Rep. Debra Hilstrom asks legislators to pass state worker contracts. (Image from The UpTake’s live stream)
Rep. Debra Hilstrom asks legislators to pass state worker contracts. (Image from The UpTake’s live stream)

GOP interferes with state contract vote


Republican lawmaker guts state contract approval by adding poison pills.

Workers from the City of North St. Paul are in negotiations after forming their own union with AFSCME. (Front row, left to right) Barb Huelsman, Cynthia Govan and Karin Derauf. (Back row, left to right) Martin Waldera, Terri Slama, Dominic Jara and Lauren Pack.
Workers from the City of North St. Paul are in negotiations after forming their own union with AFSCME. (Front row, left to right) Barb Huelsman, Cynthia Govan and Karin Derauf. (Back row, left to right) Martin Waldera, Terri Slama, Dominic Jara and Lauren Pack.

North St. Paul Organizes for Dignity and Respect


Workers ran a strong and unified campaign to gain their union.

Kim Jorgensen (right) was able to be with her partner, Sam, during a life-threatening illness, thanks to her fellow AFSCME Local 34 members.
Kim Jorgensen (right) was able to be with her partner, Sam, during a life-threatening illness, thanks to her fellow AFSCME Local 34 members.

AFSCME Local is Like Family


When Kim Jorgensen’s partner faced a life-threatening illness, her coworkers stepped in.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will fill Al Franken's U.S. Senate seat.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will fill Al Franken's U.S. Senate seat.

Ms. Smith Goes to Washington!


Gov. Dayton Picks Tina Smith to Replace Al Franken.

“Deer season is an explosion of phone calls,” says AFSCME Local 1465 Executive Board member Sonja Davidson, who works in the DNR information center.
“Deer season is an explosion of phone calls,” says AFSCME Local 1465 Executive Board member Sonja Davidson, who works in the DNR information center.

DNR Workers Take the Hassle out of Deer Season for Hunters


When deer-hunting season is about to open each year, DNR workers say there’s a buzz in the air.

AFSCME was joined by Teamsters, students and others in support of raises and respect for frontline workers.
AFSCME was joined by Teamsters, students and others in support of raises and respect for frontline workers.

Workers call on the U to invest in people instead of buildings


‘They’re driving us, their frontline workers, to poverty.’

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.

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.

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.'

Working People's Day of Action


Feb. 24: Working People Will Rally to End Rigged System As Hundreds Gather in Saint Paul at State Capitol Rotunda

Saturday Event Will Highlight Crucial Role Unions Play in Building Better Lives For Minnesotans as U.S. Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Case Attacking Workers’ Voice

SAINT PAUL—Members and leaders of labor unions, civil rights and faith groups, and community organizations will mobilize for the Working People’s Day of Action rally that’s expected to fill the State Capitol rotunda Saturday morning.

The organizations are standing up for the freedom to join together and work for the common good as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 on Monday. An adverse decision in the case could undermine the right to form strong unions.

Saint Paul’s rally is part of a nationwide day of action with events planned in cities across the country. Activists from the Twin Cities and others from around the state will join the call to end policies that rig the economy and the political system against working people—and in favor of powerful corporate interests and the wealthy elite.

Speakers at the Saint Paul rally will highlight the crucial role that union members play in building better lives for all Minnesotans. “For decades, teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters and many others who provide the public services we rely on have joined together to speak up for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Mary Falk, an AFSCME member who works at Anoka Technical College. “But those behind the Janus case do not want working people to have that freedom.”

The rally will also recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who 50 years ago in his final campaign supported striking sanitation workers in Memphis as they joined together in a strong union and demanded to be treated with dignity on the job.

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: Working People’s Day of Action Rally

WHO: The event is co-sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union.

Speakers will include: Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter; Mary Cathryn Ricker, AFT executive vice president; an educator talking about how Education Minnesota helps members address student debt; Mary Falk, AFSCME Council 5 member; Asad Aliweyd, executive director New American Development Center; Adrianne Hoffer-Carter, Laborers Local 363 member; Deb Howse, SEIU Minnesota member; Bret Ohnstad, Teamsters Local 320 member; and representatives of other community groups and rights organizations.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to Noon  

WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, Minn.

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Nearly 1,000 public workers and our allies filled the state Capitol steps Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to approve state employee raises.
Nearly 1,000 public workers and our allies filled the state Capitol steps Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to approve state employee raises.

Public Workers Rally for Contracts


Nearly 1,000 workers gathered to call on lawmakers to approve state employee raises.

