on April 30th. HHSC officials had foisted
                                                                                         the job of actually overseeing the public hearings on regional administrators—
 State enrollment workers were afforded at least one chance to be heard.                 mid-level bureaucrats who have little say over the call-center plan. Regional
 Administrators scheduled 10 simultaneous public hearings around the state on            directors Kathy Cox and Robert Arbuckle had this thankless job at the Austin
 April 30 to glean input from state workers. Hundreds of workers took the                hearing. For five hours, they sat on stage in a sterile-looking classroom at a far-
 afternoon off work to attend. However, many key decisions had been made weeks           flung University of Texas research campus. Hands folded in laps, they listened to
 before. In closed-door meetings, state administrators had fashioned the call-center     their staff complain about a plan that none of them had designed.
 plan with private contractors from some of the very companies that potentially
 could benefit from the new system they’re helping to design. Since October of
                                                                                         Many speakers hit on the same points. Standing at a microphone directly in front
 last year, a group of 24 state health officials and private contractors has gathered
                                                                                         of the stage, they argued that the call-center plan has been rushed. They said
 almost every week for meetings at the Austin headquarters of the Health and
                                                                                         that trying to install call centers by October, borders on reckless. Others noted
 Human Services Commission (HHSC). The group’s mission: to recast the way
                                                                                         that the new computer mainframe on which the entire call-center system will run
 poor and vulnerable Texans enroll in programs such as Medicaid, the
                                                                                         is still riddled with glitches and has yet to emerge from the trial phase. A few
 Children’s Health Insurance Program, food stamps, and welfare cash
                                                                                         workers pointed out that the current system is holding up pretty well given that
 assistance.
                                                                                         the Legislature had cut their funding by 44 percent since 1997. Employees’
                                                                                         workloads have since doubled. Workers from small towns said that closing so
 Currently, latching on to the government rolls requires a visit to one of about 380
                                                                                         many state offices and terminating so many employees could devastate rural
 Department of Human Services offices, where a state worker determines whether
                                                                                         communities. And numerous speakers broke down when talking about how
 you’re eligible for government assistance and then helps you enroll. By most
                                                                                         much they loved their jobs and the people they helped. Cox and Arbuckle sat
 accounts, the system, while far from perfect, functions serviceably. In the name
                                                                                         expressionless, no matter what was said.
 of greater efficiency, the legislation ordered state officials to examine scrapping
 the current eligibility and enrollment system in favor of three or four privately run   Celia Hagert, a policy analyst at the progressive think tank, the Center for Public
 call centers. No state in the country has ever employed call centers to such an         Policy Priorities (CPPP), testified that the call-center proposal contained some
 extent or completely privatized such a core government function. It’s a massive         good ideas. But, she said, the HHSC had failed even to study whether staffing
 undertaking, in both size and importance. About four million Texans rely on             levels in the current system are adequate. In fact, she said, the agency had
 some form of social services at a cost of nearly $22 billion a year in state and        seemingly done no analysis of how many workers, public or private, it would
 federal funds. State health commissioners have handed this responsibility               need to enroll millions of Texans in social service programs. As a result, much
 primarily to the 24 healthcare and technology experts who comprise what’s               of the HHSC’s business case, Hagert said, consists of arbitrary assumptions. If the
 known within the HHSC as the integrated eligibility study team. In addition to          call-center plan goes awry, the state stands to actually lose money because
 state administrators, however, the group includes at least seven contractors from       thousands of Texans might be refused benefits to which they’re legally entitled.
 private companies, including Cisco Systems and two telecommunications firms.            But even when speakers were making damning points such as these, it seemed
                                                                                         unlikely that the comments would have any impact or that the absent power
 In early March, the HHSC released a proposal that filled in many of the
                                                                                         brokers from HHSC would even hear them. No matter what was said, when each
 previously missing details of the call-center plan. The agency termed it a “call-
                                                                                         speaker’s allotted five minutes of testimony expired, an assistant simply held up a
 center business case.” The report proposed closing more than 200 of the 380
                                                                                         large white sign that read, “time’s up.”
 local offices around the state and firing 4,500 state eligibility workers (a 57
 percent reduction). The plan would represent a huge shift toward a leaner,
                                                                                         As the hearing stretched into its third hour, Reuben Leslie, a Department of
 privately run gatekeeper to state social services. The business case estimated that
                                                                                         Human Services administrator, became irate. Leslie approached the microphone
 this model would save $389 million during the next four years. The 24-member
                                                                                         and asked incredulously, “Will these comments be posted on the [HHSC] Web
 integrated eligibility study team, according to several sources, wrote the call-
                                                                                         site?” Cox and Arbuckle just stared back at him. Realizing no response would be
 center business case almost entirely. That may have led to conflicts of interest.
                                                                                         forthcoming, Leslie continued. “Where are the commissioners?” he demanded. “Is
 The report revealed HHSC’s plan to use the 2-1-1 telephone system as the access
                                                                                         there anyone here who works for HHSC?” He turned from the front microphone
 number for the call centers. Much like 9-1-1 and 4-1-1, the federal government
                                                                                         and scanned the room. “Raise your hands.” One hand went up. “We’re moving
 has designated 2-1-1 as a healthcare information hotline. In 2001, the state
                                                                                         toward a cabinet-style government here in Texas,” Leslie continued. “Holding
 contracted with the Chicago-based telecommunications company eLoyalty to set
                                                                                         public hearings at 3 p.m. on a Friday on the last day of the month at 10 hard-
 up Texas’ version of 2-1-1. Under the call-center plan, 2-1-1 would be expanded
                                                                                         to-reach sites around the state is not engaging your stakeholders.” HHSC’s
 from a simple info hotline to the main number that needy Texans would call to
                                                                                         spokesperson later said that the agency will post summaries of the public hearings
 tap into all state social services. This almost certainly will provide eLoyalty with
                                                                                         on its Web site. Meanwhile, the agency expects to request private bids to run the
 more business from the state. In fact, three eLoyalty workers serve on the
                                                                                         call centers in June. Given the project’s many hiccups, however, and what critics
 integrated eligibility study team that helped write the very proposals that would
                                                                                         label as HHSC’s bungled planning process, meeting the October deadline may be
 bring in new business for their firm. HHSC’s spokesperson says that the state has
                                                                                         impossible. “The [call center] model, if it were adequately staffed, would
 long planned to use 2-1-1 as the access number for call centers and wanted
                                                                                         probably work, if the technology works, and that’s a big if,” said CPPP’s Hagert.
 eLoyalty’s expertise on the study team.
                                                                                         But, she added, the HHSC’s implementation of the system has skipped so many
                                                                                         key steps that “we suggest that they start over.”


