Sources: Union Preparing to Fight for Hennepin County Employees Accused of Falsifying Time Cards

September 10, 2018 10:17 PM

Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the union local representing 24 disciplined Hennepin County employees is preparing to possibly file a mass grievance with the county.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 34 represent the 24 disciplined employees.

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RELATED: 24 Hennepin County Employees Under Investigation 

Sources told KSTP the workers were given the option of resigning or face termination after they were accused of falsifying time cards between March and June of this year.

All of the employees work in the county's Child Support Services Division and represent about 10 percent of that division's 250 workers.

If AFSCME Local 34 does file a mass grievance, it means the union is working with the employees to keep their jobs, or possibly be reinstated if they decided to resign.

Hennepin County confirmed 24 employees were investigated and said the investigations were completed with 12 of those workers, as of Monday, choosing to resign and the other 12 are "open and pending cases."

The county said it cannot comment further because the cases are not resolved and privacy laws prevent the county from discussing any of them publicly until they are finished investigations.

AFSCME Council 5 also issued a statement which said:

We cannot comment at this time out of respect for the grievance process.


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Hennepin County Takes Steps to Keep Mental Health Patients Out of Jail 


One of the fired workers, whose identity will not be revealed, told KSTP the firings were not justified.

"I was shocked and I think all of us were just stunned," the fired employee said. "We feel like we didn't do what they are insinuating and we could never have gotten our work done and met our goals if we had not put in 40 hours a week."

The worker said all of the disciplined employees worked from home and said the county told them they had not properly entered work product into their computers and therefore were submitting false information on their timecards for hours they did not work.

The employee who talked with KSTP disputes that claim.

"We have never been informed that we need to put in so many notes to track our progress, or to show we're working while at home," the worker said. 

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