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AFSCME Council 5's Day on the Hill is our biggest and most powerful event of the year. DOTH 2019 will take place on Tuesday, March 26. Registration is open now through March 21, 2019.
At the AFSCME International Conference in Boston this year, we remembered that, despite the attacks on labor unions, AFSCME will and does Rise Up! Taking the ‘Rise Up!’ message to Las Vegas, AFSCME International gathered over 160 volunteer member organizers (VMOs) from around the country to share the benefits of collective bargaining.
November’s midterm was, as we’ve all heard, one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. Our rights, our freedoms, our health, safety, security and dignity were all on the line. Working Minnesotans didn’t just get the message – we shouted it from the rooftops. Through thousands of conversations AFSCME members mobilized voters to elect candidates who share our union values.

This summer, I joined thousands of union members at a rally in Philadelphia to speak out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy. I was there to represent our union’s vision and values. We reject an immigration policy based on fear and cruelty. We embrace an immigration policy based on our common humanity, one that treats everyone with decency and dignity.

AFSCME Council 5 -- Member's Health and Welfare fund is making a change from Delta Dental to HealthPartners effective January 1, 2019. Below is a new summary of the dental benefits. 

Rest assured you will be able to continue to see the dentist you and your family are seeing today. 

The best spokespeople for anyone running for elected office are everyday Americans spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives. That’s why public service workers who are AFSCME members came out this year across the nation to help elect candidates who support working families.

And we won big.

We won at every level of government and in almost every state. AFSCME members made our voices heard, helping our partners in For Our Future knock on 7.5 million doors and hold 925,000 conversations in targeted states.

At the Library Board meeting on September 26, library workers spoke in solidarity with the workers and community of North Regional Library in North Minneapolis. They demanded that Library Administration be held accountable for the institutional racism that has led to North Regional Library being inadequately staffed and supported, leading to unsafe conditions for both staff and patrons. North Regional staff have since been promised an additional building supervi-sor, more Hennepin County security, and an increase of 2 FTE for frontline staff.

Resolution submitted by Shane Clune, Local 2822
Approved at the Council 5 Convention, September 28, 2018

New Voice AFSCME 2822 newsletter Hennepin County union

For November, we're speaking up for North Regional Library, plus Council 5 Convention highlights, and a new Treasurer and Recording Secretary. And oh yeah, go vote!

Click on the link below to view/download as a PDF.

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.