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May 30, 2020- This morning, Governor Tim Walz, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington provided an update on the ar

AFSCME Council 5 honors the life of George Floyd and extends our deepest condolences and solidarity to the family and loved ones of George Floyd.

To be clear from the top: Our state employee contracts have been declared ratified and will be implemented, along with the 2nd year 2.5% cost of living increase beginning July 1, 2020 as we fought

Working people have always been at the heart of our economy and must be at the center of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To ensure this -AFSCME Council 5 has released our plan for employers in the case of re-opening businesses or continuing operations to protect workers and our communities. 

AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl has released the following statement:

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the inequalities in our communities and systems. 

AFSCME Council 5 continues to fight for equity and critical investments all of us benefit from. We as a union focus on the financial, emotional, and physical well-being of our members and work every day to carry their concerns with us in our work with members in workplaces and in the halls of power.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear: front line workers are essential, and our communities don’t work without them. But in the face of unprecedented danger, the federal government has largely failed to protect these workers from the risk to themselves, their families, and their communities.

Minnesota's first responders - including corrections officers, nurses, probation and child protection officers and front-line staff - need to be protected. But right now, the First Responder COVID-19 Workers Comp proposal is stalled in the GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate. Our First Responders need you to contact Sen. Paul Gazelka, the majority leader of the Senate, and demand that he allow a vote.

To protect the health and well-being of city workers and the St. Paul residents we serve, we call upon the City to provide:

1. Paid Emergency Pandemic Leave for employees who are ill, taking care of loved ones due to illness or school/daycare closures, or government mandated closures. Employees should not be forced to drain existing sick or vacation accruals. We request the City of St. Paul provide an Emergency Leave Fund for the pandemic throughout the duration of the leave.