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"Our very existence as union members depends on us re-electing Gov. Dayton this November," says Council 5 president Judy Wahlberg. "Our future is up to us. If it were not for our governor, we wouldn’t need bridges to Wisconsin – we would be Wisconsin.”


 

It’s election crunch time. We need volunteers to phone bank and door knock for AFSCME-endorsed candidates. Our No. 1 goal is to make sure people vote.Four-hour shifts are available from Nov. 1 through Election Day, Nov. 4. Sign up for a shift at an Action Center near you.


 

We've recently launched the #TurnOutForWhat campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. People across the country are sharing why they're turning out to the polls on Nov. 4.


 

Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 4. The future of our jobs and the services we provide depends on re-electing Gov. Mark Dayton and a worker-friendly DFL majority in the Legislature. Here’s what you need to know about voting, voting absentee, registering in advance or on Election Day – and who AFSCME is endorsing in statewide, Congressional, legislative, and local races.


 

"We're still very much in the fight for a better tomorrow and now is not the time to give up. I want to be able to tell future generations that I did my best to protect their basic right to vote."


 

Council 5 is sponsoring web streaming of 17 candidate debates from now through Election Day, Nov. 4. You can view the debates “on demand” at no charge on The Uptake. Here’s the full schedule …


 

Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall.


 

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


 

We will never forget.


 

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.


 

Around the Clock, Around the State

Whatever the time, whatever the day, AFSCME members are on the job. Sometimes, we do work that everybody sees. More often, we do work that’s invisible. In a special photo essay, we sample and celebrate the incredible variety of work Council 5 members do to make life better, safer, and more enjoyable.


 

It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.


 

We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.


 

Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.


 

Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.


 

Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.


 

Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.


 

In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.


 

We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.


 

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.


 

Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.


 

Elections bring results. Gov. Dayton and DFL majorities delivered the best legislative session in a generation. They proved that, given a chance, state government can work for working people. Here’s the proof.


EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.


 

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Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.

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