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AFSCME social workers fight for the right to continue providing high-quality service to their elderly patients, who are among Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents.
The AFL-CIO Community Services Program, a national partnership between the United Way and the AFL-CIO, exists to provide resources, services and assistance to union workers and their families during times of hardship. “In Minnesota, there are AFL-CIO United Way partnership programs based out of Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul,” Rachel Loeffler-Kemp explains. The focus of the program, she says, is supporting working families. “We know that if we can help support them and the issues they face, our whole community is stronger.”
Receiving the MCA award has reinvigorated Gundgovi’s commitment to serving his parolees and the public. He says it’s an honor to be acknowledged, but the real reward is knowing he’s helping rehabilitate parolees to better themselves and strengthen our communities, and knowing his AFSCME colleagues have his back and share his values.

President Mike Lindholt has accepted a temporary Field Representative position with Council 5.  Mike will be the Field Representative for Local 221.  Taking over the duties of Local President, will be shared by Vice President Nate Smith and Vice President Brian Lindholt.  Congratulations on your assignment Mike.  

There have been many labor leaders throughout the years that had a profound effect within their Unions.

As AFSCME members, we’re committed to serving the public and giving back. This holiday season, AFSCME Locals around the state lived our union values by taking part in a variety of community giving programs. It’s just one more way we’re walking our talk: helping our neighbors, lifting up working families and strengthening the communities where we work and live.
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.

For over a decade, union membership have been on a decline.  One could ask in the face of this declining union membership - Do Unions still have a value in the American workforce?  The answer for over 500 workers at a General Mills plant in Iowa is YES!

The Federal Government officially shutdown as of 12:01 am Saturday affecting the jobs of 800,000 federal workers.  About 380,000 employees will be furloughed while roughly 420,000 workers are deemed essential employees and will be required to show up for work but will not be paid.  Bills have been introduced in both Houses to give those workers backpay when the government is funded.  This shutdown is over President  Trump's demand for over $5 billion for a wall on the Mexican border, a campaign promise by the President.  Democrats feel that the wall is expensive and not necessary and will n

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.
“I love to talk,” says Minnesota Corrections Officer Rick Neyssen with a chuckle.