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Apr 21

AFSCME Endorses Melvin Carter for Saint Paul Mayor


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

AFSCME Endorses Melvin Carter for Saint Paul Mayor

Today, one of the state’s largest and most politically active unions – AFSCME Council 5 – announced its endorsement of Melvin Carter III for Saint Paul mayor.

“Melvin has the experience, intellect and drive to lead our great city to an even better future,” says Willie Snyder, chairperson of the union’s screening committee. “He respects public workers and values the work we do to improve people’s lives. We’re proud to support him.”

“AFSCME members work hard for the people of Saint Paul and we want to help Melvin build a city that works for everyone,” says Jennifer Guertin, president of AFSCME Local 2508 and an office assistant III with the city water department. “Melvin is a strong leader and a proven champion. He has stood strong on transit, equity, living wages, housing for all and especially education.”

The union’s endorsement follows a forum held March 18 with five mayoral candidates: former Saint Paul City Council members Melvin Carter III and Pat Harris, City Council member Dai Thao, former School Board member Tom Goldstein, and Green Party candidate Elizabeth Dickinson.

AFSCME represents 924 workers employed by the City of Saint Paul and 2,787 members and retirees who can vote in the 2017 mayor’s race. The union will communicate its endorsement to influence the upcoming Saint Paul DFL ward caucuses on April 22, 23, 29 and 30.

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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Apr 13

AFSCME’S TAX DAY BLITZ: Tuesday, April 18


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2017          

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME’S TAX DAY BLITZ: Tuesday, April 18

Last-minute tax filers will be greeted by members of AFSCME Council 5 on Tax Day – Tuesday, April 18 – at post offices in Brainerd, Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Cloud.  Union volunteers will ask taxpayers a simple question: “Do you want to pay more so the rich can pay less?”

Mar 24

AFSCME Day on the Hill: Tuesday, March 28


FOR RELEASE: March 24, 2017                   

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

                             

AFSCME Day on the Hill: Tuesday, March 28

Rotunda Rally at 3:45 p.m.

Members of AFSCME Council 5 – one of Minnesota’s largest and most politically active unions – will come to the State Capitol Tuesday to help shape a budget that will secure a brighter future for hardworking Minnesotans.


Nearly 1,200 union members will rally March 28 at 3:45 p.m. in the rotunda and meet with their state legislators that afternoon.

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

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