4/8/10 Local 404 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Present: Molly Kennedy, John Collins, Jeremy Tubbs, Connie Anderson, Jill Gorman, Ann Sullivan (Recorder), Scott Grefe (Field Rep), Steaed Doehring, Kevin Brady, Cory Stadick, Britta Higginbotham, Paul Schwichtenberg, Mike Hohenstein, John Knobbe, Douglas Kampen, Jonas Thompson, Michelle Rodning

Greet Membership
1.Secretaries Report:--March meeting minutes- Additions or Corrections? Motion to accept by John Knobbe, second by Connie Anderson then carried.
Correspondence Review (See File)
2.Presidents Report:
• FD M&C today- please see notes.
• CBHH Meetings- please see notes.
3.Old Business:
• SEPC Delegates- April 30th at RMOA. Motion was approved last month. Chuck Carlson, John Knobbe, Connie Anderson, John Collins, Molly Kennedy, Anne Mehltretter, Ann Sullivan, and Kevin Graves will be attending.
• International- last month it was approved to send 5. Molly Kennedy, John Knobbe, John Collins, Scott Grefe, Jeremy Tubbs, and Connie Anderson requested to go. Connie motioned to send Scott and vote on the other 4 spots. Second by Jill Gorman then carried. Scott may be able to go through Council 5 so it was determined that the top 4 would go and the 5th would be an alternate. Voting determined that the other 4 spots would go to Molly, Connie, John K., John C., and Jeremy would be the alternate.
• Progressive Dues Change- Voting will take place at the June general membership meeting. Gross Income vs. Gross wage. The committee recommends: Gross Wage
The bi-weekly membership dues of the local shall be 117 % of the individual hourly rate. In addition, the dues rates shall be adjusted annually by an amount equal to one-half (1/2) each pay period of the increase in per capita tax of the International and Council 5, since the last adjustment took place. The dues shall be recomputed each January.

4.New Business
• April29th Presidents Meeting- John Knobbe motioned to send Chuck and pay mileage and per diem. Second by Connie and carried.

5.Items from the membership:
• TAX THE RICH- Post Office on tax day. People that want to do this should contact Jennifer Mundt at Council 5.
• Michelle Rodning brought up some topics that will need to be taken to MSOP Meet & Confer. They include:
o The providing of a locker room for MSOP staff
o .8 vacation
o Lunch breaks for MSOP staff
• 6 month discretionary probation- The contract says you have to have written notification. If not we can grieve it (different appointing authority).
• 55 Retirement- employees that have worked over 3 years are grandfathered in.

*John Knobbe motioned for a day for March per diem for grievance work for Sam Arneson, Connie second then carried.

Officers Reports:
VP-John Knobbe “In the last month we met with MSOP, The CBHH St. Peter, and Crisis Center, DHS policy committee @ Co. 5, spent a week lobbying in St. Paul, met with Denise over seclusions, sat a Laudermill with Colleen Ryan, did 3rd step preps with Molly & we met with forensics today.
I presented two 3rd steps today & filed another today to be heard next month.”
W. John Knobbe
VP- Molly Kennedy: “There will be 6 stewards attending training this month in St. Paul.
If anyone is interested in becoming a steward please contact me. I think when there are enough people interested we will ask the trainers to come to St. Peter to do the steward training. It will be convenient and more cost effective.
Soon Chuck is going to be putting out a list of steward expectations. No worries it isn’t much. We just feel that it would be very beneficial to get more people involved. Some of the things we were thinking are having stewards submit a small report on things that are going on in their work areas. This would only be once per month. Some other ideas is that you attend a local meeting at least 1 every three months. If anyone has any other ideas please feel free to contact Chuck or myself.
Some things that are going on in MSOP right now are some openings have come up in the MSOP program. With that some .8 folks are going to get the opportunity to bump into full time positions. So if you are .8 status right now and want to be full time bid on every full time spot you can because chances are you will get a spot.
MSOP meet & confer will be on April 22nd and I already have some agenda items. But if anyone has something that you think should be added please send me an e-mail.
In Solidarity,
Molly Kennedy

Treasurer-Connie Anderson: Motion to accept subject to audit by John Knobbe. Second by Steaed Doehring, then carried.
CS MSH/Transition: John Collins: Just want to reiterate what was said earlier, your union leadership has:

- saved MSOP jobs in the last few weeks
- saved MSH jobs in the last few weeks

If someone asks what has "the union" done for us lately you have two very important examples of what union leadership has done.

We have done this with the help of Scott Grefe and Council 5 and from state legislators such as: Paul Thissen, Tom Bakk, and particularly from Terry Morrow and Kathy Sheran. Please take time to send them an email at their legislative email addresses thanking them for all their help. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and his local office have also been of help to us recently so include any thanks you send to them also.

We have certainly learned how political our jobs are and we need to continue to remember this now and in the future. Much thanks should go out to our Union President Chuck Carlson for recognizing this long ago and making it an important part of our efforts as an officer team.

Knowing this we should all be very cognizant of the fact that we have the ability to elect our boss this November. That is only seven months from now. Regardless of what your political leanings are please keep this in mind and appreciate how it affects us here in this job. Go to school on all the candidates regardless of party and make an informed vote in November.
CS-AMH/CARE: Kevin Graves: Extended Campus Report:
CBHH Rochester
• 3 day suspension reduced to 1 day.
• Sent a denied 3rd step to the arbitration team
• Will present another 3rd step grievance at the next M&C for a 3 day suspension.

CBHH St. Peter
• Having trouble pinning down mgmt to present 3rd step grievances.

CARE St. Peter
• M&C moved to April 22nd

Crisis Center Mankato
• 6 LPN 2’s getting laid off
• 5 will find placement within 35 mi. radius at MSH, Transition, and forensic Nursing home
• Still looking for option for 1 intermittent LPN 2
• Conducted a tour of MSH and Transition with the 6 LPN’s to give them a better idea of the environments when they do make their decisions.
• There seems to be some political movement that may save these positions temporarily.

Kevin Graves
AFSCME Local 404
Chief Steward.
CS- NOCs/ Forensic Nursing Home: Jeremy Tubbs: nothing to add, is working on 1 grievance.
CS – Facilities Support : Jill Gorman: nothing new to add.
CS – MSOP : Matt Stenger: Excused – working.
EB-Steaed Doehring: nothing new to report.
EB-Greg Naumann: excused.
EB- Eric Ridout: excused.

Good and Welfare:
Sandi Blaschko, Katie Trimbo, Joe Biehn, Dan Quiram, Mike Card, Jeremy Goettlicher, Dusty Telshaw, Jose Rentas, Terry McDonough, Heidi Holmes, Jessica Blackstad, Teresa Hubbard, Laura Schulte
CLU delegate report:
(Chuck written report)
Council 5 Field Representative Scott Grefe: Stressed the importance of what John Collins said!
Message to Members: VOTE YOUR BOSS!
Drawing for door prizes: Mike Hohenstein, Ann Sullivan, Sam Arneson
Progressive Drawing: $420. Must be present to win!
Mikki Neubert- not present

Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm