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SEIU Local 284 Updates On #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

justiceforgeorgeAs our community deals with the fallout from the police killing of George Floyd, we will use this page for various updates and statements our union has made around this issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Initial Statement the Day After The Killing

SEIU Responds to Police Killing in Minneapolis

“Our Union fights so every family – no matter our job, race, gender, birthplace or religion – can live a safe and happy life. Systematic police violence against communities of color, especially the black community, in Minnesota and across our country is making that reality impossible for too many.

“On Monday, George Floyd, a black Minnesotan, was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer. His face was pinned to the ground for almost five minutes by a white police officer as he repeated, ‘I can’t breath.’ As a community, we are outraged and horrified by another unjust killing of a black man by the police. We call on the City of Minneapolis to take immediate and appropriate action.

“We firmly believe that we must continue to dismantle the systematic racism and persecution of black lives. To everyone hurting and to everyone ready to fight for a better future, we stand with you.”

Demands onMike Freeman to Act

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Our community can’t begin to address the pain and harm caused by George Floyd’s killing until the four officers responsible are brought to justice.


SEIU continues to be ready to fight for systematic change to address anti-black racism, but we can’t begin that process until the four officers responsible are arrested and charged.
Our Union demands immediate arrests and prosecution from Mike Freeman’s office.

Statement to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman Following Arrest of Derek Chauvin

The news of the arrest of Derek Chauvin is a positive step for #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd‘s family and our whole community. But to achieve real justice, the remaining three officers who participated in #GeorgeFloyd’s killing must be arrested and charged. We need to fix our criminal justice system and build a state where Black Minnesotans can live free from fear of police brutality.

As a union of over 50,000 Minnesotans, who are united across race and place in our fight for systematic change to address anti-black racism, we renew our demand on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to take immediate action to arrest and appropriately charge the other three officers.

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.
#BlackLivesMatter

Our Statement Ahead of MPS Vote to Cut Ties With MPD (That passed unanimously!)

SEIU Local 284, the Union that represents 500 Minneapolis Public School employees who do custodial and food service work, joined the calls supporting the Minneapolis School Board plan to cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd. The MPD has been contracted by the public schools to provide school resource officers since 1967.

Ahead of the vote, SEIU Local 284 Executive Director Kelly Gibbons released the following statement:

“SEIU members in Minneapolis and across our state believe in making a future where all families – no matter our race, zip code, job or wealth – have public schools where our students feel safe and have the resources they need to thrive. But in Minneapolis it has long been clear that Black families aren’t able to feel safe from the people who are supposed to serve and protect us. The killing of George Floyd last week has made clear for anyone who had any doubts that our system is broken and needs to be changed. A positive first step to enacting change in our public schools would be for the Minneapolis Public Schools to cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department. Not only will this make our schools safer and more welcoming, but imagine what kind of community-driven projects we could fund with this money to actually help and support our students. We are in full support of MPS cutting ties with MPD and believe this can be a first step towards building a better future for all students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.”

The day after Local 284’s announcement, the Board voted unanimously to  adopt the plan to sever ties with MPD.  In addition, SEIU Local 284 will be joining with students, parents and other school employee union members over the summer to find  new ways to provide public safety in their schools.

Our Statement of Support Joining AFL-CIO and Others Calling for MPLS Police Union President Bob Kroll to Resign

Please Stay Home. (5)SEIU in Minnesota is united with the MN AFL-CIO & our Minnesota labor family in calling for Minneapolis Police Union President Bob Kroll’s immediate resignation.

The State of Minnesota & the Labor Movement have no room for racism!

If you missed it earlier this afternoon, read the AFL’s statement: https://www.mnaflcio.org/…/minnesota-afl-cio-calls-minneapo…

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First General Member Meeting via Zoom

We held our first General Member Meeting via Zoom on 5/21/20, we had a great turnout with over 30 members.  We are all new to utilizing different technologies due to COVID-19 and did experience some members who had difficulties getting into the meeting.  We apologize for these technical difficulties and will work to resolve them. Some of the key items we reviewed:

  • Second Reading of Proposed Changes in the SEIU Local 284 Constitution and Bylaws – click here for report
  • Political Report by Chris Stinson – click here for report
    • Work being done to protect our members during COVID-19
  • Senior Member Report by Mark Hanson on Pensions – click here for report

 

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Tele-Town Hall Summary

Following Governor Walz’s announcement that distance learning will continue for the rest of the school year, SEIU Local 284 members had a chance to be on a call with the Governor to talk over the challenges we are facing and to hear about his plans to address COVID-19.

