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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.

Mental-Health Workers Stand Up for Safe Jobs on Workers' Memorial Day


April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day. It’s a day when the labor movement remembers all workers who have been killed or injured at work. This year, AFSCME is fighting for the living. AFSCME members who work in state-run mental health facilities are taking a beating from violent patients. The workers are fed up with management giving them lip service instead safe jobs.

Mental-health workers will be marching for safe jobs at six sites on Tuesday.

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AFSCME Day on the Hill: Tuesday, March 24


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 an even brighter future for hardworking Minnesotans.

Nearly 1,000 union members will rally March 24 at 12 noon in the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza (11 Kellogg Blvd. E., Saint Paul) and meet with their state legislators at the Capitol that afternoon to share their legislative priorities.

AFSCME Cautions Legislature: Don't Blow the Surplus on Tax Breaks for Billionaires and Big Businesses


AFSCME Council 5 calls on the Legislature to continue investing in economic security for hardworking Minnesota families.

“A strong surplus is good news for working families,” said Eliot Seide, director of AFSCME Council 5, Minnesota’s largest public employee union. “It comes from more Minnesotans working than ever before and from more of them earning higher incomes than ever before. It proves that fair taxes, decent wages, and wise investments in jobs and education have helped Minnesota create the 5th fastest growing economy in the nation.