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Through thousands of conversations AFSCME members mobilized voters to elect candidates who share our union values.

The best spokespeople for anyone running for elected office are everyday Americans spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives.

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check.

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders are doubling down on tax cuts for the rich.

It was 10 years ago this month that the 2008 financial crisis kicked into high gear. When storied Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers shut down, bankers walking out of the building carrying cardboard boxes of their possessions made the perfect image for TV cameras.

November 7, 2018 

Sisters and Brothers: 

What a difference 2 years can make. Back then, the day after the election, everyone just felt defeated by the results. This morning, even with the snow and ice, it is a great day!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to phone bank, door knock, talk to your co-workers and family members about the importance of getting worker friendly legislators, and especially a worker friendly Governor elected. Thank you also for taking the time to vote. Each and every one of you made a difference and helped make it happen yesterday. 

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. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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.