AFSCME Council 65 Retirees Chapter

One of the oldest retiree chapters of AFSCME, the Council 65 Retiree Chapter was founded in 1987 by our AFSCME Brother, Paul Schroetter.  Currently there are 43 retiree chapters nationwide with more than 260 sub-chapters. AFSCME retirees are 230,000+ members strong and make up 15% of AFSCME’s total 1.6 million members. Half of AFSCME’s working members will retire in the next 10 years.

Our retiree chapter represents retirees in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota who worked for employers in Council 65’s jurisdiction, even though there may not have been a union in place.  A retiree does not have to have been a union member to join the retiree chapter.

Membership Dues

Dues are $24.00 per year. Deducted from PERA pension checks in June & December – one half each time. 

PERA sends us a monthly list of retirees & we send an invitation to join. If a retiree wants to join & has not received an invitation, they should contact Tim Hoshal, Retiree Vice President at [email protected] or call 218-259-9203.

Retirees who do not receive PERA pension pay full amount of dues up front. Locals of private employers (whose employees do not receive PERA pensions), should contact the council office immediately with information about the retiree – name, address, phone, email, etc.


The Retiree Chapter meets quarterly on the first monday of March, June, and December. The September meeting is held on the second monday of that month. Meetings are held at the AFSCME Council 65 office in Nashwauk; 11:00 am lunch & noon business meeting.  As we gain members, we hope to be able to have meetings periodically around the state.

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The Chapter President sits on AFSCME Council 65's Executive Board and also attends the annual AFSCME International Retiree Convention. We encourage retirees to attend Day on the Hill (lobbying at the MN Capitol), AFSCME Council 65's Annual Convention, and other events/ rallys, etc. We are active in the Iron Range Labor Assembly & MN AFL-CIO retiree council. We work closely with Alliance for Retired Americans & other retiree groups. The AFSCME International Retiree Department and our Chapter monitors legislation at the Minnesota State Capitol & in Washington DC on pensions and other issues important to those who are retired.