Local 1092

Hello CBS and CARE Members,
 
Heather and I are working with other DHS AFSCME Locals and AFSCME DHS liaison, Annie Jakacki on issues your programs are having.  If you have questions or if you see something that could be done differently, please send an email to Heather Schultz, Jenny Collelo, Jason Anderson, Mike Seffes, Jess Langhorst or I. We may not have an answer but we will work with Management to come to a solution.
 
For those of you who are unable to work continue to follow the shelter in place to keep you and your family safe.
 
Please also continue to check the Afscmemn.org for the latest updates.  The council is working tirelessly to make sure our members have the most up to date information.  There is a fantastic list of resources for members during pandemic. 
 
Jess and I are meeting with our union state employee policy committee to stay up to date on the latest things.  We have a meeting next week and are asking about hazard pay.  Jess, Sabrina and I had our council 5 executive board meeting on Monday 3/30/20 via tele-conference.
 
Thank you members for all you are doing to help get through this pandemic.  Follow the recommendations on cough/sneezing, washing your hands and sanitizing your work areas. Together we will get through this together.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Christina St. Germaine
President AFSCME Local 1092

Hello MSOP Members,
 
AFSCME Local 1092 has been working with MSOP Management by asking questions and sharing our concerns on the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
On Tuesday March 31st a Representative from MAPE and me attended MSOP’s Command Post (CP) meeting at 3:00 pm (it was the 12th day in operation.)  We heard firsthand how management is making changes as new information comes out.  Here’s an example; due to the confirmed case at DOC-ML, management is making changes to the process for admissions.
 
On Thursday April 2nd at 11:00 am Eric Jacobson, AFSCME field rep, and I were on a phone conference with DCT (MSOP) MAPE, MNA, & MMA, to updates all Unions on the Covid related topic.
 
We heard from Director Moser, Health Service’s (HS) Nikki Boder and Clinical Director Peter Puffer.
 
Director Moser shared what the CP is working on. MSOP is setting up a Central Distribution for PPE at MSOP.  Management at all levels are meeting on a daily basis about Covid, DCT Central Office meets at 7:30 am, each site meets at 9:30 am and CP meets at 3:00 pm.
 
Management will use memos to cover changes to policy during the Covid peace time emergency until the pandemic is further controlled.
 
Nikki Boder shared what HS is working on, please refer to the home page for the most current information.
 
When calling in sick the OD or supervisor will ask several questions about your symptoms to see if your illness is related to Covid-19 i.e: Do you have a cough, sore throat, temp 100 degrees or higher, shortness of breath, have talked with your Doctor?  If so, were you told to stay home or been you been tested for Covid-19? 
If you have symptoms, OD will be referring you to work with HR for COVID pay. You will not earn sick or vacation hours while out on COVID leave and if you go out during the pay period (PP) you're sick and vacation hours will be prorated according to the hours you worked in that PP.  If you do go out for Covid leave and your symptoms get worse or you get tested please let HR know ASAP.  If you don’t have Covid symptoms let OD know if you are calling in under FMLA if applicable or calling in sick for another reason (you don’t have to say why).
 
The clients will be updated weekly on Thursdays.  One of the Labor Unions did ask if the staff could get the same information before the client receive it so staff are not hearing the information from the clients. Director Moser said the information will be posted on the home page so staff know too.  I can't say it enough...please stay updated through DHS home page site.
 
Clinical Director Puffer talked about client programming, for now small groups of 10 or less as long as 6’ distance rule is maintained.  Could change if staff resources go down.
 
We are going to continue to have these joint Labor Management meetings every Thursday at 11:00 am during this pandemic.
 
If you have questions or if you see something that could be done differently, please talk/send an email to Jenny, Jason, Mike, Jess or I. We may not have an answer but we will work with Management to come to a solution.
 
For those of you who are unable to work continue to follow the shelter in place to keep you and your family safe.
 
Please also continue to check the Afscmemn.org for the latest updates.  The council is working tirelessly to make sure our members have the most up to date information.  There is a fantastic list of resources for members during pandemic. 
 
Jess and I are meeting with our union state employee policy committee to stay up to date on the latest things.  We have a meeting next week and are asking about hazard pay.  Jess, Sabrina and I had our council 5 executive board meeting on Monday 3/30/20 via tele-conference.
 
Thank you members for all you are doing to help get through this pandemic.  Follow the recommendations on cough/sneezing, washing your hands and sanitizing your work areas. We will get through this together.
 

In Solidarity,
 
Christina St. Germaine
President AFSCME Local 1092

https://www.afscmemn.org/covid-19-what-afscme-members-need-know

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