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Our union wishes you a joyous, safe, and memorable Labor Day weekend!

15 years ago today, tragedy struck our state and sent shockwaves throughout our country.

AFSCME Council 5 members have been on the frontlines in our workplaces during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, risking infection of not only themselves, but of their loved ones.

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April 30, 2022

We Must Respect and Honor Frontline Worker Heroes; More is Necessary

South St. Paul, MN - AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl released the following statement after the Legislature passed Unemployment Insurance and Frontline Worker Pay legislative package:

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day in which we remember, mourn, and fight for workers who were killed, disabled, and/or otherwise injured on the job. For many years, our union has continued to serve as a beacon of activism for safe staffing in every workplace. I am constantly reminded of the critical work we all do as a union that fights for the basic rights of working people to be safe on the job and to go home safely to our loved ones.

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Contact: Max Hall
(612) 247-3725

[email protected]

AFSCME Council 5 Commends MN House Ratification of State Employee Contracts, Urges Senate to Ratify

AFSCME Council 5 Hosts Gubernatorial Forum

On the evening of March 3, 2022 AFSCME Council 5 hosted a gubernatorial forum for members to ask questions of candidates running to be Governor of Minnesota.

The central themes of our gubernatorial forum were: Member access and engagement, transparency, and open participation with AFSCME members and retirees. Our forum was by AFSCME members, for AFSCME members.

Last night the Minnesota House passed a significant legislative package to provide $1,500 checks to 667,000 frontline workers on a vote of 71-61 with all DFL’ers supporting the bill and Republican lawmakers opposing the bill (see picture of the roll call vote below). This bill represents the final legislative package that has been two years in the making and has been one of AFSCME Council 5's highest priorities. We have been working closely in with countless other labor unions, community organizations, and legislative champions like Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Rep.

As we wrap up 2021 and begin a new year, I wanted to reach out to you and share some highlights of our union in 2021 and our path forward in 2022. I wish you and your loved ones a happy new year. There are members of our union who may have an empty seat at the table this holiday season. Please know that your union family is here for you and always will be. I am beyond proud of the member activism and good deeds our members and local unions have engaged in over the last year and the community services you often provide.

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Contact: Max Hall
(612) 247-3725

[email protected]

AFSCME Council 5 Commends Fiscal Budgeting of Our State; An Opportunity to Fully Invest in Public Services and Working People

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November 17, 2021
Contact: Max Hall

(c) 612-247-3725

[email protected]

Minnesota Historical Society Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Unionize with AFSCME Council 5