AFSCME Council 5 union workers rally at the Capitol

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota's largest union took to the Capitol today with a number of messages directed at lawmakers.

Nearly 1,000 members of AFSCME Council Five filled the capitol rotunda for the event.

The union rallied for a minimum wage increase, for more investments to be made in infrastructure, and for expanded pre-school scholarships and quality training for child care providers.

Dennis Frazier, a social worker in St. Louis County, spoke to the crowd about the importance of early childhood education.

"Now we all know, children can't vote, lobby or speak for themselves. That's why we have to stand up here for them today. We're here to make kids count at the capitol," Frazier said.

AFSCME Council Five is made up of 43,000 workers across the state.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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