General Membership 10.20.22

General Membership Meeting-AFSCME 404

October 20, 2022



Ryan Cates, Eric Manriquez, Matt Stenger, Steaed Doehring, Jamie Schwartz, Antonino Guerrero, Cory Moon, Erin Wiederich, James Kibler, Tom Keck, Sherry Kristensen, Tyler Hruby

My apologies for anyone that I miss via zoom or who may have walked in after the meeting started.

1.Secretary Report:

Motion to approve meeting minutes by Erin Wiederich. 2nd by Steaed Doehring. Motion passes.

2. Treasurer-Antonino Guerrero:






SAVINGS: $ 151777.87

SUBMITTED BY: Antonino Guerrero

Motion to accept subject to audit by Steaed Doehring.  2nd by Jamie Schwartz. Motion passes.

3. Correspondence:  Anyone that wants to be a delegate for contract negotiations should contact Eric Manriquez.

4. New Business: These items were all discussed at meet and confer for forensics

1. MOU was drafted for a 26 in 48 for 10- and 12-hour shift people and labor fixed some of the issues and will see it before the final copy is issued.

2. Radio issues were discussed and asked for a contingency plan.  AFSCME wants to be part of the plan.  MSOP may be able to loan a radio if this happens again.

3. Fit tested- shaving facial hair sounds like management is going to enforce it. Annual fit-testing is required. Medical check list must be completed before can be fit-tested.  So, people that can’t wear an N95 mask, probably have a medical reason. 

4. Cameras- audit for masking and goggles; maltreatment reported then review cameras

5. Shift communication sign off- everyone is supposed to be included in shift communication but policy is up for review so they will be modifying it to no longer include everyone.  Labor will double check with management and get an email to the supervisors as the directive.

6. Rumor- No shutting down of units or hospital

7. Masking- review it after the covid cases go down in the facility

8. People sent home after exposure to COVID- HR will be working with Labor to get time back. Email Matt if that happened to you and will continue discussion to try to get resolved. 

9. Leads getting weekends off was brought up since there’s much more management on duty on the weekends.

10.  North campus staffing on NOC- hoping to get more staff to north campus. Don’t go hands on until you feel safe to do so. 

5. Old Business: Scheduling pattern that was proposed by management still hasn’t been clarified.

6. Items from the membership:

1. Bid award letters not being sent to the most senior bidder.  Follow up with HR and Eric Hesse to make sure that they get communications. The process did change but most senior bidder should still be getting a letter just not the ones that didn’t get the bid. 

2. Motion for ordering 500 lanyards and 500 reels put forth by Jamie Schwartz. Steaed Doehring second the motion.  Motion passes.

3. Motion for loss time and mileage for attendees of contract negotiations put forth by Steaed Doehring.  2nd the motion Jamie Schwartz.  Motion passes.

4. Motion for speakers, projector, and mic for the union meetings and proposals put forth by Steaed Doehring.  Second by Jamie Schwartz. Motion passes.

5. Motion to increase the per diem to $200; hasn’t been updated in 16 years put forth by Steaed Doehring. Motion to table the motion until next month so can be voted on by the membership.  

6. FNH hospital coverage- will be where the need is not going to hurt as much. Can switch it back when they want.

7. Good and Welfare:  Dave Stenger retiring as of Dec. 1,2022. Congratulations to Dave! Stacey Moeller and Kim Draeger retired.  Nancy Sandberg had a family member pass away. 

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.

 Filed multiple grievances and sat investigations.

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

 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- Over the course of the last month I have been working on a couple of grievances for errors in the handing out overtime. I have also been trying to get people their accruals back or paid if they didn’t have accruals for being forced out of work because of covid.  I attended meet and confers from MSOP and MSH along with the general membership meeting.

