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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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October 28, 2021

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AFSCME Council 5 Demands Safe Staffing

AFSCME Council 5 Statement on Employer Policies Regarding Vaccinations and Testing

South St. Paul, Minn. - Today, AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl released the following statement:

Your AFSCME Council 5 state employees master contract negotiations team worked countless hours and many long nights and early mornings has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the State of Minnesota at 2:30AM on July 22, 2021 after more than 175 hours of bargaining on behalf of more than 18,000 AFSCME state employees! Please be sure to thank them for their incredible work and carrying on our collective legacy of contracts that directly improve the lives of our fellow union members.

South St. Paul - AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl issued the following statement after the Ramsey County District Court dismissed Republican lawmakers’ lawsuit to invalidate the union contracts of thousands of state employees.

We first want to thank all of our members who made calls and sent countless emails to elected officials, took to social media, participated in our press conferences and more to fight for our legislative priorities during the 2021 legislative session - We were able to secure many victories through our collective diligence, activism, and solidarity!

For decades, infrastructure in Minnesota has suffered from chronic underinvestment. The need for action is clear: Minnesota’s infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure.