Local 66: Arrowhead Region


Did you know that the boss cannot question you without your union representative present? It’s your right as a union member!


The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama, marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act are an important part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month.


A benefit takes place Feb. 28 for Mark Baker, of Rush City Corrections Local 1539. Baker is recovering from an auto accident in which he was trapped in an icy creek in Pine County for four hours. At this point, his family has no income to cover day-to-day expenses or their share of medical bills, which are $145,000 and climbing.


Presidents, chief stewards, and other local leaders are urged to attend regional trainings to learn how to counteract courtroom attacks that will undermine union membership. Training takes place in Grand Rapids, Rochester, South St. Paul, and Willmar.


Clocking in shouldn’t mean putting our lives on the line. But that’s not the case for DHS members in security hospitals and psychiatric facilities; for corrections members in state prisons; or for health-care members in hospitals such as Regions, HCMC, or the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The fact is, violent assaults on staff are increasing. That’s why the Legislature needs to increase funding to ensure safe staffing. And that's why AFSCME members are stepping forward to tell their stories.


Join Day on the Hill March 24

Hundreds of AFSCME members gather from around the state March 24 to make sure legislators move forward on transportation, reinvest in the work we do, and staff up for safe workplaces. Locals and individuals can register online. (The online registration deadline is March 16.) In addition, charter buses will run from various cities in Greater Minnesota. Find out details about where to catch the bus, when they leave, and how to reserve a seat.


The 2015 AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy will be held from June to December of this year.


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.


We not only want you, we need you! We are looking for more work site stewards. We are the union and we need your support to organize and protect our rights.

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