News Releases

story teaser-story clear-block">

New Report on Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform for Minnesota to be Unveiled during Teleconference Thursday


Community leaders to discuss what reform means for small businesses and public services

On Thursday, August 22 at 9 a.m., community leaders will host a teleconference to release a new report produced by the Center for American Progress and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) showing how comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship benefits Minnesota residents.  They will call on Congressman John Kline to endorse reform and work for its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

story teaser-story clear-block">

St. Louis County tries to bust union, AFSCME could strike Aug. 29


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2013                        
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

ST. LOUIS COUNTY TRIES TO BUST ITS LARGEST UNION
AFSCME Could Strike August 29

Duluth, MN – St. Louis County officials rejected a concessionary proposal from AFSCME negotiators after 14 hours of mediation failed on Friday.  A strike could begin as soon as midnight on August 29 if the county continues to try to bust the union with a proposal that would pit new hires against current employees.

story teaser-story clear-block">

FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUITS; CHILD CARE PROVIDERS CAN VOTE ON A UNION


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

(St. Paul, MN) – A federal judge ruled Sunday night to dismiss two lawsuits that sought to stop a union election for state-subsidized child care providers in Minnesota.

story teaser-story clear-block">

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. 

story teaser-story clear-block">

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.

story teaser-story clear-block">

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.

story teaser-story clear-block">

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.

story teaser-story clear-block">

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.

story teaser-story clear-block">

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.