5/21/15 Local 404 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Tim Headlee, Amanda Mathiowetz, Molly Kennedy, Marvin Sullivan, Ryan Cates, Shannon Pech, Luke Frederick, Chuck Hottinger, Kendra Benson, James Hemshrot, Mike Homer, Matt Stenger, Randilee Dauk, Amanda Hollum, Scott Grefe

1. Secretary’s Report: No changes to be made for April’s General Membership minutes. Motion to pass by Molly Kennedy, 2nd by Chuck Hottinger. Motion passed

2. Treasurer-Connie Anderson: STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES FOR MONTH ENDING March and April 2015 Motion to accept for the month of April by Ryan Cates, 2nd by Luke Frederick. Motion to accept for the month of May by Molly Kennedy, 2nd by Matt Stenger. Motions passed April, 2015 CASH BALANCE BEGINNING OF MONTH: $ 63729.32 INCOME FOR THE MONTH: $ 5931.67 EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH: $ 8049.41 CASH BALANCE ENDING OF MONTH: $ 61611.58 SUBMITTED BY: Connie Anderson March, 2015 CASH BALANCE BEGINNING OF MONTH: $ 68137.81 INCOME FOR THE MONTH: $ 6256.59 EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH: $ 10665.08 CASH BALANCE ENDING OF MONTH: $ 63729.32 SUBMITTED BY: Connie Anderson

3. Correspondence: •

4. New Business: • At the Executive Board meeting held prior to General Membership some guidelines were established regarding gifts and donation monetary amounts. It was decided that for members in good standing who are retiring will receive $200 for 20+ years, $150 for 15+ years, and $100 for less than 15 years. Death of a member will be $100 and $75 for a direct family member. Sponsorships will be $100. Charitable donations will be $250 unless work related then those will be addressed separately. Community programs will be $1800. When a request is received it will be addressed by a 3 person committee headed up by E Board and then it will be answered by the end of the meeting. When a member is fair share their money goes to Council 5 and the local misses out on the $2.87 they normally would receive. Ryan Cates is working on a timeline regarding the council and local to show what we have accomplished. This is being done in hopes of keeping members. Historically we have not been under 95%. • Master negotiations update: After the 1st initial exchange of proposals there were 4 days back and forth negotiating. There has been a tug of war between health benefits and salary sup cost of living increase. The employer wants 90 million put in health having the employee pay more. They are pushing for singles to pay more. You can find the latest updates on afscmemn.org, negotiations tab on the tool bar, then to state negotiations • If you are forced to use ETL for abuse of sick time please let AFSCME leadership know ASAP. This is essentially a suspension and is not legal.

5. Old Business:

6. Items from the membership:

7. Officer Reports

Presidents Report:

VP-Chuck Hottinger:

VP- Molly Kennedy:

Executive Board: Luke Frederick

Executive Board: Adam Castle

Executive Board: James Hemshrot

CS MSH/Transition: Ryan Cates

CS CBHH / CARE & MSOP: Matt Stenger Nothing new to report, meet and confer was canceled for this month due to Supplemental Negotiations. Received notice that one of the problem supervisors at CARE Saint Peter will no longer being working for CARE after the end of the month. Currently still trying to work on getting additional staff for all three sites.


CS Nursing Home: Eric Hesse

I’m still awaiting word on the five Step 3 grievances I presented back in March and I class action grievance I presented back in January, so to those of you that are still awaiting the responses of these, I do apologize and will get back to you as soon as I hear word on them. I will be presenting two more, as of now, Step 3’s on June 11th. I am still awaiting word back when the Nursing Home meeting with management and HR will be rescheduled. At the Nursing Home, I have been working on acuity needs and trying to get non-HSSS/LPN duties (i.e. laundry) to be removed from their duties since staff there are already shorthanded and running roughshod. At Transition, I am working on eliminating the mandate of working extra weekends on set days off due to being short-staffed and getting members reimbursed for expenses occurred on outings. Of course, we are still struggling to maintain staff safety in all areas, but it is going to be a long and tumultuous fight. One step in the right direction was the passage of getting those who assault us physically or with bodily fluids will be charged with a felony. Also another step was getting it so if a member is permanently disabled by an assault, they will have their medical and dental insurance continued to age 65. These are big, but there is still a lot of work to be done and I look forward to digging down in the trenches with each and every one of you and fighting for our right for a safe workplace. As always, if any one has any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me. In solidarity, Eric.

CS MSH / CRP / Nursing Nights: Shannon Pech

CLU delegate report-

Council 5 Field Representative Scott Grefe: *This was Scott’s last Meet & Confer because he is retiring. I tried to get as much of his speech as possible:

“I began in ’88 and did not have a union background. Doug Higginbotham did my employee orientation. I asked how many members were fair share, they said zero, I said give me the card. Shortly after I was recruited as a Steward 27 years ago.

Have I ever thought the union was a perfect organization? No. But there are a lot of things we do really great. The union is the best thing we have going on working in public service. Think of all the things we wouldn’t have. The benefits wouldn’t be there and either would the wages. When you have doubts, try to do those things better but never waiver. There is never going to be a better advocate. It has been a hell of a ride and it goes really fast. You are all doing a hell of a job.”

Motion to adjourn meeting by Molly Kennedy at 5:30 pm, 2nd by Luke Frederick.