Mandy Roberts-Amo is a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school in upstate New York, where she helps a legally blind child get through his day. His name is Jonathan. To Mandy, helping Jonathan learn and improve is more than a job, it’s a calling. And that’s in part because to her Jonathan is more than a student.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we as a nation faced a tragedy unique in our history.

The work Joe Martinez does for the Los Angeles County Fire Department is emblematic of countless AFSCME members: he’s never in the spotlight and he’s always under pressure while lives are on the line.

After years of debate and delay, Congress has finally passed a bill to ensure that first responders who suffered health problems after responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will receive health care and other compensation for as long as they live.

With former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his participation on Tuesday, the AFSCME-sponsored presidential candidate forum on Aug. 3 will be the biggest event of its kind in our union’s history.

Today, the latest attempt by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act will unfold at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, where oral arguments in Texas v. Azar will be heard. The case threatens the future of the ACA, which provides health care to millions of Americans.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved their 2020 budget, which includes tuition increases, the possibility of health care hikes, and a wage increase that doesn’t do enough to keep workers out of poverty.

Local 3800 Members Address University Board of Regents

Greetings Hennepin County Union Workers-

Labor Management Healthcare consensus decision making began June 26 and our Hennepin County Unions are joining together to say NO increases to our healthcare costs!

As part of our bargaining agreements any annual healthcare changes (co-pays, deductibles, etc) are agreed upon by a consensus decision of the Labor Management Health Care Committee (LMHCC). This is a consensus process between all Hennepin County Unions and Management and is separate from contract negotiations. Premiums will not be debated as they are part of our contract.

In May, AFSCME 2822 delegates to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation (MLRF) attended two congressional roundtable discussions with US House Representatives Ilhan Omar (MNCD5) and Dean Phillips (MNCD3). This was historic as both these US reps are new to Congress. Phillip’s election marks the end of a 58 -year streak of Republican representation in the Third Congressional District.

2019 has been a busy year for our Local and all AFSCME Locals at Hennepin County. We are working collectively to address issues that affect workers in every department, in every building, and in every local. In January, we fought the Employer for refusing to give workers with their review in the last week of December 2018 their proper step increase. Instead of Locals trying to go it alone we joined forces to file a class action grievance against the County and build political support from Commissioners to aid in our fight.