Healthcare Freedom is Workers' Rights

Our union's mission is to fight for dignity, opportunity and prosperity for all. That mission cannot be accomplished until healthcare freedom has been secured for everyone.

Healthcare is a human right – no exceptions. More than half of AFSCME Council 5’s 43,000 members are women, and they have a fundamental right to access the health care they need.

When women don’t have access to health care freedom, their opportunities to thrive in our communities become more limited. Those women and their families are more likely to struggle economically. That economic impact ripples out into our communities by compounding racial, gender and economic impacts – perpetuating the cycle of poverty and further limiting the opportunities for those already impacted by systemic inequality.

As more and more of our neighboring states pass anti-healthcare freedom legislation to make health care options even more difficult to access, AFSCME joins the fight to make sure Minnesota moves forward on healthcare freedom for all - not backwards.