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Mar 30
About 1,200 Council 5 members packed the state Capitol Tuesday, working to protect our future.
About 1,200 Council 5 members packed the state Capitol Tuesday, working to protect our future.

AFSCME Members Turn Capitol Green at Day on the Hill


1200 Council 5 members pack the Capitol to protect our future

Mar 22
Sgt. Brian Lauwers (center) testifies as Sgt. Rick Neyssen listens. Rep. Tim Miller (right) keeps pushing a measure to reopen the Appleton prison owned by CoreCivic (CCA), despite staunch opposition from correctional officers, community and faith groups.
Sgt. Brian Lauwers (center) testifies as Sgt. Rick Neyssen listens. Rep. Tim Miller (right) keeps pushing a measure to reopen the Appleton prison owned by CoreCivic (CCA), despite staunch opposition from correctional officers, community and faith groups.

Working in CCA Prisons was 'Dangerous'


Doing business with infamous company is expensive, immoral

Mar 22
Corrections Sgt. Brian Lauwers (left) listens as Sgt. Rick Neyssen tells legislators why going into business with CCA (now CoreCivic) is like doing business with the devil.
Corrections Sgt. Brian Lauwers (left) listens as Sgt. Rick Neyssen tells legislators why going into business with CCA (now CoreCivic) is like doing business with the devil.

Corrections Fights on Against Privately Owned Prisons


Bill to make state do business with private prisons is back at the Capitol

Mar 20
Sara Franck and Carmen Brown, center, presidents of Local 2474 and Local 977, rally the crowd to protest HCMC layoffs.
Sara Franck and Carmen Brown, center, presidents of Local 2474 and Local 977, rally the crowd to protest HCMC layoffs.

Members Protest HCMC Layoffs, Lack of Transparency


Workers ask for same respect, kindness they give patients

Mar 17
MSOP security counselor Zach Mulder worked in Idaho when the state had to take over a private CCA prison known as the Gladiator School. He’s been offering Minnesota lawmakers a rare look into how dangerous that transition can be.
MSOP security counselor Zach Mulder worked in Idaho when the state had to take over a private CCA prison known as the Gladiator School. He’s been offering Minnesota lawmakers a rare look into how dangerous that transition can be.

CCA Horror Stories from Idaho



Minnesota legislators are considering doing business with a for-profit prison company

Mar 14
AFSCME Local 3800 member Wendy Weimerskirch Plager tells the crowd that classes are “prohibitively expensive” for staff at the University of Minnesota.
AFSCME Local 3800 member Wendy Weimerskirch Plager tells the crowd that classes are “prohibitively expensive” for staff at the University of Minnesota.

Fighting for Affordable Higher Ed


AFSCME joins national push

Mar 09
More than 90 correctional officers from across Minnesota spread out across the Capitol Tuesday for Corrections Lobby Day.
More than 90 correctional officers from across Minnesota spread out across the Capitol Tuesday for Corrections Lobby Day.

Correctional Workers Blanket Capitol in Blue Uniforms


Safe facilities, secure retirements on the lobbying agenda

Mar 02
Correctional officers Jeff Vars (left), Derek Magle and Dan Gorman listen as Joe Strunk (right), who sits on the MSRS board, offers pension tips. Vars and Gorman are AFSCME Local presidents who organized the session.
Correctional officers Jeff Vars (left), Derek Magle and Dan Gorman listen as Joe Strunk (right), who sits on the MSRS board, offers pension tips. Vars and Gorman are AFSCME Local presidents who organized the session.

Protecting Pensions from Attack


Correctional workers push for public workers to retire with dignity

Feb 21
Local 3801 leaders Andrea Sande (left), Geraldine Hughes and Jeanne Peterson spent weeks working together on an AFSCME Strong push at UMD.
Local 3801 leaders Andrea Sande (left), Geraldine Hughes and Jeanne Peterson spent weeks working together on an AFSCME Strong push at UMD.

UMD Local Fights with Renewed Spirit


Members organize to keep their voice in the workplace

Feb 17
Arvonne and Don Fraser love the view from their Minneapolis condo. They say Minnesota is a great place to live and retire: They never considered going anywhere else.
Arvonne and Don Fraser love the view from their Minneapolis condo. They say Minnesota is a great place to live and retire: They never considered going anywhere else.

"We are Blessed with Great Public Services"


Don and Arvonne Fraser speak out on looming cuts, hope for the future

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