Letter from President Hoffman to AFSCME Members

May 11, 2020 

Siblings, 

As we wind down another academic year, I wanted to touch base.  

This has been the most trying, and at times, the scariest semester of my life.  I am sure the same is true for most of you as well. I want to tell all of you how proud I am to work with you as a State of Minnesota employee and especially a Minnesota State (MNSCU) employee. It has never been truer, AFSCME makes Minnesota State Happen as We Serve Our Students with Pride. 

During these uncertain times we have stayed together and stepped up to serve our students to the very best of our abilities. If it were not for our unity, we would not have been able to persevere. I cannot wait to see everyone again when the Fall semester starts. Please remember whether you are off for the summer or continue to work throughout the summer, if at all possible, take some time for yourself to recharge your batteries. We all need it and deserve it. I am positive that we will all be stronger for having been through these trying times. 

I know that we have some members who will soon be retiring. Congratulations to you all and thank you for the time and energy that you put into our colleges and our union. 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you to keep trying to encourage your co-workers, who may not yet have joined, to take the small step and sign a card, because I believe as Paul Wellstone said, “We all do better when we all do better”. 

Stay safe and enjoy your summer! 

In Solidarity, 
Joel Hoffman, President
AFSCME LOCAL 4001