Executive Director, Tee McClenty celebrating her One Year Anniversary at MSEA with President, Deanne Glynn and Board Members.
2015 MSEA August Rally
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MSEA 2015 Core Training - "The New Glue"
October 23 & 24: Bemidji
November 14 & 14: Mankato
This workshop will examine the union experience through a new perspective. We will explore new and serious challenges facing unions today - and the role we each have to play in this ever-changing landscape. Now more than ever, MSEA members, Board and staff need to reach beyond what is comfortable and find the New Glue that will continue to keep MSEA united and strong. register today!
Centennial Blue Heron Days Parade
Though the day was hot and humid, the Centennial Paras enjoyed greeting the spectators and passing out candy and Centennial pencils. What a fun day!
Blue Heron Elem - Bruce Moffat, Cori Santo, Jenna Larson,
Candy Dunne & Karen Hildenbrandt; Golden Lake Elem - Jeanne Eikum
Centennial High School - Mary Beth Vanyo, Pat Zeitner, Chris Foster & Mary Lansing
MSEA Bemidji Drivers "Adopt a Highway"
Chief Steward Jeff Erickson (Bemidji Drivers) had a great idea. Several years ago, he contacted the Dept of Transportation to inquire about "Adopting a Highway." He thought this program would be a good way to build unity among the drivers and raise public awareness about MSEA. Although initially placed on a waiting list, Jeff was recently notified that a one-mile section was now available near the Bemidji High School. Jeff brought the proposal to his unit who voted unanimously to commit to cleaning their section twice a year. Their new sign is posted on Hwy 2.
This great idea ticks all the boxes....promotes unity with the drivers, increases public awareness, all while doing something great for the community and our environment. Way to go Bemidji Drivers!
Challenging Members to Be Their Best
MSEA AUGUST RALLY - We did it again. Members came together at the MSEA August Rally and spent two days learning about themselves and each other. We dared to "step outside our comfort zones" and hopefully gained a bit of insight about our leadership skills and the work we do.
Trainer Miriam Vaughn-Lee joined us once again to help us navigate these sometimes difficult conversations. But her quick wit and genuine passion made for an enlightening and entertaining two days.
If you haven't made it a priority to attend an August Rally in the past - please consider it for next year. You won't regret it! read more
ParaEducators Advocate for Support Staff
WASHINGTON: Martha Penry (CSEA Board Member), Deanne Glynn (MSEA President) and Reen Doser (PSE President), members of NCCESEU. With over 75 years of experience, the three ParaEducators advocated for support staff to receive dedicated funds from the Elementary Secondary Education Act for staff development.
Cindi Trettel Named MSEA's 2015 Member of the Year
MSEA Director Cindi Trettel was named as MSEA's 2015 Sue Ezell Leadership Award recipient for recognition of her outstanding leadership and committment to MSEA. Cindi is someone members can go to for questions about their contract; her dedication does not stop - she will fight for what is right for her unit. She truly has a passion for her job and her union and is very deserving of this award! Read more about Cindi in the Morrison County Record.
(MSEA's Member of the Year award was later renamed after Sue Ezell, a St. Cloud para. Sue was one of the "Founding Members" of MSEA and was a strong believer in employee rights. Herer leadership was a guiding light during MSEA's formative years and by her example, she inspired a new generation of MSEA leaders.)
NCCESEU Meeting in Washington, D.C.
APRIL 28, 2015: President Deanne Glynn and Executive Director Tee McClenty listen to Lyle Lierman - Associate Director of Public Engagement, White House Champions for Change at the NCCESEU (National Coalition of Classified Educational Support Employee Unions) meeting in Washington D.C.
2015 Union Women's Retreat Attracts Record Crowd
APRIL 22-24, 2015: Some 160 women took part in the 2015 Minnesota Union Women's Retreat coordinated by the Labor Education Service. The diverse group brought new experiences and energy to the fourth of these biennial retreats. read more
MSEA Executive Director Tee McClenty spoke to a room of union women leaders about leadership and overcoming obstacles. Pictured below: Stacy Spexet (United Steelworkers), Mary Cathryn Ricker (AFT), Tee McClenty (MSEA) & Shar Knutson (MN AFL-CIO).
