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Hennepin County Supervisor's Association

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HCSA?

HCSA is the Hennepin County Supervisor's Association. For more information, please click here.


What are the benefits of membership?

Benefits of membership can include seniority determination, HCSA officers working on your behalf, and bargaining negotiations.  Click here for more details on membership benefits.


How can I join?

Print out the HCSA Membership agreement form, Complete & Sign it and return it to Theresa Farrell-Strauss.  Click here to access the Membership Agreement Form.


What do I need to know if I am disciplined or I need to file a grievance?

Know your basic rights as a Union Member.  Click here to access detail regarding basic union member rights.


Why should I join as a full Member as opposed to Fair Share?

Full membership carries more benefits than Fair Share membership.  Click here for details.

What if I'm asked to come to a meeting that might result in discipline?

The Labor Contract for HCSA in Article 33, Section 7 provides that " Employees will not be questioned concerning an administrative investigation of disciplinary action unless the employee has been given an opportunity to have an Association representative present."

Although typically this is offered to you by the person doing the investigation, it is not always. If you are not sure whether the meeting you are being called to would qualify under this section, you can ask whether "this meeting might lead to discipline" and whether you will be allowed to have a representative present. Asking this is not inappropriate, nor does it mean you are being uncooperative. This is also true when you exercise your right to have an Association representative present. Although you can waive this right, we do not advise doing so. Even if the Association representative to the meeting serves only as an objective person, who can clarify things and take notes, that is helpful. Occasionally, there is discipline and in that case, it is much better to have an Association representative who has been involved in the process and is aware of the situation.

An HCSA officer, board member or steward can also guide you through this process and will be available for representation if needed. Whether you find yourself in a situation like this or are asked by a fellow supervisor, it is always a good idea to be familiar with the HCSA representative in your area and a couple others (just in case schedules or time off make communicating timely hard).