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Local 701 represents approx. 250 members covering a 22 county area.

Employees shouldn’t have to risk their health to do their jobs. Four out of 10 private-sector workers come to work sick – or don’t get paid. The picture is noticeably different for state and local government workers, where union membership is stronger. Nine out of 10 workers in state and local government receive paid sick leave and, of those who belong to a union, it’s nearly everyone – 97 percent.


 

Pregnancy should not cost women their paychecks. But that's exactly what happened to UPS delivery driver Peggy Young when she became pregnant in 2006.


 

State economists say Minnesota will have a budget surplus of more than $1 billion to work with in its new two-year fiscal cycle. That means there is no need to cut jobs or state services, because legislators will have money available to meet priorities when they convene in January. But it doesn’t change the fact that state employees still will have to lobby for a salary supplement in their next two-year contract, which begins July 1, 2015.


 

President Obama's willingness to act on immigration while Congress dithers and delays is admirable. Read President Saunders' Huffington Post article on it here.


 

Workers at Stepping Stones for Living in the Duluth area voted overwhelmingly to join AFSCME -- becoming the first employees at a private-sector group home in Minnesota to unionize. 


 

Put Your Best Photo Forward

Council 5 is hosting a photo contest. You can submit your best Minnesota winter photo to our Facebook page through Dec. 31. Then, between Jan. 1 and Jan. 5, our Facebook fans will be able to vote for their favorite. We’ll announce three winners on Jan. 6. The winners will receive an AFSCME swag bag.


 

When you’re gathering for any holiday or television sporting event this season, make sure the food and drinks you serve are union-made in the USA. That helps workers thrive, not just survive.


 

We know that money can be a big obstacle when it comes to higher education. That’s why AFSCME provides scholarships to help members and their families reach their educational goals.


 

Local 9's Kim Johnson gives up a kidney -- but saysshe's getting a lot more in return.


 

If you weren’t at Council 5’s 10th anniversary convention in person, here’s some of what you missed.


 

AFSCME International threw down the challenge: It dared locals to sign up 50,000 new members before its July convention. Members in Minnesota and across the country responded – big time.


 

MCOS has a dinner each year at Oaks in Willmar honoring all those receiving awards.

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