Local 2822: Hennepin County Clerical and Related


AFSCME is part of a new ground-level campaign that’s turning the tables against those who try to outsource public services to for-profit corporations. The “Taxpayer Empowerment Agenda” provides specific ways to hold states, counties, cities, and school districts accountable if they even think about outsourcing services or selling off public infrastructure.

Workers at Human Development Center had a union, but it was a union on paper only. This year, they changed that in a hurry.


Workers at a DHS mental-health hospital were fed up. Conditions were out of control and getting worse. Members of Local 1307 decided that, if there was any hope of turning things around, they had to take matters into their own hands. So they did.

Fifty years after Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, women still make less than men. Except in Minnesota. For public employees, there is no pay gap. It didn’t happen by accident.

Don’t take rights, respect, or a decent standard of living for granted, early AFSCME activists say.


When flash floods inundated northeast Minnesota in June 2012, hundreds of AFSCME members fought them, repaired the damage, and kept communities functioning as normally as possible. Whether these members worked for schools, prisons, street or highway departments, nursing homes, or city or county agencies, they put the public first -- even when their own homes were festering in floodwaters.

The prison grounds at Stillwater are filled with projects that trades crews did in-house. They’ve laid yards of concrete, built gatehouses, installed landscaping, patched up masonry, put in energy-efficient windows, and replaced rotting steam lines with hot-water systems. That’s on top of day-to-day upkeep. By doing it themsleves, they save taxpayers millions of dollars.

As public employees, we aren’t the only workers seeing our pay, benefits and careers under attack. The cashiers, meat cutters, and clerks at union supermarkets are in the same fight.

Learn More about Family Leave

The Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division has published a free, 16-page booklet that explains the Family Medical and Leave Act and answers common questions about who qualifies and what protections the law provides.

Finding the Union Label Gets Easier

A one-stop website to find union-made, American-made goods and services is now available. The site is far from complete, but is a place to start and is expanding gradually.. Take a look...

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all tires sold in the United States be stamped with a code. Here's how to decipher the code to make sure the car and truck tires you buy are union-made.

Whether you’re looking for holiday treats, snacks for a football party, or simply for a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, here are candies, cookies, chips and more that are union-made in the USA.

Minnesota's largest air carrier now is less unionized than ever. How do other airlines that serve the state stack up?


In practical terms, their strike failed. But more than 30 years later, The Willmar 8 still hear how they changed working conditions for women around the world.

The Willmar 8's AFSCME connections

Retirees aren't the only ones who benefit from a pension they can count on.

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