American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    AFSCME raises eyebrows with anti-Johnson tweet comparing Walker's Wisconsin to hell

    A day after Jeff Johnson won the MNGOP gubernatorial primary, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) came out swinging.You see, during a speech to the Southwest Metro Tea Party earlier this year, Johnson vowed to "go all Scott Walker on Minnesota" if he's elected. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Hubbard Broadcasting's decision to pull anti-Stewart Mills attack ad sparks controversy

    An attack ad supported by the House Majority PAC (HMP) portrays Republican Eighth District congressional candidate Stewart Mills as a rich dude who is "personally offended" by the notion that 1 percenters should pay substantially more in taxes than everyday folks.But the Mills campaign says the ad t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Star Tribune Guild workers rally outside of the newspaper's headquarters

    Late Tuesday afternoon, about 135 people gathered outside the entrance of the Star Tribune's downtown headquarters.They carried posters proclaiming "Show Us the Green in 2013" and "Re$tore Our Pay"; they wore green ribbons next to stickers emblazoned with a sneezing green face, marked "PTO makes us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    AFSCME comes out for same-sex marriage

    One of the most influential unions in Minnesota released an endorsement yesterday for bills moving through the House and Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. AFSCME Council 5 has more than 43,000 members in dozens of local chapters around the state, including the City of Minneapolis, Department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Occupy MN protester slammed by Hennepin County security [VIDEO]

    ​Last night, Occupy MN set up dozens of tents in the Hennepin County Government Plaza in preparation for the night's snow flurries, and in defiance of no-structures and no-sleeping rules put in place by the county. At about 4:15 a.m., Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies and plaza security officers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    State workers won't get back-pay after shutdown

    State workers can't get back-pay like they did in 2005.​Friday is the last scheduled payday for the 22,000 state workers who are laid off until the state government agrees on a budget.But even when -- if? -- Mark Dayton and the Republicans iron things out, there's not a dime of back-pay coming to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dayton wants 13,000 workers spared from shutdown

    ​The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown. The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Department of Human Services mails 572,000 shutdown warnings to clients

    ​In another reminder of how the looming Minnesota government shutdown is going to impact real people and not just political careers, the Department of Human Services mailed out something like 572,000 letters to its clients today, warning them that there may be an interruption in their benefits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    AFSCME zeros in on 26 legislators to prevent shutdown

    Can AFSCME change the minds of 26 legislators?​If you live in a Republican district led by a "non-ideolog," prepare to be really annoyed by your television. A "non-ideolog" is the word American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees use for a lawmaker who could potentially be swayed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    What's essential in a shutdown? State files petition to explain

    What's an essential service?​We're 18 days away from a state government shutdown, and the prospect that only essential agencies and services will continue to operate. But, what's an essential service? Attorney General Lori Swanson took a stab at that in a Ramsey County court filing today: Any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    800 law enforcement layoff notices? Not today, after all

    Layoff notices are delayed for a little while.​Even in the escalating game of chicken surrounding the state budget negotiations, this morning's story was an attention-grabber: Layoff notices were going out today to some 800 law enforcement officers, including State Troopers. Just in case anyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Minnesota Republicans want to be like Wisconsin

    Is it time to protest in St. Paul?​After introducing a bevy of union-busting bills, Minnesota Republicans are sure starting to look like their Tea Party-ing Wisconsin counterparts. One measure, authored by Waseca Sen. Mike Parry, calls for the state--as well as local county governments and schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    University of Minnesota clerical union says salary cuts are unfair to lower paid employees

    The faculty senate approved a 1.15 percent salary cut yesterday by a 130-26 vote.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    R.T. Rybak's ups and downs profiled by "Governing" magazine

    Under the headline "Radical Renewal," it says Rybak is "a bundle of contradictions."

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Billboard pressures Pawlenty to sign election certificate

    Commuters on Interstate 94 will now have a constant reminder that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has the ultimate power to sign the state's election certificate for Al Franken to ensure the state fills their U.S. Senate seat as soon as possible.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2008

    Machinists back Franken

    The labor endorsements continue to roll in for Al Fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    Breakfast of Champions: 12/3

    Much new on the site from the wintery weekend. Show reviews from Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf and friends, AFSCME endorses Bonoff, Tinklenberg

    State Sen. Terri Bonoff and former transportation commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg have received the backing of AFSCME Council 5, one of the state's largest and most politically powerful labor unions.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    We're movin' on up!

