Administrative Report on the Library Staffing Strategy

 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!

Because of the timing of our receipt of the report (after the newsletter was sent for printing) and our wish to get more Library voices heard, Library Activists decided not to speak at the September 27 Library Board Meeting, as reported on page 3 of the print October 2822 Newsletter.

We need your voice, perspective, and collective energy! Join us at meetings with Commissioners, Meet and Confers, and at the Library Board. Contact Jayne Mikulay, Vice President and Steward, East Lake Library: jjmikulay@hclib.org

The email from Commissioner Callison is below, with the full report at the bottom of the page under "Additional Resources."

From: Janis Callison <Janis.Callison@hennepin.us>
Date: Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:26 PM
Subject: RE: Library Service Staffing Strategy Survey Report
To: AFSCME 2822 <afscmelocal2822@gmail.com>
Cc: "CB.CountyBoard" <CB.CountyBoard@hennepin.us>, David Hough <David.Hough@hennepin.us>, "Judy K. Regenscheid" <Judy.Regenscheid@hennepin.us>, Michael D Rossman <Michael.Rossman@hennepin.us>, Kathy Megarry <Kathy.Megarry@hennepin.us>, "Thompson, Lois Langer" <lthompson@hclib.org>


Dear AFSCME 2822 Library Workers,
Thank you for your email of August 11, 2017 sharing the Library Service Staffing Strategy Survey. After receiving it, I asked staff to investigate your concerns and comments. Judy Regenscheid, Assistant County Administrator of Operations, conducted an in-depth evaluation of the staffing strategy plan implementation and provided the attached report to me.

In her report, Judy generally concludes: “After reviewing the data I have found that many of the issues raised by the union have been addressed during on-going meetings with Labor Relations and library management over the course of the last year. Other concerns seem to be based on perceptions and the facts do not support some of the concerns raised in the email.”

I have discussed these conclusions with Judy, Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Rossman, and Chief Labor Relations Officer Kathy Megarry. They concur as to the hard work that has been done by everyone to respond to the issues raised by the library staffing strategy plan. They also committed to continue to work with the union on these and other concerns.

As the county moves forward to position the library for the future and meet the needs of our patrons and residents, additional issues will undoubtedly arise. I encourage you to continue working closely with Library Administration and Labor Relations to address them and any issues which may remain unresolved.

I am happy to meet with you if you have any remaining concerns. Thank you for your service to Hennepin County.

Jan Callison, Chair
Hennepin County Board of Commissioners

612.348.7886
Jan.callison@hennepin.us
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Minneapolis, MN 55487-0240