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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
Local 34 Officers & Stewards                             Local 34 Banner              July 2004              http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
President:                                               AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees
Jean Diederich                 348-0266
Professional Vice President:
Andrea Lennox                  348-0237
Para-Professional Vice President:                                    A New Membership Secretary is On Board:
Anita Selin                    596-7455                                     Sylvia Sanchez-Gutierrez
Professional Chief Steward:
Cliff Robinson                 348-7542
Para-Professional Chief Steward:
Wes McGee                      348-3532
Secretary:
Chalmers Davis                 348-5953
Treasurer:
Patrick Regan                  348-8760
Membership Secretary:
Sylvia Sanchez-Gutierrez 348-6547
Sergeant-At-Arms:
Elizabeth Portlance            596-8925
Professional Members-At-Large:
Andrea Lazo-Rice               348-3188
JoAnn Elston                   348-6977               Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with our newly-elected Membership
Para-Professional Members-At-Large:                   Secretary, Sylvia Sanchez-Gutierrez, and I believe that as members you will be
Peggy Bennett                  596-8944               pleased with her work.
Vicki Nelson                   596-8941
                                                      I observed Sylvia meeting with a group of new hires in HSD last month, and saw
Members-At-Large:
                                                      her do a fine job of welcoming them into the Union, explaining what membership
Ibrahim Adam                   348-2313               means and identifying their dental benefits and dues. She’s created a nice Power
Jean Ayer                      596-8659               Point presentation about becoming a member of Local 34.
Stewards:
Shannon Wesley 348-9558, Century Plaza 1              I’ve also had the opportunity to sit down with Sylvia to look over the membership
Charlene Muhammad 596-9373, Century Plaza 1           lists and determine what information needs to be updated. Fellow Local 34
Deedra Miller      596-7260, Century Plaza 2          members… you must keep the Local informed of not only important changes
Lindsay Schwab 348-8666, Century Plaza 2              like having moved, but also when your work hours change, or when you
Kela Williams      596-8432, Century Plaza 2          suspect your dues or deductions are incorrect. Sylvia has a big job in front of
Susan Travis       596-8936, Century Plaza 4          her this summer, fixing those lists. Over 50 persons failed to have dues or
Steve Schoch       596-9017, Century Plaza 4          deductions taken out in May 2004. Some of those shouldn’t—they’re on medical
Linda Millhouse 596-9033, Century Plaza 4             or educational leaves. But some should have had at least Fair Share deductions
Denise Cikote      596-8958, Century Plaza 4          taken out—Sylvia will get these taken care of. Some persons have left our Local
Carrie Hiner       879-3044, ES- 1800 Chicago         by joining a new bargaining unit or promoting—but we did get their dues too.
Diane Fossen       302-4700, Pilot City Med Ctr       Sylvia will take care of these, and arrange for appropriate refunds. Many of you
Edgar Kusleika     348-3633- Msgs, Home Mntring       are working different number of hours than you used to—in some cases more, but
Gary Setterstrom 596-9220, STS                        in other cases, less. Working half-time means different dues for our members.
Terry Grace        348-7308, Juvenile Justice Ctr     Working just 40.1-79.9 hours per pay period also might impact on your dues.
Christine Brown 348-6703, Family Justice Ctr          The lists indicate that some members will see their dues appropriately reduced…
Rita Salone        596-1003, Family Justice Ctr       but some will see their dues catch up with where they should have been.
Aboubker Ouassaddine 348-2024, Fam Justice Ctr
Jeff Meyer         348-5880, GC A14/Harbor Lght       Give her a little time to get used to working with the payroll lists, but expect to
Carolyn Johnson 596-7080, Govt Center A14             see things get straightened up in due course, too.
Maureen Glover 348-4492, Govt Center A16
Zachary Rice       821-4530, Sabathani                Wes Volkenant, Membership Secretary, 1995-2000
Monica Jochmans 348-4192, HSB 5
Linda Etim         348-2835, HSB 9
Brian Backberg     348-3096, HSB 10                                     Council 14 Business Representative:
Charissa Bryant    348-2249, HSB 10                                        Matt Nelson    651-287-0578
Patricia Shepard 348-6927, HSB 11                                     e-mail Matt at: mnelson@afscme14.org
Elena Izaksonas    521-3056, 4th Precinct Station
Steve Heckler      287-7065, 1007 W. Broadway
Barb Matos         998-0049, MHP                                     To Contact Newsletter Editor: Call or e-mail—
Dennis Moore       879-3560, 1800 Chicago                                Wesley Volkenant - 612-348-9592
Shelley Koski      952-974-2412, Cty Hom School              For Distribution concerns, contact Local 34 President, Jean Diederich
Christa Damrow 952-949-4620, Cty Hom School
                     Trustees
      Jim Evans, Bob Brinkhous, John Korman                                RIP, Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004
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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                            Local 34 Banner             July 2004             http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                            AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



                New to the County?                                                       Good and Welfare
                                                                     The Good and Welfare Committee was established to send
         Just transferred into Local 34?                             remembrances to dues paying members at times of happiness
                                                                     or sorrow. This includes marriages, the birth or adoption of a
  To sign up as a full union member or for Delta Dental              child, prolonged illness or hospitalization, or the death of a
  Insurance, or to get answers to your questions about               member, immediate family member or significant other.
   AFSCME and membership benefits, please complete
                 this form and send it to:                           In the case of surgery or prolonged illness, or for the birth
                                                                     or adoption of a child, balloon bouquets, flowers or plants can
   Sylvia Gutierrez, Membership Secretary                            be sent to a member.
           GC A12 Mail Code 124                                      In situations involving the death of a member or a death in
                                                                     the family of a member, memorials can be sent. (“Family” is
                                                                     defined the same as in Article 16- Funeral Leave- in our contract;
 Name _____________________________________                          it includes: spouse, child, significant other, father/mother,
                                                                     sister/brother, grandparent/child, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, or
 Job Title __________________________________                        person regarded as a member of the member’s immediate
                                                                     family).
 Work Location _____________________________
                                                                     In the event of members getting married, retiring, gaining
                                                                     U.S. citizenship, or for a death in the family of a member
 Mail Code _________ Phone _________________                         or in the case of the death of a member, a card can be sent
                                                                     to the family.

 I’m especially interested in:                                       Please send all requests for remembrances to one of the Co-
                                                                     Chairs for the Good and Welfare Committee. The Co-Chairs are
         I want to sign up as a full member                         Lisa Durkot, Barb Gassler, and Terri Huston. The referrals
                                                                     must include the name of the member and the reason for your
         I want to sign up for Delta Dental                         request. If the request is for a plant, flowers, or a balloon
                                                                     bouquet, you will also need to include the person’s home phone
                                                                     number for delivery purposes.


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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                                   Local 34 Banner                    July 2004                   http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                                  AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees




                                      Strike Preparation Committee to be Formed

                         Local 34 is Seeking Interested Volunteers to Serve on this Committee

At the General Assembly Meeting held on June 2, 2004, a motion was unanimously passed to authorize the formation of a
“Strike Preparation Committee” to study and research effective methods and strategies to carry out a successful
strike. As we all are aware of, our 2004-2005 contract settlement was far less than desirable by many members. In
short, we are working harder for less. Although we all would like to hope for a fair 2006-2007 contract, we must be
ready to fight for it, if necessary—and win it! Because we have never been in a strike before, there is little knowledge
and experience among our members on how to effectively and successfully carry out a strike that will have positive
outcomes. The motion passed at the June 2nd General Assembly Meeting calls for six (6) union members to serve
on this committee to research and study this subject. The committee will periodically report back to the General
Assembly on its findings and make recommendations for specific actions as necessary and appropriate in the event the
members call for a strike in 2006. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact our Local’s President,
Jean Diederich by phone (348-0266) or email. Members will be appointed to the “Strike Preparation
Committee” at the next General Assembly Meeting to be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2004.




                 News from the June General Assembly—June 2, 2004 (and May 19 E-Board)
Officers Attending were: Jean Diederich, Andrea Lennox, Anita Selin, Cliff Robinson, Wes McGee, Chalmers Davis, Patrick Regan, Sylvia Gutierrez, Elizabeth Portlance, Andrea Lazo-Rice, Jo
                                                            Ann Elston, Peggy Bennett, Vicki Nelson, Ibrahim Adam, Jean Ayer
 At the May 19 E-Board meeting, Charissa Bryant was appointed a new HSB Steward, and Lisa Durkot’s resignation as a Steward was received. The
 Board approved pursuing Steve Trombley’s grievance arbitration. A $100 contribution to DFL Senate District 47 was requested and approved. The
 Board renewed our membership with Hennepin County Union Card and Label Council for $15.00 per year. Tom Beer from Alliance Housing sent a
 thank you for his opportunity to address the Local, and a Committee is being set up to work with that project. The Local canceled the May 19 Dignity
 and Respect meeting with Management after the Board announced it will give 5% pay raises for RNs at HCMC. It was recommended that our endorsed
 Commissioners be contacted and told that if those raises are approved, we wish to reopen our own contract negotiations. Dignity and respect
 issues remain a concern in HSD, as reported by Anita Selin and Andrea Lennox. Wes McGee will be writing a newsletter article concerning changes in
 Fitness for Duty rules in the HR Rules. Jean Diederich stressed the importance of completing the 1-on-1 surveys with members.

