Feb 21
Local 3801 leaders Andrea Sande (left), Geraldine Hughes and Jeanne Peterson spent weeks working together on an AFSCME Strong push at UMD.
Local 3801 leaders Andrea Sande (left), Geraldine Hughes and Jeanne Peterson spent weeks working together on an AFSCME Strong push at UMD.

UMD Local Fights with Renewed Spirit


Members organize to keep their voice in the workplace

Feb 17
Arvonne and Don Fraser love the view from their Minneapolis condo. They say Minnesota is a great place to live and retire: They never considered going anywhere else.
Arvonne and Don Fraser love the view from their Minneapolis condo. They say Minnesota is a great place to live and retire: They never considered going anywhere else.

"We are Blessed with Great Public Services"


Don and Arvonne Fraser speak out on looming cuts, hope for the future

Feb 17
AFSCME Local 66 member Laura Owen teaches child care and foster care providers about how to install child safety seats. She won a state award for her work helping keep kids safe.
AFSCME Local 66 member Laura Owen teaches child care and foster care providers about how to install child safety seats. She won a state award for her work helping keep kids safe.

Member Honored for Keeping Kids Safe on Our Roads


"You get one chance in life with these children."

Feb 14
AFSCME Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide (left) with his mentor David Roe, the former head of the Minnesota AFL-CIO who fought for 30 years to build this monument to workers.
AFSCME Council 5 executive director Eliot Seide (left) with his mentor David Roe, the former head of the Minnesota AFL-CIO who fought for 30 years to build this monument to workers.

Giant of the Labor Movement Dies


David Roe, a renowned Minnesota union leader, passed away Monday at age 92.

Feb 06
Brenda Louise (Hennepin County, right), Nikki Castona (left, Ramsey County) and other social workers from across Minnesota tell legislators about the urgent need for more resources to keep kids safe.
Brenda Louise (Hennepin County, right), Nikki Castona (left, Ramsey County) and other social workers from across Minnesota tell legislators about the urgent need for more resources to keep kids safe.

Trying to ‘Triage the Triage’


Child protection workers ask for resources to keep kids safe

Feb 03
Mike Griffin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change jumps up to invite the crowd of more than 150 people, there to testify and watch the House committee hearing, to rally while some lawmakers took a dinner break.
Mike Griffin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change jumps up to invite the crowd of more than 150 people, there to testify and watch the House committee hearing, to rally while some lawmakers took a dinner break.

Supporters of Local Control Overflow Hearing


Allies fight to keep paid sick and safe time, decent conditions for workers

Feb 02
AFSCME Local 1574 member Louis Eschenbacher
AFSCME Local 1574 member Louis Eschenbacher

AFSCME Members Save Patient from Drowning


"I just did what anybody would have done in that situation.”

Jan 31

AFSCME on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee


Tonight President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge based in Colorado, to fill Justice Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is reaction from AFSCME Council 5 President Judy Wahlberg and Executive Director Eliot Seide.

“With a few strokes of his pen, President Trump made it harder for refugees to come to America. He severely weakened the Affordable Care Act and restricted access to reproductive care for women around the world. His actions violate our Constitution and our American values.”

“Our divided nation needs a Supreme Court that will uphold worker rights, civil rights and human rights. If Trump’s nominee can’t do that, the seat should remain vacant.”

AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.

Jan 30

AFSCME: Refugees are Welcome Here


“As Americans, we cannot turn our backs on refugees fleeing persecution, genocide and terror.  Minnesota welcomes refugees from the war-battered nations of Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.  They have become our friends, our neighbors and our co-workers.”

Jan 20
AFSCME Council 5 member Aleathea Modlin testifies about the need to save a mental health treatment program for kids, as Jackie Spanjers and Eric Hesse sit in support.
AFSCME Council 5 member Aleathea Modlin testifies about the need to save a mental health treatment program for kids, as Jackie Spanjers and Eric Hesse sit in support.

AFSCME Pushes for Safe Staffing, More Resources for Mental Health Care


Minnesota families are counting on lawmakers to do the right thing.

Jan 19
Mindy Kuhl, a social worker with the St. Louis County ongoing child protection unit, joined her colleagues in Virginia last August in protesting for more staffing to help keep kids safe. Workers will gather again at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24 to push for funding.
Mindy Kuhl, a social worker with the St. Louis County ongoing child protection unit, joined her colleagues in Virginia last August in protesting for more staffing to help keep kids safe. Workers will gather again at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24 to push for funding.

Aging Out of Foster Care


Surging caseloads create crisis for workers, teens

Jan 19
Child protection social worker Mindy Kuhl (left) has helped 19-year-old Warren through many challenges, and the teen is now thriving.
Child protection social worker Mindy Kuhl (left) has helped 19-year-old Warren through many challenges, and the teen is now thriving.

Former Foster Youth is a Rare Success Story


Teen wins job, great start on life thanks to his caseworker, personal strength.

Jan 12
Working union means living better. For Local 2864 steward Carrie Notch, a death investigator with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, that’s meant having a voice to protect workers and create change.
Working union means living better. For Local 2864 steward Carrie Notch, a death investigator with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, that’s meant having a voice to protect workers and create change.

Unions Give Workers a Voice


"The union sometimes is the only voice that holds the employer accountable."

Dec 29
Pam LeMay Office and administrative specialist principal, Department of Human Services President of AFSCME Local 2181
Pam LeMay Office and administrative specialist principal, Department of Human Services President of AFSCME Local 2181

Union Advantage: The Good Life


"I have this beautiful thing of retiring at 60 because i have a good retirement package."

Dec 29
Local 3800’s Sharice McCain sings at the Council 5 Convention in a moving performance to honor historical leaders.
Local 3800’s Sharice McCain sings at the Council 5 Convention in a moving performance to honor historical leaders.

Ensuring Our History Doesn't Get Lost


AFSCME members work to pass along labor achievements.

Dec 21
“Everyone is striving for the same thing, to save lives and collect blood,” says Ramzey Abu-Shanab, one of nearly 300 American Red Cross workers who are now part of AFSCME Council 5.
“Everyone is striving for the same thing, to save lives and collect blood,” says Ramzey Abu-Shanab, one of nearly 300 American Red Cross workers who are now part of AFSCME Council 5.

Red Cross Workers Join AFSCME


“Everybody’s really excited about our future.”

Dec 21
American Red Cross workers Maya Thompson (left) and Dan Thompson work in a  bloodmobile to prepare blood for shipment to the lab after a Saint Paul blood drive.
American Red Cross workers Maya Thompson (left) and Dan Thompson work in a bloodmobile to prepare blood for shipment to the lab after a Saint Paul blood drive.

Red Cross Workers Save Lives


Neither rain nor snow nor teachers' conferences stop workers from collecting blood.

Dec 15

Buyer’s Remorse for Trump Fans


Director’s Column – December 15, 2016

Dec 13
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

AFSCME Calls on State Lawmakers to Invest Surplus Wisely


Council 5 is joining Gov. Mark Dayton in calling for prudent use of the surplus.

Dec 06
MnDOT worker Joe Anderla, a member of Local 221, stands near the spot on the Stillwater Lift Bridge where he rescued a woman.
MnDOT worker Joe Anderla, a member of Local 221, stands near the spot on the Stillwater Lift Bridge where he rescued a woman.

MnDOT Worker is a True Lifesaver


“A little common sense goes a long ways.”

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