May Letter from President Hoffman

May 1, 2018

Letter to AFSCME Local 4001 

Dear Sisters and Brothers of 4001: 

I am writing this letter to you on May 1st International Workers Day. Please take a moment to celebrate and take stock of the great work that each and every one of us does for the State of Minnesota every day. As our slogan says, “We Make Minnesota Happen”. 

On the Janus front, we are still waiting for the US Supreme Court to issue their ruling. It could be anytime now, but let us not dwell on the possibility, let us move forward and continue to build “OUR UNION”, and show people no matter what we want “Our Union.” 

Last Saturday we had our General Membership Meeting and local elections. Thank you to all that came to the meeting and cast their vote. Your Local Executive board is as follows: 

President - Joel Hoffman
1st Vice Pres - Myron Stevens
2nd Vice Pres - Mary Falk
Secretary - Margo Rolczynski
Treasurer - Kevin Anderson
Board Members - Denise Bickford, Kevin Clark, Jennifer Erwin, Grace Jones, Julianna Lindsey, Lisha Poulakis, Karen Schmidberger, Andrew Ziebell
Trustees - Margaret Doerrer Gile, Joanne Bokinskie, Wendy Walentiny 

Congratulations to this awesome group; I look forward to working with all of you! Thank you to everyone that ran for an office. Thank you to those that have served on the board but decided to move on: Teresa Thompson and Al Wesely. Enjoy your retirement from the board! 

If you need to reach out to any board member, please access the Local 4001 web site at 

My contact information is listed on the site, but I want to provide it here as well, and please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance to you. My email is [email protected] , my cell number is 218-443-5899 and my home address is 1118 Rossman Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. 

Happy May Day and thank you for choosing to be a part of OUR UNION! 

In Solidarity,
Joel Hoffman
President AFSCME Local 4001