 At the June 2 GA meeting, John Korman initiated discussion on the need to prepare now for 2005 contract negotiations. The Local voted to create a
 Strike Preparation Committee (see news item above) to research the best and most effective strike methods, should it prove necessary in 2006.
 John Korman was appointed Committee Chair. Other Committee members will be chosen at the July GA meeting. The Local also voted to establish a
 Committee on Discrimination in the Workplace. Shannon Wesley was reinstated as a Century Plaza Steward. Bob Velez and Sylvia Gutierrez were
 elected to represent the Local at the June International Labour Conference in Ontario. Patrick Regan volunteered to represent the AFSCME Locals
 on the HSD Position Control workgroup. The Local approved up to 5 members to attend the June 17 Council 14 training on Advanced Union
 Leadership. Dennis Hill of AFSCME Labor 2004 addressed the GA concerning the John Kerry campaign, the Kerry rally at the U on June 4, and the
 door-to-door AFSCME membership voter drive in the northern suburbs on June 12. Lori Schmidt, candidate from District 19-B also spoke to the
 membership—she has yet to be screened by AFSCME PEOPLE, however. A proposed dues increase from the International was reported. Based on
 John Herzog’s recommendation, the Local voted to distribute the monthly AFL-CIO labor flyer through the newsletter distribution system at a potential
 printing cost of $150 per month. The Local voted to contribute $100 to Becky Lourey’s efforts to retire her 2002 Gubernatorial campaign debt.
 Christine Lewis, a Clinical Nurse Specialist addressed pay raises for nurses at HCMC, which will result in higher wages for nurses without Master
 Degrees versus the CNSs with Masters Degrees. Only one-fourth of the CNSs will receive pay raises. The Local discussed the grievability of this
 concern. Jean Diederich and Matt Nelson reported further on the Board’s rush to approve raises for HCMC nurses. Jean noted it has been discussed
 with Sandy Vargas as “being a slap in the face.” Matt indicated that we will be asking for job parity for all classifications. Matt also reported that the
 Arbitrator is allowing a termination grievance the County had rejected as untimely, to proceed. Andrea Lennox reported on Council 14’s consideration
 to arbitrate at a Council, instead of Local level. In July we will elect up to 40 delegates to the Special AFSCME Council Convention concerning merger.

Note: In order to accommodate needs of our friends at Council 14, we have begun printing smaller versions of the newsletter. This electronic edition will
continue to have supplemental material available. See this and other archived newsletters at our www.afscmelocal34.org website. The Editor

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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                          Local 34 Banner             July 2004             http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                          AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



 Last minute notes from the June 17 E-Board Meeting: Kela Williams and Denise Cikote were appointed Stewards from Century Plaza.
 The Board approved the election of six Delegates at the July GA meeting, for the August 16-18 Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention in
 Rochester. The Board approved a $100 contribution to Alliance Housing and Council 14 Treasurer’s training costs in September.



                                         Coming August 22 – Council 14 Picnic
            It has been moved to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis (Glenwood & Theodore Wirth Parkway), Noon-4:30 pm



                    Meeting Schedule for 2004 General Assembly/Executive Board Meetings
                        7th                       21st                                        4th                       18th
 July               GA- HSB 112             E-Board- HSB 110         August               GA- HSB 112             E-Board- HSB 110



                                               Good & Welfare- Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge your gift of $25.00 in memory of Sue LaSota. Your gift has been included in the memorial fund
designated for the Building Fund.

Thank you,
Julie Johnson
First Lutheran Church
Columbia Heights, MN



                                   PROTECT THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE A UNION
     AFSCME is waging an active campaign to build support and cosponsors for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA),
       federal legislation to clear unfair obstacles workers face when they try to form unions. To find out more about this
                         important issue and send an e-mail to your Congressional representatives, go to
                                        http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/afscmeefca .

   During the week of June 28 - July 4, union members from across the nation will also be sending postcards to President
   George Bush and Senator John Kerry as part of week-long activities. Please go to the EFCA Postcard Campaign page
                  (at http://www.afscme.org/action/efca.asp) to learn more and order your materials online.




                                 The PEOPLE Committee Needs You in 2004!
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 In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
 Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
 5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
 Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
 Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                               Local 34 Banner                    July 2004                  http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                               AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees




                                                                           Did You Know?
   The Local 34 Contract contains many provisions that determine how we do things in the workplace. If you haven’t looked
                         at some of these before, please take a few minutes, or go to the links below…
                                                        http://iwww1/eaadmin/Union/Local34/Local34.htm
      http://hennote1/SOCSERV/CFASD/cfasDocument.nsf/8f3fea52c7cdd7b3862569e3006be34a/0ac61a7d8f64ae0086256903004e84b2?OpenDocument

  Article 14: Absence Without Leave

  Any absence of an employee from scheduled duty that has not been previously authorized by the EMPLOYER may be
  deemed an absence without leave. Any employee absent without leave will be subject to disciplinary action, and any
  employee absent without leave for three (3) consecutive days may be deemed to have resigned his/her employment,
  provided that the EMPLOYER may grant approval for leave subsequent to the unauthorized absence if the employee
  can conclusively establish to the EMPLOYER that the circumstances surrounding the absence and failure to request
  leave were beyond the employee's control.


  Article 15: Leave Benefits and Worker’s Compensation Benefits

  Any employee who by reason of sickness or injury receives worker's compensation benefits may do either of the
  following:
               A. Retain the worker's compensation benefits and request to be placed on a medical leave of absence
               without pay, or
               B. Retain the worker's compensation benefit and receive from the County any available earned
               accumulated sick leave, vacation leave, or other accumulated leave benefit.

  The total weekly compensation including leave and worker's compensation benefits shall not exceed the regular weekly
  base pay rate of an employee.


  Article 30: Fitness for Duty

  When a question exists related to appropriate leave administration or work safety to individuals, co-workers or others,
  the EMPLOYER may require employees to undergo a medical evaluation that will enable the EMPLOYER to
  determine the employee's fitness for performance of his/her duties. When the EMPLOYER requires an evaluation or
  report from a medical authority, either the employee's personal or treating authority or the medical authority of the
  EMPLOYER'S selection, the EMPLOYER shall:
                 A. Pay the fee charged for such evaluation or report if such is not covered through the health insurance
                 program made available to employees by the EMPLOYER, and
                 B. Compensate the employee at his/her base pay rate for regularly scheduled work time the employee
                 was unable to work due to obtaining the evaluation if the evaluation result is that the employee is found
                 fully fit to perform his/her work duties and responsibilities.

                                                               Other contract sections previously reviewed:
   Article 4: Union Security           Article 5: Employer Authority       Article 7: Grievance Procedure       Article 8: No Strike-No Lockout       Article 16: Funeral Leave
        Article 19: Court Duty       Article 20: Election Days     Article 21: Time Off for Testing       Article 23: Severance Pay       Article 24: Stability Adjustments
     Article 26: Work Unit Vacancies        Article 27: Work Rules      Article 28: Performance Evaluations        Article 32: Discipline   Article 33: Employee Assistance
               Article 40: Health & Safety        Article 41: Contracting for Services     Article 42: Trainees       Attachment C: Funeral Leave Administration




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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                           Local 34 Banner               July 2004               http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                          AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



The June 2004 newsletter contained a cover letter from Dan Engstrom along with a letter of apology to Andrea Lennox from Linda Yelland
and Rita Chamberlin, but did not include the story behind those letters. This month we are providing background information to put the
letters in context. Please accept our apologies for the oversight and confusion this has caused.