    WaPo wonk Chris Cillizza has bumped Sen. Norm Coleman up to sixth on Letters to the Editor

  • News

    August 29, 2007

    Wage War

    On the eve of a new school year, a historic strike threatens to throw the U of M into chaos

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    St. Paul Scrum

    There won't be much political drama in 2007. With statewide elections just completed and the presidential sweepstakes still a year aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    The Battle for Ward One

    The Ward One city council race in St. Paul promises to be one of this year's most intriguing political contests. One-term incumbent Deb ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2006

    All Shook Down

    In the name of restoring order on the North Side, Minneapolis housing inspectors are issuing citations at a record pace. But is that flaking paint on Jean Coste's garage contributing to North Side crime—or just the city coffers?

  • News

    November 16, 2005

    Nine Things We Learned Last Tuesday

    Some highlights from the city elections that time (and voters) forgot

  • News

    June 15, 2005

    A Cold Florida

    The Gov's "Drive to Excellence": A push to privatize/outsource state services?

  • News

    April 13, 2005

    Lisa McDonald vs. Mayor McCheese

    A onetime mayoral opponent plots a return to City Hall

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2005

    Minneapolis city council races:
    Letofsky, Lilligren pick up support

    AFSCME Council 5 has made endorsements in two key contests. The politically powerful union, which represents 40,000 workers statewide, is backing Robert Lilligren in the Ward 6 race and Cara Letofsky in Ward 2. The latter is likely to be more significant given that Letofsky faces two other challeng ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2004

    Meatball Surgery

    Will a management transplant stop the bleeding at HCMC?

  • News

    September 22, 2004

    Playing Favorites

    New rules could bring patronage jobs back to St. Paul. Say hello to boss Kelly.

  • News

    April 7, 2004

    Bring Back the Buses

    For Chrissakes... Milwaukee's got public transit. (Omaha, too.)

  • News

    March 24, 2004

    Short Shrift

    Ramsey County cuts hourly wages at its nursing home

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    A Face-Lift for the St. Paul City Council?

    Primaries could mean a stronger, tougher lineup

  • Books

    August 7, 2002

    Righteous Mistake

    Edict aimed at fat cats empties bartender's tip jar

  • Books

    May 15, 2002

    Workers of Suburbia Unite!

    What happens when the employees at the Mounds View Golf Course go on strike

  • Books

    August 15, 2001

    High and Dry

    The Salvation Army bails on providing detox services to Hennepin County

  • Books

    April 18, 2001

    Language Barrier

    Hennepin County Medical Center's interpreters decided to join a union. They were surprised to learn they were already spoken for.

  • Books

    March 28, 2001

    Labor Drive

    Twin Cities school-bus workers vote to unionize--again

  • News

    January 26, 2000

    Rank Discord

    The cops are reluctant to talk about it. City officials flatly refuse. Who pushed the "mute" button on the most explosive affirmative-action lawsuit Minneapolis has seen in decades?

  • Books

    June 16, 1999

    Cut, Kill, and Carry

    Long Cheng does a brisk business in fresh meat, but if South St. Paul boosters have their way, it's the slaughterhouse that will have to go

  • Books

    January 20, 1999

    Saving Private Coleman

    St. Paul launches a campaign to open bidding wars on city services

  • Feature

    June 1, 1998

    Out With Clout

    In corporations and churches, in classrooms and capital corridors, these 100 Queers have contributed to the "Good Life" in Minnesota.

  • News

    July 16, 1997

    Slow Boil

    The janitors are just the latest low-visibility sector of the state's educational infrastructure to fall through the cracks.

  • News

    May 21, 1997

    Out with a Whimper

    The education bill's dead; long live the education bill

  • News

    April 30, 1997
  • News

    March 19, 1997

    Throw Away the Key--For Less!

    Corrections Corporation of America is a darling of Wall Street and the country's largest private prison company. Now it wants to run Minnesota's newest prison.

  • News

    January 8, 1997

    The Gubernatorial Gang

    Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.

  • News

    April 3, 1996

    Cracking Down

    Rising repression means escalating tensions at Oak Park Heights, the state's only maximum-security prison.