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Members from around the state attended MSEA's annual Assembly in Fergus Falls on April 11-12. Delegates made quick work of the resolutions and Board elections with plenty of time for networking and socializing. Contratulations to returning Treasurer Nona Bauer (Austin) and Director Wendy Derhaag (Shakopee), and welcome new Directors Ronda Renee Koch (Windom) and Terry Blacklance (Thief River Falls). Check out what you missed!
As a show of support, the MSEA Board of Directors sponsored a lunch for our Remer members and their families on March 1st. The Remer support staff have been struggling since June 2011 to settle a fair and reasonable contract. MSEA is proud to represent these amazing members. You inspire us, Remer!
School crossing guard Tony Harmon was honored last year for his positive impact in the Edina community. Tony has become a local fixture on the corner of Valley View and Antril Roads in Edina. There, he faithfully mans his post, directly traffic and guiding Valley View Middle School and Edina High School students safely across the street during the busiest times of the day. "I enjoy doing my job. I give 110% to what I do," says Harmon, a former bodyguard and father of three. "I try to helpout as much as I can." read the rest
MSEA members are now covered by a new $3,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy sponsored by American Income Life at NO COST. Notice will be mailed to members' homes in January. Be sure to keep this notice with your other financial documents and share this information with your families. Contact AIL Rep Laura Wilson (800.495.1213) with questions or to report a claim.
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LABOR EDUCATION SERVICE - Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, beginning in September. Through 6 in-depth sessions scheduled over 9 months, participants study the labor movement and discuss how to address challenges facing unions today. Enrollment is limited. Registration deadline: May 23. For more information, visit the LES website, email LES or phone 612.624.5020.
This year's Midwest School for Women Workers will be held June 22-26 at the University of Illinois. For almost 30 years, union Women's Summer Schools have brought women together from all sectors of the labor movement to develop skills as activists and leaders, build sisterhood across unions and regions, make new friends and try out new ideas. read more Registration deadline: May 22
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Pete Daniel - "Dispossession"
Between 1940-1974, the number of African American farmers fell from 681,790 to 45,594 - a drop of 93%. Join Pete Daniel, retired curator at the Smithsonian's Nat'l Museum of American History, for an exploration of African American farmers' fierce fight to remain on the land in the face of discrimination during the Civil Rights era. Held at the MN History Center, this event is free and open to the public. full series schedule
In Minnesota, nearly half a million low-wage workers deserve a wage. They help us raise our children, care for our aging parents, clean our offices, serve our food and more. They help everybody else do their jobs, yet htey don't share in the prosperity they help create. Their professions have been undervalued for far too long and it's time to make their hard work pay. Check out ongoing coverage by Workday Minnesota. download MSEA's RTW flyer
Contact your MN Representative. Tell them you are a constituent of theirs and you vote. Ask them to Support HF 92 to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2015.
"We all do better when we all do better."
--MN Senator Paul Wellstone
Work on the new $763 million MN Vikings stadium (officially the "Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium") will be an all-union job. Construction will involve an estimated 4 million work hours. At construction peak, some 1,300-1,400 workers will be on-site. The public authority which will own the stadium, the MN Sports Facilities Authority, required the project contractor to negotiate a "Project Labor Agreement" with the Mpls Building and Construction Trades Council. A Project Labor Agreement serve a public purpose by ensuring that the work on the project continues on schedule without any labor disputes. read more
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