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Congratulations to MSEA member Leslye Erzberber of Centennial West High School for receiving this honor! Leslye, a paraprofessional in the Career Center, is the smiling face who does so much to help high school students with their plans for the future. Leslye also plays a big part in helping to organize Scholarship Night each year, to make sure it runs smoothly and professionally. Way to go, Leslye!
Registration is now closed for the August Rally "PEOPLE POWER." Active members can build a powerful union to make real, positive change for its members in the workplace, in their private lives and in society. We will draw on our collective knowledge and experience to find a recipe for strengthening MSEA that combines engaging membership, developing new leaders and increasing capacity to build union power. Rally details
FEBRUARY 10: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid released a report in which 309 Minnesota school districts (94%) responded to a request for data regarding their school lunch policies and practices for low-income children who cannot pay the $0.40 for hot lunch. The results have outraged many Minnesotans.
As a result of this report and the media coverage immediately after its release, Gov. Dayton released the following statement: "No child in Minnesota should be denied a healthy lunch. We cannot expect our students to succeed on an empty stomach. I look forward to working with the legislature to make this issue a priority in the upcoming legislative session, and fully fund the bill authored by Sen. Jeff Hayden and Rep. Yvonne Selcer."
What can YOU do? If you have a story about what you have observed or experienced relating to this issue in your school, write it down and share it with your legislator. Tell them how it affects the children and perhaps what it feels like for you or your coworkers to throw away a child's hot lunch.
You can also sign this petition by US Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton. Please also email your stories to Jodi Lietzau at MSEA so we can make a concerted effort to support this important legislation. Thank You!
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!
GREG GARDNER, Assistant Executive Director
In this newly created position and working closely with the Executive Director, Greg will supervise all field staff, be responsible for developing and implementing member and staff training, serve as the chief organizer for MSEA, as well as maintaining some unit representation assignments. Greg has worked for 15 years as an MSEA Field Rep and before that served a term on the MSEA Board of Directors. Congratulations, Greg!
JANE ANDERSON, Field Representative
Prior to being hired by MSEA, Jane worked in the Frazee school district for 16 years as a Title One and Special Ed Para. As an MSEA member, she served as Chief Steward and leader of the negotiation team for six years and also served on the MSEA Board of Directors. Her experiences with the Frazee unit were with mediation, grievances, resolving MSEA employee concerns, addressing conflicts and issues with administration, creating a local newsletter and serving as an advocate for unit members for contractual issues. Welcome to the MSEA staff, Jane!
Did You Know?
WORKDAY MINNESOTA 6.10.14 - After years of struggle, a Twin Cities worker center announced a landmark agreement with Target Corp to improve conditions and uphold the rights of workers who clean Target stores. view video
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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