in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over 2000 Social
Service employees of Hennepin County
Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide is being honored
with the Paul D. Wellstone Award for Lifetime Commitment to
Labor: Eliot has spent 38 years organizing with AFSCME
members in Minnesota, New York and across the country. He
has served as a legislative director, international area
director, and currently serving as the Executive Director
for the strong and powerful Council 5. As a graduate
student, Eliot realized that he was tired of talking about
making a difference and decided it was time to take action.
In a labor-driven atmosphere, Eliot’s constant leadership
and devotion to organized labor make him the perfect
recipient for this award.
"We never quit on our
families, our communities, and the people who depend on
us." ~ Eliot
Day is nearly here, and
there’s still time to take
October 22, 2016 (10:00 AM
- 1:30 PM) door
knock for our endorsed candidate for
Hennepin County Commissioner in
the 5th District, Debbie
Time for everyone to talk
with Debbie before we head out.
Debbie Goettel is a third
term Mayor of Richfield. She has
lived in Richfield over 20
years. She has a bachelor’s
degree in civil engineering, U
of MN and completed masters
studies in Environmental
Sustainability at Harvard. She
is married and has one son and
three delightful grandchildren.
Food before and after the door
Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
South Glen Playground
parking lot (10701 Rich Rd,
statewide in Minnesota will be allowed to cast early ballots
beginning 9/23/2016. Anyone who is eligible to vote is able to
vote in our Minnesota elections. No Excuse Voting is for
everyone! For nine election cycles in a row, Minnesota voters
turned out to the polls more than any other state in the nation.
In fact, the state actually holds the all-time record for
turnout, when 78 percent of registered voters showed up to cast
a ballot in the 2004 election.
of dollars have already been spent on the campaign for control
of the Minnesota Legislature, and millions more are coming.
Reports released Wednesday showed the legislative caucuses and
outside groups are spending and stockpiling lots of money, and
aiming a lot of it at key races that are likely to determine
which party has the majority in both the House and Senate.
Amendment on Ballot!
you know there’s a constitutional
amendment on the ballot this year? A lot
of people don’t because there aren’t
campaigns for and against like there
were on the same-sex marriage and voter
ID questions a few years back. This year
the amendment involves how pay increases
should be set for legislators. If voters
approve the amendment a panel appointed
by the governor and the chief
justice of the state Supreme Court would
decide how much lawmakers should be
paid. By law, the members of the
council would need to equally represent
Republicans and Democrats. None of the
members could be current or former
lawmakers, state elected officials,
lobbyists or state or judicial
employees. Right now legislators vote on
proposed pay increases for the next
Lunch at Century Plaza
Friday of every month. 5 p.m. Mac’s Industrial Bar.
You Up to Date?
your union reach you when you’re not at work? To make sure
we can, we need your personal – not work – email and
phone. Simply fill
out the form
on Council 5's website.
free monthly event includes a double feature Friday,
October 21 of
the documentaries Delano
Manongs and Who
Killed Vincent Chin?
The first movie tells the story of the Filipino farm
workers who started what became the national Grape
Strike and helped form the United Farm Workers. Vincent
the aftermath of the murder of an automotive engineer
who was mistaken as being Japanese and killed by an
unemployed auto worker in Detroit. The
event starts at 7 p.m. at the East
Side Freedom Library in
Saint Paul. Admission is free. Snacks, beer and soda
will be available during the film; donations
““Labor Movie Night” is sponsored by AFSCME Local
3800, AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME Council 5 Next Wave,
AFSCME Locals 34, 552, 607, 1164 and 2822, IBEW Local
292, Teamsters Local 638, UNITE HERE Local 17, East Side
Freedom Library and Minneapolis Labor Review.
Strong on the Rise
86% of Local 34 are now full members of our union. AFSCME Strong is our program to determine our own
destiny by building a stronger union with members who
are more engaged. Sign a membership card to protect your
job, defend our rights and preserve the quality of
services we provide our communities. Our goal is to
reach 94% membership. Contact any of the
to sign a card or plan to attend one of the
AFSCME Strong trainings.
AFSCME Family Scholarship for 2017 is now taking applications.
Children of full dues-paying members can apply for one of 10
scholarships, worth $2,000 a year for up to four years. The
postmark deadline is December 31. Download
the form and learn more here.
whole purpose of democracy is for every person to have a say in
what goes on, and when less than half the country is voting, not
everyone’s voice is being heard. And when not everyone is
being heard, that’s not a democracy.
