Local 2829 represents employees in agencies as diverse as Military Affairs, the Arts Board and the Amateur Sports Board. We represent employees in all the Constitutional offices (with the exception of the governor's office) and in agencies as large as 250 members. Members participate fully in the administration and operation of the local as stewards, negotiations delegates, convention delegates, officers, and political activists.
Bargaining units represented include: Unit 2 (craft workers), Unit 3 (service workers), Unit 6 (clericals) and Unit 7 (technical employees).
The largest concentration of members in our Local is in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. Our Local also serves employees in almost every county of the state. Greater Minnesota worksites include the Travel Information Centers, Lottery Offices, Armories, Duluth Airbase and Camp Ripley.
Local 2829 is part of AFSCME Council 5, which represents more than 40,000 public and nonprofit workers statewide. This includes about 19,000 state employees, plus front-line workers in the University of Minnesota and MnSCU systems; city, county and some school district employees in the Metro and Arrowhead; and workers at Hennepin County Medical Center, Fairview University Medical Center, Regions Hospital, and other care facilities. Combined, Council 5 has more than 125 locals.
As a state local, Local 2829 participates in Council 5 policy committees and contract negotiations. Every two years, Council 5 members negotiate contract through collective bargaining. Elected representatives of Council 5, Minnesota Management and Budget, and individual state agencies meet to negotiate a two-year contract.
Locals begin gathering contract proposals for local ratification in the fall of even-numbered years. This is step one in a lengthy process that sets the standard for other bargaining units in state service.