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Delegates and Alternates can now register online for the 2015 Delegate Assembly to be held April 17 & 18 at the Fergus Falls Bigwood Event Center. The Delegate Assembly is an opportunity to have your voices heard and your vote counted, so be sure your unit is represented this year!
Remember: Attendees must also call the hotel to book a room under the MSEA reservation block. Click for all the Delegate Assembly details.
EVAN MAPES, FIELD REPRESENTATIVE
Evan's first experience with unions was in his 20's when he got a job where you "had" to join the union. He didn't think anything of it, just paid his dues and did his job. Over the years, Evan worked in both union and non-union shops and came to learn what can be accomplished when people unite and work toward a common goal. Evan served as Chief Steward and negotiation team member of the Thief River Falls Driver/Bus Assistant unit for a number of years. Later he served on the MSEA Board, first as a Director, and then as President. And now Evan looks forward to serving MSEA members in his new role as Field Representative. Welcome aboard, Evan!
Minnesota is home to more than 20,000 paraprofessionals who provide services in multiple school settings, including support for instruction and individual students, student activities and numerous tasks that contribute to the educational success of ALL children. MSEA proudly represents over 4,700 paras throughout Minnesota and would like to recognize and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the future and well-being of our students. Thanks for all you do!
The 2015 Spring Regional meeting dates have been set and all MSEA members are invited to attend! Spring Regionals are an opportunity to provide members with a general update and discuss the upcoming Delegate Assembly (April 17-18). Come for the free food and a chance to reconnect with other members from around your region.
Delegates, Alternates and Chief Stewards are strongly encouraged to attend - but ALL MSEA members are welcome! We hope to see you there! Spring Regional schedule
It is with great sadness that MSEA bids farewell to Field Representative Lori Carlson, who passed away on December 5th, surrounded with love in her home after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Lori was a passionate advocate for the many units and members she represented during her 18 years of dedicated service at MSEA. Mentoring was also especially important to Lori, made evident by the countless hours she devoted to helping members learn and grown into strong unit leaders. Her commitment to MSEA and her members will be greatly missed.
MSEA supports labor member, Marion Conwell, for the Public Employee Retirement Association of Trustees. Marion has served as an office paraprofessional labor member for over 20 years. She is now retired and running for the Retiree/Disability Representative seat on the PERA Board of Trustees to replace previously MSEA-endorsed, Louise Olson. She states, "I am running for a seat on the Board of Trustees in order to further serve my community, to ask the tough questions and to protect the pensions that public employees work hard for."
Ballots will be mailed out on January 1st and can be received through January 31st. PERA members can vote by mail, phone or web. Please join MSEA in supporting Marion Conwell.
MSEA members can now take advantage of Access to Savings - a Member-Only discount program offering members convenient and easily redeemable savings of up to 50% on: dining, shopping, hotel & travel, auto rental & services, movies & entertainment, recreation, home & garden, health & beauty and more. Over 300,000 participating national and local merchants.
All MSEA members were mailed their Members-Only Code with instruction how to log in to the Access to Savings website to register and save!
Did You Know?
PRESS ASSOCIATED UNION NEWS SERVICE - Union density was 11.1% in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, down 0.2% from the year before. Unions added 48,000 members last year, but the workforce grew even more. Minnesota had 362,000 union members in 2014, down 2,000 from 2013. Minnesota ranks 13th among the states in the percentage of its workforce that is unionized. read on
We have the opportunity to permanently remind Capitol visitors, including school children, of the important role labor has played in our state. The Legislature and the Governor authorized placing a bust of Nellie Stone Johnson, a nationally renowned labor and civil rights leader, in a prominent spot in the Capitol. But matching funds must be raised for the first bust in our Capitol recognizing Nellie Stone Johnson's legacy:
*The first prominent labor leader
*The first woman activist/leader
*The first education leader
*The first Minnesota-born African-
American civil rights leader
If we all contribute, we can make sure that Nellie Stone Johnson and her legacy are recognized. Please make checks payable to the NSJ Capitol Fund and send them to: Union Bank & Trust, 312 Central Av SE, Mpls MN 55414
Thank you for helping to bring labor history to life!
12.15.14: WORKDAY MINNESOTA - Workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will qualify for paid sick leace under a new policy adopted Monday by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The decision is being hailed as a groundbreaking move that will benefit thousands of workers. read on
Randy Croce (Labor Education Service) will speak on the Who Built Our Capitol? video project on January 27 as part of the History Lounge series sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society. The program will be at 7pm Tuesday (1/27) at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul. It is free and open to the public.
The video tells the story about the men and women who constructed the Minnesota State Capitol building. Randy will discuss how he and his team uncovered and recorded the lives of over 620 previously anonymous statehouse builders and will show clips of the documentary.
The video can also be viewed online at Workday Minnesota.
View the entire 2014-15 Skills Courses schedule sponsored by the Labor Education Service. All classes are non-credit and open to all.
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