News Releases

Pro-Union Child-Care Providers Ask Court to Let Them Vote

10-1-2013

(St. Paul, MN) – Pro-union child-care providers today asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent decision that put their union election on hold in Minnesota.

Court Can't Stop Childcare Providers

9-19-2013

(St. Paul, MN) – Today a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a Minnesota law that allows in-home child care providers to vote on whether they want a union.  

AFSCME Members Ratify Contract with St. Louis County

9-13-2013

(Duluth, MN) – AFSCME negotiators announced tonight that union members have voted to accept St. Louis County’s latest contract settlement offer.  The deal prevents a strike by two-thirds of the county’s workforce.   

ST. LOUIS COUNTY ACCEPTS AFSCME COMPROMISE ON SICK LEAVE

8-26-2013

(Duluth, MN) – Today, St. Louis County officials announced that they would accept AFSCME’s compromise on sick leave to avoid a strike set to begin as soon as midnight Friday, Aug. 30.

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

8-20-2013

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.

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

8-19-2013

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.

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

7-29-2013

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.

AFSCME Opposes State Takeover of St. Paul Food Inspections

7-8-2013

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. 

Tentative Contract Agreement for State Employees

7-1-2013

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.