Local 2829: Statewide with Pride

February 2014 General membership Meeting Minutes

AFSCME COUNCIL 5 – February 26, 2014

President Kevin Norbie called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. All Local Executive Board Members were present in person or via telephone. Attendees: Mel Preczewski, Kristin Kirchoff, Eric Mattson, Mike Nelson, Roberta Suski, Chas Martin (replaced Christi Nelson for the meeting), Julie Tinkham, Sharon Christensen, and Kevin Norbie. Phone: Theresa St. Aoro, Christi Nelson, Tom Gavitt, Kristin Dennis, and Blair Francis. Excused: Chad Olson and Bill Smith.


Motion made by M. Nelson, seconded, and carried to accept the January 2014 minutes.


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


Norbie discussed the following:
Summary of the February 21st President’s Meeting at the Council 5 office in South St. Paul.
East Central Labor Council’s request for a delegate and an alternate to attend their meeting. Francis will be attending for the Local as a delegate.
Labor Bowl on April 24th.
AFSCME International Executive Board meeting notice. The meeting will be from March 25-26 in Washington, D.C.
Council 5 has a job opening for a Field Representative in the Duluth office.
Annual Report from Labor Education Services distributed for review.
Discrepancy between per-cap list and list from Unionware. Met with Jo Pels and Pels reported that Council 5 is hiring a full-time membership staff person, and to submit any errors to Pels directly and she will submit them to MMB. Mattson indicated that he will reconcile the per-cap list and the list from Unionware to find where the errors are occurring.


Kirchoff reviewed the following from the Executive Board Meeting:
Grievances and/or issues at PCA, SOS, PERA, and HF.
A grievance at PERA was moved to the Arbitration Review Team by the Executive Board.
Contract distribution campaign.
Steward’s Retreat from May 2-3.
SEPC Conference on April 11th.
Motions made by the Executive Board will be reviewed in New Business.


St. Aoro discussed the following:
Step 3 at SOS was denied, and a recommendation for Arbitration will be made at the next Executive Board meeting.
Interesting meeting at Willmar PCA during the contract distribution regarding a supervisor that the Local has had issues with in the past.


Martin discussed the following:
Military Affairs meeting regarding issues from contract negotiations on March 26th.

C. Nelson discussed the following:
Nothing new to report on pending arbitrations. Contacted Jo Hargens at MMB by email and has not heard back.
Chris Cowen is retiring at the end of March and his position will not be replaced.


St. Paul RLF:
St. Aoro discussed the following:
St. Paul Teachers pending strike was averted and a contract settlement was reached.
Raise the Wage.
Move MN Transportation.

Council 5 Executive Board:
M. Nelson discussed the following:
Shorter meeting due to the bad weather.
Organizing with Eric Lehto. Ten locals have the largest number of fair shares and those ten locals are the biggest locals.
DOTH reminder. Bring a buddy and get a swag bag (family members don’t count).
MN State Retiree Council (AFL-CIO) Annual Fundraiser on May 3rd from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 Hall in Maplewood.
Happy Hour for Women in Leadership Program (MN AFL-CIO) on February 27th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at David Fong’s in Minneapolis.

Election Review Committee:
St. Aoro discussed the following:
Committee recommendation will be made at the membership meeting on March 26th.


Preczewski finished the metro area contract distribution campaign with the exception of Burnsville Weights & Measures and MMB. Preczewski suggested that we mail contracts to the members we can’t find. Martin noted that the Local could give the contracts to Council 5 to mail, and Council 5 will bill the Local for the mailing.

Preczewski noted that she had some interest in signing membership cards at the small Boards, and that she got a student worker to sign a membership card at Tourism.

St. Aoro discussed that C. Nelson and she distributed contracts at Willmar PCA and Marshall Lottery today, and will distribute to Marshall PCA and Beaver Creek tomorrow.

