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We live in an era of great inequality where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

Early in the morning on August 29, after nearly 19 hours of mediation, all 6 Hennepin County AFSCME locals reached a tentative agreement for our contract with Hennepin County.

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Kicking off the Hennepin County contract campaign with a rally at the Government Center in Minneapolis!

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

AFSCME members are joining PEOPLE to help fight the powerful forces trying to silence workers.
The Board unanimously endorsed Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the November election.

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We the workers of Hennepin County Demand a fair wage for a fair days work. We will not tolerate a cut to our step increases and demand real raises that provide pay equity and allow us to take care of ourselves and our families.

The August New Voice is available now! We are in the final stretch of contract negotiations, plus a Healthcare update, a 2822 worksite spotlight on the Juvenile Detention Center, and reflections on the Janus v. AFSCME decision. And it wouldn't be summer without picnics: August 5 is our Local 2822 picnic and August 19 is the MN Council 5 picnic.