On a normal day, Sandra Pacheco, an administrative assistant in Puerto Rico’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, begins her day at 7 a.m., filing paperwork for her colleagues in the fie

The new year brings good news for millions of working Americans. Nearly 7 mill

Marvin Timmons is a self-declared union man, through and through.

Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to help rally the community around 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers who had gone on strike.

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Check out the March 2019 Newsletter. 

In the 1980s, I was living and going to school in Minnesota when women who worked for state government won a big victory. They got the state to increase the pay of women in “female dominated jobs” by passing a pay equity bill. In other words, they put a dent in the gender pay gap. As a student, I researched and wrote about the process of crafting, passing and implementing that legislation. And I learned something that I have never forgotten: the union made it happen. And not just any union. Our union: AFSCME. 

On February 8th, Arbitrator Stephen Befort ruled against AFSCME Hennepin County Locals in our class action grievance regarding performance pay. For those of you who were not aware, the County decided to carve out workers with a performance review from December 23rd to December 31st in 2018 and deny them their contractual right to a step increase. They argued that since the increase went into effect the next full pay period (in January 2019) that they would get the 3% increase under our new contract instead of their step.

In December, Southdale Library workers learned that Library Administration, led by interim Library director Janet Mills, was completely eliminating their building security presence with no input from library staff. Faced with a unilateral decision that left many workers feeling unsafe and worried about patron safety in a large, multi-level building, they knew they needed to act.

Ali Fuhrman, President, Minneapolis Central Library

Workers in the Central Records of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office achieved a major win in March when a manager who had harassed and intimidated workers for years was finally held ac-countable and removed her position there.

Hennepin County has been seeking a MN Statute change (HF2097 and SF2267) to remove the Master of Library Science degree requirement as they hire a new Hennepin County Library Director. AFSCME Local 2822 acknowledges this is a complicated issue with many perspectives. We respect the varied educations and experiences of all library workers. We respect the hard work we all do serving our library communities.