|Superior School District Employees, Local 1397|
Nearly 300 employees of Journey Mental Health Center in Madison voted overwhelmingly to join AFSCME Council 40. In results tallied on Tuesday, August 14, professional staff voted 103-40 to join AFSCME, while para-professionals voted 38-32 to join.
Journey is a private, non-profit organization. Its employees provide mental health services from nine sites in Dane County.
Last year’s historic opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on public employee rights helped sow the seeds of unionization at Journey, according to Kevin McConeghey, a 20-year worker at Journey who helped lead the union organizing drive. Journey employees identified with this struggle. “This was not about money. It is about values, and how workers are valued, and whether they are given a voice,” McConeghey said.
The National Labor Relations Board will take 10 days to certify the results of the election. After that, Council 40 will notify the employer and propose the start of contract negotiations.
Many Council staff and rank and file members participated in this campaign. In addition to Brother McConeghy and his fellow Journey volunteer organizers, special credit for this victory also goes to Organizer Mary Burpee, Council 40 Staff Representative Jennifer McCulley, and Assistant Director Joe Guzynski. Finally, a huge shout out to Dane County’s elected officials and public employee local unions who supported this exercise in workplace self-determination from the start.
Welcome, Journey employees!
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