The AFSCME Council Board is proposing a per capita dues increase of $5  a month beginning

January 1, 2015.  Please encourage all union members to attend an informational meeting to learn

about our FIVE FOR THE FIGHT campaign and discuss how we can arm our union for the battles

ahead. Attached is a list of 17 meetings during the month of June. Here's our timeline for the


• Informational meetings                    June

• Delegates vote at convention           September 12

• Increase would take effect               January 1, 2015

 We fused our fingers into one mighty fist when we created Council ten years ago. That was the last

time we raised our per capita dues. Thanks to the decisions we made then, we've survived a decade

that destroyed many other unions. We beat back the Right to Work for Less. We dumped team

extreme. We fought two government shutdowns. We won countless contract battles. We taxed the

rich to save public services and our jobs. We prevented the layoff of thousands of state and local

government workers. And we expanded collective bargaining rights for child care providers. Those

battles have taken a serious toll on us and our budget. Now, we face a $5  million shortfall over the

next four years.

Our budget reflects our values and our priorities for the future. We choose to continue building power

for workers and we hope our members think their standard of living is worth $5  more each month.

That's less than the cost of two cups of coffee. It's worth five bucks to preserve our collective

bargaining rights, protect our job security, win good contracts, defend our retirement security, and

fight for dignity and respect.

Our opponents are fighting harder and our challenges are tougher than ever before. If we unite

behind FIVE FOR THE  FIGHT, we can strengthen our union and secure a better future for our

members and all working families.

If  you have any questions, please contact your field representative at 651-450-4990  or 1-800-652-



Bayport Monday 6/2/2014 5:00pm   Bayport Public Library582 N. 4th St (Big Conference Room)

Bemidji Friday 6/13/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm Bemidji Slate University, Hobson Memorial Union 1500 Birch mont Drive (HMU North Conference Room)

Brainerd Monday 6/16/2014 5:30pm Eagles Club, 124 Front St.

Crookston Monday 6/2/2014 5:30pm 1:00pm Crookston Inn, 2200 University Avenue (Banquet Room 1. Enter southside of bldg)

Duluth Friday 6/6/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm  AFSCME Co. 5 Office, 211 West 2nd St. (Park and enter through rear of bldg.)

Faribault Monday 6/9/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm Sheetmetal Workers Local 480 112 4th St NW

Fergus Falls Thursday 6/5/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm Big Wood Event Center, 921 Western Ave. (Whitford Room)

Hinckley Tuesday 6/10/2014 1:00pm Community Room, 106 First St. SE (in the same building as the Fire Dept.)

Mankato Friday 6/20/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm MN State University-Mankato, 219 Centennial Student Union (Room 238 Nickerson)

Marshall Tuesday 6/3/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm American Legion Post 113,412 West Main (Downstairs meeting room) Not handicapp accessible

Minneapolis Wednesday 6/4/2014 5:00pm United labor Centre, 312 Central Ave SE (Room 216)

Rochester Wednesday 6/18/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm Rochester Community & Technical College, 851 3oth Ave SE (Room EA-103)

St. Cloud Thursday 6/19/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm VFW Post 4847, 104 Franklin Ave NE

South St Paul Friday 6/20/2014 1:00pm 5:30pm AFSCME Council 5 Office, 300 Hardman Ave. South (Hennessy Room)

St. Paul Monday 6/9/2014 5:30pm St. Paul Regional labor Federation, 411 Main Street (Basement)

Virginia Monday 6/23/2014 12:00pm 5:30pmNorthland Office Bldg., 307 First St. South (Liz Perbich Room. 3rd Floor)

Willmar Wednesday 6/11/2014 12:00pm 5:00pm AFSCME Co. 5 Office, 1305 S. First Street. Plaza One

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