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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

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

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

My name is Amy. I want to share my story, and tell you why I’m proud of my union for standing up for families like mine. Last year, I found out I was pregnant for the first time. My husband and I were shocked, happy, and overwhelmed. I contacted my health care provider and followed up with prenatal visits. At eight weeks, I took an early chromosome test, which came back normal and indicated that we were having a boy. A few weeks later we’d named our baby Crosby and shared the exciting news with our friends and family.

Unions have a proud history of fighting for the rights of all working people. The right to access legal and affordable reproductive health care is a basic human right. I am proud that my union is fighting to keep politicians out of women’s health care decisions.

I am proud that my union has made the decision to stand up and join in the fight for choice so my daughters have the right to choose if, when, and how they will start a family. I am proud to be fighting for their rights - just like those before me fought for my rights.

Our union's mission is to fight for dignity, opportunity and prosperity for all. That mission cannot be accomplished until reproductive freedom and abortion access have 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 – including reproductive care and abortion access.