AFSCME members protest proposed health care hike at University of Minnesota


About three dozen AFSCME members who work at the University of Minnesota marched into two university administrative offices August 5 to deliver copies of more than 1,300 e-mails protesting a proposed increase in health care costs for university employees. “We will fight to preserve affordable health care costs for all university employees and their families,” said Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME Local 3800, which represents U of M clerical employees. “This is a straight-up effort to take $1.8 million from employees annually,” she said. “This is not a small change… People are already cutting back on health care because the cost is prohibitive.”

Left: ‘They’re increasing my co-pay. I probably would not visit the doctor as often as I should.’ —Margaret Tuisaloo, AFSCME Local 3800 member and 15-year U of M employee