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Edith Lee-Payne was 12 years old when she joined the March on Washington in 1963. Fifty years after this iconic photo was taken, she remains a visible and vocal community activist in Detroit.
Edith Lee-Payne was 12 years old when she joined the March on Washington in 1963. Fifty years after this iconic photo was taken, she remains a visible and vocal community activist in Detroit.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2013: Marching for jobs and justice - again


Demonstrators marched for jobs and justice in 1963. Their signs demanded “Jobs for All,” “Voting Rights,” and “An End to Bias.” They protested the vigilante killing of an unarmed black teenager in the South and his killer’s acquittal.

Maslah Jama, a member of Hennepin County Social Services Local 34, recites the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony this year in St. Paul, in which he and 317 other immigrants from 60 countries became U.S. citizens.
Maslah Jama, a member of Hennepin County Social Services Local 34, recites the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony this year in St. Paul, in which he and 317 other immigrants from 60 countries became U.S. citizens.

JULY-AUGUST 2013: We all benefit from immigration reform


Maslah Jama, a member of Hennepin County Social Services Local 34, recites the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony this year in St. Paul, in which he and 317 other immigrants from 60 countries became U.S. citizens.

MAY-JUNE 2013: Progress! We changed the course of history


Now that the dust has settled on the 2013 legislative session, one thing is clear.  We changed the course of history to make Minnesota a more fair and inclusive state where worker rights are expanding.

MARCH-APRIL 2013: Poverty Doesn’t Create Jobs


In the richest nation on earth, it’s wrong for anyone who works full time to live in poverty. Yet millions of Americans who work a 40-hour week are unable to lift their families out of poverty.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013: Minnesota’s Moment: A legislative session to rebuild the middle class


Minnesota is poised to do great things this year. It’s the first time in 22 years that Democrats control the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature. This is the moment to finally fix the budget, raise fair revenue, and build an economy that grows good jobs and the middle class.  AFSCME members campaigned hard to win this trifecta. But we can’t bet on getting what workers need unless we make our voices heard.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2012: Solidarity!


Sisters and brothers,

The cat with this column is an historic labor icon as relevant today as ever before.  When a predator backs a cat into a corner, the ferocious feline hisses, arches its spine and ejects its claws, refusing to be a victim.  Like the cat, AFSCME members are never afraid to fight our way out of crisis.  We find our strength in solidarity.  Any bully who injures some of us can expect all of us to fight back.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2012: Bravo, Brother Buesing!


Mike Buesing, the first president of Council 5, will chair his last convention when he gavels the start of our annual meeting this fall.  He has been president since our founding convention in October 2004.  Mike’s retirement will be an important passage for our union, forever marked by his steady leadership during tempestuous times and the firm foundation he created to help us survive any storm.

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