February 2019 General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting-AFSCME 404

February 21st 2019

430PM Redmen Club


Adam Castle, Emilio Florez, Matt Stenger, Ryan Cates, Emilio Florez, Kurt Crosby, Crystal Kreklow, Antonino Guerrero, Jake Schoeneker, Jaime Sheppard, Marvin Sullivan, Steve Wilking, Hans Paulson, Mason Meyer, Katelyn Thiry, Molly Kennedy

1.Secretary Report:

Motion to approve meeting minutes by Adam Castle, 2nd by Emilio. Motion passes

2. Treasurer-Antonino Guerrero:






SAVINGS: $ 79941.19

SUBMITTED BY: Antonino Guerrero

Motion to approve Treasurer Report subject to audit by Crosby. 2nd by Molly. Motion passes

AFSCME holiday party: $6239.72

3. Correspondence:  information about council 5 scholarship. March, June, September financial responsibility training at council 5. Les us know. March 26th day on the hill. Union covers transportation and registration.12 signed up so far. Goal is 60. Contact Cates and Hesse if you would like to go and don’t have the day off.

MSH Meet and Confer: https://www.union404.com/news/february-2019-msh-meet-and-confer

MSOP Meet and Confer: https://www.union404.com/news/february-2019-msop-meet-and-confer


4. New Business: Motion by Marvin Sullivan for mileage and per diem for march 8th negotiations assembly. 2nd by Emilio. Motion Passes

2 more supplemental proposals brought forward  

  1. Kitchen would like to mutual partial shifts with other staff. Limited vacation time. Allow staff to get to appointments by mutualing. Most likely would not have to give up anything for this. Molly motions to push through 2nd by Emilio. Motion passes.
  2. Currently says days off can only be adjusted when there is movement. Therefore, when there is no movement. No one can change days off. Would add “and/or 2 times a year when there hasn’t been bid movement. Currently says days off may only be adjusted following a bid movement. Motion by Wilking to push through. 2nd by Emilio. Emilio made amendment to include all of forensics. Motion to say “every 6 months” Motion by Steve 2nd by Marvin. Motion Passes.


There is no guarantee these will be added to negotiations because the proposals were due on February 15th.

5. Old Business:

6. Items from the membership: Overnights not informed of union shirts last time around. Blue shirts were ordered for MSH and MSOP has been skipped and will have first dibs at the other shirts. Contact Cates in MSH. Contact Hesse in MSOP. Or contact the chief stewards with size and they can contact Cates or Hesse for the shirt.

The blue shirts are in support of security services new color requirement.

An arbitration was won recently.

7. Good and Welfare: Several people are retiring on overnights soon.

8. Officer Reports:

President: Ryan Cates-  Attended MSOP Meet and Confer.


Attended the Forensic Safety Committee.


Went to New Employee Orientation.


Attended Weekly check-ins


Filed multiple grievances and sat investigations.


               Talked with members in multiple work areas and listened to their concerns.


Presented and argued grievances.


Became frustrated with management's responses to our grievances and their refusal to consider the idea that they are ever wrong.


Communicated information to E-Board members about issues facing the Local.


Chaired the Executive Board Meeting


Chaired the General Membership Meeting. 



VP: Matt Stenger-

VP: Eric Hesse- I recently got elected to be on the state master negotiations team for AFSCME for the upcoming 2019-2021 State Contract. I was also appointed to be the chair of Bargaining Unit 204, which is the health care – non-professional bargaining unit. I look forward to getting another good contract, hopefully, and will keep people updated on what’s going on with negotiations.


I just want to remind everyone to keep an eye on your accruals, especially sick leave. Any time you go off the books and are gone more than what you have in sick leave hours, you are then in non-paid status, or ETL, and more than likely will end up getting investigated. If you do end up in ETL, please talk to your supervisor if you are in Forensics or CBHH or CARE. In MSOP, please submit a confidential incident report explaining why you had to use ETL. In doing this, they may allow this ETL instance to not be disciplined, but if you don’t talk to your supervisor or write a report, more than likely you will get investigated for it and possibly disciplined.


