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No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin.

AFSCME members are joining PEOPLE to help fight the powerful forces trying to silence workers.
The Board unanimously endorsed Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the November election.

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

The annual AFSCME Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19, 2018, 1-5 p.m. at Battle Creek Regional Park, Maplewood, MN.  Plan your weekend now and bring the family to this fun-filled event!

The following applicants were selected to receive one $600 scholarship ($300 Fall/$300/spring) for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Member Winner - Jessica Thompson, Century College
Alternate - Justin Wagner, Dakota County Technical College 

Dependent Winner - Hunter Hansen, dependent of LaRae Hansen - Mesabi Range College
Alternate - Dezirai Jones, dependent of Grace Jones - Inver Hills Community College

On the heels of high profile walkouts, new organizing and spiking approval for unions, union leaders see the SCOTUS decision as a rallying point to unrig the economy and put workers first.

June 2018 Letter to Local 4001 

Sisters and Brothers: 

I hope everyone is having a relaxing summer and you can take time and re-energize yourself. 

I have waited to send this out in the hopes that there would be some/any news to share about the Janus attack on our Union.  We are still in the “wait and see” mode but recent rulings from the court do not look good.  As soon as any information is received, I will make sure to share it with you.