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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

AFSCME Council 5 is excited about the investments outlined in Governor Tim Walz’ budget proposal. We strongly support his plan to invest in crucial programs and create new revenue sources for public services.

AFSCME looks forward to working alongside Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan and those serving in the Minnesota Legislature to advance our vision of One Minnesota that’s built around shared values so that every kid has the opportunity to thrive, nobody has to choose between paying the rent or paying for medicine, and the communities where we work and live can prosper.

“This is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had,” says Takeesha Coon, Local 3558 steward.  For the staff at the Spirit Valley YWCA in Duluth, going in to work is about a lot more than earning a paycheck. It’s about building community, helping people and getting working families and their kids off to a healthy start. “Having a strong AFSCME presence at work makes it even better,” she adds.

The AFL-CIO Community Services Program, a national partnership between the United Way and the AFL-CIO, exists to provide resources, services and assistance to union workers and their families during times of hardship. “In Minnesota, there are AFL-CIO United Way partnership programs based out of Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul,” Rachel Loeffler-Kemp explains. The focus of the program, she says, is supporting working families. “We know that if we can help support them and the issues they face, our whole community is stronger.”
Receiving the MCA award has reinvigorated Gundgovi’s commitment to serving his parolees and the public. He says it’s an honor to be acknowledged, but the real reward is knowing he’s helping rehabilitate parolees to better themselves and strengthen our communities, and knowing his AFSCME colleagues have his back and share his values.
As AFSCME members, we’re committed to serving the public and giving back. This holiday season, AFSCME Locals around the state lived our union values by taking part in a variety of community giving programs. It’s just one more way we’re walking our talk: helping our neighbors, lifting up working families and strengthening the communities where we work and live.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

AFSCME Council 5 is proud to endorse Stu Lourey for Minnesota State Senate in the special election in Senate District 11, which will take place on Feb. 5, 2019.

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.