50 Years after Dr. King and the Sanitation Strike: a Report Back from Memphis

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:15pm

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On April 4, AFSCME 3800 members joined thousands of others as we marched through the streets of Memphis to honor and rededicate ourselves to the legacy of MLK and the AFSCME sanitation workers who fought to unionize 50 years earlier. The workers struck for dignity and respect, proudly declaring:   I AM A MAN.
Dr. King was assassinated the day after giving his famous Mountaintop speech at an event to support the strikers.

Join us at our membership meeting for a slideshow and discussion about I Am 2018:
Tuesday, April 24
5:15 pm
144 Bruininks Hall

Following the report, we will discuss what we can do today to keep advancing the cause of racial and economic justice and continue the march toward   the promised land Dr. King spoke of in his final speech at Mason Temple in Memphis.
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To learn the whole story of what happened in Memphis in 1968 — a powerful story about the struggle for racial and economic justice — watch At The River I Stand, a stirring documentary available for free during the month of April.

April Membership Meeting

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
  Tuesday, April 24, 2018
5:15 – 7:00 p.m. 

144 Bruininks Hall, East Bank
(with phone connections  for greater Minnesota participants upon request)

Please join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:15 p.m. for our monthly membership meeting. The main topics for discussion are:
  • Report from Memphis I Am 2018 (see separate notice)
  • Voting on a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a lump sum equivalent of 1.5% to workers in the School of Public Health who did not receive increases in our new contract because they are above the salary range.
Apr 16

New Union Resource: AFSCME Council 5 MemberLink

AFSCME members can now register online at our state council webpage at www.afscmemn.org to instantly view details about your membership status, local, contracts, Council 5 field rep contact and other information.

AFSCME Gubernatorial Candidate Screening

Thu, 04/19/2018 (All day)

AFSCME Council 5 is excited to screen for Governor, and we’re looking for a candidate who shares our values and has a plan to win.


Members have an exclusive opportunity to view the gubernatorial screening, live from our workplaces and homes. Council 5 will live stream the screening on April 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To give everyone equal access, in-person viewing is not being offered.

During the screening, the Council 5 Executive Board will meet and interview DFL candidates Erin Murphy, Rebecca Otto and Tim Walz. Each candidate will answer questions and give a closing argument. Please help shape the questions the Executive Board asks them. RSVP and make suggestions on Facebook.

On the day of the live screening, just log into your MemberLink account at on our website. You’ll find a private link to the broadcast there.

Don’t have a MemberLink login yet? Signing up takes about a minute. Go to www.afscmemn.org. Look for the MemberLink tab on the top right. Click on the box that says “sign up now” and follow the prompts.

Not a member? Go to MemberLink to sign up for membership electronically. 

Please sign up before April 19 to avoid the rush. If you need help, call the Member Action Center at 651-450-4990.

Jan 17
Local 3800 member Mattie Robinson votes on a two-year contract that members won with months of organizing and unity.
Local 3800 member Mattie Robinson votes on a two-year contract that members won with months of organizing and unity.

U of M Clerical Workers Voting on Contract

University of Minnesota clerical workers from AFSCME Locals 3800 and 3801 are voting on a new two-year contract at sites across the state this week.

Dec 27

Contract Ratification Voting Information

On-site contract voting will take place January 8-11, 2018 on the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities campuses, as well as in numerous off-campus locations throughout the state. Please go to our website to see the schedule and list of voting sites.

Nov 07

Negotiations Update #8

Our AFSCME Local 3800 and 3801 clerical negotiating committee returned to bargaining with the University on October 24, 2017.  

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