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Election Day 2019 was a big victory for working families.

Marvin Timmons is a self-declared union man, through and through.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, more than 500 registered AFSCME Council 5 delegates, plus alternates and guests, gathered at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center to convene our 15th annual convention. While this was not an election year for our Council, this Convention came with an action-packed agenda, with a deeper selection of workshop options, more opportunities to build solidarity between locals and across our differences, and an exciting guest list that included big names like Governor Tim Walz and legendary labor leader, author, and former AFSCME Council 5 member Joe Burns.

The Mike Buesing Local Union Development Award is presented each year to an individual member, local union or group of members or locals who have contributed significantly to internal mobilization and local union development.

We're thrilled to present this year's award to Local 66. The Northland local celebrated 100 years strong in 2019. Leaders embraced the opportunity and used the anniversary as a tool to organize internally, hosting gatherings throughout the region and passing down their local's century-long legacy to younger workers.

This year we are honoring a member who has exhibited extraordinary service to our union and projected a bold, strong vision of what it means to be a leader, an effective communicator, and a change agent.

We in the Legislative Department at Council 5 work every day as your eyes and ears at the Capitol, but there is no way we could do our job effectively without the sustained pressure that all of you put on Legislators and the Administration to do the right thing and fight for working people.

The Rick Scott Political Activism Award is presented each year to an individual member, a local union, or a group of members or local unions in recognition of outstanding work in electoral, legislative and other political activity on behalf of our union. This years' award was presented to Local 552 President LaTonya Reeves.

The Jerry Wurf Organizing Award is given each year to an individual member, local, or group of workers who work tirelessly and effectively at organizing, empowering workers, and growing our union. Jerry Wurf, after whom the award is named, got his start in the labor movement picking up jobs in New York City cafeterias and organizing his co-workers to form a union.

We're proud to present the 2019 Jerry Wurf Organizing Award to the Organizing Committee at St. Stephens Health and Human Services.

We were thrilled to honor these members with our 2019 awards at our 15th annual convention in October. Congratulations to all - and thank you for your hard work and dedication to our movement!

Mike Buesing Local Union Development Award: AFSCME Local 66

Rick Scott Political Activism Award: LaTonya Reeves, President, President, Local 552

We're excited to announce that AFSCME members who work for the State of Minnesota in Bargaining Units 2-7 have  voted officially to ratify the agreement reached in June. This contract agreement includes big gains for our workers.

Get all the details on the agreement at MemberLink now: go to members.afscmemn.org and hover on Negotiations, then click Bargaining Updates