On October 22, 2003, Andrea Lennox attended a Brown Bag Lunch held by management in Developmental Disabilities. She attended the meeting in
her capacity as Professional Vice President of Local 34 and at the request of a number of Local 34 members. As the discussion turned to billable hours,
Ms. Lennox noted that a review of available records indicated that billable hours were significantly down when compared year to date with 2002.
She further expressed Local 34's concern that the program redesign in Developmental Disabilities move forward in a manner that would preserve the
ability of the Social Workers to maintain and increase the generation of available revenues. Ms. Lennox further voiced the desire of Local 34 to partner
with management toward that end. Her observations and comments were met by Social Work Unit Supervisor, Linda Yelland stating that Ms. Lennox's
comments were "politically motivated and irresponsible". Ms. Yelland further stated that Ms. Lennox was misrepresenting the facts with respect to the
diminution of revenues in the redesign's pilot projects. After characterizing Ms. Lennox as untruthful, Ms. Yelland then admonished Ms. Lennox in the
future to "think before she spoke", much in the manner that one would speak to a young child. As Ms. Lennox attempted to respond to Ms. Yelland's
accusations she was interrupted by Program Manager, Rita Chamberlin, who supported Ms. Yelland's comments. In our estimation, that type of
response was dismissive, hostile and condescending, not only to Ms. Lennox, but to all our members present at the meeting.

On January 14, 2004, a complaint alleging three Counts of unfair labor practices under the Public Employees Labor Relations Act was served on
Hennepin County. On March 26, 2004, a settlement agreement was reached with a letter of apology given by the county for the offensive and illegal
conduct of the two supervisors.

The behavior displayed by these managers is symptomatic of the lack of dignity and respect suffered by workers all over the county and is one of the
telling cases for our request to include Meet & Confer language for Dignity and Respect in our 2004 - 2005 contract. Local 34, as a body, will always
stand ready to protect it's officers and stewards from intimidation and harassment when they are representing its members with the Employer. The
letters which ran in the June newsletter, an apology from Ms. Yelland and Ms. Chamberlin and the cover letter from Dan Engstrom, were part of our
settlement agreement which was approved by the Executive Board. The Verified Complaint and the Settlement Agreement will be published in their
entirety on Local 34's website, www.afscmelocal34.org.

Again, I apologize for not providing the complete picture in a timely fashion.
Jean Diederich


                                             The following letters of apology were part of the settlement agreement.
                           The Verified Complaint and the Settlement Agreement will be published in their entirety on Local 34's website.
                                                                http://www.afscmelocal34.org


    April 15, 2004                                                                      April 12, 2004

    Jean Diederich, Local 34 President                                                  Andrea Lennox
                                                                                        Local 34 Vice President
    Dear Ms. Diederich:
                                                                                        Dear Ms. Lennox:
    Enclosed is a copy of a letter of apology to Andrea Lennox and Local 34’s
    Executive Board for remarks management made at a “brown bag lunch.”                 This letter of apology is given to you both personally and in your capacity
                                                                                        as a member of Local 34’s Executive Committee. While no disrespect or
    I regret that this situation occurred. I look forward to management of the          offense was intended, the manner in which we addressed you at the October
    new Human Services Department working with Local 34 and its members                 22, 2003 “brown bag lunch” was inappropriate and we apologize.
    in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect.
                                                                                        Very truly yours,
    Sincerely,
                                                                                        Rita Chamberlain, Program Manager
    Daniel E. Engstrom, Assistant County Administrator, Human Services                  Linda Yelland, Social Work Unit Supervisor

    cc: Sandra L Vargas, William P. Peters, Suzanne Zuidema, Todd Monson                cc: Local 34 Executive Board, Brown Bag Lunch 10/22/03 Attendees




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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                             Local 34 Banner                July 2004              http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                            AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



                                  A Look at the 2004 Political Season - the Never-ending Campaign
 By the time you read this, John Kerry may have selected his running                    More on the choosing of a running mate for Kerry…
 mate. In the weeks leading up to the July Democratic Convention,
 much speculation was raised on who the Democratic ticket would be…                     Events in Iraq Influencing Kerry's Pick for VP
 Tale of the Tape       Des Moines Register, 05/30/2004                                 May 28, 2004
 U.S. Sen. John Edwards has traveled the country touting Democratic                     From U.S. casualties to the grisly face of prison abuse, events in
 presidential candidate John Kerry every week for almost two months at                  Iraq are increasing pressure on White House hopeful John Kerry
 Kerry's request, but more often without being asked. His aides are                     to select a running mate with national security credentials,
 eager to talk about how happy the charismatic Edwards would be to                      political operatives say. Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry's campaign
 accept the vice presidential nomination, if it were offered. Gov. Tom                  manager, said recently that developments in Iraq only magnify
 Vilsack (IA) has campaigned for Kerry about half as often, and only at
                                                                                        the need for a running mate able to assume the presidency in a
 Kerry's request. But members of the governor's inner circle cringe at
 any suggestion that he or they are promoting a Kerry-Vilsack ticket.                   time of war. It becomes more and more necessary that the
                                                                                        person chosen have the stature to step into leadership should that
 Two different men. Two different styles. And, as Vilsack and Edwards                   necessity arise," Cahill said last week. "The more perilous the
 undergo evaluation as potential Kerry running mates, two different                     times become, the more it becomes necessary that ... [Kerry] be
 strategies for winning a chance to share the Democratic presidential                   assured that his choice can rise to the task."
 ticket. "There's a school of thought that says: Don't look like you want
 it too much," said Carter Eskew, senior strategist for 2000 Democratic                 Speculation about potential running mates for Kerry, a
 nominee Al Gore. "I think the general school is: The less said the better;             Massachusetts senator, runs the gamut from Sen. Hillary
 look discreet; be the model of discretion from day one. But I wouldn't
                                                                                        Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the polarizing former first lady, to
 make too much of that. They can also be impressed by the effectiveness
 of your lobbying."                                                                     John McCain (R-Ariz.), a maverick former challenger to
                                                                                        President George W. Bush. Both insist they don't want the job.
 No one says Vilsack and Edwards, of North Carolina, are finalists to be                Talk about McCain is being kept alive by key Democrats - even
 Kerry's No. 2. But they reveal sharply contrasting styles as all the                   Kerry drops his name, doing so twice in one speech Tuesday in
 would-be vice presidential nominees undergo evaluation by Kerry's                      Portland. In political terms, this sends a message to swing voters
 selection team. Another known to be under consideration is U.S. Rep.                   that Kerry is moderate and eager to unite a closely divided
 Dick Gephardt of Missouri, while names including retired Gen. Wesley                   nation. Such musing, however, has angered some liberal
 Clark, U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana and New Mexico Gov. Bill                         Democrats, particularly African-Americans, who contend that
 Richardson are among those frequently mentioned. Eskew and other
 top Democratic strategists say Edwards' high visibility while under
                                                                                        talk of McCain undercuts party leaders and positions.
 consideration by Kerry is an unconventional approach to a selection that
 Kerry's team is conducting in near-total secrecy. But they add that                    The list of those said to be under consideration includes
 neither lobbying for the job nor keeping a low profile is what will                    Democratic governors such as Iowa's Tom Vilsack, New
 determine Kerry's choice.                                                              Mexico's Bill Richardson and Pennsylvania's Edward Rendell.
 http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2004405300331               Primary challengers also are mentioned: Rep. Richard Gephardt
                                                                                        (D-Mo.), former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark, Sens.
 Several good editorials have run in the Star Tribune recently:                         John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Bob Graham (D-Fla.). Democrats
 Editorial: Social Security/Revisiting privatization                                    of past administrations who have been cited include Clinton
 A new report on Social Security has rekindled Washington's debate over                 administration Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; former
 privatizing the nation's biggest retirement program. Democrats say the report
 proves that the Bush administration has exaggerated Social Security's problems         Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Vietnam veteran who now serves
 to drum up support for privatization; privatizers say the report confirms that         on the 9/11 commission; former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, who
 Social Security has a terminal disease. Published June 16, 2004                        heads a private group aimed at reducing threats of weapons of
 Editorial: Party labels/Keep them off the judiciary                                    mass destruction; and retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, a
 Minnesota Republicans last weekend declined to endorse candidates for the state        Clinton- era commander for U.S. forces in the Middle East.
 Supreme Court and Court of Appeals -- for now. But delegates to the state
 convention that met in St. Paul made clear that they haven't abandoned the             Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a moderate who flew on the space
 notion. They made a point of directing their central committee to consider             shuttle, and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, the ranking Democrat
 wading into that minefield on their behalf, after the candidate filing period ends     on the Foreign Relations panel, also get named. Peter Hart, a
 in July. Published June 15, 2004                                                       Democratic pollster, said it's important to remember that the vice
 Editorial: Church and state/Keep pulpits nonpartisan                                   presidential pick often takes pundits by surprise.
 Since Republicans won a majority in both houses of Congress in 2002, a handful
 of GOP leaders have shown an audacious and appalling tendency to use the tools
 of government to maintain their hold on political power. Published June 14, 2004       http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-
                                                                                        usveep273821943may28,0,455451.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines
 Editorial: Winners, losers/Who pays for Bush tax cuts?
 Since his first days as a presidential candidate, George W. Bush has been
 remarkably cavalier about how to pay for his massive program of tax cuts.
 Published June 8, 2004

