Local 2829: Statewide with Pride

January 2014 membership meeting minutes

AFSCME COUNCIL 5 – January 22, 2014

President Kevin Norbie called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. All Local Executive Board Members were present in person or via telephone. Attendees: Mel Preczewski, Kristin Kirchoff, Eric Mattson, Chad Olson, Mike Nelson, Roberta Suski, Christi Nelson, Julie Tinkham, and Kevin Norbie. Excused: Kristin Dennis, Bill Smith, and Theresa St. Aoro.


Motion made by Mattson, seconded, and carried to accept the December 2013 minutes.


The December 2013 Financial Reports were distributed and summarized by Mattson. Motion made by Mattson, seconded, and carried to accept the Balance Sheet and Revenues and Expenses Report of December 2013. Motion made by Mattson, seconded, and carried to accept the Register Report of December 2013, subject to audit.


Norbie discussed the following:
Financial Responsibility Training on February 12th at the Council 5 office in South St. Paul.
Council 5 Executive Board minutes distributed for review.
Council 5 job posting for a Data Specialist.
Hyatt Regency on Wacker St. in Chicago is the hotel for MN delegates to the International Convention in July 2014.


Kirchoff reviewed the following from the Executive Board Meeting:
Grievances and/or issues at SOS, OAH, HF, PERA, PCA, and the AG’s office.
Contract distribution campaign.
DOTH T-shirt discussion.
Upcoming Steward’s Retreat in May.
Draft Employee Policy & Procedures Manual at HF.
Executive Board motion for DOTH registration fee to be handled in New Business.


Military Affairs:
Olson discussed the following:
Information item regarding a job posting situation at Camp Ripley. Once a posting goes to the public, the selection of the hire is up to management and is not contractual.

M. Nelson discussed the following:
Step 3 termination grievance at PERA. Waiting for response.
Norbie discussed the following:
Meet and confer at HF regarding the draft Employee Policy & Procedure Manual. New procedures will not apply to current employees, only new hires. Management also agreed to start up a Labor Management Committee.


C. Nelson discussed the following:
President’s Meeting on February 21st at the Council 5 office in South St. Paul. Norbie and Kirchoff will attend for the Local.
DOTH on March 25th.
SEPC Spring Conference on April 11th.
Legislative items will come up when the session starts in February.
Raise the Wage.
St. Paul Winter Carnival Parade on January 25th at 2:00 p.m. Meet at the St. Paul Trades & Labor building, and bring the Local banner to march with the AFL-CIO.


St. Paul RLF:
Preczewski discussed the following:
RLF moving to a different building. More information to come.
Transportation meeting to fight for transportation funding. Need bonding bill this legislative session to preserve transportation jobs. Move MN Transportation Rally on March 13th at the State Capitol.

Election Review Committee:
Kirchoff discussed the following:
Committee recommendation will be made at the membership meeting on February 26th.


Norbie discussed the status of the Local’s pending arbitrations. C. Nelson discussed that there is nothing new to report, as MMB is low on staff.

Norbie discussed the site meeting at Camp Ripley. There was a good turnout, and a few membership cards were signed.

Kirchoff will contact a member at OAH to set up a site meeting for OAH, Animal Health, and Human Rights.

C. Nelson and St. Aoro will set up a site meeting at Lottery.

Tinkham discussed the meeting at Commerce. It went well.

Tinkham discussed the difficulty of distributing contracts at Commerce. It was a challenge to figure out which members were physically at the St. Paul location, so she has contracts that belong to members not in the St. Paul office. Preczewski suggested a meet and confer with Commerce HR to get a handle on where our members are located. Commerce has multiple locations, and the member list from Council 5 is inaccurate. C. Nelson mentioned that the State does a monthly data dump into Union Ware. Preczewski also suggested sending a letter to HRs of agencies with members we represent, requesting accurate member locations.

Norbie discussed ordering more contracts. There’s a small window of time to get the contracts for the same price as the initial order. Motion made by M. Nelson, seconded, and carried to order an additional 25 contracts, at $3 per contract, for a total of $75.


Norbie discussed a request from the Brainerd area for a contribution for a bus to transport members to DOTH. Motion made by Preczewski, seconded, and carried to contribute $200 for a bus to transport members to DOTH from Brainerd, and a $200 contribution will also be made to the Duluth area for a bus to transport members to DOTH from Duluth, when that request is received.

Motion made by the Executive Board, seconded, and carried to authorize the Local to pay the registration fee for DOTH for members, retirees, and family of members and retirees.

Norbie discussed the election procedure for the International Convention. Norbie spoke with Jo Pels and was informed that the Local does not have to wait until the Convention Call to elect delegates; rather, the Local can accept nominations and conduct the election 120 days prior to the start of the convention. Motion made by M. Nelson, seconded, and carried to affirm the Executive Board’s budget to fund five delegates and two alternates to the International Convention in Chicago in July 2014, and to not preclude sending three alternates at their own expense.

Norbie proposed publishing the election notice in the upcoming newsletter and to take nominations up until the March 26th membership meeting, where the nominations will be officially accepted and the ballot will be finalized. Norbie also proposed that the top five vote totals be delegates and the next top two vote totals be alternates. Mattson noted that if only seven nominations are received, those seven are declared elected. Preczewski suggested finalizing the election rules at the next membership meeting. Motion made by Kirchoff, seconded, and carried to publish the International Convention Election Notice in the February 2014 newsletter, to take nominations up until the March 26th, 2014 membership meeting, where the nominations will be officially accepted and the mail ballot will be finalized; the top five vote totals will be declared delegates and the next top two vote totals will be alternates; election rules will be established at the February 26th, 2014 membership meeting.


Mattson won the nightly drawing.

Adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Kirchoff.


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