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Online registration is now open for the MSEA August Rally "Stepping Outside 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!
ReNee Pettis, Administrative Assistant - ReNee joined MSEA in May, just as we began wrapping up the 2014-15 school year. ReNee has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the past six years, and is excited to join the MSEA team. She believes her past experience working for a non-profit, after school program will serve her well in this new position. We're happy to have ReNee on board and know she will make a great addition to the MSEA office staff.
Travis Thibodeau, Financial Manager - Travis works in the labor field because he understands the value of workers coming together to improve their workplaces and lives. Previously he's worked on numerous political campaigns in different roles and most recently served as a Field Representative and Internal Organizer in the healthcare sector. And now looks forward to beginning his journey with MSEA. In his free time he enjoys watching sports and spending time with his wife. Welcome to MSEA Travis!
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.
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 - 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
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - The Metropolitan Airports Commission took the unprecedented step Monday (6/15) of setting a $10 minimum wage for companies operating at the Mpls-St. Paul Int'l Airport. While lauding the move, workers said they will keep organizing for more.
"It's a change, but it is not the change we are looking for," said Abera Siyoum, a cart driver and activist in 15Now, a movement for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. "Ten dollars is still a poverty wage." read on
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.
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - The University of Minnesota is building a caste system that increasingly takes care of those at the top while it pushes lower-paid, frontline workers further and further behind, union activists told the Board of Regents at its June meeting.
"The University's wages and benefit policies increase the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and it's got to stop, says Cherrene Horazu, president of Clerical Workers Local 3800. Mick Kelly, a cook in Teamsters Local 320, says the university is turning into a world where some sit behind mahogany desks, while others sit on folding chairs. Local 3800's Allison Brimeyer called it "institutional feudalism." read on
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
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!
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