7/10/14 Local 404 General Membership Meeting Minutes


Amanda Mathiowetz, James Hemshrot, Adam Castle, Tim Headlee, John Knobbe, Mike Homer, Ryan Cates, Kelly Woelpern, Joel Frey, Cindy Blaschko, Kurt Crosby, Brian Bayer, Mike Hohenstein, Chris Elsing, John Collins, Tom Keck, Brian Veith, Lisa Hobday, Luke Frederick, Stacey Mueller

1. Secretary’s Report:

No additions or corrections for June 2014 meeting minutes. Motion to pass by John Knobbe, 2nd by Molly Kennedy, motion passed


2. Treasurer-Connie Anderson:






SUBMITTED BY: Connie Anderson


3. Correspondence:

· Pretty light for this month. Tim Headlee will have this on his next report.

4. New Business:

· Please see Meet & Confer Minutes for CARE/CBHH, MSOP, and MSH @ http://www.union404.com/index.cfm?action=cat&categoryID=a51b59c8-e87c-4c...

· Guest speaker Jack Considine running to replace Kathy Brynaert representing Mankato and Eagle Lake. Jack is endorsed by AFSCME and is a strong supporter of ours. Jack has worked for the state for 6 years in the late ‘80s. If elected, Jack plans on meeting with the local to come up with a plan to improve our work area. Jack is looking for people to walk in the Tator Days Parade in Eagle Lake Saturday, July 19th 12:00pm. If you would like to sponsor Jack you can mail checks to 414 W 8th St, Mankato MN 56001. www.jackformnhouse.org



5. Old Business:

· International Convention is coming up July 13th – 18th

· 5 for the Fight August meeting heads up the resolution that will go out to the Council 5 Executive Board in support. This will be submitted to the convention. Scott will share this resolution at August’s General Membership (August 21st, 4:30pm @ The Redman)

6. Items from the membership:

· Reminder that if out injured a background check needs to be conducted after 120 days.

· John Knobbe made a motion that the local purchase 250 T-Shirts and 250 lanyards to distribute. 2nd by Molly Kennedy, motion passed. Mentioned that MSOP does allow “AFSCME” reels again. John Knobbe amends the motion for 250 reels and replaces with motion for 400 reels/lanyards and 250 T-Shirts. 2nd by Kelly Woelpern, motion passed.

· James Hemshrot will be putting together a family orientated event before the end of summer. Looking at doing this outside of Hobber’s. There would be a bean bag toss and volleyball. Please get a hold of James if you have any other ideas or would like to help out.

7. Officer Reports

Presidents Report:

Please see July’s Minutes @ http://www.union404.com/index.cfm?action=cat&categoryID=a51b59c8-e87c-4c...



VP-John Knobbe:

As always we have stayed busy this month.

We have been working on a new schedule with FNH. This will establish fixed days off for staff and an increase in vacation with more vacation as they fill their vacant positions. Staff there will have a decision day on Monday, July 14th.

DHS Policy Committee meets on July 25th. I fill an at large position on this board that also places me on the SEPC. I intend to attend and push for Molly Kennedy to take my spot on this E-Board which will keep 404 represented on SEPC.

I begin a WOC position in the scheduling office next pay period. I have put forward to our E-Board that at the August meeting I intend to request to take a leave from my Vice President position. I will work with all and remain a resource but will step back so no one will question my or the locals integrity. This will allow a transition period in case this 6 month WOC becomes a permanent position. I have always worked for labor issues and union solidarity but do not want anyone questioning the local, especially going into the next contract negotiations. Thank you all for allowing me to serve.

In Solidarity,

W. John Knobbe




VP- Molly Kennedy:

Please see MSOP’s July Minutes @ http://www.union404.com/index.cfm?action=cat&categoryID=a51b59c8-e87c-4c...


Executive Board: Luke Frederick

Over the course of the last couple months our fair share numbers have been cut in half if not more. Union members have been doing a great job of reaching out and signing up members, including those that have been fair share for many years. Great work everyone!!!

Union members represented the local and supported the AFSCME endorsed candidates by handing out stickers in the St. Peter July 4th parade. With this being an election year anyone who is looking to get more involved please let me know. Thanks!

Executive Board: Adam Castle

I continue to take information on grievances and their disposition.

Did a New Employee Orientation and got 100% of the cards signed. I also got a long time fair share member to become a full member.

Executive Board: James Hemshrot

I am working on putting together a family orientated event before the end of summer. Looking at doing this outside of Hobber’s. There would be a bean bag toss and volleyball. Please get a hold of me if you have any other ideas or would like to help out.


CS MSH/Transition: Ryan Cates






CS CBHH / CARE & MSOP: Matt Stenger





I am currently working on a 3rd step grievance for Facility Support.


CS Nursing Home: Eric Hesse




CS MSH / CRP / Nursing Nights: Shannon Pech


CLU delegate report-

Council 5 Field Representative Scott Grefe:


I have International Convention coming up July 13th. A reminder that meetings are going on for 5 for the Fight.

This week I met with the Licensing Director at the Commissioner’s Office representing AFSCME. MAPE and nursing were also there. Voiced concerns about investigators making stewards stand outside the room before coming in. Also, investigators have been stating that they cannot guarantee confidentiality with a steward present. Concerns came up that these investigators seem more like cops. Licensing pledged to AFSCME that this would change. Please report back to myself if this change is being produced.

Motion to adjourn meeting by Molly Kennedy at 5:04 pm, 2nd by Joel Frey