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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                       Local 34 Banner                 July 2004                 http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                       AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



                                                                                Frustratingly, some issues just don’t go away…
 Editorial: Tax scofflaws/A whole lotta cheatin' goin' on
 Minnesotans pay their taxes. That is a citizenship norm that was thought       For example, if you didn’t believe getting rid of John Ashcroft, by way
 to run deep in this state -- so much so that reporters' jaws dropped           of George W. Bush, should be a key deciding factor in this year’s
 Monday morning when the state Revenue Department announced that                election, try this commentary from Paul Krugman of the NY Times:
 taxpayers didn't pay $604 million in state income taxes owed in 1999.
 Published June 9, 2004
                                                                                Withhold the evidence, change the subject
 Editorial: Housing/transit/Pawlenty's unfortunate veto                         No question: John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history. For this
 With gasoline at $2 a gallon and the cost of driving now pushing $10,000       column, let's just focus on Ashcroft's role in the fight against terror. Before 9/11
 a year in the Twin Cities, you'd think politicians would be looking for ways   he was aggressively uninterested in the terrorist threat. He didn't even mention
 to ease the burden. Published June 6, 2004                                     counterterrorism in a May 2001 memo outlining strategic priorities for the
                                                                                Justice Department. When the 9/11 commission asked him why, he responded by
                                                                                blaming the Clinton administration, with a personal attack on one of the
                                                                                commission members thrown in for good measure. We can't tell directly whether
 And from Slate magazine, a fun look at how the running mate list               Ashcroft's post 9/11 policies are protecting the United States from terrorist
 looks… http://slate.msn.com/id/2101383/                                        attacks. But a number of pieces of evidence suggest otherwise….
                                                                                http://www.startribune.com/stories/562/4830359.html
 John Kerry is currently engaged in one of Washington's most
                                                                                or consider this issue, from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 3, 2004
 elaborate Kabuki rituals: the hunt for a running mate. Every four              http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/8822018.htm
 years, campaigns put vast effort into flattering political allies,
 pandering to interest groups, generating media buzz, and                       Gender pay gap persists
 spreading disinformation. Richard Nixon is said to have advised                Whether you're a lawyer, doctor or engineer, if you're a woman, it's
 the elder George Bush in 1988: "Once you get it down to two or                 likely you're being paid less than a man. In fact, even if you are an
 three people, see to it that a dozen or so names get out in the                elementary school teacher — a profession long dominated by women —
 press. It'll be a sop to everyone on the list, and it will keep the            you still are likely getting paid less than your male counterparts. That's
 press off the trail." The press was diverted so well that Bush's               the upshot of a U.S. Census Bureau report released Wednesday, a new
 eventual choice of Dan Quayle triggered one of the madder                      in-depth look at gender pay differences by occupation. The report, based
 feeding frenzies of recent memory. Also confusing matters is                   on the 2000 U.S. Census, is the latest to show that women made less
                                                                                than men in just about every occupation in 1999, a finding that could
 that what used to be the chief rationales for picking a running
                                                                                stoke concerns over pay discrimination.
 mate are fading. It's been a while, for instance, since a running
 mate was chosen to carry a major state. Today's veepstakes                     By delving into individual occupations, the new data make clear that the
 involves more sophisticated factors.                                           longstanding pay gap between the sexes isn't just caused by women
                                                                                disproportionately filling low-wage jobs compared with men. While that
 Here are a couple of excerpts of the “candidate groups”…                       appears true, it doesn't explain why even in higher-paying jobs, women
 Bring It On!                                                                   tend to get paid less than men. Part of that pay gap is simply due to
 If a central theme of John Kerry's candidacy is a fearless challenge to        differences in work experience between men and women in the same
 George W. Bush on national security, then why not add another set of           jobs, pay experts say. The more job tenure, the greater one's pay. Also,
 (unthrown) medals to the ticket? The obvious choice here would be              women have only relatively recently begun prying open many male-
 Wesley Clark, although his gaffe-plagued romp through the                      dominated fields — engineering, for instance. Plus, women traditionally
 Democratic primaries is problematic. Clark's fizzle may also bode ill for      leave the work force more often than men for child rearing, giving them
 former Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, despite his new book eviscerating            less tenure and thus less pay in the long run.
 Bush's Iraq policy. Who wants to take a chance on another general
 without campaign trail experience? Still, merely floating these names          Still, the data released Wednesday are full of thought-provoking nuggets
 helps remind the public that Democrats can be tough guys, too. Also on         like: Why, for instance, were female psychologists in Minnesota paid a
 this list: former Sen. Max Cleland.                                            median of $45,560 in 1999 — about 80 percent of what their male
                                                                                counterparts made? Psychology isn't necessarily an old boy's club; 54
 Base Drums                                                                     percent of the state's psychologists are women, and women have long
 These choices would help whip up liberal Democrats, who are far more           been therapists. Yet the pay gap exists in so many occupations that it
 animated by Bush-hatred than by Kerry-worship. The most touted name            increasingly appears that gender discrimination may be at work — or at
 in this category is Dick Gephardt, reportedly a top contender at the           least some sort of cultural bias.
 moment, whose authentic populism and miles-deep roots with labor
 unions and other party interest groups make him a fine signifier of            Studies long have found that even after controlling for workplace
 liberal passion. Drawbacks include Gephardt's co-sponsorship of the            experience and education levels, about 4 percent to 6 percent of the
 Iraq resolution heresy to some liberals and the fact that he's already         historical pay difference between men and women still can't be
 flopped twice on the presidential campaign trail. A long-shot choice is        explained, said Ross Azevedo, a professor and compensation expert at
 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, a prolific fund-raiser beloved           the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. And
 by women's and gay-rights groups. But it's hard to imagine a man               some analysts believe that 4 percent to 6 percent stems from
 scraping the "Massachusetts liberal" image off his shoe teaming up with        discrimination, he said. For all occupations together, U.S. women made
 a San Francisco liberal (think of the gay-marriage jokes). A choice            74 cents on the dollar compared with men, the 2000 Census says. In

