1/12/12 Local 404 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Present: Connie Anderson, Molly Kennedy, Ann Sullivan (Recorder), Jill Gorman, Lynn Whipple, Jamie Sheppard, Thom Wilkins, Jeremy Tubbs, Annie Jakacki, Kevin Graves, Adam Castle, Randy Erickson, John Knobbe, Paul Schwichtenberg, Shawn Kennedy, Kelly Woelpern, Mary Scovill, John Collins, Mary Wolfe, Michelle Rodning, Chuck Carlson, Andrew Jones, Steph Miller, Kathy Scofield

Greet Membership

1.Secretaries Report: December 2011 meeting minutes- Additions or Corrections? Motion to accept subject to review by John Knobbe second by Connie Anderson then carried.

2.Treasurer-Connie Anderson: STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES FOR MONTH ENDINGDec 2011 CASH BALANCE BEGINNING OF MONTH:$ 47416.03 INCOME FOR THE MONTH:$ 5284.30 EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH: $ 10260.77 CASH BALANCE ENDING OF MONTH:$ 42439.56 SUBMITTED BY: _______CONNIE ANDERSON_____ Accepted subject to audit motion byJohn Knobbe second by Annie Jakacki then carried.

3. New Business:

a) Negotiations on Assembly Jan 21st

b) Lobby weeks- Feb 21-24 and May 21-25

4. Nominations for Union officer positions: President- Chuck Carlson nominated and accepted nomination- elected by unanimous ballot. VP Admin- John Knobbe nominated and accepted nomination- elected by unanimous ballot VP Steward Coordinator- Molly Kennedy nominated and accepted nomination- elected by unanimous ballot Secretary- Andy Jones, Thom Wilkins, Dylan Tate, and Lynn Whipple nominated. Position was not won by a unanimous vote. Due to withdrawal from nomination not being an option at this time- notice was given for a re-votewhich will be held at the February General membership meeting. Treasurer- Connie Anderson nominated and accepted nomination- elected by unanimous ballot Chief Steward- Tim Headlee, Matt Stenger, Annie Jakacki, Kevin Graves, andJeremy Tubbs nominated and accepted nominations- elected by unanimous ballot Executive Board- 3 Executive Board positions available. Jill Gorman, Ann Sullivan, John Collins, and Shannon Pech nominated. Positions won by John Collins and Ann Sullivan. Third position available was not won by a unanimous vote and notice was given for a re-vote which will be held at the February General membership meeting. Trustee Position- Eric Ridout nominated and accepted nomination- elected byunanimous ballot.

5. Correspondence Review 1) MN LPN Annual Conference- In Elk River 2) SEPC Friday May 4th 3) Fair Share Fee Notice 4) Appeal to Arbitration notice 5) State Negotiations Assembly – Saturday Jan 21st 6) C5 Nov 2011 Executive Board minutes 7) JOBS NOW Coalition appeal

6. Election Committee- Thank you to the members of the election committee. Another election committee will need to be set up for the re-vote. Voting times will be announced. 7. Old Business:none

8. Items from the membership: Union members expressed confusion regarding when a steward is warranted. A union steward is warranted for VA investigations. You may not always be able to choose your steward in this situation but members are encouraged to ask that a union steward be present. In other situations you are able to choose your own steward. Please see union officers or bulletin boards for explanation of Weingarten Rights.

9. Officer Reports

Presidents Report: a) a) FD M&C - Minutes will be posted- Any questions, please see Chuck Carlson or John Knobbe b) CBHH/CARE Meeting – Kevin Graves will report c) Forensic Division Joint Labor Management- none held d) MSOP Meet & Confer – Any questions please see Molly Kennedy

VP-John Knobbe: “Since the last meeting we had meetings with MSOP, St. Peter CBHH, I attended and was elected to the Co. 5 Executive Board and attended contract negotiations on 12-20&21. I want to thank you all for the support I feel in representing our local at many levels. We are experiencing record # of investigations- remember to ask for a steward. We are in changing times and need to show solidarity and support each other. In Solidarity, W. John Knobbe”

VP- Molly Kennedy: “This month we have 3 people attending Steward Training Jan. 26th and 27th, 2 folks from MSH and 1 from MSOP. We had meet and confer for MSH Jan 12th and we are seeing that since the HR director is the same for both sites, that they would like things to be ran the same way as far as day to day operations are concerned. For example, HR would like the step 1 grievances to be filed with HR. Local 404 doesn’t agree with this, it is our opinion that if we present the step 1 this way then the step 2 and 3 grievances will heard by the same group of folks at every step, so what is the use of filing a step 1 when you get the same response. Also contractually it states that the first step gets filed and presented to your immediate supervisor. We asked that the step 1 process remain the same as the contract states. Some things on the agenda for MSOP Meet and Confer on Jan. 19th are; how holidays are scheduled, better break rooms, money amount for different CPS outings, Day on the Hill March 27th, requesting that a job satisfaction survey be conducted and discussion on the Staff Employment Expectation Policy. PLEASE see www.union 404.com for the meeting minutes. In Solidarity, Molly Kennedy”

CS MSH/Transition: Tim Headlee:nothing new to report.

