As solidarity actions and strikes sweep the nation, workers are making history by organizing their workplaces for the first time.

When workers belong to a union, they have a unified voice to create safer, stronger and healthier workplaces. Organizing is our most effective tool to determine workplace dignity, hours, working conditions and quality of life. Workers aren’t stuck with dangerous workplace conditions with poor wages and benefits. They can improve them, together.

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act was introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.). The bill, which currently has 144 cosponsors, would set a minimum nationwide standard of collective bargaining rights that states must provide. It would empower workers to join together for a voice on the job not only to improve working conditions but to improve the communities in which they work.

We’ve said it before: Life is better in a union

Workers who belong to unions make more money than their nonunion counterparts. They have better health care insurance and retirement plans, more job security and safer working conditions. They’re happier.

Sept 16 General Membership meeting

Jakes Pizza-Mankato



Attendees: Steven Frederick, Rick Pitts, Eric Manriquez, Antonino Guerrero, Jake Schoenecker, Ryan Cates, Hans Paulson, Annie Jakacki, Steve Wilking

Secretary Report

Motion to accept Steve, Second Eric M, Motion Passes

Treasury Report (Sent to Adam) Antonino Guerrero

Total Income for the month: 7843.79

Interest: 5.56

Allowances 5739.85

Retirement Gift 150.00

Meeting Expenses: 165.97

MSOP/Labor Meet and Confer

September 9, 2021

Pederson Building MOJ



Bonnie W,Troy, Tim L, Nikki B, Heidi P, Mel G, Ryan Cates, Eric Hesse, Steve Wilking, Nick Weerts, Annie J


AFSCME Agenda Items


1. Vaccine / Testing Mandate

Eric - percentage of how many staff needing to get tested

CBHH/Care Meet and Confer

September 23, 2021


Attendees: Ryan Cates, Eric Hesse, Steve Wilking, Judy Ehrman, Jim P, Heather T, Christina A, Fred Bettner, Bill, Elizabeth Trandem


Labor Questions and Updates

Old Business


Care St Peter

FT Positions (See Sheet)

Management Updates-

Christina – The GMW responsibilities -

Ryan - Mainly a GMW out there he has multiple responsibilities.... Doesn’t this align with the BSL instead of the GMW?

AFSCME FMHP Labor/Management Meeting

Pederson Building MOJ

September 16, 2021


Attendees: Scott Melby, Becky Robinson, Michelle Chalin, Roxanne Portner, Ryan Cates, Steve Wilking, Marvin Sullivan, Eric Manriquez, Annie Jakacki, Ali Kuhlman, Kristin H



Becky - They tore down the trailer from the construction area

Scott - It will be asphalted at some time but not immediately

Becky - injury rate is declining

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 assistance was meant to shore up payrolls and keep workers on the job, according to a report released by AFSCME Cultural Workers United.