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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                      Local 34 Banner                July 2004                http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
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 harder to attack demagogically would be Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.           Minnesota, that figure was 73 cents and in Wisconsin, 70 cents. The
                                                                              new census report, though, points out that in many occupations at both
 Having said all this, it should be noted that this prognostication           ends of the earnings spectrum — doctors and dishwashers, for example
 is almost sure to be wrong. After all, few people saw Al Gore's              — women get paid less, even when taking education levels into
 pick of Joe Lieberman coming, and everyone was blindsided                    account.
 when Dick Cheney's search for a Bush running mate turned up
 none other than Dick Cheney. Then, too, in 1996 it seemed                    In Minnesota, female physicians and surgeons had median earnings of
 preposterous that a crotchety fiscal conservative like Bob Dole              $104,627 in 1999 — 70 percent of their male counterparts' pay.
 could choose a flaky supply-sider like Jack Kemp. Maybe folks                Minnesota women lawyers made $61,987 — 73 percent of men's pay.
 were too distracted by other big names then in circulation, like a           And the state's female civil engineers made 78 percent of their male co-
                                                                              workers' pay, even though the women had a slightly higher college
 young GOP rising star: Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
                                                                              graduation rate.
                                                                              While discrimination could be partly at work in these occupations,
 May 2004 brought us the candidacy of Patty Wetterling in the 6th             industry-specific factors also could explain some of the differences,
 District, on the north and west side of the Twin Cities. Here’s an           according to pay experts and the Census Bureau report. For instance,
 example of a recent fund-raising letter from the campaign…                   engineering and other technology-oriented fields have long been a male
                                                                              preserve, Azevedo said. Thus, women in these fields "are largely low-
 May 27, 2004                                                                 tenure people so they are at the bottom of the earnings pool,'' he said.
                                                                              Meanwhile, in the law profession, corporate attorneys usually garner the
 Dear Friends,                                                                highest pay, and they tend to be men, Azevedo said. The same goes for
                                                                              the doctors: Surgeons are the elite pay group, and they may
 Minnesota families are facing uncertain times, but is Congress               disproportionately be men, too.       How about teachers? Female
 putting our children’s future and our families’ needs first?
                                                                              elementary and middle school teachers in Minnesota made 88 percent of
                                                                              what male teachers made in 1999; female secondary school teachers, 84
 Minnesota’s children, families and seniors deserve a voice and a vote        percent. The census data can't account for pay boosts that teachers can
 in Congress that puts them first – not just when it is convenient or         get from earning master's degrees. Nor does it break out extra pay for
 easy – but all the time. That’s why I’m running for Congress.
                                                                              coaching. Theoretically, both factors could help explain the gender
                                                                              differences in teachers' pay.
 With your support I will run a strong campaign – I will win on
 November 2nd. But today I need your help.                                    Another damning article about the plight of the American workforce
                                                                              appeared in the Star Tribune on June 16:
 Your contribution will get our campaign for Congress kicked off,
 organized and energized. Please send in your donation to “Wetterling         Sick on Their Own Time         http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/4830607.html
 for Congress” today.                                                         American workers, whose jobs have no paid sick days go to work sick, then go
                                                                              home after work sick and tired. They stretch their lunch hours to check in on a
                                                                              feverish parent. They keep older children home from school to care for their sick
 As a mom, a teacher and a community leader, I have never stopped             brothers and sisters.
 believing in the promise of tomorrow. I still believe hope and the
                                                                              They are half of all working people in this country, according to a study
 opportunity for a better future are the promise of America.
                                                                              announced along with proposed national legislation requiring U.S. employers to
                                                                              provide employees at least seven days of paid sick leave a year. The study, a
 Minnesota families deserve to know their future will be better. We           compilation of labor, employee benefit and U.S. family research, also graded
 need good jobs, excellent schools, affordable health care and clean air      each state on its family-leave benefits, giving Minnesota a "C+."
 and water. It is time to put our country on the right track and put our      "Paid sick leave is the next frontier in the effort to make our nation's workplaces
 families first again.                                                        more family-friendly," said Debra Ness, president-elect of the National
                                                                              Partnership for Women & Families, in Washington, D.C., which wrote the
 Every contribution to “Wetterling for Congress” will help me bring           report, "Get Well Soon: Americans Can't Afford to be Sick."
 my positive message of hope and opportunity to Sixth District voters.
 Your donation is so important to our victory.                                This year’s campaign focus goes beyond the White House, to the U.S.
                                                                              House and the Minnesota House races. Here’s an item from KARE
 Together we will win. Thank you your contribution and for believing          concerning 1st District Congressman, Gil Gutknecht…
 in our future.
                                                                              Gutknecht No Longer Promising to Leave Office by 2006
 Best regards,                                                                http://www.kare11.com/news/news-article.asp?NEWS_ID=64569
                                                                              U.S. Representative Gil Gutknecht is no longer promising to leave office by
                                                                              2006. Gutknecht has represented the First Congressional District for nearly a
                                                                              decade. He came to office as part of a Republican movement that featured the
                                                                              Republican Contract with America, which limited lawmakers to twelve years.
                                                                              The proposal eventually died in the House. In the wake of that defeat, Gutknecht
 Patty Wetterling                                                             said he would leave office by 2006. But Gutknecht released a statement this
 Candidate for Congress                                                       week suggesting that he was keeping his options open, leaving it to the people to
 Minnesota’s Sixth District                                                   decide his fate. He says he supports term limits, but he says imposing term
                                                                              limits unilaterally ultimately hurts the people who want their voices heard.
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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                                  Local 34 Banner                      July 2004                    http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                                  AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



                                    HSD Standard Operating Policy Development – HR Policies
Beginning in late May, five workgroups began meeting in the new Human Services Department to consider various HR policies and rules
that the six former departments worked under, and began crafting a set of common policies for the merged department, which will result in
an HSD Administrative Manual. Understand that when it comes to employees, the union contract (if the classification belongs to a union)
rules take first priority, then HR rules (work rules, discipline, grievances, etc.) or the County Administrative Manual if it is not an HR policy,
(such as workplace violence, or diversity, discrimination and harassment, use of government buildings, vehicles, equipment, etc.), and
finally, the Department rules/policies. Each group is composed of representatives from several of the former departments, HR or Labor
Relations staff, Workforce Resources staff, and a Finance staff member. Barry Bloomgren from Child Support and Workforce Resources is
the project sponsor. Leaders/Facilitators of the five groups are Robert Kelly, Anne Gaffney, Christine Crook-Nash, and Wesley Volkenant.
AFSCME is represented on each group by officers/stewards from Locals 34 and 2822. Talk to those representatives if you have questions.
The project has a July 15 target date.

Group One, led by Bob Kelly, will consider policies concerning issues of Compensation. Jean Diederich is the AFSCME representative.
Among the HSD human resources policies being considered are: Overtime, Holiday and Bilingual pay, SLWOP, Reinstatements, Comp Time,
and Starting Salary/incentives for new hires. Group Two, also led by Bob Kelly, will consider issues of Workforce Mobility, such as:
Laptops and Pagers, Cell Phones, Car Availability, Telecommuting, and Work Hours (flex time, for example). Representing AFSCME is
Andrea Lennox. Group Three, led by Wes Volkenant, will consider policies concerning Position Control issues. Patrick Regan will be the
AFSCME Representative. Issues in front of this group include: Timesheets, PCN tracking, Shared Positions, Mobility Assignments,
Internships and Educational Leave, use of Working Titles, and use of Alternate Names. Group Four is led by Christine Crook-Nash, and
Sheryn Cartlidge from Local 2822 is the AFSCME Representative. They are considering issues of Employee Performance such as: Data
Privacy Violations and the annual Security/Data Privacy Oath, Dress Code, Evaluations and Performance Appraisals, Grievances and
Discipline issues, and Mediation Services/Bridges. Group Five, which has completed consideration of Employee Development issues,
was led by Anne Gaffney, and included AFSCME representative Andrea Lazo-Rice. They considered three issues: Tuition Reimbursement,
Conferences and Training, and Travel.

