Local 2829: Statewide with Pride

April 2014 Membership Meeting Minutes

AFSCME COUNCIL 5 – April 23, 2014

President Kevin Norbie called the meeting to order at 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. All Local Executive Board Members were present in person or via telephone. Attendees: Mel Preczewski, Kristin Kirchoff, Eric Mattson, Mike Nelson, Roberta Suski, Kristin Dennis, Bill Smith, Theresa St. Aoro, Christi Nelson, Julie Tinkham, Pam Todora, Pati Hibbard, Duane Gatzke, and Kevin Norbie. Phone: Blair Francis.


Motion made by Mattson, seconded, and carried to accept the March 2014 minutes.


The March 2014 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 March 2014. Motion made by Mattson, seconded, and carried to accept the Register Report of March 2014, subject to audit.

Preczewski requested that Mattson prepare an Actual vs. Budget report for the end of the next quarter.


Norbie discussed the following:
June 12th President’s Meeting at the Council 5 office in South St. Paul. Norbie and Kirchoff will be attending.


Kirchoff reviewed the following from the Executive Board Meeting:
Grievances and/or issues at PCA, Board of Architecture, Commerce, and Military Affairs.
Getting back out to outstate agencies in the summer.
Steward’s Retreat from May 2-3.
Unclassified Leave issue at AGO.
Chad Olson’s last Executive Board meeting. Olson started a new job on April 18th. The vacant Executive Board seat will be filled at the Special Executive Board meeting on April 23rd, and a new Military Affairs Chief Steward will also be appointed at that meeting.

Motion made by the Executive Board, seconded, and carried to donate $100 to the 80th Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Trucker’s Strike, July 19-20.

Kirchoff reviewed the following from the Special Executive Board Meeting:
St. Aoro was unanimously appointed to the vacant Executive Board seat.
Smith was unanimously appointed as the Military Affairs Chief Steward.


St. Aoro discussed the following:
Meet and confer at PCA regarding a regional supervisor. The PCA management seemed concerned and will investigate.
Grievance filed at the Board of Architecture regarding requests for vacation.
Investigation at Board of Architecture for a member who recently filed a grievance.
Future meet and confer at Commerce regarding performance review appeal procedures and forming a Labor Management Committee. This will be scheduled when the Commerce HR returns.
Step 3 grievance at PCA regarding a non-certification.
Appeal at SOS.
Orientation for new members at AGO on Thursday.
Reorganization at Commerce, which doesn’t affect AFSCME members directly, but a meeting will be held in June regarding the reorganization.

Preczewski and Suski discussed an issue with the PCA regional offices regarding members having to take vacation if they do not attend the Administrative Staff Conference. The members have to attend the conference or take vacation; they cannot work at their office that day.

Military Affairs:
Smith discussed the following:
Military Affairs HR is denying leave accrual rates for military leave, which they had been giving for years and decided to change it. Members on military leave will get the anniversary wage increase, but not the accruals. Step 3 grievance will be filed tomorrow.
Issue with Supervisor regarding training days and turnaround at the 133rd Air Force Base.


C. Nelson discussed the following:
Council 5 has requested each local to do an Action Plan for new member orientations and fee payer to member conversion by June 1st.
Roll-out of proposed dues increase of $5 per member per month to get Council 5’s budget out of the red. Discussion by the membership included whether Council 5 has made reductions to account for the deficit (staff cuts and not backfilling retirements), impact of the increase to the Local and to individual members (increase to Local’s per cap rates to the Council, which may or may not result in an increase to individual members’ dues), current per cap rates to the Council (from $23.64 to $28.64 per month per member), and when/how this increase will be voted on (by the Convention delegates at the Council 5 Convention in September).
Council 5 Executive Board will be holding informational sessions in June throughout the State regarding the proposed dues increase. More information to come.
Attack on pensions still occurring in State Legislature.
Fall elections.
Supreme Court decision in summer regarding the collection of fair share dues.


St. Paul RLF:
St. Aoro discussed the following:
Donated $25,000 to Dayton campaign.
Nurses at the Allina hospital in Hastings not given the same contract as nurses at other Allina hospitals.
UFCW re-affiliated.
Protest at Har-Mar Mall tomorrow regarding putting post offices in Staples stores.

International Delegates Election Results:
Tellers: St. Aoro, Mattson, and Tinkham
Delegates (5 Local-funded): M. Nelson, Kirchoff, Norbie, Preczewski, and Dennis.
Alternates (2 Local-funded): Gatzke (1st Alternate) and Suski (2nd Alternate).
Alternates (3 not funded by Local): Candi Parker and Sharon Christensen.
Election Specifics: 95 ballots, 1 spoiled, and 2 returned mail (wrong addresses).


C. Nelson discussed that nothing has gotten done regarding the Local’s pending arbitrations. Both of the new arbitrations will go before the Arbitration Review Board at their next meeting in May.

Kirchoff gave an update on the Stewards Retreat on May 2-3 in Baxter.


Jo Pels was unable to attend the meeting tonight due to a family emergency. The discussion regarding the Unclassified Leave issue at AGO will be tabled until Pels can attend. The membership discussed the Unclassified Leave issue at AGO. As of earlier this year, there were 28 unclassified leaves at AGO, which is 1/4th of the workplace, and they are inappropriately classified as unclassified. Preczewski suggested that St. Aoro and Tinkham meet with Pels sooner than next month, possibly as lost time. C. Nelson will notify St. Aoro when Pels returns.

A poll of the Executive Board was taken at the SEPC Spring Conference, regarding sponsoring a hole at the Golf for Vets event. Motion made by Executive Board, seconded, and carried to sponsor a hole at the Golf for Vets event for $100.

Motion made by M. Nelson, seconded, and carried to pay the AFL-CIO State Retiree Council Affiliation Fee of $100.

Motion made by Preczewski, seconded, and carried to donate $50 to the Twin Cities Labor Chorus.

Motion made by Kirchoff, seconded, and carried to donate $100 to send a child to the YMCA Camp Kitchigami for the summer of 2014. The Local will be recognized as a donor. Preczewski will get the address for the donation to Mattson.

Mattson thanked everyone for running for the International Convention.

Todora and Hibbard requested a meet and confer at the Arts Board regarding a reorganization. A 3rd party consultant went through a process evaluation and will be changing PDs. St. Aoro noted that it’s contractual for the union to be involved with reorganizations. St. Aoro will contact the HR at the Arts Board for a meet and confer and requests more information from the members there before the meeting.


Gatzke won the nightly drawing.

Reminder of the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive on May 10th.

Adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Kirchoff.


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