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Paid Parental Leave – Negotiated by Workers For Workers Through Their Unions

Union jobs gave Amanda and Justin Aurelius something priceless last year: Time off together with their new baby and toddler son.

AFSCME Council 5 |

In the Wake of the Janus Ruling, We're Sticking With Our Union

The billionaires and corporations that brought Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to the Supreme Court expected a flood of workers to leave their unions. Instead, what’s happening is just the opposite.

AFSCME Staff |

MN Member Rick Neyssen Proves Brains Beat Brawn

Good communication has been the unlikely secret to a successful 26-year career for Minnesota Corrections Officer Rick Neyssen, winner of an AFSCME Never Quit Service Award.

Pete Levine |

Corrections Officer Laid to Rest

“We will not let Joseph Gomm die in vain. We want to ensure that every person who works in corrections can come home safely, and that we can keep our institutions and communities safe."

AFSCME Council 5 |

MN Gov Signs Pension Bill

Thanks to a new pension law, public worker pensions in Minnesota have been shored up for decades to come.

AFSCME Council 5 |

Pay Hikes for Minnesota State Workers

Minnesota public service workers are getting pay raises they deserve after coming together to negotiate a better contract through their union, AFSCME Council 5.

Minnesota Council 5 |

Minnesota Workers Save Plane Crash Victim

Two Minnesota public service workers saved the life of a pilot whose small plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Lynette Kalsnes, AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 |

Somali Refugee Is Like a Mother to Her Community

AFSCME member Hawo Gurey survived a civil war, lived in an African refugee camp and finally made it to Minnesota, where she is now a mother to her community.

Omar Tewfik |

Red Cross Workers in Midwestern Local Win First Contract

Success. About 300 Red Cross workers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota have secured their first contract.

Lisa Martin |

Foster Home Shortage Hurting Kids, Workers in MN

AFSCME-represented child protection workers in Minnesota are finding it harder to place abused and neglected children in foster homes — even as the number of kids in the foster care system keeps going up.

Lynette Kalsnes, Minnesota Council 5 |

Council 5 Launches ‘Cuts Hurt Minnesota’ Campaign

AFSCME Council 5 and MAPE have launched a “Cuts Hurt Minnesota” social media campaign to expose the harmful budget cuts proposed by lawmakers who control the Minnesota Legislature.

Jennifer Munt, AFSCME Council 5 |

At a Time of Change, She Was a Voice for Her Local

Jackie Spanjers, a nurse at Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center in Minnesota, is retiring after 21 years of service. During a challenging time for workers at the mental health treatment center, she was a voice for her local.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Council 5’s ‘Day On the Hill’ Brings Together 1,200 Retirees and Members

AFSCME members in Minnesota made their presence felt at the Statehouse in St. Paul during their annual “Day on the Hill.”

David Kreisman |

AFSCME Workers Protests Lead to New Jobs, Lighter Caseloads

Minnesota county approves hiring workers to help with heavy caseloads, staffing shortages.

Lynette Kalsnes and David Patterson |

On the (AFSCME Strong) Road Again

Minnesota state patrol vehicle inspector Jim Ullmer Jr. recently traveled 1,009 miles to talk to members. He’s AFSCME Strong!

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Members Help Twin Cities Renters Find Better, Safer Homes

Members of AFSCME Local 668 (Minnesota Council 5) are helping low-income families find a decent place to live to raise their kids.

David Patterson |

Correctional Sgt. Rick Neyssen: Professionalism Key to a Dangerous Job

It’s National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. In their honor, we share the story of Minnesota Correctional Sgt. Rick Neyssen.

John Noonan |

Member Takes Workplace Violence Fight to DC

AFSCME Minnesota member Eric Hesse, at a Capitol Hill press conference, called for reforms needed to prevent violence against health care workers.

Omar Tewfik |

Governor Dayton Seeks $177 Million for Safe Staffing

With mental health facilities severely understaffed, Gov. Mark Dayton calls for $177 million to improve patient care and safety.

Michael Byrne |

Child Care Providers Seek Voice

For Minnesota child care provider Lisa Thompson, having a union means having a voice to advocate for quality child care.

John Noonan |