5/13/10 Local 404 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Present: Jill Gorman, Molly Kennedy, Matt Stenger, Kevin Graves, John Collins, Chuck Carlson, Connie Anderson, Ann Sullivan (Recorder), John Knobbe, Eric Ridout, Michelle Rodning, Sam Arneson, Britta Higginbotham

Greet Membership
1.Secretaries Report:--April meeting minutes- Additions or Corrections? Motion to accept by Michelle Rodning & second by Molly Kennedy, then carried.
Correspondence Review (See File)
2.Presidents Report:
• FD M&C today- Minutes will be posted - Any questions, please see Chuck Carlson or John Collins
• CBHH Meetings- Minutes will be posted - Any questions, please see Chuck Carlson or Kevin Graves
• April29th Presidents Meeting – Political Organizing focus and the upcoming DFL Primary.
3.Old Business:
• Progressive Dues Change- Voting will take place at the July general membership meeting.
Article IV Membership and Dues:
Section 3. 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
• Steward Re-certification
o There will be re-certification for current union stewards who wish to continue being stewards. It will be on June 18th and June 25th from 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm. Non –attendance in one of these four training sessions will result in being removed from the steward list. Anyone that has issues or conflicts should contact Chuck Carlson. The trainers will be Molly Kennedy, Chuck Carlson, John Collins, and John Knobbe. The site is yet to be determined.
o A motion was made by Connie Anderson to pay officers per diem. Second by John Knobbe, then carried. A motion was also made by Chuck Carlson that local stewards be paid a ½ day of per diem for training. Second by Matt Stenger, then carried.
o Extended campus steward re-certification will be in the next quarter- likely in August. More details to come.
5.Items from the membership:
Michelle Rodning is having issues with vacation in MSOP. If a member cannot resolve an issue on their own they are urged to contact a steward or an officer.
Social Committee:
Michelle Rodning asked if anyone was interested in being in the Cherry Creek Days parade. It was decided that we would not be in that parade but that we would gear up for the 4th of July parade. Michelle will figure out the needs for the parade and bring that information to the next meeting.
Britta Higginbotham spoke about the Adopt a Soldier Program. Two care packages have been sent out so far. Chuck Carlson motioned that we give priority to our members that are serving. The motion was second by Kevin Graves, the carried. The next care package sent out will be sent to Joe Biehn. Britta and Michelle Rodning will be working with Travis Caven on this.
Officers Reports:
VP-John Knobbe: “In the last month I have sat several investigations, been to a laudermill, attended MSOP M&C, CARE M&C, and M&C for Rochester CBHH. Kevin & I attended Decision Day for the Crisis Center in Mankato. No AFSCME staff were left without a job!
I went to SEPC on the 30th of April. Much political talk. Remember we elect our boss. If you want a chance at a decent contract be sure to vote. (Primary August10th, General November 2nd).We need a labor friendly governor.
I have filed 5 grievances this month and will continue to track them.
In Solidarity
W. John Knobbe”
VP- Molly Kennedy: “This month 4 members attended Steward Training.
The next time steward training will be in St. Peter rather than have them at the council.
If anyone is interested and serious about being a steward please contact me.
We are going to have a joint M&C with Moose Lake on May 27th at the council 5 office. I’m currently working on the agenda and if anyone has anything to add please e-mail me.
We will be presenting 6 grievances the end of this month. Last month we got a grievance granted & it dealt with the 6 month probation period & since it wasn’t communicated to him prior to accepting the position it was granted.
Lastly please let me know ASAP when you sit an investigation or if you are thinking you should file a grievance. I need to track these items so that we stay within timelines.”

Treasurer-Connie Anderson: Motion to accept subject to audit by Molly Kennedy, second by Britta Higginbotham the carried.
CS MSH/Transition: John Collins: I would just like to send kudos out to MSH NOCS security counselors in taking the initiative to get management to correct a grievable situation involving all of them recently. This is again a good example of how oftentimes it can be effective to address issues with your individual work areas on your own and to feel empowered to do that. Of course we are always ready to come in and assist as needed.

The flip side of this would be to never feel like a supervisor is bullying you or coercing you to not hold them accountable for doing their jobs correctly. We recently had a situation of this nature in Nursing. This is unprofessional on their part and unethical and that is ALWAYS unacceptable on management’s part.
CS-AMH/CARE: Kevin Graves: Extended Campus Report: May 2010
CBHH Rochester
• Arbitration team picked up a denied 3rd step grievance
• Rochester upper MGMT did not show up to Meet & Confer. Scheduled to present a 3rd step grievance on 5-27-2010 at the St. Paul office. (hopefully they show up this time)
CBHH St. Peter
CARE St. Peter
Crisis Center Mankato
• All 5 LPN’s received positions on campus.

Kevin Graves
AFSCME Local 404
Chief Steward.
CS- NOCs/CRP: Jeremy Tubbs: not present.
CS – Forensic Nursing Home : Jill Gorman: Won a third step for a WTA but there has been a glitch to this. Currently there are investigations going on in the Nursing home.
CS – MSOP : Matt Stenger: As far as MSOP we have filed 5 grievances this month. Nothing new has changed since the last meet and confer. Will have more information after May 27.
EB-Steaed Doehring: excused- working.
EB-Greg Naumann: Working on the seniority roster, if there are errors please let me know and I will check into them. The roster on the SharePoint site is the one I do and can change with people coming and going to and from MSOP etc so check your number from time to time to make sure it hasn't changed for electronic OT signup.


EB- Eric Ridout: Nothing new to report.
AFSCME will be appointing a member of our e-board for injury tracking and peer support. A motion was made by Chuck Carlson that Eric Ridout be our representative. This motion was second by Britta Higginbotham, and then carried. Eric will be attending psychological 1st aid training for this position.
Good and Welfare:
Katie Trimbo, Joe Biehn, Jeremy Goettlicher, Jerrad Aspelund, Vickey Fahey
CLU delegate report: We need a democratic governor! Chuck and John attended the workers memorial day. The director of Mankato DOT spoke about the governors’ proclamation.
Council 5 Field Representative Scott Grefe: not present
Message to Members: Harm to one is Harm to All!
Drawing for door prizes: Chuck Carlson, Britta Higginbotham, Jill Gorman, John Collins, Sam Arneson
Progressive Drawing: $430. Must be present to win!
Deb Schroeder-not present
Meeting adjourned at 5:53pm