May 10
AFSCME Council 5 members attended every Pension Commission meeting this legislative session, including the vote on the Omnibus Retirement Bill Wednesday, to show support for strong pensions.
AFSCME Council 5 members attended every Pension Commission meeting this legislative session, including the vote on the Omnibus Retirement Bill Wednesday, to show support for strong pensions.

MN Pension Commission OKs Harmful Bill


Party-line vote doesn’t go far enough to protect pensions, cuts retiree COLAs.

May 05
Correctional Sgt. Rick Neyssen testifies against private prisons as the bill's sponsor, Rep. Tim Miller, looks on.
Correctional Sgt. Rick Neyssen testifies against private prisons as the bill's sponsor, Rep. Tim Miller, looks on.

Experts say Minnesota should be wary of taking over CCA prison


Other states and counties found hidden costs.

May 04
Sophia Christian
Sophia Christian

Tell HCMC to Respect Sophia


'They had just cut my position. I felt like I got socked in the gut, like somebody died.'

Jul 18
Guardian ad Litem Todd Schoonover has served children in southeast Minnesota for 17 years.  “I wish people understood that we’re not here to destroy families.  All we’re here to do is protect children.”
Guardian ad Litem Todd Schoonover has served children in southeast Minnesota for 17 years. “I wish people understood that we’re not here to destroy families. All we’re here to do is protect children.”

'The Voice of the Children'


Guardians ad Litem see unspeakable suffering, keep kids safe.

Jul 18
Erin Potter
Erin Potter

We Believe Health Care is a Right


Director’s Column – Stepping Up – August 7, 2017

Jul 18
AFSCME member Jenny Foster
AFSCME member Jenny Foster

Union is Lifesaver, Cost Saver for Mother and Daughter


Working union means living better. Ask Jenny Foster.

Jul 18
Child protection workers from St. Louis, Hennepin and Ramsey counties pack a legislative hearing to call attention to rising caseloads.  “When you’re working with limited options and resources, it makes tough decisions even tougher,” says Liz Siebenaler of Local 66.
Child protection workers from St. Louis, Hennepin and Ramsey counties pack a legislative hearing to call attention to rising caseloads. “When you’re working with limited options and resources, it makes tough decisions even tougher,” says Liz Siebenaler of Local 66.

Foster Home Shortage Hurting Kids, Workers


‘Everything kind of gets stretched thin.’

Jul 17
Charlie Krueger, the new president of Local 3139, listens intently at his first AFSCME Council 5 Presidents’ Meeting.
Charlie Krueger, the new president of Local 3139, listens intently at his first AFSCME Council 5 Presidents’ Meeting.

Several Locals are in Good, New Hands


Thoughtful planning for leadership transitions boosts powerful young voices. “We’ve got big shoes to fill.”

Jul 14
AFSCME President Lee Saunders
AFSCME President Lee Saunders

Who Fights for the Freedom of American Workers? Unions Do


By AFSCME President Lee Saunders

Jul 14
MnDOT worker and Local 637 trustee Doug Zarling
MnDOT worker and Local 637 trustee Doug Zarling

Workers Save Plane Crash Victim


“Anyone else would have done the same thing.”

Jul 13
Local 1623 president Jeffrey McDonald at Itasca State Park, where he got his start with the DNR.
Local 1623 president Jeffrey McDonald at Itasca State Park, where he got his start with the DNR.

Local President Drives Thousands of Miles to Empower Members


“The more numbers we have, the stronger we are.”

Jun 28
Cynthia Hassan of Ramsey County and Sara Crotteau of Hennepin County, who are both child protection workers, testify at the state Capitol Tuesday to let lawmakers know the challenges facing workers and the kids they try to keep safe.
Cynthia Hassan of Ramsey County and Sara Crotteau of Hennepin County, who are both child protection workers, testify at the state Capitol Tuesday to let lawmakers know the challenges facing workers and the kids they try to keep safe.

Workers Testify at Capitol to Keep Kids Safe


Child protection workers detail struggles, offer solutions

Jun 23

TA with State Includes Raises, Steps, Affordable Health Care


Bargaining team recommends ratification of 2-year deal

Jun 20
 “We have to lead with our values,” says Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor. “Everyone who works a fulltime job should have a middle class life.”
“We have to lead with our values,” says Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor. “Everyone who works a fulltime job should have a middle class life.”

Resistance Effort Gets Labor Boost


U.S. Rep. Ellison, DNC Chair Perez visit AFSCME Council 5 HQ

Jun 09
Local 3937 president Mary Austin asks the University of Minnesota to pay frontline workers fair wages.
Local 3937 president Mary Austin asks the University of Minnesota to pay frontline workers fair wages.

AFSCME Calls on U of M to Pass Fair Budget


Workers and students say Board of Regents is failing on transparency and accountability

Jun 09

Poison Pills Tarnish State Legislative Session


Anti-worker lawmakers tried to bust our union

Jun 09
Council 5 members from across Minnesota kept a constant green presence at the state Capitol this session. In just three days, members working around-the-clock defeated a union-busting measure that tried to turn us into Wisconsin.
Council 5 members from across Minnesota kept a constant green presence at the state Capitol this session. In just three days, members working around-the-clock defeated a union-busting measure that tried to turn us into Wisconsin.

Legislative Session Brings Wins, Areas of Concern


Now more than ever, workers must unite

Jun 07

University Unions Hold Public Forum on Budget After Regents Cancel Public Testimony


For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017

Contact: Cherrene Horazuk, 612-940-0660

University Unions Hold Public Forum on Budget After Regents Cancel Public Testimony

Thursday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. McNamara Plaza (near pool)

Each June, the University of Minnesota budget proposal is presented to the Board of Regents at a public hearing. It is the one time each year when faculty, staff, and students testify to advocate for their needs and the importance of investing a portion of the budget to benefit their campus community.

Cherrene Horazuk of AFSCME Local 3800 said, “This year, the one opportunity for University stakeholders to testify and speak directly to the Regents was eliminated. The current administration has been embroiled in scandal after scandal, spending University resources to clean up their mess.  Now they’re shutting down an opportunity to hold them accountable.”

Horazuk continued, “Union workers at the U are currently in contract negotiations. We expect the administration to present the Regents a budget that does not include adequate cost of living increases for our members, at the same time they raise student tuition and increase debt to astronomical levels. We are not interested in the tired story that there is no money for the core institution while they find cash to pay high administrator salaries, lawsuit settlements and legal fees.”

U of M AFSCME, Teamsters Local 320, students, faculty, and other employee groups will pack the Regents meeting to hear the budget presentation from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and follow it up with our own public hearing on McNamara Plaza.

Download a PDF of this news release.

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May 30
Local 404 leaders Tim Headlee, Matt Stenger and Eric Hesse have fought for Safe Staffing at Minnesota Security Hospital and other facilities.
Local 404 leaders Tim Headlee, Matt Stenger and Eric Hesse have fought for Safe Staffing at Minnesota Security Hospital and other facilities.

Safe Staffing Approved in State Bonding Bill


Projects will improve worker safety, water quality and transportation across Minnesota

May 26
AFSCME members celebrate the defeat of a Wisconsin style anti-union provision Thursday night with several of the lawmakers who supported labor this session, including: DFL House minority leader Melissa Hortman (center).
AFSCME members celebrate the defeat of a Wisconsin style anti-union provision Thursday night with several of the lawmakers who supported labor this session, including: DFL House minority leader Melissa Hortman (center).

Republican Attack on State Employee Rights Stopped


Minnesota Legislature finishes special session

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