“One of every four
school-aged children will be bullied this year - upwards
of 13 million students,” said Julie Hertzog, director
of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which
sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying
Prevention Month in 2006. “It’s important these
students know they are not alone and that they have the
right to feel safe. By joining together and wearing
ORANGE on Unity Day (Wednesday, October 19) we can send
the unified message that we care about student’s
physical and emotional health and that bullying will no
longer be accepted in this society.”
need cleaning. Families need care. Students deserve well-run
schools, and our neighborhoods demand safety. That’s why
people who work in public service never stop. This isn’t just
a job. It’s a calling. Nobody does this work to get rich.
It’s hard work, and it’s largely unsung. The work matters
because it means something to make a community better. In fact,
it means everything.
believes that every person working to sustain their community
better deserves respect.
show ours through action - fighting to secure opportunity for
AFSCME members wherever, and whoever, they are. We negotiate
better pay and benefits because fighting for every member’s
future is a form of respect. We educate about the issues that
keep working families up at night because informed advocates
command respect. And we organize because respect is offered to
individuals who build power together.
people in public service connect, big things happen. Fairness.
is the union that honors solidarity without conformity—drawing
each member’s story into a force of experience and commitment
that can’t be ignored. That’s how we win better lives for
ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country. For
people proudly committed to the public service that makes
America happen, we never quit.
Quit at the Ballot Box
the November 8th election fast approaching, I’m asking
you to BELIEVE. Not
just in a particular candidate’s ability to bring real
change to Minnesota, but to believe in our union’s
collective power to make our state work even better.
United we can rise up for excellence in public services,
dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity
for every worker. Voting together, we can retire the
politicians who have put greed ahead of public need.
We can defeat the foes who threaten our pensions
and even our jobs as they slash public budgets and try to
privatize our work. Exercising our power starts at the
ballot box. Please
mark your calendar and plan to vote for AFSCME-endorsed
candidates on Tuesday, November 8.
and our elected allies are a powerful voice for working
Minnesota, we taxed the rich and raised the minimum wage.
We gave everyone access to affordable health care
and free all-day kindergarten.
We turned a budget deficit into a surplus.
Now more Minnesotans are working than ever before
and our state is ranked best in the nation for business
and job creation.
still facing incoming fire from corporate special
interests and the right-wing politicians they carry in
their pockets. They’re
not content just to slow us down; they want to take us
don’t want to just weaken us; they want to destroy us.
withstand these attacks, we need elected leaders – in
the White House, state House and every city and county
seat – who share our values and honor our work.
lucky in Minnesota to have a governor like Mark Dayton
who’s in our corner.
A governor committed to creating opportunity for
working people…a governor who supports safe staffing…a
governor who took out his veto pen when legislators tried
to cut our pensions.
need to do now is send Governor Dayton more like-minded
allies who want to get the job done.
This cycle, the full state House and Senate will be
up for election. To
regain a pro-worker majority, we must protect the state
Senate while gaining seven seats to win control of the
We need to
restore the trifecta – the governor and both chambers
– to move the needle further on important issues
affecting working people.
I believe we can do it.
pro-worker governor and Legislature could tackle the big
challenges that working families say matter most:
preparing every child for success with universal early
education; helping students afford a college degree
without a mountain of debt; adopting paid family leave so
we can care for our infants and aging parents; and making
infrastructure investments that ensure safe transportation
and clean drinking water for everyone.
choice how you vote, but please consider the candidates
recommended by your co-workers who spend countless hours
screening them and holding them accountable.
AFSCME backs candidates – Democrats and
Republicans – who support our work and share our values.
at the ballot box couldn’t be clearer and the stakes
couldn’t be higher.
Elections matter, and this one really matters.
Day is less than three weeks away.
We need your time, your energy, and your shoe
you think you’ve knocked on enough doors, knock on a
dozen more. If
you think you’ve made enough phone calls, make 20 more.
And if you’ve already contributed to our PEOPLE
program, consider kicking in a little more and encourage
others to sign up as well.
know one thing about AFSCME: We never quit on our
families, our communities, and the people who depend on
are smarter, families are healthier, and our neighborhoods
are safer when we have a voice in the halls of power.
We won’t relent until we elect leaders as good we
are. ~ In
solidarity, Eliot Seide, AFSCME Council 5 Director
help elect pro-worker candidates, email Laura.Askelin@afscmemn.org
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