Our first week of Lobby Week at the Capitol in St. Paul went well. We met with Rep. Jeff Brand from St. Peter, Rep. Jack Considine from Mankato, Rep. Bob Vogel from the LeSueur area, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen from the Gaylord area, Rep. Paul Torkelson from the New Ulm area, Sen. Nick Frentz from Mankato, Sen. Rich Draheim from the LeSueur area, Rep. Tina Liebling, who is the chair of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee, and Rep. Joe Schomaker who is the Republican Lead of the same committee. We discussed financing for more staff at MSOP and also updated our local representatives on the radio issues and safety at MSH. We had some good conversations and will be back up the week of March 18th.


As always, if you have any questions, concerns or issues, please feel free to contact me. If we don’t hear from you, we don’t know there is an issue going on and can’t work to try to resolve it.


In solidarity,


Eric Hesse

Vice President – Steward Coordinator

AFSCME Local 404


Executive Board: Jake Schoeneker- I have sat investigations, answered members emails and questions, traveled to St. Paul for lobby week, Traveled to Minneapolis for delegate negotiation assembly and attended E Board/membership meetings.

Executive Board: Chief Steward Emilio Florez- We had our forensic labor and management meeting at CBHH Rochester as well as a meeting with AFSCME members that worked there. It seemed to go well. We also had a step 3 grievance for CBHH Rochester. I had a few other grievances filed for MSH and FMHP. We had our Forensic Labor Management meeting and interest based problem solving. Our 1st round of contract negotiations went well we have another one on March 8th.  If you have not signed up for Day on the hill please do so and email Eric Hesse about attending.




Emilio Florez

Chief Steward

Executive Board: Chief Steward Steve Wilking-      Hello All! During the past month I have attended weekly check-in meetings, interest based problem solving group, safety committee meetings, meet and confer, e-board meeting and the general membership meetings. 

     Labor has been approached by management to discuss HSSS from Transition to become Security Counselors.  Some discussion have occurred between myself and various HSSS to gather their input. 

      We continue to have many investigations.  Please dot your eyes and cross your T’s.  Also, know your rights and that you can, and is recommended that you have a steward with you.  If anyone would like to be a steward please contact an elected union official.      

Atlas still has issues.  Please make sure your OT and vacation are correct in Atlas.  IF you feel you have missed OT and were signed up please looking it.  We are more than happy to help you in the grievance process.

If you have any issues in regards to atlas please bring them to our attention.

In Solidarity,

Steve Wilking


Executive Board: Chief Steward Molly Kennedy- Contact Molly if you have questions about short term disability or FMLA.

Executive Board: Chief Steward Marvin Sullivan-

Executive Board: Jamie Sheppard- I attended MSOP Meet and Confer, E-Board Meeting, and the General Membership Meeting this month. I will also be attending Negotiations again next week. I answered some questions about seniority, the MOU on the Student Loan Reimbursement and FMLA. Please remember to forward all of your grievances to me as well as the outcomes for ALL steps. Don’t forget to bring forward Good and Welfare items to myself and Kurt Crosby so we are aware of what is going on in all areas. If you have any questions about anything please let us know. We cannot help you if we do not know what is going on.


In Solidarity,

Jamie Sheppard, E-board


CS Facility Support: Stacey Mueller-

Chief Steward MSH / CRP / Nursing Nights: Kurt Crosby-Sat several grievances and won 2 of them. Reminder to all staff if you have any questions  about and issues or have concerns please contact any of the chief stewards and we can get back to you as soon as possible. Be sure to drive safe on campus.

Crystal Kreklow: Membership 97%


Negotiations scheduled, delegate assembly 3/8. Local 404 Supplemental team selected and will begin in April or May. The interest based problem solving group is finishing up their latest topic of Camera usage during Wellness checks and the review of other policies and procedures around camera usage.  Several training opportunities now being offered including Grievance, Beyond Bias, Governance, communication structure, negotiations team, NMO- Let your President know if you are interested.


DOTH- Goal for 404 is 60


Motion to Adjourn by Stenger. 2nd by Kurt. Motion Passes

Adjourned at 515pm