VP: Eric Hesse-

Executive Board: Chief Steward Rick Pitts- My report, just speaking to members and did three grievances for physical plant. That’s about it. Thanks

Executive Board: Chief Steward Eric Manriquez-

Executive Board: Chief Steward Nick Weerts- The last month saw a few things going on at MSOP. I did attend our monthly Labor Management meeting [see the meeting minutes for content/information]. Due to a death in my family, I was gone during New Member Orientation, as well as our monthly Eboard/General Membership meeting. I did meet the new employees the following week when I facilitate their seniority lot draw. Please welcome these folks as they make their way to their new work areas across our campus.

This month I sat two investigations as well as presented three Step 3 grievances on behalf of members. HR requested an extension for the response, so at this time the outcome is undetermined.

I made a number of rounds throughout work areas the last few weeks to discuss changes & concerns with staff. I will continue to do so over the coming month, though we are all only a phone call/email away with any questions/concerns. 

There have been no recent changes to the Unfilled Shift Bonus & Voluntary Weekend Bonus, nor is there currently any end date planned. COVID policies and procedures are also unchanged recently, though as throughout the pandemic these are continually fluid and subject to change at any time.

HR continues to have massive staffing changes/turnover that is continues to be a challenge for us all.   The generic emails are as followings

Contact for HR is [email protected]

Leave Management requests (FMLA) should go to [email protected]

Communication continues to be key to our success & strength, so Members are encouraged to reach out with concerns/observations. Please see for all meeting minutes.

Onward & Forward!

Nick Weerts

MSOP Chief Steward 10.25.2022


Executive Board: Chief Steward Marvin Sullivan-

Executive Board: Chief Steward James Kibler -This month I did what I could in the moment to communicate to our members that we were experiencing communication outages when management had not. I was asked to sit a few investigation interviews and started work on new grievances. Last week I attended my first day of meet and confer as well as the E-board meeting and General Membership meeting



Executive Board: Chief Steward Cory Moon- Cory Moon Noc’s chief steward- Attended meet and confer as well as interest-based problem solving with leadership. Have been in talks with Brian Wills as well as grove-a leadership and others to get cameras placed in the quiet room for forest view and prairie view with monitors for staff at the desk until permanent monitors could be put in.  Discussed staffing minimums for NOCs at North campus. Filed 3 grievances at step 1 and met on 4 grievances at step 3. Working worked with a member for food services to get good and wellness cards out for retirees etc. Will continue to update members on schedules when more is known but nothing has been established yet for a final result.


Executive Board: Chief Steward Steve Wilking- Hello All, I sat investigations, received phone calls and always talk union stuff when I work with you.  I also attend Meet and Confer for CBHH and Care.  Let me know if you have questions, comments and/or concerns. 

In Solidarity,

Steve Wilking


Executive Board: Jamie Schwartz- It has been a busy month. I attended AFSCME Council 5 Convention in St. Paul, MSOP Labor Management, E-Board Meeting and the General Membership Meeting. I have been fielding a lot of questions regarding FMLA, quarantine units, what our job description all entails, etc. Please remember to send me all your grievances so I can get them entered in the tracker.

Jamie Schwartz, E-Board

Pexton 2 North Lead


Executive Board: Mike Hohenstein-

Executive Board:  Steaed Doehring- This month, I presented at new member orientation (we have 13 new members). I attended the MSOP labor management meeting, E-board and general membership meetings.  Please contact me with any questions/concerns. I am happy to help.

Just want to remind members to reach out to Cory Moon or Jamie Schwartz for good and welfare (Or any steward), so that the local is aware and can reach out to the individual.

Retirees as of 1/20/2022-

10-19 years -$100

20-29 years -$150

30+ years -$200

Death of a Family Member as of 1/20/2022-

Death of a Parent - $50

Death of a Spouse or Child - $250

Death of a Member as of 1/20/2022

Member - $404 (because it is symbolic)


Annie Jakacki-

Motion to adjourn by Cory, 2nd by Tyler. Motion Passes

Meeting Adjourned at 5:26pm