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Work of Burnsville SEIU Local 284 Member Highlighted in Star Tribune!

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Burnsville custodian and SEIU Local 284 member Mark Glende was highlighted in a recent Star Tribune article about work happening at the Sioux Trail Elementary school to make sure students are drinking all of their milk. From the story:

Before their campaign got rolling, Mark Glende, the school custodian, said the Burnsville school was on track to waste about 20 gallons of milk a week. The students brought that number down to less than 8 gallons a week, he said.

Glende would know. He weighs the waste bucket, a piquant combination of leftover milk, juice and water, six times a day after every breakfast and lunch.

In October, Glende began to notice that students were filling up the bucket at the end of lunch by pouring out their milk. He decided to approach the principal, Shannon McParland, and the two decided to take the issue up with the student council.

Read the whole article, and the positive change that is already coming from the work of Mark and others, HERE.

Great work, Mark!

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SEIU Local 284 Stands in Solidarity with Standing Rock

WHEREAS, the labor movement is founded in the powerful understanding that solidarity with all peoples who struggle for respect, dignity, civic courage, and social justice enhances all lives and sustains the environment we all share, and

WHEREAS, we recognize that there is no economic justice without racial justice, and that we have a duty to stand with cultures that have experienced genocide, loss of place, forced removal, and further extraction of wealth from their communities, and

WHEREAS, the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Workrises in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to protect treaty rights and preserve sacred lands from exploitation by corporations and the U.S. government.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT SEIU Local 284 stands with Standing Rock as they protect their community, their land and their water, and condemns the desecration of ancestral burial grounds and other sacred places of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT SEIU Local 284 encourages our members to take action to support Standing Rock, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT SEIU Local 284 condemns the University of Minnesota’s use of Fredrickson & Byron for legal consulting in anti-union activity, the same law firm defending the Dakota Access LCC company that relocated the Dakota Pipeline.

Passed by the SEIU Local 284 Executive Board on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

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SEIU Local 284 Constitution and Bylaws Proposed Changes

Local 284 Bylaws Proposed Changes – Draft  10 24 15

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New Executive Board Member

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President Keith Niemi swears in Carol Borreson as a new of the Executive Board as a Member at Large.

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MN DAILY: Advocates want state surplus to aid education

At a rally Thursday, educators, students and some lawmakers called for the $1.87 billion surplus to be spent on education

Hannah Weikel, Minnesota Daily

With a $1.87 billion surplus expected, students, educators and some state lawmakers are calling for the state’s windfall to be invested in education.

Of the surplus, Gov. Mark Dayton and state Legislature will be able to divvy up $1.2 billion. The remaining funding will go back into the state’s reserve and environmental funds.

At a Thursday rally — the same day Dayton announced the $1.87 billion boon — speakers called for some or all of it to go toward education in the state.

“A surplus is an opportunity,” said Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul at Thursday’s event at University Baptist Church in Dinkytown. “It gives us a chance to invest back into ourselves, invest in education and into the education of our children.”

He said this issue will move fast and concerned Minnesotans should contact legislators about funneling the surplus toward education.

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis said while there are many potential ways to spend the additional funds, like tax refunds, one her biggest priorities was student debt and the reinstatement of a tuition freeze at the University of Minnesota.

Speakers at the event, hosted by University of Minnesota Academics United, called for the surplus to be invested in education and to help close the achievement gap among Minnesota students.

At the rally, University Physics graduate student and teacher’s assistant Jarrett Brown said he’s noticed a need for decreased class sizes and more instructors at the University — changes that could be possible with extra state funding.

Associate history professor Eva von Dassow said students are pressured to graduate in four or five years to avoid amassing more debt, which causes students to struggle with heavy course loads, multiple jobs, and stress that that could their ability to learn.

“It’s way too early to make a prediction of what Gov. Dayton will do with the budget surplus,” said Minnesota Office of Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller. “The history of Dayton and higher education has been good but not perfect.”

