News Releases

AFSCME Letter to Governor Walz on Extended Peacetime Emergency Powers

June 10, 2020

Honorable Governor Tim Walz,

On behalf of the 43,000 members of AFSCME Council 5, we want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” for your decisive actions and those of your Administration as we work together to improve the lives of Minnesotans, make our communities safe and healthy, and ensure that working people are truly heard. You have made sure that labor unions and other stakeholders are at the decision-making table and we look forward to our continued partnership. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Max Hall
612-247-3725

 

AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl calls for Bob Kroll’s immediate resignation and for us to rebuild our communities in the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

June 2, 2020 - AFSCME Council 5 joins together with the Minnesota AFL-CIO and allied unions in calling for the immediate resignation of Bob Kroll as president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.

May 30, 2020- This morning, Governor Tim Walz, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington provided an update on the arrests made in last night's protests. Inclusion, equity, fairness, morality, and justice for all are values we must always fight for.

AFSCME Council 5 honors the life of George Floyd and extends our deepest condolences and solidarity to the family and loved ones of George Floyd. We mourn with you and all people affected by tragedies like these. 

“The murder of George Floyd is an absolute tragedy and should never have happened. Do not become numb or blind to injustice. We must stand together with all of our neighbors and reject discrimination, hate, and prejudice in all its forms,” said AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl. 

To be clear from the top: Our state employee contracts have been declared ratified and will be implemented, along with the 2nd year 2.5% cost of living increase beginning July 1, 2020 as we fought so hard for! 

Working people have always been at the heart of our economy and must be at the center of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To ensure this -AFSCME Council 5 has released our plan for employers in the case of re-opening businesses or continuing operations to protect workers and our communities. 

AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl has released the following statement:

Our union continues to fight for critical investments and policy reforms that all of us benefit from. We as a union are focused on the financial, emotional, and physical well-being of our members and work every day to carry their concerns with us in our work with members in workplaces, communities, and in the halls of power.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Max Hall, 612-247-3725, [email protected]

AFSCME Council 5 Welcomes New Executive Director

South St. Paul, MN –January 2020 - Longtime AFSCME Council 5 Legislative Director and union leader Julie Bleyhl has been named Executive Director of AFSCME Council 5!

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Contact: Max Hall, 612-247-3725, [email protected]

AFSCME Council 5 Statement on OLA Report of DOC Operations