Local 151: Ramsey County Community Human Services


Hardworking Americans’ right to retire with dignity is in danger because billionaires are spending a lot of money to take away our pensions. Read more >>>

A case the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up this term called Janus v. AFSCME could make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.

A message from AFSCME President Lee Saunders Read more >>>

Thoughtful planning for leadership transitions boosts powerful young voices. “We’ve got big shoes to fill.” Read more >>>

AFSCME negotiators reached the tentative agreement at 11:35 p.m. June 22. Members will vote Aug. 7 - 11. Read more >>>

The GOP's maneuvering to kill local control of measures that would improve life for workers has backfired. Read more >>>

February 21, 2017:

  • Support local control, stop corporate interference
  • Fix transportation now
  • Pensions
  • Child protection funding
  • Governor's tax proposal
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Director’s Column – Stepping Up – October 15, 2016

With the November 8th election fast approaching, I’m asking you to BELIEVE. Not just in a particular candidate’s ability to bring real change to Minnesota, but to believe in our union’s collective power to make our state work even better.

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“Right to Work” on steroids hits Minnesota legislature

Minutes of March 10 2016 General Membership Meeting

AFSCME has a packed agenda. Here are some of the big issues we’ll be focusing on. Read more >>>

 DRAFT Minutes of February General Membership Minutes

Minutes of January 14 2016 Genral Membership Meeting.  Will be updated after February 11th Meeting

On Monday, Jan. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that seeks to undermine our rights to negotiate for fair pay and benefits that sustain our families.

Bad boss barred from another attempt to decertify for a year Read more >>>

University workers stand together to demand livable wages and reasonable family leave policies Read more >>>

Agenda for October 8, 2015 General Membership Meeting

 How to find meeting minutes. Read more >>>

Minutes of the September 10th General Meeting

AFSCME International threw down the challenge: It dared locals to sign up 50,000 new members before its July convention. Members in Minnesota and across the country responded – big time.


Phone Counselors Call County Workers for Help

14 June 2012 General Membership Meeting Minutes

May 20th marked the one-year anniversary of the day the Legislature decided to put the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot.  It's been a year full of organizing, fundraising, and talking to people about why marriage matters for all people, and why it's so very important to defeat this amendment in November.

To mark the anniversary date, there were more than 200 house parties held throughout Minnesota, allowing people to talk about why marriage matters to them, find out the latest information from Minnesotans United for All Famillies (the Campaign that is organizing to defeat the amendment) and do some fundraising.

Members of our Local 151 Marriage Commitee joined the efforts of the Civil Rights Alliance of Council 5, and hosted a party on May 19th.  We had over 3 dozen people there, and raised more than $2500 for the Campaign. 

Check out the full story on at afscmemn.org/united-marriage

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March 29th - Rally on the lawn at noon, sign up to meet with your legislators throughout the day.

 Make the commitment to unite for a day of action to defeat the amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples and equip ourselves with new skills to take back to our communities to move Minnesota forward for LGBT equality.

Sign up at outfront.org/takeaction/lobbyday

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Don't Leave It Up To Luck!  Come learn about all of the current legislative threats to Minnesotans.


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January 9th - Please join us for pizza and videos as we talk about Labor & Civil Rights: Past, Present and Future

One of the most important things you can do during the Holidays!

During the Holiday season you may find yourself gathering with people you don’t see very often. Please talk to them about why defeating the constitutional amendment is important to you.

In a unanimous vote on August 8, 2011, the Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board approved a resolution opposing the November 2012 constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

The resolution puts the state’s largest labor federation, made up of more than 1,000 affiliated local unions representing more than 300,000 working people, squarely against enshrining discrimination in the state’s constitution.


Local 151 Members supporting equality for GLBT met on the Kellogg Blvd East lawn on Monday, July 11, 2011 to learn more about the discrimination that is inherent in the proposed marriage amendment.  Mary Larson, Vice President, spoke to the crowd about working for equality for all citizens, clients and colleagues.


In the 2012 election, there will be a question on the ballot asking voters to define marriage.  The amendment is designed to restrict the rights of certain individual in MN. Local 151 has created a new committee to work to defeat the amendment.  Read more...

What Does $1.8 Million in Cuts to Health and Human Services Look Like?

At the 3/31/11 Lunchroom meeting, we discussed the state budget situation and proposed resolutions to the $5 billion deficit.

The proposals include:

  1. Governor Dayton's plan to solve $2.4 billion of that by making the tax code fair for all of us. The Governor proposes to add a top income tax bracket for wealthiest MInnesotans, who now currenlty pay 8-9% of their incomes in state and local taxes, while the rest of the tax brackets pay 10-12.8%. The Governor is against any further cuts to Local Government Aid, which is a big chunk of our County's budget.
  2. The Majority in the MN Legislature are proposing to solve the entire deficit with a "cuts - only" approach. This loss of funding and services will be devastating to our clientele, our communities, and our workloads. It also will lead to AFSCME layoffs.

To change the majority vote in the Legislature, we need to change 5 minds in the House and 5 minds in the Senate. After our lunchroom meeting, several of you asked for tips and talking points for calling your legislators. This article was compiled by a combination of members who attended that meeting. Read the rest of the article here.

Here's how to reach 151 Officers and Stewards:


An active 151 Member emailed a request that we encourage members to contact Governor Dayton.  We can thank him for his leadership so far, and emncourage him to stand strong against the House and Senate "Cuts Only" plans.  This is a good idea!  She's also been gracious enought o draft us an example letter for the Governor.  Thanks!

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