                                 "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." -- George W. Bush, 12/18/00
                       “One of the things we did before comin’ over is we had a round-table discussion sitting around a square table.” – George W. Bush, 2/12/03
                                   "I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it." -- George W. Bush, 4/13/04

                                              News You Can Use – or Might Need to Know …
 First, it’s time to visit www.mediamatters.org a new website from former conservative activist, David Brock. This month, for example, you can sign a petition to
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld requesting the removal of Rush Limbaugh—who has favored the continued abuse of Iraqi prisoners on his program—from
                                                      Armed Forces Radio. Here’s the site’s welcoming note:
Dear Friends,
Welcome to Media Matters for America, a new Web-based, not-for-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively
monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Because a healthy democracy depends on public access to accurate
and reliable information, Media Matters for America is dedicated to alerting news outlets and consumers to conservative misinformation -- wherever
we find it, in every news cycle -- and to spurring progressive activism based on standards and accountability in media.
David Brock, Founder of Media Matters for America
  Brock was recently interviewed by a web magazine, The Gadflyer, for its May 12 issue. http://gadflyer.com/replyall/?TenQuestionID=5 An excerpt…
The Gadflyer: Explain for our readers what the mission of Media Matters is, and how you plan to carry it out.
David Brock: Media Matters for America will monitor, analyze and correct conservative misinformation in the media. We will comprehensively monitor
a cross-section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets. Our website will be the principal vehicle for disseminating our research. On the
left side of our website, we will post rapid-response items documenting conservative misinformation in each news cycle. The right side of the site will
feature longer research and analytic reports.
The Gadflyer: The left has certainly been energized by the Bush presidency. Do you think that energy will dissipate if Kerry wins in November?
David Brock: I hope not – and I hope it doesn't dissipate if he loses, either. But who knows? "Energy" isn't a constant: infrastructure is. That's one huge
advantage the right has had over progressives for the last several decades – they invested a great deal of money over the years in building a conservative
infrastructure of think tanks, media monitoring operations, publishing houses, news outlets, and more. That infrastructure helped carry them through times
when their base wasn't energized and their positions weren't popular – and helped them make the most of things when they were energized and their
positions were popular. We haven't had that infrastructure on the left, but that's changing now. Progressives are forming new organizations -- like the
Center for American Progress, Air America, Al Gore's cable TV venture, and Media Matters for America – and creating an infrastructure that will help
us weather tough times and capitalize on good times.
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  In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
  Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
  5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
  Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
  Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                  Local 34 Banner            July 2004             http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                 AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



      Governing magazine has scored with several recent features… here are excerpts on the changing safety-net in Minnesota and outsourcing

Governing (June 2004) “Safety-Net Squeeze” http://www.governing.com/archive/2004/jun/welfare.txt
Minnesota has long been a pioneer in the field of social services, having invented, nearly a century ago, the concept of workers'
compensation. The state's vaunted reputation, though, is suddenly on the line. Minnesota, like practically every other state, has had to cut
way back in the area of human services. But the state's squeeze on child care, health programs and welfare did not stem solely from the
need to weather a bad budget year or two. The types of cuts that Governor Tim Pawlenty and the legislature in St. Paul are making
represent not just dollar savings but a new policy course as well.

A new generation of political leaders in Minnesota believes that the state can no longer afford to be as generous as it once was. As a result,
after school programs are shutting down, class sizes are getting bigger, domestic abuse prevention projects are receiving fewer dollars and
libraries are closing. It's now harder for people to get into the state's social service programs and to stay in them. The billion-dollar
reduction in the state's social service budget is emblematic of an overall shift in the state's political culture to a more conservative course.
"There are some things we would have done regardless of the budget situation," says Kevin Goodno, commissioner of the Minnesota
Department of Human Services. "We as a state have to come to grips with what level of services are we willing to pay for. The message
from the last election is that people don't want to pay higher taxes." But advocates maintain that what the administration has done is to
make a hard road that much steeper. Their biggest complaint is about reductions in child care assistance—the form of help, they argue, that
does more than any other to make it possible for welfare recipients to land and stay in jobs.

State officials say they haven't seen any correlation between working adults losing child care help and having to go on welfare. But Linda
Koblick, a Hennepin County commissioner, says that is the trend she has been seeing since the state cuts began to take effect. Minnesota is
one of about a dozen states where health and human service programs are administered by counties and, Koblick charges, Minnesota is
making its counties do the dirty work of implementing the hardest cuts.

In what may be the surest sign of the state's evolving political culture, there's been no backlash to the retrenchment in social services,
which looks increasingly like a sea change in policy rather than stopgap measures meant to get the state through a tough year. "We're really
focusing our money on survival and short-term needs," says Ramsey County's [Monty] Martin. "We have a tradition in Minnesota of
looking longer term, and we're losing that."


Governing (May 2004) “Going Outside: The Push to Privatize is Expanding beyond Service Delivery into the
Areas of Policy Making and Program Design.” http://governing.com/articles/5private.htm

While governors and legislators scramble to deal with American jobs moving offshore, many of these same policy makers are creating
anxiety about outsourcing within their own state’s borders — among their own public employees. Texas, for example, is poised to make a
radical change in the way it administers welfare benefits. Anyone seeking public assistance will no longer visit a local government office
but instead dial up a call center staffed by private-sector operators. Those corporate employees will be linked to a computer system that
allows them fingertip access to a vast array of financial data. Using such information, the new-style eligibility workers will then tell callers
whether or not they qualify to receive a variety of benefits — from food stamps and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to child
health insurance and Medicaid.          (see page 2 of this newsletter)

The “call center” approach to qualifying citizens for public benefits is the front edge of a wedge aimed at opening up a huge new area of
traditional government work to the private sector. If it receives federal approval, the Texas privatization strategy could trigger a wave of
state and local outsourcing nationwide worth billions of dollars, affecting millions of citizens and tens of thousands of state and local
employees, while at the same time opening up whole new business lines for eager vendors. Texas employees, meanwhile, express their
own brand of skepticism. The state is “stepping over dollars to save dimes,” says Gary Anderson, executive director of the Texas Public
Employees Association. While he understands the cost-saving imperative, he believes the state isn’t thinking much beyond a single budget
cycle in assessing the actual value of outsourcing so much work. “In the short term, you may see some savings,” he acknowledges. But in
the long run, Anderson contends, the state loses valuable institutional knowledge along with the capacity to easily take work back if
vendors don’t pan out. That could saddle the state with huge down-the-road costs, for both rebuilding internal capacity and compensating
for non-performance of basic work. Anderson sees one other potential and ironic cost to the plan: If vendors are really going to save the
state money, then they will probably have to do that by using low-wage, low-benefit workers, which means the very people taking over
pieces of food stamps, TANF and Medicaid administration could end up qualifying for all those benefits themselves.