Member’s shared with the Governor and his team about the challenges we are facing every day and the work we’re doing to support our students and our communities through this challenge.  We also got to hear directly from him about his plans to help support school employees, including his Executive Order calling on districts to keep all hourly employees employed during this pandemic.

This was our first Tele Town Hall so we did experience some technical difficulties, the recording starts during the Municipal Update from Andrea Jenkins – Minneapolis City Council Vice President and 284 Member.

Click here to listen

Introduction of Governor Walz at 3:20 minute mark by Kelly Gibbons

Question from Cathy Springhorn on Unemployment at 6:26 minute mark

Question from Amanda Reineck on Summer and Fall at 11:30 minute mark

Question from Jodie Belknap on Community Ed at 16:58 minute mark

Question from Lori Smith on Food Service at 24:46 minute mark

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2020 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Local 284 Scholarship Winners!!!

  1. Madelyn Aakre, member Marcy Aakre, Rochester
  2. Lydia Christianson, member Lori Christianson, Monticello
  3. Cole Cook, member Jill Cook, Becker
  4. Julianna DeLong, member Aya DeLong, Big Lake
  5. Heather Haney, member self, Maple Lake
  6. Brandon Haus, member Joan Haus, St. Cloud
  7. Bryce Johnson, member Heidi Johnson, New Prague
  8. Henry Stenzel, member Steven Stenzel, Hamline

There were 2 unclaimed scholarship’s from last year therefore, we have 8 winners this year.

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White Bear Lake Extended Day Bargaining Unit Ratification Vote Results

The Membership of the SEIU Local 284 White Bear Lake Extended Day bargaining unit ratified the tentative agreement reached with the White Bear Lake ISD 624.

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2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to 2019 Local 284 Scholarship Winners

  1. Ben Alberg, member self – Spring Lake Park
  2. Lilia Bjorg, member self, Prior Lake
  3. Charlie Eldredge, member Jennifer Eldredge, Elk River
  4. Jordyn Greenlun, member Lori Greenlun, Maple Lake
  5. Madalynn Nelson, member Nichole Nelson, Braham
  6. Sean Ruohomaki, member Teresa Ruohomaki, White Bear Lake
  7. Shelly Starz, member self, Sartell-St Stephen
  8. Rachel Utecht, member Tammy Utecht, St Cloud
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Jordyn Greenlun daugher of member Lori Greenlun.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity!

Keith Niemi, President SEIU Local 284 Presenting Sean Ruohomaki, son of Teresa Ruohomaki, White Bear Lake Paraeducator Member, a $500 Scholarship that he is using towards his education at Mankato State University, where he is Majoring in Finance.

Keith Niemi, President SEIU Local 284 Presenting Sean Ruohomaki, son of Teresa Ruohomaki, White Bear Lake Paraeducator Member, a $500 Scholarship that he is using towards his education at Mankato State University, where he is Majoring in Finance.

Thank you SEIU for the scholarship. It will help pay for my education at NDSU.

Tammy Utecht member, daughter Rachel Utecht. Thank you SEIU for the scholarship for my daughter! It will help pay for her education at NDSU!

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2020 SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER

Scholarships

The application deadline for the Local 284 scholarship drawing is coming up on March 31, 2020.

Rules for Local 284 Scholarship:

*Six (6) $500 Scholarships are drawn at the April Executive Board Meeting

*Scholarships are open to Local 284 members, their children, and grandchildren for which they are the legal   guardian.  There is no age limit, and there are no restrictions on the type of school the  scholarship may be used for.

*If both parents are members, you can enter two times. In families where there is more than one child, each child   gets an entry.

*Winners must submit a notarized copy of their tuition payment to collect the scholarship. Scholarship must be used   within a twelve month period. If a Scholarship is unused by the time of the next Scholarship drawing, the unused   Scholarship(s) will be drawn as additional Scholarships.

