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Today, we gather to celebrate Juneteenth, a day that holds profound significance in the history of our nation.

In the heart of Minnesota's political landscape, our union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5 orchestrated an unparalleled demonstration of solidarity and advocacy on behalf and alongside our 43,000 members.

Huge Victory for Workers at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid!

"We are thrilled to announce that workers at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) have voted overwhelmingly to join our union, AFSCME Council 5 - embracing the power of unity and collective action. We proudly welcome more than 130 MMLA workers to our union family, from nearly every corner of our state, from Minneapolis and Saint Paul to Duluth, Willmar, and Mankato!

As we start this special weekend, a time when we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we reflect on his belief in dignity, equity, and justice for every worker that has inspired our ongoing work.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Workers Forming Union with AFSCME Council 5!

An overwhelming majority of workers at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid have come together to form a union with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5.

Our union is comprised of all statutorily eligible staff — we are a wall-to-wall union. Our efforts were led by workers from across the state, reaching every office, unit, and job category within our organization.

It's no secret that the strength of a team lies in its unity. When individuals come together with a shared goal, we can achieve remarkable things. In the workplace, this principle rings especially true with joining your fellow co-workers in joining our union family. However, it's essential to recognize that the power of unity isn't just a concept; it's a tangible force that directly impacts your rights, benefits, and working conditions.

AFSCME Council 5 State Correctional Officers Ratify Landmark New Contract with the State of Minnesota

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, Minn. – AFSCME Council 5 Interim Executive Director Bart Andersen released the following statement after nearly 2,000 AFSCME Council 5 co

Longtime AFSCME Council 5 union member and leader Bart Andersen was appointed by the AFSCME Council 5 Executive Board to serve as Interim Executive Director and help lead our union with empowered staff and members from all across Minnesota.

We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking event between AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME International, and the State of Minnesota as part of our union's Staff the Front Lines initiative. AFSCME International, led by President Lee Saunders, has launched a bus tour across the country - with a stop right here in the "North Star State" alongside Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl and our union members.