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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Contact: Trisha Harms, 651-287-0558, [email protected]

At the AFSCME International Conference in Boston this year, we remembered that, despite the attacks on labor unions, AFSCME will and does Rise Up! Taking the ‘Rise Up!’ message to Las Vegas, AFSCME International gathered over 160 volunteer member organizers (VMOs) from around the country to share the benefits of collective bargaining.
“I love to talk,” says Minnesota Corrections Officer Rick Neyssen with a chuckle.
My lost-time experience further enhanced and strengthened my love for being part of our union. I’ll only work union from now on. I want to encourage everyone who doesn’t know much about the union or is looking for change, to consider participating in our member organizing program.
November’s midterm was, as we’ve all heard, one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. Our rights, our freedoms, our health, safety, security and dignity were all on the line. Working Minnesotans didn’t just get the message – we shouted it from the rooftops. Through thousands of conversations AFSCME members mobilized voters to elect candidates who share our union values.
The combined efforts of staff, parents and community keep a child development center open. Their victory brought them together as a staff and made them stronger as a union. “If we work together, we’ll be protected,” Wakeham said. “Our voices will be heard. The more voices we have, the stronger we’ll become.”
Union jobs gave Amanda and Justin Aurelius something priceless this summer and fall: Time off together with their new baby and toddler son, and the means to buy their very first house. “We wouldn’t have the life we have if it wasn’t for our union.”
AFSCME members are joining PEOPLE to help fight the powerful forces trying to silence workers. Even though big corporations and big money led to an anti-worker Supreme Court decision, the Janus case isn’t stopping workers or their unions. Minnesota public workers aren’t just joining AFSCME Council 5, they’re joining PEOPLE or upping their contributions to help fight the powerful forces trying to silence workers.
The AFSCME Council 5 Executive Board Thursday unanimously endorsed Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the November election, along with a slate of other highly qualified candidates for state and federal office. The Executive Board is made up of members and elected by members.

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal rights and fundamental freedoms for all.