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2015 Executive Board Election Results

 

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There were no contested seats – election results are as follows.

*       President = Keith Niemi

*        2nd Vice President = Anna Angeles Farris

*        Trustee = Amanda Reineck

*        Member at Large = Michael Sylvester

*        Member at Large = Bob Cook

*        Sergeant at Arms = Cynthia Gross

All officers were sworn in 10/24/15 at the general membership meeting.

 

 

 

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Custodian Contest

Register to win a $50 gift card and an SEIU Local 284 goodie bag!  Register by 11/13/15.

Entry Form

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Bus Driver Contest

Register to win a $50 gift card and an SEIU Local 284 goodie bag!  Enter by 11/13/15.

Entry Form

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2015 Executive Board Election

The SEIU Local 284 democratic process to elect a President (3 year term), 2nd Vice President (1 year term), Trustee (3 year term), 2 Members at Large (3 year term) and Sergeant at Arms (3 year term), is about to begin. An Election Committee will oversee the election.

Nominations will be accepted at the October 24, 2015 Leadership Assembly during the General Membership Union Meeting.  Any nominee who is unopposed shall be deemed elected without the necessity for further procedures.  If  there is more than one nominee, election shall be by secret mail ballot.

Election Schedule:

1.      October 24, 2015 – Nominations accepted at General Membership Union meeting of SEIU Local 284 If no contested seats all officers will be sworn in and no further action is needed
2.      October 26, 2015 at 4pm – Candidate Profiles due for any contested seats
3.      October 29, 2015 – Ballot’s mailed to all Members **Only if any seats are contested  – Mail Ballot Procedure
4.      November  18, 2015 at 3pm – All ballots returned by U.S. MAIL and received by the Bureau of Mediation Services will be picked up **Only if any seats are contested – Mail Ballot Procedure
5.      November  18, 2015 at 4pm – All ballots will be opened and tallied at SEIU Local 284, 450 Southview Blvd, So St Paul, MN 55075 **Only if any seats are contested – Mail Ballot Procedure
6.      November  18, 2015 at 6:30pm – General Membership Meeting, Announcement of elected officers and swearing in.  **Only if any seats are contested

SEIU Local 284 Officer Nominations

Click here to download the Candidate profile form.
Click here to download the NOMINATING PETITION 2015-1

Article V, Section 2-Any nominee who is unopposed shall be deemed elected without the necessity for further procedures.

Article V, Section 5- No member shall be eligible for nomination or election to the office of Trustee or Member-At-Large unless the member is actively employed under a collective bargaining agreement in Local 284’s jurisdiction at the time of the election. Any member may be nominated and elected to the office of Executive Director, President, Vice President….No member shall be eligible for nomination or election as an officer in this Local Union unless he or she has been a member two (2) years immediately preceding the nomination and continuously in good standing of this Local Union and is paying at least the minimum dues required for working members.

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Member of the Year

SEIU Local 284
Member of the Year Award

Do you know an SEIU brother or sister who really goes out of their way—for their community, their fellow brothers and sisters, or their students! If so, here is what we need you to do. Or if you’re that person just follow these simple steps.

Nominate:

* Fill out the form:

The form will be available to fill out on line or you can print it out. If you print it, fill it out then either mail it or fax it in by the deadline.

*Send to:                     SEIU Local 284, 450 Southview Blvd, South St Paul MN 55075

Or

Fax to- 651-256-9119

* Deadline for forms to be in the office is October 31, 2015, or postmarked by October 31, 2015.

      *No Exception!!!!!

*The nominee will be mailed a letter informing them of their nomination along with section 5 to be completed. This letter will go out the first week in November. The information will need to be returned to the office NO LATER THAN November 28, 2015.

*Sometime in the first two weeks of December the nominees will meet with a committee to be interviewed

 *The top 3 candidates will be announced at the Leadership Assembly on February 20, 2016

*The winner of the nomination selection will be going to the White House in May  (TBA).

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