Minnesota Council 5


April 13, 2021

South St. Paul -AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl released the following statement:

Front line workers, those who can only conduct their work in-person, and all public employees have borne a signifcant share of the burden during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Layoffs and furloughs are happening around our state and country as a result of a loss in revenue due to increased unemployment, lack of sales tax due to closures of bars and restaurants, and more. We cannot put corporate interests above the health and safety of workers. As a result, we need the US Senate to pass the Heroes Act passed by the US House containing $1 trillion in state and local aid! Send a message to Congress by signing this petitionMitch McConnell said that he would rather let state and local governments go bankrupt than further invest in public services or working people. That is abhorant! This is an all hands on deck moment!


Senator (last name) or Representative (last name), 

This is _____ , with AFSCME Local ___,

       Thank you for listening to our members’ concerns and securing $150 billion in funding for state and local governments, to be used for COVID-related expenses and additional assistance for education, child care, and more programs contained in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. Our members deliver critical public services that every Minnesotan can access. 

I’m asking for your help again to fight for additional federal aid as the US Senate prepares another COVID-related aid package after the US House passed the Heroes Act, which includes:

  • $1 trillion in additional aid for all state and local governments and the flexibility to use these grants and the $150 billion allocated through the CARES Act for all necessary public services, including those that are not specific to COVID-19 response. 

We ask you to support these appropriations to maintain and strengthen our shared values. Without this federal aid, public services will be delayed or denied and public employees will be furloughed or laid off. We cannot let our communities down by this happening. Thank you. 

Contact Information for the Minnesota Congressional Delegation: 

US Senator Amy Klobuchar (202) 224-3244

US Senator Tina Smith (202) 224-5641

Jim Hagedorn, 1st Congressional District (202) 225-2472

Angie Craig, 2nd Congressional District (202) 225-2271

Dean Phillips, 3rd Congressional District (202) 225-2871

Betty McCollum, 4th Congressional District (202) 225-6631

Ilhan Omar, 5th Congressional District (202) 225-4755

Tom Emmer, 6th Congressional District (202) 225-2331

Michelle Fischbach, 7th Congressional District (202) 225-2165

Pete Stauber, 8th Congressional District (202) 225-6211

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Unsafe Working Conditions Due to COVID-19?


Become an advocate for universal, single payer health care for ALL as a right and not a privilege

Workers are worried about how they will afford to pay for exorbitantly priced prescription drugs and are watching loved ones and themselves being hurt by a system that benefits the few at the top at the expense of the rest of us. We need Congress to pass legislation guaranteeing healthcare for ALL.


Take to social media 

Use the hashtag #FundTheFrontLines and #AFSCME5Proud and share a short video of how this pandemic is affecting you, your family, friends and community and why it is critical that politicians and leaders hear the concerns of working people. We need you to share your voice. Please tag us at @afscmemn5 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or email us directly at [email protected] with your stories, videos, and/or comments. Our union family must continue to share our perspectives and stories with leaders, members, and the public.


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As a union, we have the “People Power” to fight back against corporate greed and put the interests of working people at the front of the line to make our communities safer and more prosperous. We can only ensure this is a possibility if we fight together, share our stories, and stay connected.

Siblings, “We Make Minnesota Work.” We must remain united and continue the good fight for the benefit of working people. 

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