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Mar 20

AFSCME Endorses Jacob Frey for Minneapolis Mayor


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2017                         
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME Endorses Jacob Frey for Minneapolis Mayor

Today, one of the state’s largest and most politically active unions – AFSCME Council 5 – announced its endorsement of Jacob Frey for Minneapolis mayor.

“AFSCME members work very hard for the people of Minneapolis to make it a great place to live and work,” says Sarah Maxwell, president of AFSCME Local 9.  “We believe Jacob Frey has the energy and vision to guide Minneapolis into being a safe and vibrant place for both the workers and residents of our great city.”

The union’s endorsement followed a forum held March 11 with four mayoral candidates: Mayor Betsy Hodges, Ward 3 City Council member Jacob Frey, state Rep. Raymond Dehn, and Tom Hoch.  Candidates Aswar Rahman and Nekima Levy-Pounds were invited but did not participate.

AFSCME has also endorsed seven candidates for Minneapolis City Council, including Jillia Pessenda (Ward 1), Cam Gordon (Ward 2), Barb Johnson (Ward 4), Blong Yang (Ward 5), Lisa Goodman (Ward 7), Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), and Linea Palmisano (Ward 13).

In the coming weeks, AFSCME will schedule screenings for the remaining Minneapolis Wards, the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and the Minneapolis Park Board.

AFSCME represents 800 workers employed by the City of Minneapolis and 4,200 workers who can vote in the 2017 mayor’s race.  The union will communicate its endorsements to influence Minneapolis DFL Precinct Caucuses on April 4.

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 15

AFSCME Protests 131 Layoffs at HCMC


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2017                         

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME Protests 131 Layoffs at HCMC

(Minneapolis) – On St. Patrick’s Day, Hennepin County Medical Center will lay off 131 workers who are the heart and soul of the healthcare system.  They are schedulers, custodians, pharmacy and accounting staff – all deeply concerned that the elimination of their positions will compromise the quality of care that patients deserve at downtown’s world-class hospital and clinics.   

“We strive for excellence and take pride in our work,” say Carmen Brown and Sara Franck.  “We treat every patient with kindness, dignity and respect – and we expect the same from CEO Jon Pryor.  March with us on Friday and tell HCMC to stop the layoffs and outsourcing of our work.”  

Feb 28

AFSCME: Don't Blow Surplus on Tax Breaks for Billionaires and Big Corporations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2017                        

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME: DON’T BLOW THE SURPLUS ON TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES AND BIG CORPORATIONS   

With today’s forecast of a $1.65 billion state budget surplus – up from a December estimate of $1.4 billion – AFSCME Council 5 calls on the Legislature to focus investment on economic security for hardworking Minnesota families.

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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