Join Working People's Day of Action Saturday


On Feb. 24, we’ll rise up to defend our freedom and our future.

MnDOT worker Jake Tillotson saved a driver from freezing to death in the swamp behind him. He spotted a damaged section of guardrail at 2 a.m., and when he investigated, he discovered a truck that had rolled onto its side.
MnDOT worker Jake Tillotson saved a driver from freezing to death in the swamp behind him. He spotted a damaged section of guardrail at 2 a.m., and when he investigated, he discovered a truck that had rolled onto its side.

MnDOT Worker Saves Driver from Freezing to Death


Dawn Patrol adds safety in Minnesota's coldest months.

“This is my home,” says correctional officer Maria Olanda Aguilera.  “I don’t know anything but this country. I would fight for this country – I would fight for this country before I fought for Mexico.”
“This is my home,” says correctional officer Maria Olanda Aguilera. “I don’t know anything but this country. I would fight for this country – I would fight for this country before I fought for Mexico.”

DACA Hits Home for AFSCME Members


Immigrants and DACA recipients work alongside us, keeping our coworkers and our communities safe.

Organizer

AFSCME MN Council 5 is currently taking applications for the position of Organizer. This position will be based out of the South St. Paul Office. This position will have full-time organizing responsibilities working primarily to organize new units of workers.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES:

The skills required to plan, lead and conduct organizing activities. The applicant must arrange for research of potential organizing targets. The applicant must be able to analyze data to assess possible targets for organizing. Be able to perform the reconnaissance of organizing targets, build a list of workers, explore worker interest, and scout out the physical plant without divulging the union’s presence. An organizer will recruit volunteer organizers from within the AFSCME membership and for their training in house calling and other campaign elements. They will visit workers in their homes and lead teams of house-callers in the campaign. They must develop broad, representative organizing committees of worker-leaders, and train and deploy them to move the campaign. Organizers will target, plan, and develop community allies to assist in workers’ organizing efforts. The applicant must write leaflets and other materials for organizing campaigns. They must have the ability to operate computer database programs and provide for the maintenance of organizing databases. In addition they must evaluate the progress of organizing campaigns and makes decisions accordingly. The applicant must demonstrate proficiency in all elements of the AFSCME Organizing Model.

Salary and benefits determined by collective bargaining agreement.

Resumes and references submitted to:           Michael LaCoste, Director of Organizing

                                                                        AFSCME Minnesota Council 5

                                                                        300 Hardman Avenue South

                                                                        South St. Paul, MN 55075

Email resumes and references accepted at: Liza.Allen@afscmemn.org; fax applications accepted at 651-455-1311.

◄DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS FRIDAY, February 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM ►

AFSCME MINNESOTA COUNCIL 5
(American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO)
651-450-4990

AFSCME Council 5 is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

AFSCME Council 5 members and retirees kept close watch at a Pension Commission hearing Wednesday.
AFSCME Council 5 members and retirees kept close watch at a Pension Commission hearing Wednesday.

Anti-Pension Arnold Foundation Comes to Capitol


AFSCME Council 5 members and retirees kept close watch at a Pension Commission hearing Wednesday.

Sgt. Rick Neyssen testifies last legislative session about why reopening the Appleton prison is a bad idea. Rep. Tim Miller, right, is pushing to reopen the prison owned by CoreCivic, despite ongoing opposition from correctional officers in AFSCME, and community and faith groups.
Sgt. Rick Neyssen testifies last legislative session about why reopening the Appleton prison is a bad idea. Rep. Tim Miller, right, is pushing to reopen the prison owned by CoreCivic, despite ongoing opposition from correctional officers in AFSCME, and community and faith groups.

Reopening Private Prison Would Cost More Than Expected


New report shows buying or leasing Appleton is a bad idea.

AFSCME International secretary-treasurer Elissa McBride
AFSCME International secretary-treasurer Elissa McBride

AFSCME Leaders Commit to Fight against Super-Rich Anti-Worker Forces


Dozens of local leaders vow to fight harder than ever against anti-worker forces.

AFSCME Local 66 Executive Board member Sandy Pernu-Wallin speaks out forcefully against racist fliers posted in the Iron Range. She was interviewed by KBJR Channel 6.
AFSCME Local 66 Executive Board member Sandy Pernu-Wallin speaks out forcefully against racist fliers posted in the Iron Range. She was interviewed by KBJR Channel 6.

AFSCME, City Condemns Hate Speech


"There is no way we can tolerate racial bigotry in our community.”

Participation in Special Elections, Caucuses is Crucial


Democracy is not a spectator sport!

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