News Releases

Jan 31

AFSCME on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee


Tonight President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge based in Colorado, to fill Justice Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is reaction from AFSCME Council 5 President Judy Wahlberg and Executive Director Eliot Seide.

“With a few strokes of his pen, President Trump made it harder for refugees to come to America. He severely weakened the Affordable Care Act and restricted access to reproductive care for women around the world. His actions violate our Constitution and our American values.”

“Our divided nation needs a Supreme Court that will uphold worker rights, civil rights and human rights. If Trump’s nominee can’t do that, the seat should remain vacant.”

AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.

Jan 30

AFSCME: Refugees are Welcome Here


“As Americans, we cannot turn our backs on refugees fleeing persecution, genocide and terror.  Minnesota welcomes refugees from the war-battered nations of Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.  They have become our friends, our neighbors and our co-workers.”

Dec 06

AFSCME Cautions Legislature to Not Blow the Surplus on Tax Breaks for Billionaires and Big Businesses


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2016                        

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME CAUTIONS LEGISLATURE TO NOT BLOW THE SURPLUS ON TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES AND BIG BUSINESSES

With today’s forecast of a modest $678 million state budget surplus, AFSCME Council 5 calls on the Legislature to focus investment on economic security for hardworking Minnesota families.

“Gov. Dayton has moved Minnesota from deficit to surplus, but there’s more work to be done,” cautions Eliot Seide, director of AFSCME Council 5, Minnesota’s largest public employee union.  “With an uncertain economy under the new Trump administration, state legislators must resist the urge to blow the surplus on huge tax breaks for billionaires and giant corporations headquartered in the metro area

Jun 21

Public pensions: The sky isn’t falling


Star Tribune Counterpoint –  Published June 17, 2016

By Eliot Seide

Jun 09

POLITICS MATTER


It’s worth your time to get involved in politics. 

Apr 04

Media Advisory: AFSCME Day on the Hill: Tuesday, April 5


FOR RELEASE: April 4, 2016                                                       

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME Day on the Hill: Tuesday, April 5

12:00 Rally at RiverCentre, 2:00 Lobby Legislators

Members of AFSCME Council 5 – one of Minnesota’s largest and most politically active unions – will visit with state legislators Tuesday to help shape a budget that will secure an even brighter future for hardworking Minnesotans.

Nearly 1,000 union members will rally April 5 at 12 noon in the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre (175 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul) and meet with their state legislators that afternoon to share their legislative priorities:

Mar 30

Supreme Court Victory for Public Workers


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2016                         

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

SUPREME COURT VICTORY FOR PUBLIC WORKERS

A case that seemed poised to deal a death blow to public-sector unions ended in a 4-4 tie Tuesday at the Supreme Court, delivering a victory for public workers nationwide.

In a single-sentence order, the Supreme Court announced today that the judgment of a lower court rejecting the effort to defund public sector unions “is affirmed by an equally divided court.”  That means Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is dead and a four-decade-old opinion protecting public-sector unions will live to see another day.

Below is a statement from AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide:

“Today’s decision is a defeat for wealthy extremists who want to hijack our economy and our democracy.  It’s a victory for millions of teachers, nurses, firefighters and public service workers nationwide. 

“Minnesota’s communities never rest.  Streets need plowing.  Families need care.  Students deserve well-run schools.  Our neighborhoods demand safety and everyone deserves clean water.  That’s why public workers never quit.  We come together and we speak up for better schools, improved patient care, and safer communities.

“Wealthy extremists will continue trying to use the Supreme Court to advance their right-wing political agenda.  The best way to stop them from taking away our rights is to elect a pro-worker president whose nominees will shape the high court for decades.” 

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.

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Mar 01

AFSCME Continues to Advocate for Quality Child Care that Working Parents Can Afford


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2016                        

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

(St. Paul, MN) – Ballots were counted this morning in a union election for Minnesota’s in-home child care providers.  The Bureau of Mediation Services announced that a majority of the providers who cast ballots voted against their right to collectively bargain with the state.

Feb 26

AFSCME Cautions Legislature to Not Blow the Surplus on Tax Breaks for Billionaires and Big Businesses


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2016                        

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

STATEMENT

With today’s forecast of a $900 million state budget surplus, down from the $1.2 billion forecasted last December, AFSCME Council 5 calls on the Legislature to continue investing in economic security for hardworking Minnesota families.

Feb 23

Minnesota Community, Faith, Labor & Civil Rights Groups Unite to Spotlight Private Prison Company’s Troubling History


(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) – A coalition of Minnesota-based community, faith, labor and civil rights organizations has come together to oppose the public lease of a long-shuttered correctional facility in Appleton, MN, owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private prison corporation.

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