CS-AMH/CARE: Kevin Graves:“Extended Campus Report Jan, 2012 New guidelines have come out fixing the issue of new employees not being in pay status until they arrive in Anoka. All new hires should now be paid for their initial travel time.’ Presented 2, 3rd step grievances. CBHH Combined M&C Rochester stated that they found out in October they had to resubmit their application due to the omission of their CMM # (which they do not have) and the expiration of their Medicaid # in December of 2010. When they receive their Medicaid # they will resubmit the application for CMS certification. A more complete mock survey is going to be done in order to stay up to speed and be ready for certification. St. Peter. A .75 HST position was converted to a .5 RN position for licensing reasons. CARE: Jan meeting cancelled Kevin Graves Chief Steward AFSCME Local 404”

CS – Facilities and Forensic Nursing Home: Jeremy Tubbs:“Jan Report -- Jeremy Tubbs CS
I filed one step 3 grievance that is awaiting a hearing. A 1 -day suspension was overturned in MSOP at the Loudermill hearing.
All staff that work in MSOP-- In the "failure to report to work policy" there is a part that allows staff to have a No-Call no show or a Tardy to be seen as excused. They must submit a reason as to why the staff feels the absence was a "unforeseen emergency". Staff have 72 hours upon return to work to submit this to your supervisor. Be VERY sure to submit the request through email and add a "read receipt". This part of the policy is extremely important to staff because life happens. In the MSOP this policy is being used as the basis of about 75% of ongoing investigations.
I have taken over duties a s Chief Steward of the Physical Plant work area. Any members that have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

CS – MSOP: Matt Stenger: nothing new to report.

CS – CRP and NOCS: Anne Jakacki: “I had 10 grievances regarding scheduling for the holidays for CRP and they were approved at the 1st step. Tim and I are working together to try and get some concerns taken care of on the CRP unit with Carie and Lisa. Tim has met with them once and we are waiting to see if there are changes with the concerns that were brought to their attention. I think that is about it. Oh Yeah…We are now Security Counselors. YIPPY!!!! Great VICTORY for the CRP unit. There now I think that is it. Annie Jakacki-Security Counselor, CRP-North Unit AFSCME Chief Steward-CRP and MSH (Nights)

CLU delegate report- “On January 4th I attended the Mankato Affiliate Labor Council meeting. Several area labor unions were in attendance and spoke on individual issues in their areas. There was a bit of talk on American Crystal Sugar and the petition to support their workers. You can go to www.bctgm.org/ACS_AmericanDream.html to view and sign the petition. Also we are asking consumers to boycott brands that use American Crystal Sugar like General Mills, Kraft, Nabisco, Kellogg, Hershey’s and Nestle. American Sugar also produces Store-Brand sugars for Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, Food Lion & Kroger. On Jan 11th I attended the SE MN Area Labor Council general Board Meeting via phone/computer. The 2 ½ hour meeting had a guest speaker from the United Way. The speaker discussed how we can do more for our communities. The SE MN United Way 4,000+ families per month through the food shelf. They are always looking for volunteers and donations. In MN you can dial 211 from your phone to ask questions from “Where can I volunteer?” to “Where can I get help for_____?” The United Way also assists on providing FREE tax preparations for low to moderate households. We also discussed upcoming Legislative meetings. There is one scheduled for Jan 18th from 6:30pm-7:30 pm at the Rochester Public Library. If you know of one of in your area please let us know. We participated in a RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS training and discussed AFL-CIO convention in Rochester on Sept 16-18, 2012. The Labor Council will be hosting a fundraising dinner during the convention with proceeds going to our local PAC. We are looking for volunteers to plan the dinner as well as ideas/ suggestions for an “action” to have during the convention. Respectfully submitted, Lynn Whipple” Social Committee:Adopt a soldier was discussed. Michelle Rodning will look into this and bring info to next month’s meeting. Council 5 Field Representative Scott Grefe: Scott announced some important dates to remember: International convention will be held in Los Angeles this year June 18-22, Day on the Hill will be March 27th, AFLCIO will be held Sept 16-18m, and fall convention will be October 4-6. The negotiations master team is still working on a contract agreeable to all parties involved. Stay tuned for further updates.

Good and Welfare:Jesse Miller, Jake Cottew, Matt Uecker, Tom Eustice, Mike Keech, Solomon Dulka, Phil Smith, Ashley Kisor, Joel Frey, Marvin Vega, Roarke Engelhardt, Abe Ketter, John Collins, Brian Woeller Door Prizes: Kathy Scofield, Jeremy Tubbs, Kevin Graves, Jamie Sheppard, John Collins, Mary Wolfe Progressive Drawing- March 2012.

Meeting adjourned at 5:40pm