Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistan

When Fran Krugen’s late husband was first diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin cost about $35 a bottle.

AFSCME MSOP Labor Management

February 11, 2021

Human Resources Room/Conference



Attendance: Adam Castle, Eric Hesse, Nick Weerts, Annie Jakacki, Troy Sherwood, Michelle Breamer, Chris Hagen, Bonnie Wold, Tim Lokensgard, Michelle Sexe, Tracy Johansen, Bryce Fazekas, Nikki Boder, Jamie Schwartz



Follow Up Items


AFSCME President Lee Saunders praised the House of Representatives for passing the American Rescue Plan on Saturday and urged the Senate to follow suit as soon as possible.

There is good news for AFSCME members looking to pursue higher education. AFSCME Free College has made its bachelor’s degree completion program a permanent benefit.

That means that AFSCME members and their families can earn a bachelor’s degree for free, making an even wider choice of career options a possibility for more people.

Here’s a sure sign of new leadership in Washington. There’s a renewed push to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an idea that went nowhere when the Trump administration and anti-worker members of Congress were in power.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t be controlled until states, cities, towns and schools – and particularly health departments – have the funding they need from the federal government, says AFSCME Retiree Sue Conard.

Conard should know. She spent 24 years as a public health nurse serving Wisconsin’s La Crosse County. One of her many areas of expertise? Immunization.

General Membership Meeting-AFSCME 404

January 21, 2021

430 PM Video Conference


Adam Castle, Ryan Cates, Annie Jakacki, Tom Keck, Stacey Mueller, Alexander Flores, Steve Wilking, Breanna, Emilio Florez, Hans Paulson, Jake Schoenecker, Kurt Crosby, Lisa, Marlowe Grau, Sammy, Tom Farinacci, Patricia, Mallory Thomas, Aaron Norgren

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to Congress that echoes what AFSCME has been saying for months: It’s long past time to robustly fund the front lines.

AFSCME Labor Management MSH

January 21, 2021 1230PM

Administration Building


Attendance: Adam Castle, Emilio Florez, Ryan Cates, Steve Wilking, Lisa Vanderveen, Scott Melby, Denise Considine, Scott Melby, Roxanne Portner, Michelle Chalin, Marvin Sullivan, Alli Kuhlman, Annie Jakacki, Becky Robinson