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Feb 14
AFSCME Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide (left) with his mentor David Roe, the former head of the Minnesota AFL-CIO who fought for 30 years to build this monument to workers.
AFSCME Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide (left) with his mentor David Roe, the former head of the Minnesota AFL-CIO who fought for 30 years to build this monument to workers.

Giant of the Labor Movement Dies


David Roe, a renowned Minnesota union leader, passed away Monday at age 92.

Feb 06
Brenda Louise (Hennepin County, right), Nikki Castona (left, Ramsey County) and other social workers from across Minnesota tell legislators about the urgent need for more resources to keep kids safe.
Brenda Louise (Hennepin County, right), Nikki Castona (left, Ramsey County) and other social workers from across Minnesota tell legislators about the urgent need for more resources to keep kids safe.

Trying to ‘Triage the Triage’


Child protection workers ask for resources to keep kids safe

Feb 03
Mike Griffin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change jumps up to invite the crowd of more than 150 people, there to testify and watch the House committee hearing, to rally while some lawmakers took a dinner break.
Mike Griffin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change jumps up to invite the crowd of more than 150 people, there to testify and watch the House committee hearing, to rally while some lawmakers took a dinner break.

Supporters of Local Control Overflow Hearing


Allies fight to keep paid sick and safe time, decent conditions for workers

Feb 02
AFSCME Local 1574 member Louis Eschenbacher
AFSCME Local 1574 member Louis Eschenbacher

AFSCME Members Save Patient from Drowning


"I just did what anybody would have done in that situation.”

Jan 20
AFSCME Council 5 member Aleathea Modlin testifies about the need to save a mental health treatment program for kids, as Jackie Spanjers and Eric Hesse sit in support.
AFSCME Council 5 member Aleathea Modlin testifies about the need to save a mental health treatment program for kids, as Jackie Spanjers and Eric Hesse sit in support.

AFSCME Pushes for Safe Staffing, More Resources for Mental Health Care


Minnesota families are counting on lawmakers to do the right thing.

Jan 19
Mindy Kuhl, a social worker with the St. Louis County ongoing child protection unit, joined her colleagues in Virginia last August in protesting for more staffing to help keep kids safe. Workers will gather again at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24 to push for funding.
Mindy Kuhl, a social worker with the St. Louis County ongoing child protection unit, joined her colleagues in Virginia last August in protesting for more staffing to help keep kids safe. Workers will gather again at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24 to push for funding.

Aging Out of Foster Care


Surging caseloads create crisis for workers, teens

Jan 19
Child protection social worker Mindy Kuhl (left) has helped 19-year-old Warren through many challenges, and the teen is now thriving.
Child protection social worker Mindy Kuhl (left) has helped 19-year-old Warren through many challenges, and the teen is now thriving.

Former Foster Youth is a Rare Success Story


Teen wins job, great start on life thanks to his caseworker, personal strength.

Jan 12
Working union means living better. For Local 2864 steward Carrie Notch, a death investigator with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, that’s meant having a voice to protect workers and create change.
Working union means living better. For Local 2864 steward Carrie Notch, a death investigator with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, that’s meant having a voice to protect workers and create change.

Unions Give Workers a Voice


"The union sometimes is the only voice that holds the employer accountable."

Dec 29
Pam LeMay Office and administrative specialist principal, Department of Human Services President of AFSCME Local 2181
Pam LeMay Office and administrative specialist principal, Department of Human Services President of AFSCME Local 2181

Union Advantage: The Good Life


"I have this beautiful thing of retiring at 60 because i have a good retirement package."

Dec 29
Local 3800’s Sharice McCain sings at the Council 5 Convention in a moving performance to honor historical leaders.
Local 3800’s Sharice McCain sings at the Council 5 Convention in a moving performance to honor historical leaders.

Ensuring Our History Doesn't Get Lost


AFSCME members work to pass along labor achievements.

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