News Releases

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:

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the inequalities in our communities and systems. 

AFSCME Council 5 continues to fight for equity and critical investments all of us benefit from. We as a union focus 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 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

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.