General Membership 09.15.22

General Membership Meeting-AFSCME 404

September 15, 2022



Ryan Cates, Eric Hesse, Matt Stenger, Nick Weerts, Steaed Doehring, Jamie Schwartz, Steve Wilking, Antonio Guerrero, Rick Pitts, Lisa Brandenberg, James Kibler, Ben Zarn

Again, my apologies to the many members that made it to the meeting.  We appreciate all of those who were able to attend.  I was unable to get the attendance sheet and still post the minutes in a timely manner. 

1.Secretary Report:

Motion to approve meeting minutes by Matt Stenger. 2nd by Ben Zarn. Motion passes.

2. Treasurer-Antonino Guerrero:






SAVINGS: $ 151588.99

SUBMITTED BY: Antonino Guerrero

Motion to accept subject to audit by Matt Stenger.  2nd by Eric Hesse. Motion passes.

3. Correspondence: 

4. New Business: Trustee- 1 year Heather Rheaume and Chief Steward- James Kibler were announced and congratulations to each of them.

5. Old Business:


6. Items from the membership:

1. Step 3 grievances were presented today at meet and confer to try to get caught up from the past couple months

2. Schedules- Management are going to bring us more information about the 12-hour shifts. 6/2 rotation was brought up for utility pool newly posted spots, but it may be on hold currently. 

3. Covid exposure process for sending members home was discussed at meet and confer and follow-up with management and will let members know.

4. Proposals- discussed as they were presented by Eric Hesse.

7. Good and Welfare:

8. Officer Reports:

President: Ryan Cates- This past month I have…

 Attended Forensic Meet and Confer- Notes are attached to the meeting minutes.

 Attended MSOP Meet and Confer- Notes are attached to the meeting minutes.

Attended Forensic Safety Committee.

Attended Interest Based Problem Solving.

Chaired the Executive Board meeting.

Chaired the General Membership meeting at Jakes in Mankato.

 Filed multiple grievances and sat investigations.

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

Worked on proposals for the upcoming contract negotiations.

 Presented and argued grievances.

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

We continue to push for changes to the vacation process that will allow more members to take vacation when they want to.

  If any member of Local 404 feels they are not being represented by our Union, please let me know. We cannot fix problems if we do not know there is a problem.

 We ask that all members who are interviewed as non-subjects in an investigation, request Union representation. If management refuses, then members should refuse to answer questions. Participation in investigations is completely voluntary and they cannot coerce you to answer their questions. We need to do this to compel management to discontinue their practice of refusing to allow Union representatives into investigations.

VP: Matt Stenger-

VP: Eric Hesse-

Executive Board: Chief Steward -Rick Pitts- I filed several grievances for physical plant.

Executive Board: Chief Steward Steve Wilking-

Executive Board: Chief Steward Nick Weerts-

Executive Board: Chief Steward Marvin Sullivan-

Executive Board: Chief Steward- Cory Moon-

-Fielded and answered questions from NOC’s and day staff regarding schedule discussions.

-Submitted proposals on behalf of NOC’s.

-Filed multiple grievances as well as had follow up meetings on older ones.

-Filled out cards for goodness and welfare involving loss of life/retirement

-Advocated for shift overlap for all schedules involved through an email to Dr. Hirachin.  

Executive Board: Chief Steward- Eric Manriquez-

Executive Board: Jamie Schwartz

I attended the E-board meeting and General Membership Meeting. I will also be attending the AFSCME Council 5 Convention this weekend. Please continue to send me your grievances and all responses.


Jamie Schwartz-E-Board


Executive Board: Mike Hohenstein-

Executive Board: Steaed Doehring

I presented at new employee orientation, attended MSOP Labor Management, E-Board and General membership meetings. I am also going to the Council 5 convention at the end of the month. There were a lot of good proposals submitted by the membership, hopefully we can get some of them during contract negotiations!

I am still waiting on some documents for the inequity proposal.

MSOP control center has started tracking radio issues- we need to have any faulty radios replaced. Please submit work orders for radios that are not working properly.

Annie Jakacki- Field Representative

Motion to adjourn by Matt, 2nd by Eric. Motion Passes

Meeting Adjourned at 5:24pm