Eliot Seide Communications Award: AFSCME Local 1307 -Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center

This year we are honoring a local 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 Communications Department at Council 5 work every day as your storytellers and to put a public face to your work, but there is no way we could do our job effectively without the sustained pressure that all of you put on employers, legislators and others to do the right thing. 

Our union is under constant attack from corporate special interests that may outspend us in terms of money, but they will never beat our people power. This year’s award recipient took on a battle to protect workers when management initially refused to renew their security contract with their local police department. 

The tireless activism by the members of AFSCME Local 1307 at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center proved that when we as union members work together in our workplaces and in coalitions with others towards a common goal, absolutely anything is possible. Congratulations, and thank you, AFSCME Local 1307!