Norbie discussed DOTH registration. Registration sheet was filled in for initial registrations and that remaining registrants should go to the Council 5 website to register online. Council 5 is looking for at least 1,100 people to attend, and want locals to increase participation by 20% from last year. Tinkham clarified that the Local will pay lost time and expenses for members who attend DOTH. Mattson made a friendly reminder that new DOTH participants need to submit a W-4 to get lost time, and that only full members can be paid lost time.


Kirchoff gave a Steward’s Retreat update. The retreat will be May 2-3 at the Holiday Inn Express in Baxter. May 2nd will be an all-day Basic Arbitration Training with an instructor from Labor Education Services. The sleeping and meeting rooms have been confirmed. More information regarding booking rooms to come. The May Executive Board meeting will take place in Baxter at the conclusion of the retreat’s business.

Norbie opened nominations for the SEPC Conference on April 11th. The Local has 30 delegate and 30 alternate positions available. Nominations are:
Bill Smith Chad Olson Blair Francis Greg Harguth
Duane Gatzke Candi Parker Deb Oslund Kristin Dennis
Arlene Solum Sharon Christensen Eric Mattson Roberta Suski
Mel Preczewski Julie Tinkham Mike Nelson Theresa St. Aoro
Kristin Kirchoff Kevin Norbie Deb Kestner Rachel Parlin
Tony Ybarra Julie Jeppesen Linda Sterling
Motion made by M. Nelson, seconded, and carried to accept the list of nominations as delegates to the SEPC Conference on April 11th, and that the Executive Board be empowered to fill the remaining open delegate and alternate positions by the next membership meeting.

Norbie reminded delegates to the SEPC Conference to reserve their hotel room at the Ramada on Industrial Blvd. in Minneapolis, if needed, to guarantee the rate of the room.

Norbie reviewed that the Local will be taking nominations at the March 26th membership meeting for the International Convention in Chicago, IL in July 2014. The Local approved to fund 5 delegates and 2 alternates to the Convention. If there are more than seven nominations at the March 26th membership meeting, then there will be a mail ballot, as per the International Constitution. The ballots will be counted at the April 23rd membership meeting. Norbie solicited volunteers to be election tellers. The Local needs 3 volunteers that are not planning on being nominees. Tinkham and St. Aoro volunteered to be tellers, and the Local will need one more.

Election rules were discussed by all in attendance. The consensus of the membership was to determine the election rules at the next membership meeting on March 26th, following the recommendation for the Election Review Committee.

Francis discussed a request from the East Central Labor Council for $150 per month for operation of a union hall in Brainerd. The total cost of operation would be around $1,000 per month. M. Nelson noted that it seems like only Council 5 locals are contributing, and Preczewski noted that there’s value in having a union hall in that area, but not if AFSCME members are not utilizing the hall. Motion made by M. Nelson, seconded, and carried to table the request from the East Central Labor Council for $150 per month until the membership gets more information from the East Central Labor Council.

Motion made by the Local Executive Board, seconded, and carried to donate $490 for a table at the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Dinner on March 27th. Preczewski, Suski, M. Nelson, Tinkham, St. Aoro, Kirchoff, Dennis, and Christensen will be attending for the Local.

Motion made by the Local Executive Board, seconded, and carried for Preczewski to purchase Good and Welfare cards, for a maximum of $25.

Motion made by the Local Executive Board, seconded, and carried to approve the Auditor’s (Gary Paulson) contract for the year-ending 2013 audit.

M. Nelson discussed the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive on May 10th. The Local is again staffing the Midway Cub location, and will need volunteers. More information to follow.

Mattson noted that he met with members of MAPE Local 602 to set up a Labor Management Committee at HF, and is waiting to hear from the MAPE Local President.


Tinkham shared that Linda Sterling’s dad passed away on Tuesday. Sterling is a member at AGO. Motion made by Tinkham, seconded, and carried to send a card and a $50 memorial to Sterling, in condolences for her dad’s passing.

C. Nelson noted that her husband’s band is going to play in memory of a band member, who died of cancer, this upcoming Sunday at Billy Bob’s Pub and Grub in Rockford.

M. Nelson won the nightly drawing.

Adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Kirchoff.


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