MSEA 2015 Delegate Assembly
Members from around the state attended MSEA's annual Delegate Assembly held in Fergus Falls on April 17-18. Delegates heard reports from the President and Executive Director, passed the 2015-16 Budget, received a Legislative Update and Strategic Plan Overview, voted on resolutions and filled four positions on the MSEA Board of Directors. Of course there was plenty of time for networking and socializing as well.
And while we're always glad to see so many familiar faces, we were equally pleased to meet some new friends this year - a good sign that members are interested in making their voices heard and wanting to help shape MSEA into a union that best serves us all! Click here to view DA photos, elections and award recipients.
MSEA/Access To Savings
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?
Labor Studies Skills Courses
LABOR EDUCATION SERVICE - These non-credit courses provide a foundation in "nuts & bolts" areas important to working people. Classes are open to all.
Addressing Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment
Saturday, September 19th
Taught by Monica Bielski Boris
Introduction to the Labor Movement
Saturday, October 24th
9AM - 4PM
Taught by Monica Bielski Boris
All sessions are held on the West Bank of the U of M campus. Contact LES by email email@example.com or call 612.624.5020. Visit the LES website to download the 2015-16 brochure for schedule and registration information.
MSP Workers Continue Efforts for $15 Wage
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - Dozens of airport workers and community supporters rallied Saturday to continue their campaign for a $15 minimum wage and the right to a union at MSPl International Airport.
The event followed recent worker-led victories that saw the Metropolitan Airports Commission respond to workers' demands by passing a paid sick policy and raise the minimum wage for thousands of airport workers to $10/hour (and $1 above the state's minimum wage going forward). Despite these important steps in the right direction, workers said they still are fighting for $15 and union representation. read more
U of M Harassment Controversy Highlights Growing Divide for Frontline Workers
WORKDAY MINESOTA - The unfolding story of alleged sexual harassment by U of M Athletic Director Norwood Teague - and the hundreds of thousands of dollars it will likely cost - only sharpens the pain and anger that many employees feel over the school's latest wage proposals, University unions say.
Twitter was lit up Tuesday as the Star Tribune reported the U of M and Virginia Commonwealth (Teague's former employer) paid $300,000 to settle claims of gender discrimination dating back to 2012, the year Teague was hired by Minnesota.
Teague resigned Friday amid allegations of two recent cases of sexual harassment involving employees. Tuegue earned $420,000 - the 12th highest salary at the U of M last year.
The University "can find $$$ to settle gender discrimination claims but not to give workers a real raise," AFSCME Local 3800, the union representing clerical workers, tweeted following the latest disclosure. read more
Minimum Wage Workers Get Raise August 1st
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - Minnesotans who earn the minimum wage will get a raise Saturday - to $9 an hour. The $1-an-hour increase will affect more than a quarter of a million workers, according to information supplied during the 2014 session of the Minnesota Legislature, when lawmakers approved the change. Minnesota's minimum wage had been $6.15 an hour - one of the lowest in the country - but rose to $8 an hour last summer and is scheduled to go to $9.50 an hour in 2016. read more
Memorial Dedicated for 1934 Teamsters Strike
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - The first marker to commemorate the historic 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes was unveiled Saturday in the city's Warehouse District. The strikes, in which four people were killed, successfully challenged the powerful anti-union business group known as the Citizens Alliance and opened up the city to more union organizing. The massive collective action that took place in Minneapols, San Francisco, Toledo, Ohio; and other US cities prompted Congress to pass the National Labor Relations Act, the major law guaranteeing workers the right to form unions and bargain contracts.
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Challenging Worker Rights
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - In a decision that was widely expected, the US Supreme Court agreed to heard Friedricks v. California Teachers Assn, a case challenging public employee rights in the workplace. Tuesday's action was widely condemned by labor unions, who said the case represents a threat to all workers. The court agreed to review and act on an appeal of a Court of Appeals decision in its next session beginning in October.
Rebecca Friedricks, a teacher in Buena Vista, CA, sued the California Teachers Assn because she was required to pay union dues to cover the cost of representation. If upheld by the court, public employees could enjoy the benefits of a union contract without having to pay for them. Deprived or resources, public sector unions - now among the largest in the country - would be weakened. read more
Concordia University - New Program Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY - ST PAUL is now offering a Masters of Art in Teaching w/a K-6 licensure beginning this fall (face to face or online) with convenient payment options, financial aid and a simple application process. Seating is limited, so contact Mikila Christensen at 877.235.1439. Visit the MAT info page program highlights and benefits.