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Online registration is now open for the MSEA August Rally "Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone" to be held at beautiful Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge on August 4-5. Space is limited; a maximum of four members per school district are allowed to register on a first-come basis. (We will maintain a waiting list if necessary.) MSEA will pay for roundtrip mileage, room and meals. Click here for full Rally details. Registration deadline: July 13, 2015. All members are welcome!
WASHINGTON: Martha Penny (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.
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.)
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.
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).
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 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?
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - Five hundred Minnesota CEOs made an average of $13.9 million in 2014 - 305 times more than the avearge worker, according to the AFL-CIO's annual Executive PayWatch report. The highest paid was Target CEO Brian Cornell, who made $28.2 million in 2014, 779 times the average worker's pay.
The Executive PayWatch report, the most comprehensive searchable online database which tracks CEO pay at S&P 500 companies, showed that nationally in 2014, the average worker earned approximately $36,000 per year, while CEO pay averaged $13.5 million per year - a ration which has grown to 373-to-1. read more
The U of M Labor Education Service is accepting applications for the 2015-16 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which begins in September. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants study the labor movement and discuss how to address challenges facing unions today.
This program provides an opportunity for emerging and established union leaders to build relationships and network with others. It draws on the diversity of the labor movement and uses a participatory approach to learn from other's experiences. Participants include union activists, workplace stewards, elected officers and staff. Deadline to apply is June 1.
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - The Wisconsin State Assembly passed so-called Right to Work legislation Friday and Governor Scott Walker said he will sign it, making Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt this measure that substantially weakens unions. Under Right to Work, employees are allowed to enjoy the benefits of a union contract without paying for the costs of representation. As a result, organized labor is generally weaker and smaller in Right to Work states. 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!
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
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.
Register for the Nancy Crippen Educational Scholarship. Deadline is March 1 of each year. Applications submited after March 1st will be considered for the following year.
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