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The October General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the Hennessey Room at Council 5, 300 Hardman Av S in South St Paul.


 

 "In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right to work'. It provides no 'rights' and no 'works'. It's purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining... We demand this fraud be stopped."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1961


 

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Council 5 is sponsoring web streaming of 17 candidate debates from now through Election Day, Nov. 4. You can view the debates “on demand” at no charge on The Uptake. Here’s the full schedule …


 

Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall.


 

AFSCME is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund n its Union Scholars Program to provide educational opportunities and scholarships to talented students of color from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and universities.


 

If you weren’t at Council 5’s 10th anniversary convention in person, here’s some of what you missed.


 

We will never forget.


 

AFSCME International threw down the challenge: It dared locals to sign up 50,000 new members before its July convention. Members in Minnesota and across the country responded – big time.


 

Around the Clock, Around the State

Whatever the time, whatever the day, AFSCME members are on the job. Sometimes, we do work that everybody sees. More often, we do work that’s invisible. In a special photo essay, we sample and celebrate the incredible variety of work Council 5 members do to make life better, safer, and more enjoyable.


 

It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.


 

We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.


 

Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.


 

Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.


 

Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.


 

Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.


 

In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.


 

We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.


 

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.


 

Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.


 

Elections bring results. Gov. Dayton and DFL majorities delivered the best legislative session in a generation. They proved that, given a chance, state government can work for working people. Here’s the proof.


EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.


 

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New AFSCME campaign will grow the union by 50,000 members before the 2014 Convention in July. Read more >>>

Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>

by Olivia Sandbothe

Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.

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