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Nurses at Inter-Faith Care Center (IFCC) in Carlton, MN, join AFSCME Council 65

The decisive union vote showed overwhelming support for AFSCME


Registered Nurses (RNs) & Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) at IFCC were looking for the freedom to join together to improve working conditions in their workplace. They reached out to the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 65, and within weeks voted overwhelmingly to form a Union.

AFSCME Council 65 already has a strong history with union members in healthcare & public employment in the region. Long-time AFSCME Local 542 member, Rosemary Heath, stated, “I’m excited to have the nurses join the AFSCME family! Our AFSCME union at the Cloquet Public Library has helped employees, and improved communication between the Library and the employees.”

The Nurses at IFCC are a major part of why several Five Star Ratings for quality long term care have been awarded to the organization. These Nurses pride themselves on providing the high quality care residents of IFCC expect and deserve, but also know their working conditions must support them in that mission. Local Leaders of the new Union stated: “We love our work and care deeply for our residents. We also look forward to working with Inter-Faith to find common ground and agree to a mutually beneficial contract.”

In addition to working with IFCC to establish a contract, they will also have access to professional development through AFSCME Council 65’s affiliation with MLPNA. “By joining AFSCME Council 65, the nurses at IFCC will also be joining the Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association (MLPNA) which represents hundreds of Nurses across Minnesota. MLPNA is the only statewide professional LPN organization run by LPNs in Minnesota. We’re always happy to have more nurses join us to advocate for our profession,” said Deb Tauer, MLPNA President and an LPN in New Ulm, MN.

The Nurses are learning what it takes to negotiate their first contract. In the coming weeks they will get training on creating their own local leadership, communication, and effective negotiations. The Nurses are confident that a positive working relationship with IFCC will benefit the Nurses and those they serve. Labor Representative, Tom Whiteside, will assist in moving their vision forward.


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