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Want to get into the State Fair for free? Then volunteer at AFSCME’s kiosk at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion.


 

Before there was karaoke, there was Joe Hill. The Twin Cities Labor Chorus and musician Emmitt Doyle combine both traditions with a concert and sing-along of labor songs on Tuesday July 28. The annual “Labor Sing” begins at 7 p.m. at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, at the corner of Dan Patch and Cooper on the State Fairgrounds. (Map)


 

Members who work for the State of Minnesota Executive Branch will vote the week of Aug. 17 on a proposed two-year contract. A complete list of locations and times for in-person voting, plus details of the tentative agreement, will be posted on Council 5’s website. Members who need to vote by mail must file a Request for Mail Ballot no later than Monday Aug. 3. The request forms can be downloaded from Council 5’s website.


 

Good News from the Legislature

We increased state agency budgets to pay for raises and benefits for state employees. We gained more money for nursing homes, state prisons, and child protection services. We saved jobs in DHS, MinnesotaCare, and in local governments. We fought off attacks on our pensions. And we fought off attempts to expand tax giveaways for corporations. AFSCME members accomplished a lot at this year’s Legislature. Here are the details


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.


 

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