Application deadline is March 31, 2020

**Member only benefit (must be a member in good standing at the time of application and drawing).

 Congratulations to 2019 Local 284 Scholarship Winners

  1. Ben Alberg, member self – Spring Lake Park
  2. Lilia Bjorg, member self, Prior Lake
  3. Charlie Eldredge, member Jennifer Eldredge, Elk River
  4. Jordyn Greenlun, member Lori Greenlun, Maple Lake
  5. Madalynn Nelson, member Nichole Nelson, Braham
  6. Sean Ruohomaki, member Teresa Ruohomaki, White Bear Lake
  7. Shelly Starz, member self, Sartell-St Stephen
  8. Rachel Utecht, member Tammy Utecht, St Cloud

 

 

Lori Greenlun "I'm super excited for the opportunity!

Jordyn Greenlun daugher of member Lori Greenlun.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity!

Keith Niemi, President SEIU Local 284 Presenting Sean Ruohomaki, son of Teresa Ruohomaki, White Bear Lake Paraeducator Member, a $500 Scholarship that he is using towards his education at Mankato State University, where he is Majoring in Finance.

Keith Niemi, President SEIU Local 284 Presenting Sean Ruohomaki, son of Teresa Ruohomaki, White Bear Lake Paraeducator Member, a $500 Scholarship that he is using towards his education at Mankato State University, where he is Majoring in Finance.

Thank you SEIU for the scholarship. It will help pay for my education at NDSU.

Tammy Utecht member, daughter Rachel Utecht. Thank you SEIU for the scholarship for my daughter! It will help pay for her education at NDSU!

 

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Leadership Assembly – October 2019

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On October 26th, member-leaders from across the state gathered at the Fridley Community Center to discuss important updates for SEIU Local 284, take part in trainings, and hear from a variety of speakers. We had a great turnout, thank you to all attended!

In case you missed it, here are a few things we discussed:

 

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We started out the day with our General Member Meeting to review the Bargaining Report, Legal Report, Political Report, and Financial Report. This was an opportunity for members to be updated on relevant news and things Local 284 has been working on, ask questions, and vote on the budget.

During this section of the day, members that had never attended a Leadership Assembly were also sworn in by Local 284’s president, Keith Niemi.

 

#ParasWhoCare , Member Wins, & Training

la7After the general member meeting, leaders heard about Contract Campaign successes, member wins that occurred after joining SEIU Local 284, and then they split off into three different groups to get trained up on signing up members!

 

Minnesota PERA

After Lunch we had the opportunity to hear from Luis Argueta with the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) organization. He gave a presentation about the PERA Benefits available to public employees and answered many questions we all had.
We heard about the benefit options available in this pension, learned how PERA calculates your benefits and how PERA fits into your overall financial plan.

This session gave us a great overview of PERA and was ideal for people in any stage of their career. Overall this was a very informative part of the day, and we hope we will have the opportunity to provide this presentation la8again in the future!

If you’re interested in doing some research into this program on your own, their website has some very helpful information.

 

Call to Action and Final Words Steve Frisque, UAW

Finally, we ended the day with the opportunity to hear from Steve Frisque about the recent General Motors strikes that were occurring across the U.S.. The la9UAW members stood together for fair wages, quality affordable health care, a share of the profits, and a pathway to permanent status for temporary employees. Ultimately, they reached an agreement just before Steve, the president of UAW Local 722 in Hudson, gave a presentation, so it was a wonderful opportunity to hear about  their hard work paying off.

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2020 Member of the Year

Member of the Year is open to all SEIU Local 284 Members. Candidates must be nominated by a member and be in good standing with their dues for a minimum of one year prior to the nomination. Candidates must provide an outstanding contribution to the education of students as well as being involved in their union and community.

The 2019 Member of the Year will be recognized at the SEIU Local 284 Leadership AssemblyNominations are due by Midnight on December 15, 2019. If mailing, they must be postmarked by midnight on December 15th.

Nomination forms can be filled out online here.
If you would like to mail or fax in a copy, please call Haley at 651.256.9110 in order to obtain the form.

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