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The MSEA Board recently approved to send a $100 donation to the Nellie Stone Johnson fund. Then they took it a step further by sending out a challenge to all MSEA units to match the donation. Thanks to the Willmar Paras, who wasted no time before meeting the challenge, followed shortly by the Shakopee Paras & Computer Techs. See the Nellie Stone article to the right to make a contribution. Let's keep it going!
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!
Sue Ezell Leadership Award: Look around.....do you know an outstanding member? Chances are you do. Take a moment to recognize a dedicated, hardworking member whose commitment has made a difference in your unit and nominate them for the Sue Ezell Leadership Award.
Remember: Attendees must also call the hotel to book a room under the MSEA reservation block. Click for all the Delegate Assembly details.
MSEA remembers Barb Smith, a Special Ed. Para who passed away after suffering an aneurysm on Friday, Jan 30th. Barb was a member in good standing of the Windom Paraprofessional unit since 1984 and will be truly missed. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and co-workers during this most difficult time.
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!
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 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?
Trashing his earlier promises to provide a fair hearing, the Republican leader of Wisconsin's state Senate labor committee rammed through a bill Tuesday that would make union shops illegal in the state. Protesters demonstrated outside the Capitol and more actions are planned. 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!
UNION ADVOCATE - More than 100 activists gathered in a Minneapolis union hall Sunday night (2/15) to begin the work of raising the minimum wage within city limits to $15 per hour. Organizers invited Kshama Sawant, the city council member who spearheaded Seattle's successful fight for $15 just over a year ago, to recount how labor, faith and community activists there turned an improbable goal into a reality for working people.
"Minneapolis is one of the cities that is poised to win $15 this year," Sawant told activists. "Let the fight for $15 in Seattle be your guide, that with only one member of the City Council (initially supportive), we were able to get this done." read on
AFSMCE COUNCIL 5 - Rep Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, has been on the House Higher Education committee for nine years. Her role includes oversight of the U of M. But after sitting in on a forum organized by Univeristy Unions United on Feb. 6, Norton says, "I have never had my eyes opened the way I have today." read on
March 28, 2015 8AM-3PM
This year's keynote is a play, "One Kind Thing," performed by CLIMB Theater. The play will illustrate examples of verbal, physical, social and cyber bullying and explore why bystanders frequently choose not to take action to stop the bullying. Breakout sessions will include: behavior strategies, mental health, conflict mediation, social skills/cooperation, independence and more. Download conference flyer.
Register online via the Metro ECSU website. (Type in keyword: paraprofessional)
Registration deadline: March 18, 2015
LABOR WORLD - 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day off to care for themselves, a sick child or loved one, according to a statewide analysis. At the news conference announcing the campaign for paid sick time, Jessica Milli, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, reviewed the results of a study released last September. Key findings were broken down by occupation, gender, race/ethnicity hours worked and earnings level. read on
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship. This scholarship is available to minority students from union families attending or planning to attend one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges and/or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Applicants must be a racial minority and a union member or be the child, grandchild or spouse of a union member. Scholarships are awarded to both full and part-time students attending class in the fall of 2015. Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2015. Click here for more details.
View the entire 2014-15 Skills Courses schedule sponsored by the Labor Education Service. All classes are non-credit and open to all.