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  In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
  Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
  5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
  Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
  Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                                     Local 34 Banner               July 2004               http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                                     AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



Governing (May 2004) “Offshoring Hits Home” http://www.governing.com/archive/2004/may/offshore.txt
Legislation to block contractors from sending overseas the work they perform for states has been introduced in more than 30 states this
year--up from just eight last year. So far, none of the bills has become law, but several governors have taken action. Given the concerns
about job losses in recent years, it's not surprising that "offshoring" has become a hot political topic. Forecasts of jobs that will go
overseas run as high as 3.3 million by 2015. "There are a number of reasons why it is a jobless recovery, and moving the work offshore
might be a big part of that," says Minnesota state Senator Tom Bakk. "There's probably not a lot that states can do about corporations
doing that, but you can make a good argument that we should not be using taxpayer money to send those jobs overseas." Bakk introduced
an anti-offshoring bill that passed the Senate but has languished in the House. Meanwhile, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty issued an
executive order requiring agencies to take into account whether a company uses American workers exclusively in weighing the best value
of a bid. He also requires them to track contracted work done overseas. Other governors are taking similar actions.
A large part of competition, however, revolves around performing good service for the lowest price. Given that wages in countries such as
India are a fraction of U.S. standards, it's difficult for American workers to compete on price. In New Jersey, for instance, the state went
along with [State Senator Shirley] Turner's desire to move call-center jobs for a human services department from India to Camden, New
Jersey. After the state renegotiated its contract with its vendor, the cost per call rose by 37 cents, adding up to an additional $74,000 a
month. "Look at the legislator's conundrum," says Justin Marks of the National Conference of State Legislatures. What's hard is doing
both at once. "They think, wow, we can save all this money for people when times are tough in the state, or we can help people in our
states by stemming the tide of job loss."

                             Free bumper sticker ("What Part of UNION MADE Don't You Understand")

                                            Why Look For The Union Made Label?
                                             Go to: http://www.unionwear.com/bumpersticker.asp

   From unionlabel.org : The "Union Label" on a product, the "Union Shop Card" or the "Union Store Card"
     placard in a place of business, the "Service Button" worn or exhibited to solicit patronage for union
  establishments or union members -- all signify quality products and services. Moreover, these symbols of
   quality demonstrate that the union employees who make the product or provide the service are skilled
  workers who are treated fairly and decently by their employers. These symbols of are found everywhere --
     from washing machines to baked goods, from shoes to skyscrapers, from clothing to barber shops.

       The union label shows that labor and management have signed a binding contract, with each side
    guaranteeing their best -- their best work, their best compensation, their best benefits. It's a "win-win"
     arrangement for everyone -- labor, management, consumers and the community, where the economy
                         benefits from the paychecks and taxes of well-paid workers.

                                     So, look for the Union Label whenever and wherever you can!

                        Ripping on Unions (“Big Labor”) circa 2004 (an Election Year, Remember?)
        Books by Linda Chavez at Walmart.com - Every Day Low Prices (note which retailing giant is marketing this book—a fine bit of apropos!)


                                                    In this explosive new book, former union official and President Bush's
                                                    original nominee for Secretary of Labor, Linda Chavez, reveals how
                                                    unions have virtually abandoned the workers in order to influence
                                                    politics and government policy in ways that benefit their leaders.

      Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics
      Chavez, Linda
      List price: $25.95    Whopper of the Week - Linda Chavez: The onetime labor secretary nominee elaborates
      Our Price: $15.89              on her affection for unions. Posted Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 http://slate.msn.com/id/2061126
                                     "I think organized labor, I think quite mistakenly, somehow thought that I was going to be their worst nemesis…."
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  In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
  Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
  5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
  Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
  Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15
                                                            Local 34 Banner             July 2004             http://www.afscmelocal34.org/
                                                            AFSCME Council 14, Local 34, Hennepin County Social Services and Related Employees



                                             From Our President, Jean Diederich
     ANNOUNCEMENT
     Please note that we will hold delegate elections for two very important conventions at our July 7, 2004 General Assembly.
     They are as follows:

     Special Council 14 Convention - Merger of Minnesota AFSCME Councils
     Held Saturday, July 24, 2004 at the Ramada/Thunderbird Hotel, Bloomington MN, with registration beginning at 8:30
     AM and convention convening at 9:30 AM. The only topic of the convention will be to discuss and vote on the issue of merging
     the four Minnesota AFSCME Councils into one. Local 34 is entitled to 40 delegates to represent us at this convention and will
     reimburse mileage/transportation to and from the convention.

     Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention
     This convention will be held August 16 - 18, 2004 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The Local is
     entitled to 6 delegates (we have 7 total with the President an automatic delegate). The Local will cover lost time for three days,
     $35.00 per diem for three days, lodging for two nights, mileage/transportation to and from Rochester, parking if incurred, and
     registration costs.

     If you have any questions about either convention or are interested in representing Local 34 at one or both conventions but
     cannot make it to the July 7, 2004 General Assembly, please contact me by no later than 12:00 noon of that day to put your
     name forward for the elections held at the GA.


     One-on-One Building for a Better Contract Survey - "Tall oaks from little acorns grow."
     We held a second training for this initiative on Friday, May 21, 2004. Many of the Local 34, 2822 and 2864 officers, stewards
     and point persons from the different worksites around the county attended this training to learn how to conduct this survey. We
     received our surveys and divided them up, practiced conducting a survey, received some tips on how to ask and answer
     questions and, in general, prepared ourselves to begin seeking input from all of our bargaining unit members on how the budget
     cuts have affected us and our families, the clients we serve and our communities as well as what each of us is willing to do to
     change this. You should note that Local 34, Local 2822 representing Clerical and Related and 2864, representing the Librarians
     and other Professionals, have agreed to conduct this survey jointly, so you may be contacted by a member of any of three locals.
     If you have not been contacted for a on-on-one survey by the time you read this, please let me know so that we can make
     arrangements for this to happen. Your input is not only valued, it is necessary for us to develop a comprehensive plan for our
     approach to the budget for 2005. We continue to look for members willing to serve as a point person in your work areas. If you
     think that this is something that you would like to do, give me a call, 348-0266.

     The 2005 Budget - "Time flies whether you're having fun or not."
     Funding streams from state and federal sources were dramatically cut for the 2004 County budget. That had a direct impact on
     our the budgets for all of Departments - reductions in FTE's, resources for services to our clients and the general overall morale
     of our workforce. The 2005 budget is shaping up to be more of the same as both the state and federal budgets look to be
     running at deficits. What is that going to mean to us? What can we do to make the hurt a little less? We need to be part of the
     budget process, beginning at our respective Department levels and going all the way up to the County Board budget committee
     meetings. We, as a body, need to educate ourselves on the issues coming before the County Board and prepare ourselves to not
     only respond to the statements/plans from others but to also to present our ideas/goals/plans for a better 2005.

     AFSCME Green Opportunity - "If your ship hasn't come in - swim out to it!"
     The 2005 budget has been a topic of discussion at the past few Hennepin County AFSCME Presidents meetings. We don't have
     all the answers yet but we are working on finding a method for member involvement which will expand to AFSCME members in
     the Hennepin County - not only those of us who work here but those who live in Hennepin County and work for other entities.
     The Executive Director of Council 14, Eliot Seide, will host a Special Planning Session of the nine AFSCME Locals on Thursday,
     July 8, 2004 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM, to brainstorm on how to become involved and to lay out a plan of action. Members
     who like to cut their teeth on grassroots activism are being sought to be part of this session. You do not need to be
     an officer or steward and previous experience is not required. We are looking for enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Please call me if
     you would like to participate.

     Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July celebration.
     Jean

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In This Issue: Texas Privatizes Welfare Services… 2 Local 34 Officers & Stewards… 3 Sylvia Gutierrez—New Membership Secretary… 3
Membership Changes Form… 4 Good & Welfare… 4 Electronic Subscription… 4 Strike Preparation Committee… 5 June GA News…
5 Council 14 Picnic… 6 Mtg Schedule… 6 Thank You… 6 Freedom to Choose a Union… 6 PEOPLE… 6 Contract – Absence w/o
Leave, Benefits, Fitness for Duty… 7 More on Apology to Andrea Lennox… 8 Politics 2004… 9-11 Workgroups on Common HSD
Policies… 12 News You Can Use… 12-14 Union Label… 14 “Betrayal”—a New Anti-Union Book… 14 Jean Diederich … 15

								
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