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For decades, infrastructure in Minnesota has suffered from chronic underinvestment.

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April 13, 2021

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

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.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear: front line workers are essential, and our communities don’t work without them. But in the face of unprecedented danger, the federal government has largely failed to protect these workers from the risk to themselves, their families, and their communities.