Established in April 1950, AFSCME Local 34 represents over 2000 Social Service employees of Hennepin County


Presidential Debates 

  • First presidential debate 

  • (Monday, September 26)

  • Vice presidential debate 

  • (Tuesday, October 4)

  • Second presidential debate

  • (Sunday, October 9)

  • Third presidential debate (Wednesday, October 19)

Labor Lunch at Century Plaza

AFSCME Happy Hour 

First Friday of every month. 5 p.m. Mac’s Industrial Bar. 

Are You Up to Date?

Can your union reach you when you’re not at work? To make sure we can, we need your personal – not work – email and phone. Simply fill out the form on Council 5's website.

AFSCME Strong on the Rise

86% of Local 34 are now full members of our union. AFSCME Strong is our program to determine our own destiny by building a stronger union with members who are more engaged. Sign a membership card to protect your job, defend our rights and preserve the quality of services we provide our communities. Our goal is to reach 94% membership. Contact any of the officers or stewards to sign a card or plan to attend one of the AFSCME Strong trainings.

Scholarship Application

The AFSCME Family Scholarship for 2017 is now taking applications. Children of full dues-paying members can apply for one of 10 scholarships, worth $2,000 a year for up to four years. The postmark deadline is December 31. Download the form and learn more here.

The entire family can save on health care costs

Out-of-pocket health care expenses aren’t cheap. Luckily, AFSCME Health Savings can help you save on a plan that fits your family’s needs. From dental, vision and prescription discounts, to telemedicine and health counseling, the savings can start for less than $15 per year. Read more  

Hennepin County budget hearings 

The board scheduled public hearings for adoption of the 2017 budget and levy, and set a schedule for the Budget and Capital Investment Committee to consider the proposed 2017 budget. The meetings will proceed as follows: County administrator presents proposed 2017 budget to County Board Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:30 p.m. County Board vote on 2017 maximum tax levy and budget Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:30 p.m.) Truth-in-Taxation public meeting - Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 6 p.m. Participants can park for free after 5 p.m. in the Government Center ramp. Enter on 3rd Avenue. County Board vote on 2017 budget and levy Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m.  

Public safety: (Thursday, September 22, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.) Library/Operations: (Monday, September 26, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.) Health: (Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon) Human Services and Public Health: (Thursday, September 29, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.) Public Works: (Friday, September 30, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.) Human Services and Public Health: (Thursday, October 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (follow-up, if needed) Capital Budgeting Task Force and fees: (Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 9 a.m. – noon

Administrator amendments: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, during Budget and Capital Investment Committee meeting. Commissioner amendments: Monday, December 12, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  



  AFSCME Local 34                       Updated 9/27/2016

Voters statewide in Minnesota will be allowed to cast early ballots beginning 9/23/2016. Anyone who is eligible to vote is able to vote in our Minnesota elections. No Excuse Voting is for everyone!

A new poll of Minnesota likely voters shows Hillary Clinton with a 46-39 lead over Donald Trump.


Striking Nurses, Allina Called Back to Bargaining


Federal mediators have called representatives of striking nurses and Allina Health back to the bargaining table, with a session set for Tuesday, September 27, at a time and place to be determined. Meanwhile, picketing by Minnesota Nurses Association members is continuing at five Allina facilities. On Friday evening, delegates to the AFSCME Council 5 convention joined striking nurses at Abbott Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis. Nurses began an open-ended, unfair labor practice strike on Labor Day. The strike involves some 5,000 registered nurses at Abbott and the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Unity Hospital in Fridley, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and United Hospital in St. Paul. Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide said the attack on nurses and health care is the same kind of challenge facing other workers, including those represented by AFSCME. MNA Executive Director Rose Roach said Allina is spending 10 times what it would cost to settle the contract on replacement nurses and other efforts to undermine the nurses’ campaign for improved patient care. ~ Workday Minnesota


Election Day is approaching quickly, and here in Minnesota, we have a real opportunity to create positive change for workers and our families. If we help win back seven seats in the House and retain the Senate, we can provide strong partners in good policy-making to Governor Mark Dayton to help him get stuff done his last two years in office and break the logjam in Saint Paul. Who we elect for our County Commissioners, State House and State Senate will determine how well we live and how well our communities fare. How can you make a difference? Take part in a Labor 2016 Day of Action. We’re door knocking for candidates with worker-friendly values on Saturday, October 1 and October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For locations and more information, email Laura Askelin in South St. Paul. 

AFSCME Council 5 Convention Highlights

Newly elected Council 5 Executive Board members flexing their union muscles before taking their oath of office.


Nearly 750 delegates, alternates and guests gathered in Bloomington last week for the 12th Annual AFSCME Council 5 Convention. The high-spirited convention included stirring speeches, skill-building workshops, an appearance by Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and a musical labor history performance, all centered on the theme “Never Quit.” Delegates re-elected President Judy Wahlberg; vice president Mike Lindholt; Secretary Mary Falk; and treasurer Nickson Nyankabaria. They elected 11 new Executive Board members: Joel Hoffman (District 2, West); Rick Neyssen (District 4, Central); Theresa St. Aoro, Jeff Couillard and Eric Pascal (District 5, East Metro); Kenneth Garnier and Tyler Moroles (District 6, West Metro); Art McGrane (Sector, Private/Special); Annie Jakacki, Crystal Kreklow and Kim Johnson (Sector, State).


AFSCME members overwhelmingly passed four resolutions:

  • To support a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union.

  • To support striking Allina nurses.

  • To stand in solidarity with AFSCME members in Illinois.

  • To oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Several members won awards for their service:

  • Communications Award: Joe Broge, Local 600; Rick Neyssen, Local 599.

  • Local Union Development Award: Local 3132 Public Safety.

  • Organizing Award: Kyle McGinn, HealthEast.

  • Political Action Award: Laura Birnbaum, Local 66; Tabitha Mitchell, Local 1842.

You can find exciting convention highlights, including videos and a download of the striking Never Quit logo on our website. View or download convention photos on Flickr. Look for the full new Executive Board roster in the upcoming issue of Stepping Up, where you also will find more details about the convention. ~ AFSCME Council 5

Note: Local 34 will now have four members serving on the Council 5 Executive Board.  Kathy Kelly and Sarah Sosa were re-elected from the County sector.  Jean Diederich was re-elected from West Metro and will be joined by Kenneth W. Garnier who was newly elected.  

AFSCME Strong - We Never Quit!

More than 300 AFSCME members, including Mike Lindholt (left) and Tom Torgerud (right), joined striking Allina nurses on the picket line during the Council 5 Convention. The next day, the mediator called Allina back to the table with nurses.

AFSCME Strong is our program to determine our own destiny by building a stronger union with members who are more engaged. Sign a membership card to protect your job, defend our rights and preserve the quality of services we provide our communities.

Labor Movie Night

This free monthly event includes a double feature Friday, October 21 of the documentaries Delano Manongs and Who Killed Vincent Chin? The first movie tells the story of the Filipino farm workers who started what became the national Grape Strike and helped form the United Farm Workers. Vincent Chin examines the aftermath of the murder of an automotive engineer who was mistaken as being Japanese and killed by an unemployed auto worker in Detroit. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul.


AFSCME Council 5 advocates for excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all workers.

AFSCME Local 34 Facebook is a closed group - Email Amanda Abell for an invite. 

AFSCME women make up close to 60% of the union’s membership.

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