News Releases

Jul 08

AFSCME Opposes State Takeover of St. Paul Food Inspections


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

“AFSCME opposes state takeover of food and restaurant inspections that have been performed by the city of St. Paul since 1887,” said Eliot Seide, director of AFSCME Council 5. 

Jul 01

Tentative Contract Agreement for State Employees


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON STATE EMPLOYEES’ CONTRACT

St. Paul, MN – Minnesota’s largest public employee union reached a tentative contract agreement with the state on Friday, June 28. The proposal includes 3 percent raises for each of the next two years and would require state employees to pay more for their health insurance.

Jun 14

UNION BLASTS BLOATED ADMINISTRATION AT U OF M


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

Students Need Frontline Staff, Not More Managers

While University of Minnesota regents blessed their budget and a new staffing study this morning, union leaders appealed the layoffs of 25 frontline employees who take care of students on the Twin Cities campus.

Jun 12

UNION APPEALS LAYOFFS AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

Students Need Frontline Staff

On Friday morning, before University of Minnesota regents bless their budget, union leaders will appeal the layoffs of frontline employees who directly serve students on the Twin Cities campuses.

May 29

LAWSUIT SHOULDN’T BLOCK CHILD CARE UNION VOTE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

(St. Paul, MN) – Today, union opponents announced a frivolous lawsuit to block child care providers from voting on whether they want to join together in a union. Below is a response from Jennifer Munt, spokesperson for AFSCME Council 5.

May 29

Gov. Dayton Signs Child Care Representation Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

Bill grants largest expansion of worker rights in a generation

(St. Paul, MN) – On Friday, Gov. Dayton signed the Child Care Representation Act, which gives child care providers who receive state subsidies the right to vote to join a union. For many child care providers, it has been an 8-year struggle to win the same union rights enjoyed by nurses and teachers. The new law also allows home health care workers to form a union, granting the largest expansion of collective bargaining rights in a generation.

May 21

MN House Votes to Allow Providers Freedom to Vote to Join a Union


For Immediate Release: May 20, 2013
Contact: Donald McFarland: 651-308-8098

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act heads to Governor’s desk

Saint Paul, MN – Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to pass the Child Care Collective Bargaining Act, which will give child care providers who accept CCAP dollars the right to vote to join a union. This has been an eight year fight for many child care providers. Child care providers across Minnesota united in favor of a union to provide quality care that parents can afford.

May 15

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act Passed by Senate


For Immediate Release: May 15, 2013
Contact: Donald McFarland: 651-308-8098

Grateful child care providers across Minnesota respond

“It’s been a very long night and I’m thrilled that the bill will finally reach the House floor for a vote. Child care providers are grateful to the DFL members of the Senate that know we are smart women, who are simply asking for the right to vote to form a union. A union is something our profession needs. We are businesswomen who know that a union will give us many benefits, such as access to more training, the ability to collectively bargain for better CCAP reimbursement rates and a legal voice at the table.”

Lisa Thompson, Child Care Provider
St. Paul

May 13

Providers speak on union benefits


For Immediate Release: May 13, 2013
Contact: Donald McFarland: 651-308-8098

Child Care Providers Speak on Benefits of Union Prior to Upcoming Floor Votes

“As a child-care provider, I work long hours preparing children for kindergarten, ensuring each child is safe, properly fed and healthy. However, this gets harder to do as parents aren't able to pay more, and I can't work for less. With a union, providers will be able to negotiate better CCAP reimbursement rates with the state. Higher rates mean providers can charge parents more without putting more strain on the family's financial situation. This will help child care remain affordable for parents, and providers will be properly paid for their services.”

Julie Rustan, Child Care Provider
Rochester

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