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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.

Public Sector Union Workers Available to Discuss Supreme Court Arguments


Public sector union workers available to discuss Supreme Court arguments

Public sector union workers will be gathering Monday morning to track oral arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Supreme Court case. Following the court proceedings, workers will be available to speak to the press either in-person or by phone.

This case is an attempt by the corporate-backed Center for Individual Rights to make it harder for public-sector workers – including teachers and firefighters – to collectively bargain for the resources that benefit everyone they serve.

More information about the case is available at

Minnesota is Rising with a Surplus

“Minnesota is rising with a sizable surplus,” said Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5.  “Our future will be brighter than our past if we continue to invest in smarter kids, healthier families, and safer communities. That’s the fairest way to help everyone benefit from our growing economy.” 

AFSCME Endorses Hillary Clinton

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced Friday that Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has earned the 1.6 million member union’s endorsement in the 2016 presidential contest.

AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide at the White House on Oct. 7, 2015
AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide at the White House on Oct. 7, 2015

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on the White House Summit on Worker Voice

Throughout the history of America, we see incontrovertible evidence that when unions are strong, all workers’ wages are higher and more families are part of a secure and thriving middle class. These gains for working families were not achieved through petitions, or asking the boss nicely. Without the ability to come together through a union to speak up for each other and bargain collectively with their employers, working people never truly have a voice and working families never truly build power.

AFSCME to Rally for Union Jobs at Duluth Radisson

“Shame on the Radisson,” said Judy Wahlberg, president of AFSCME Council 5.  “There’s no excuse for hiring non-union contractors from out of town when local painters are out of work.  AFSCME stands strong with the Painters and Allied Trades, Local 105.”

HealthEast Security Officers Rally for Safe Hospitals

Security officers at HealthEast will be joined by elected officials and community supporters Monday as they rally for safe hospitals and recognition of their union with AFSCME.

Security Officers Rally for Safe Hospitals
Parking lot at Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave., St. Paul (next to Bethesda, a HealthEast hospital)
Monday, August 24 at 12 noon

HealthEast Security Officers Demand Safe Hospitals

“On Wednesday, security officers at HealthEast hospitals will demand a conversation with management about safe staffing,” said Kyle McGinn, a security officer at Bethesda Hospital. “Patients, visitors and hospital staff are at risk because security is so short staffed. Assaults like the incident at St. John’s could potentially be prevented if security professionals are properly staffed and trained. It’s our goal to provide a safe environment where staff can work, patients can heal, and families can visit – without fear of getting hurt.  Right now, we can’t realize that goal.”  Visit Safe Staffing MN on Facebook to see how violence is on the rise in health care facilities across Minnesota.

Public Workers React to Judge's Ruling on Minnesota Sex Offender Program

Today, a federal judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program to indefinitely confine sex offenders. Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, offered this response to the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank.

AFSCME Keep The Dream Alive Celebration

AFSCME Council 5 is hosting a day of service and celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and renew our union’s commitment to keeping his dream alive. The event will take place Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 270 N. Kent St. in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood. Reporters and the public are invited.

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