Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related


I have been a Hennepin County employee for 11 years in HSPHD. I have dedicated most of my life to Hennepin County and I love the population that we serve. I have been trying to promote from an OS II to an OS III since 2010 (7 years). I‘ve been transferred to many jobs where the duties were specifically OS III duties, but only paid at an OS II pay rate. The Administrative Services department went through a major change when three of the top administrative staff were all fired. This left the staff wondering where we would go from there. Of course, many supervisors were moved around which meant there were different supervisors that came, but left shortly thereafter. When I started telling each supervisor my story, they were going to send my Position Description Questionnaire (PDQ) to HR, then they were moved to another team and nothing was done. This went on for many years and with several supervisors. Finally I went to meet with the president of local 2822, Alessandra Fuhrman, and from there I felt that someone was actually listening. Read more >>>

The October issue is chock-full of dates! Most importantly, the October meeting will be on the SECOND Wednesday of the month (10/11), plus County budget hearings, Meet and Confers, Library Board meetings, and wins for our members!

 On August 11, 2017, AFSCME Local 2822 sent a copy of the Library Staffing Strategy Survey results to all of the Hennepin County Commissioners and the Library Board. Commissioner Callison replied on September 21, 2017 with an attached investigative report prepared by County Administration. Please feel free to share, copy, and discuss this report with your Library coworkers. The report continues to ignore the concerns raised by Library Workers in the Staffing Strategy Survey and at informational meetings. But we will not ignore you! Read more >>>

Lindsey Fenner, Executive Board-at-Large and Editor, Penn Lake Library,
with Tami Cumber-Posten, formerly HSPHD

She has become a regular presence at union meetings, an indefatigable fighter and advocate. Tami doesn’t even need to be there. As an involuntarily terminated (fired) County employee, she is no longer even a union member. But Tami keeps showing up to stand up against the environment of discrimination, bullying, harassment, and retaliation at Hennepin County, actions that seem to target older, female workers of color.

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 Sam Gutierrez, Co-Chief Steward, HSPHD

In May 2017, Hennepin County Administrator David Hough presented the 2016 Workforce Data at his Countywide Manager and Supervisor Meeting. The data contained statistics broken down by generation, retirement eligibility, race, leaders, and Union membership. What was missing from this presentation were the termination data. We want the numbers. Why, when other workforce data was shared at the Supervisor/Manager meeting, weren't the termination statistics? What does the County have to hide? Based on our experience, we want to know if workers from certain groups are being targeted for discipline and termination. Where then does that leave our Union? What can we do?

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The September issue is ready! Read more about our continuing fight against bullying, discrimination, intimidation, and harassment in the workplace; learn about the upcoming Convention and more! Read more >>>

The Strengths Committee

If you work at the Library or any other location represented by 2822, you have been introduced to the Clifton Strengths assessment, a personality test owned and promoted by Gallup, Inc –the famous creator of public opinion polls. The test creates a profile of the taker, in terms of 34 characteristics, called “strengths,” or “talent themes” by the administrator. Each strength has a name (and each name a trademark by Gallup), and is described in positive terms. But wait, there's more!

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If you have experienced intimidation, harassment, retaliation, or discrimination by supervisors, you can do something about it! Both the law and Hennepin County Policy prohibit this in the workplace. It is important that we protect each other as coworkers and take care of each other. We have several resources to fight this behavior at Hennepin County. We are stronger together! Read more >>>

 The August issue is available now! There are updates on the Health Care bargaining happening now, anti-bullying and discrimination resources, letters from members, summer fun at the AFSCME Family Picnic and the Minnesota State Fair, and more!   Read more >>>

By Susan Rose, Recording Secretary and Steward, Franklin Library

Last time, we covered dos and don’ts for new employees. This month, we will consider contradictory instructions and the need to document.

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The officers of AFSCME local 2822 were nominated at our February 2017 membership meeting. There were no contested elections.

Local 2822 Officers
President Ali Fuhrman

720-771-8471 cell

Vice President Jayne Mikulay 612-543-8426
Treasurer LaKeashia Robinson 612-348-6186 
Recording Secretary Susan Rose
Chief Steward Genae Nicole 612-543-3366
Chief Steward- Sam Gutierrez 612-480-7264
Membership Secretary Rita Watson 612-596-7843
E-Board at Large Valerie Wiggins 612-596-8000
  Lindsey Fenner 612-543-5801
  Adonna Swift 612-543-2195
  Shane Clune 612-543-8426
Trustee Dari Kolstad 612-348-9942
  DJ Hooker 612-543-8500
  Lisa Daniels  
Delta Dental Trustee Ann Baird 612-543-0270
Good & Welfare Rosine Johnson

612-596-0970 work
952-221-7454 cell

Web Administrator Melissa Diaz

952-923-0014 cell


Minneapolis Labor Federation Delegates: Ann Baird, Shane Clune, Sam Gutierrez, DJ Hooker, Brett Schlosser

St. Paul Labor Federation Delegates: Rita Watson, Vacant

Our contract for the years 2016 to 2018 is now available (click "read more" to find a pdf link).

It's a long document which perhaps only a hardy few will read cover to cover. But if there's an issue you've been wondering about, like say "vacation time" or "severance pay" a quick Control + F search will take you to the relevant section.

It's worth noting how much it means just to have a contract. Many non-union workers are employed "at will," meaning they can be fired at any time for any reason, or no reason. Working under a union contract gives us rights to due process, which means a big chunk of protection and quality of life for us and our families.

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