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May 22, 2017: Support Governor Dayton's Budget

Public workers expect Republican majorities to work with Governor Dayton to pass a budget by midnight that supports our work and the public services Minnesota needs.

But cuts proposed by Republicans would cause real pain to public workers.  They’re refusing to fund our pensions, our pay raises, our health care and our safety.

Mean-spirited Republicans would also kick grandma out of her nursing home.  They’d defund child care assistance and pre-kindergarten for working families.  They’d cut transit and underfund road repairs.  All that pain to give tax breaks to the wealthy few. 

By late Sunday, the Legislature passed only three of 10 budget bills: higher education, environment and agriculture.  The biggest remaining challenges are the tax bill and funding for transportation and human services.

If they fail to get the job done by midnight, state government could shut down July 1.  Call now and join us as we hold our elected officials accountable during the final hours of the legislative session.  Meet at the State Capitol in the House Gallery on Monday, May 22 from 4 p.m. until adjournment.  Wear AFSCME green and bring your family.   

Text CUTSHURT to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-888-907-2053 and your representative at 1-877-395-0968.


ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Please support Governor Dayton’s budget.  Republican cuts will hurt my family.     


May 8, 2017: Protect Your Pension

The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement just posted a draft of their pension bill along with a staff memo summarizing the bill. It will be heard at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, May 8) in Room 123 of the State Capitol. Public testimony will be taken on this bad proposal.

Please call commission members right away.  Tell them to oppose the LCPR proposal and to support the Governor's pension proposal.

Senate members: Chair Julie Rosen (651-296-5713), Sandy Pappas (651-296-1802), Gary Dahms (651-296-8138), Dan Schoen (651-297-8060), John Jasinski (651-296-0284), Warren Limmer (651-296-2159) and David Senjem (651-296-3903). 

House members: Vice Chair Tim O’Driscoll (651-296-7808), Tony Albright (651-296-5185), Sarah Anderson (651-296-5511), Roz Peterson (651-296-5387), Bob Vogel (651-296-7065), Mary Murphy (651-296-2676) and Paul Thissen (651-296-5375).


April 25, 2017: Ban Private Prisons - Stop CoreCivic

OPPOSE LEASING THE PRIVATE PRISON IN APPLETON

Text PRISON to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-866-891-0358 and your representative at 1-858-314-3518

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Oppose leasing or buying the private prison in Appleton.


April 4, 2017: Invest in Strong Communities

Minnesota cities and counties get high marks for livability. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because we do the work that makes people want to live, work and raise a family here.

Text AID to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-877-553-0116 and your representative at 1-877-201-9067.

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Invest in strong communities by supporting the $30 million budget request for state aid to cities and counties.


March 15, 2017: Stop Tax Breaks for Billionaires & Big Corporations

Now that Governor Dayton has turned Minnesota’s budget deficit into a surplus, it’s time to reinvest in the work we do and create a Minnesota where everyone can prosper.

Text SURPLUS to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators. Or call your senator at 1-855-974-4273 and your representative at 1-855-402-6561.

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Stop the tax breaks for billionaires and big corporations.  Helping the rich get richer at the expense of hardworking families is simply wrong.


February 28, 2017: Support Safe Staffing

Clocking in should never mean putting your life on the line. That’s why AFSCME members who work with violent patients are standing up for safe staffing. 

Text SAFE to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-855-420-7709 and your representative at 1-855-957-6655

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Support Governor Dayton’s budget for safe staffing at state-run psychiatric facilities.


February 14, 2017: Support Local Control

Local Interference is the most dangerous legislation you’ve never heard about. The bills, written by ALEC, are a direct attack on working people. It’s a corporate power grab designed to strip cities, counties and school districts of their existing authority to improve work standards.                        

Text LocalControl to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-888-833-9154 and your representative at 1-855-790-8847.

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Support local control and oppose corporate interference.  It’s a threat to our local democracy and an attack on working people.


January 31, 2017: Fix Transportation Now

Our union is urging the Legislature to fix transportation now with new revenue for roads, bridges, transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

Text MOVE to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-855-982-3046 and your representative at 1-855-432-4270.

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Fix transportation now with new revenue for roads, bridges, transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure. And don’t forget to budget for maintenance workers who plow snow, patch potholes and inspect bridges.


January 17, 2017: Protect Minnesota's Children

Text PROTECT to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-855-527-7262 and your representative at 1-888-440-2111.

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Provide funding to help counties hire and retain child protection workers.    


January 3, 2017: Protect Health Care for All

As AFSCME members, we never quit on the people who depend on our public services.  We protect our clients from any politician who threatens to cut the vital programs people need to survive, starting with health care.        

Text CARE to 237263 to be connected to your state legislators, or call your senator at 1-855-732-8388 and your representative at 1-855-708-5285.

ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO: Work with Governor Dayton to pass insurance rebates and make health care affordable and accessible to all Minnesotans.


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