Fighting for All Workers

3-27-2014
Deborah Anderson, Willmar DOT Local 592, joins more than 1,000 AFSCME members and retirees in a Rotunda rally.
Deborah Anderson, Willmar DOT Local 592, joins more than 1,000 AFSCME members and retirees in a Rotunda rally.

More than 1,000 Council 5 members and retirees made themselves impossible to ignore during Day on the Hill March 25 as they took our union’s fight for all workers to the Capitol.  (See the photo album)

After a revved-up rally in the rotunda, more than 100 AFSCME members packed a hearing room to continue pushing a House-Senate conference committee to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 with annual increases to help workers keep up with the cost of living.

Hundreds of others spread around the Capitol and State Office Building to lobby their legislators.  The message: This is the time to increase opportunities for a better future for all Minnesotans.

In addition to raising the wage for low-wage workers, members urged support for:

  • Investing in roads, bridges, transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure
  • Insourcing public services to protect taxpayers and ensure accountability
  • Expanding pre-school scholarships and quality training for child care providers
  • Living up to the promise of secure pensions for retirees

Here’s some news coverage of our Day on the Hill:
KBJR-TV: AFSCME Council 5 union workers rally at the Capitol
WCCO-TV: Pressure rises as Minnesota minimum wage talks resume
FOX-TV: Explainer: Minnesota minimum wage negotiations
MPR: Lots of talk but still no deal on minimum wage
Associated Press: Pressure rises as Minnesota wage talks resume