Solidarity Summer Celebration 3700 & 698

AFSCME 3700! 

Solidarity Summer Celebration:

All members in good standing and your families are cordially invited to celebrate our contract, our solidarity within our local, our solidarity with our sister local 698, our solidarity within AFSCME Council 31 and AFSCME International, and our solidarity with other sister unions both locally and throughout the International community.

Our Celebration is at Meadowbrook Park’s Garden Pavilion Saturday August 6, from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Come for a minute, stay the whole time, or anywhere in between.

***Lunch will be provided.***

Meadowbrook Park Garden Pavillion on Race Street
Parking off Race Street in the area next to the Solidarity Gardens! (Neat coincidence!)
2808 S Race St., Urbana, IL

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, come and go as you please.



Park off Race Street for the best experience. We will be in the pavilion just past the Herb Garden.

MTD Saturday bus 50 Green stops at Windsor and Race.

The park is walk-able, bike-able, and kid-friendly.

The playground is through the sculpture garden. Parents with small children may need to plan for the three quarter mile (about 1 km.) walk.


 

Save the Dates:

Quarterly Membership meeting:

Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


Get Involved:

Right now, we are seeking individuals with good social and communication skills to join our Member Action Team. If you enjoy talking to people, this would be a perfect fit. You will be responsible for  communicating updates to up to ten of your union siblings. You will keep them updated on union events and issues and report back their concerns so we can act on them.

Raises And Back Pay Update

AFSCME 3700! Pay Raise/Back Pay:If you haven’t already, you should see your increase on the paycheck paid out today. (Wednesday, June 22, 2022) Now that the wage increase has gone into effect, retro pay is being calculated and distributed in the upcoming pay checks. As these payments may be processed slightly different in different departments/colleges, there’s a possibility that not all will go out on the same date. Please let us know if you don’t receive the wage increase this pay period. Please also let us know if you don’t receive any back pay within two pay periods. (Give it until the paycheck received on July 20.)
Campus Raise Announcement:The Chancellor’s office announced a campus raise of 3.5% starting in August of 2022. This is excellent news! Everyone who is eligible for the 2% across the board raise will get 3.5% instead because we demanded and got language that guarantees the higher rate. 

The only two groups who won’t be affected by the campus wage are Extension Community Outreach Workers and Work Program Participants and Child Development Lab Assistants, Associates, and Supervisors. In bargaining, we fought hard to be sure to frontload increases for these groups as much as possible to get your wages up right away.  These well-deserved raises in year one of this contract should be in effect right now. (Please see above.) The rates for both Community Workers and Child Development Lab groups are outlined in the contract summary here. Get Involved:If you are interested in getting more involved, please let us know. We have a place to plug you in that is commensurate with your personal talents and interests. Save the Dates:Our June Quarterly Membership Meeting was in the Illini Union on June 14. We greatly appreciate all who attended. We have two upcoming events. More information will come, so save the dates.

Solidarity Summer
Saturday, August 6, 2022We did it! We got a contract! It was hard-fought and we thank everyone who was involved in putting pressure on management to give us what we deserve!
Quarterly Membership meeting:Tuesday, September 13, 2022.“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Get Involved:Right now, we are seeking individuals with good social and communication skills to join our Member Action Team. If you enjoy talking to people, this would be a perfect fit. You will be responsible for  communicating updates to up to ten of your union brothers and/or sisters. You will keep them updated on union events and issues and report back their concerns so we can act on them.

Contract/Raises Update

AFSCME 3700 and 698 / Stronger Together!Raises and Back Pay!
AFSCME 3700! Contract Processing:We have been working with management since ratification to get the contract finalized and put into effect. Management has committed to issuing both our raises and our back pay by the end of the month. We continue to push for a timely implementation and will update you with any more details as we get them. You should be able to preview your new pay rate in NESSIE in the coming weeks if you haven’t already.  Campus Raise AnnouncementAs you are probably aware by now, the Chancellor’s office announced a campus raise of 3.5% starting in August of 2022. This is excellent news! Everyone who is eligible for the 2% across the board raise will get 3.5% instead because we demanded and got language that guarantees the higher rate. 

The only two groups who won’t be affected by the campus wage are Extension Community Outreach Workers and Work Program Participants and Child Development Lab Assistants, Associates, and Supervisors. In bargaining, we fought hard to be sure to frontload increases for these groups as much as possible to get your wages up right away.  These well-deserved raises in year one of this contract will go into effect right away. The rates for both Community Workers and Child Development Lab groups are outlined in the contract summary here.  QMM:Our June Quarterly Membership Meeting will be in the Illini Union on June 14 starting at 5:30 PM. Dinner will be provided for all members in good standing. If you’d like to attend and are not a member, membership cards will be available to sign at the meeting. 

If you are interested in getting more involved, please let us know. We have a place to plug you in that is commensurate with your personal talents and interests.

Ratification Meeting and Vote

AFSCME 3700 Members!

In accordance with our constitution, we have scheduled several meetings next week for you to vote by secret ballot on the ratification of our new contract. We are very excited to share with you the details of the tentative agreement and to have all members join us to vote. This vote is open to dues-paying members only- if you are unsure of your status, please let us know and we can check. If you are not a member, you can sign up any time before the vote or at the ratification meeting itself and you will be able to cast a ballot. Sign up online at: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/were-standing-together-2/
 
Each employee is permitted up to 2 hours of paid release time to attend the ratification meeting and vote, subject to operational needs- you do not need to come on your break or lunch or use benefit time. This time also includes travel time to and from the site. 
 
Voting will be held at the following times and locations: 

 

Wednesday May 4th from 11am-1:30pm

(all locations open to all AFSCME 3700 members) 

Illini Union – Room 405

(1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801)

Illinois Fire Service Institute (Free Parking)
1st Floor Auditorium

(11 Gerty Dr, Champaign, IL 61820)

Siebel Center for Computer Design – Room 3401

(201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801)

Early Child Development Lab – Room 206

(1005 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801)

  

Thursday May 5th from 12-1:30pm:

*Special Meeting for State-wide Extension Members
Virtual Meeting via Zoom (Link to be sent next week to current members)
We will have summaries of all changes in the contract for you to read at each meeting, as well as bargaining team members to answer any questions you may have. 
Please come and let your voice be heard! 
 
In solidarity, 
 
AFSCME 3700 bargaining team