Apr 12

Member Spotlight: Wendy Plager

Growing up, I didn’t know much about unions, because no one in my immediate family was part of a unionized work force. I generally knew that unions were good for working people, but I had no direct connection...I thought.

Apr 12

Our Fight for Raises and Respect Continues

Our union exists to improve the lives of workers at the U of M. We do that by negotiating a contract every two years to try to get the best wages, benefits and work rules that we can. We also have stewards in the workplace that make sure the contract is followed, and that defend us when management violates the contract. But none of this happens on its own – we can only accomplish our goals by being well orga-nized and having as many members as possible involved in our union.

Apr 12

UMD Local Fights with Renewed Spirit

AFSCME members at UMD are under-going an awakening about just how essential their union is.
Years of budget cuts have put pressure on workers, and more cuts are expected at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Workers are concerned about what that will mean for already over-burdened employees, especially with the Trump administration’s stance toward public education and public services. 

Labor Movie Night: RED METAL & 1913 MASSACRE

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 7:00pm

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Documentary double feature exploring the Michigan copper miners’ strike of 1913: RED METAL and 1913 MASSACRE. These two films were made independently of each other to mark the 100th anniversary of this historic and tragic struggle. The second film was inspired by Woody Guthrie’s “1913 Massacre” and features his son Arlo as a narrator. Each film is an hour, and, together, they provide multiple perspectives on this important but largely forgotten story.

Jan 13

Ensuring Our History Doesn't Get Lost

The rich history of working men and women who fought for the union rights we enjoy today too often goes untold. Labor history isn’t taught enough – if at all – in many schools, and we’re certainly not hearing about union gains for working people from some politicians and media sources.

Jan 12

Letter from the President

The labor movement is built on the principles of solidarity and that an injury to one is an injury to all.  As we start a new semester on campus and look ahead to a new president, congress, and state legislature, I invite all of you to join our union in showing our commitment to our families, our coworkers and our communities and to ensuring that all working people are treated with dignity and respect, and can earn enough to raise a family, own a home, send their kids to college, and retire with security. 

Aug 15

Video History of AFSCME 3800: 25 Years of Struggle!

On Thursday, June 16th, our AFSCME 3800 union sisters and brothers came together to celebrate the 25 years of struggles and successes at the U of MN since our successful union election 25 years ago. Watch the video commemorating this history, made by our friends in Labor Education Service (LES) at UMN.

You can watch the video through this link.

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