Faced with the management’s refusal to remedy unfair labor practices and address workers’ major priorities during contract negotiations, AFSCME Local 397 (District Counc

AFSCME is committed to helping you get the student debt relief you deserve.

2022 AFSCME Council 65 Endorsed Candidates

AFSCME Council 65 is always working hard to help members deal with the challenges they face.  The Student Debt Crisis is affecting millions of Americans and so AFSCME 65 invites you to join one of our Managing Student Debt Webinars.

Congratulations are in order for this year's Al Church Scholarship award winners.  This year, we received a record number of applications. Thanks to our generous donors, the scholarship committee was able to award $4,000.00 in total to students of our members pursuing their post-secondary educational goals.

2022 Winners:

AFSCME Family Scholarship

Elizabeth Merdan, daughter of Local 748 member Susan Merdan, is one of 12 winners of the 2022 AFSCME Family Scholarship. Winners receive $2,000.00 each year for up to four years to put towards their education.

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout. The National Academy of Medicine, in a report from 2019, said that 35% to 54% of nurses and physicians in the United States had “substantial symptoms of burnout.”

Then things got worse.

Amendment C is an attempt to silence the voters of South Dakota.

Amendment C is a brazen attempt to remove the power of the people in South Dakota. Since the founding of our state, residents have had a direct say in government through ballot measures. Through these measures, voters have consistently held politicians accountable by directly voting on issues important for South Dakota. 

CJ Alicandro (left) is pictured with a few of their colleagues. Photo credit: AFSCME Council 75.

CJ Alicandro (left) is pictured with a few of their colleagues. Photo credit: AFSCME Council 75.