President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris on Monday brought together business and union leaders, including AFSCME President Lee Saunders, for a virtual meeting to discuss an

With so much at stake for working families in the 2020 election, AFSCME members across the country stood up to the challenge once again.

Nursing homes have been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been linked to nursing homes. But according to a recent study, one factor that determines how fatal a COVID-19 outbreak will be is whether that nursing home is unionized.

Throughout my son’s long career at AFSCME, there have been countless times when I’ve seen Lee proudly wearing an AFSCME T-shirt. Often, these T-shirts feature slogans like “Rise Up” and “Never Quit.”

To Lee, these are much more than just slogans. They’re principles that guide him as president of AFSCME. As his mom, the meaning behind these phrases evoke a long and powerful legacy within our family.

Public approval of labor unions is at its highest level in 17 years, with nearly two out of three Americans (65%) expressing support of unions, according to the latest Gallup poll.

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12 August 2020
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Frontline CentraCare-Monticello Technicians, Support Staff, Nurses, EMS to Picket for Fair Contract

What is required, what is not?

On Wednesday 7/23, Governor Walz joined 28 other states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico in implementing a face covering requirement for Minnesota. Face Coverings combined with social distancing is the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19. The requirement begins Friday 7/24 at 11:59pm. We advise members to carry masks on them at all times in preparation to comply with the new rules.

LOS ANGELES – In a union election victory 17 years in the making, child care providers across California have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by their union, Child Care Providers United (CCPU). A joint effort of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 and SEIU Locals 99 and 521, 97% of voters chose to join CCPU.

AFSCME Council 65 is excited to announce the appointment of Shannon Douvier as our new Executive Director.

Shannon joined AFSCME Council 65 as a member of Local 3628 working as a Family Service Worker and Case Manager. As a member she served her local as steward and later local president before transitioning to a new role as labor representative. For over a decade she represented AFSCME members in the St. Cloud area and across Central Minnesota.