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Your Contract is on the Ballot!!

Because of the pandemic Minnesota is facing a nearly 6 billion dollar budget shortfall. You’ve probably already started to hear districts plead poverty in bargaining because they think the budget deficit is going to result in cuts to education.

You can see why districts think that cuts are likely. The current state budget is about 48 billion dollars and education is almost 24 billion dollars. It’s virtually impossible to cut 6 billion dollars without cutting Education.  

The leaders we elect in November are going to choose how to fill the budget gap. They can cut Education – and we all know that those cuts never seem to fall on the Administrators OR they can raise taxes on the rich and corporations that have continued to do well in spite of the pandemic. I know that our members are doing their part to get their communities through this pandemic. The wealthy and companies like Amazon need to do their part too.

That’s why it’s so important that we elect pro-union, pro-public education candidates up and down the ballot this year. Click here  so that you can register to join us for a blitz.

Click here for SEIU MN State Council Endorsements

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Leadership Assembly 10/24/2020

Have you had a chance to register for our upcoming Leadership Assembly?  If not, there are still spots left, sign up today!

Topic:  10/24/2020~SEIU 284 Member Mtg @ 9:00 am ~ National Early VOTE Day of  Action @ 10:00 am

Description:  9:00 am – SEIU Local 284 General Member meeting:
-Reports
-Approve 2021 Budget

10:00  am ALL – National Early VOTE Day of Action Rally and Phone/Text Bank
-Virtual Rally

Break out groups – Pick one from below on the registration form

Labor to Labor Phonebank:
In what has shaped up to be one of the most consequential elections in American history we must deliver a decisive win for pro-Labor candidates because everything is on the line. The COVID-19 pandemic means a shift away from contacting union members at their front doors and towards phone calls. Make phone calls to your fellow union members across our state’s Labor movement in support of Labor-endorsed candidates and to provide information on how to vote early from home or in person.

Conservative Member Engagement Phonebank:
SEIU represents thousands of conservative members in Minnesota. Like all SEIU members, we share a belief that working people shouldn’t have to struggle to provide for their families, that workplaces should be fair and safe, and that we should be able to retire with dignity. Join fellow conservatives to call SEIU members in support of SEIU endorsed Republican candidates and to provide information on how to vote early from home or in person.

Labor to Labor Texting:
For members who recognize how critical it is for pro-Labor candidates to win up and down the ballot but who just can’t bring themselves to make phone calls. Engage with fellow union members by text to encourage them to support Labor-endorsed candidates and provide information on how to vote early from home or in person.

 

Time:  Oct 24, 2020 09:00 AM – 1:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting, click here to register.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

In Solidarity,

Kelly Gibbons
SEIU Executive Director

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2020 SEIU Local 284 Member of the Year: Tom Ryan

Tom was recognized as the 2020 SEIU Local 284 Member of the Year at the February 15, 2020 Leadership Assembly.  Tom is a Bus Driver for ISD 196:  Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District and a Member of Local 284 since 2008 and has served as a Union Steward for his Transportation Bargaining Unit since 2015.  When he is not serving in the role of a Union Leader, he has served as the Birthday Brunch Coordinator to recognize members of the Transportation Union on their birthday.  He has coordinated the Food Drive for the Communities-Rosemount Family Resource Center to help those in need of food assistance in the community.  Since 2017 he has also helped to coordinate the Charity Potluck in his district that helps to raise funds for the food drive in Rosemount.  When he is not serving his community, he supports his kids in their sports.  We congratulate Tom for being names the 2020 SEIU Local 284 Member of the Year!

Nominations for the SEIU Local 284’s 2021 Member of the Year are due by 4:00 PM on Monday, January 18, 2021.  The Member of the Year program is designed to recognize a member who exemplifies the values of SEIU Local 284 and lives a life that exemplifies our mission statement.  The 2021 Member of the Year will be recognized just as previous Member of the Year honorees have been.  Previous Member of the Year honorees are: Tom Ryan, 2020 Member of the Year:  Beverly Tinney, 2019 Member of the Year:  Mark Glende 2018 Member of the Year:  Anna Gimberline, 2017 Member of the Year and Stella Sola, 2016 Member of the Year.

Click here to get a nomination form or you may contact our office to have one mailed to you.  Finalists will be interviewed by the Member of the Year Award Committee and the winner will be recognized at the first 2021 SEIU Local 284 Leadership Assembly.

Keith Niemi, Esq. President SEIU Local 284

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Information from 8/27/20 Steward/Leader Meeting

We had a great meeting last night with leaders from across our union.  We wanted to share some of the information we covered, as everyone was not able to attend.

We watched the new video created by the Department of Labor and Industry on Worker protections during COVID-19:

Watch the video and visit dli.mn.gov/updates for more COVID-19 information and resources.

 

Click here to find the Steward Safety Reporting checklist.

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New video available: Worker protections during COVID-19

SEIU Local 284 wanted to share the new video by The Department of Labor and Industry.

The Department of Labor and Industry’s top priority is to make sure Minnesota workers stay safe and healthy.

We understand there may be some confusion for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we’ve created a video that reviews:

  • workplace safety and health;
  • sick leave and final wages;
  • workers’ compensation; and
  • other worker protections.

Watch the video and visit dli.mn.gov/updates for more COVID-19 information and resources.

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Protecting Your Financial Security & Identity From Fraud

Is your Social Security number protected?  What about your date of birth?  With those two key bits of information, fraud artists can steal your identity, open new credit accounts in your name, and wreak havoc on your financial security.  Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic has created new opportunities for identify theft: after applying for unemployment compensation, some members report that the unemployment office informed them someone else had already applied using the member’s identity.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Financial Security and Your Identity:

You should file a fraud report with Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance program if you learn someone else has used your identity to apply for unemployment.  You should also file a police report.

  1. You can file a report with Unemployment Insurance online at: https://www.uimn.org/fraud-report/
  1. You can file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at: https://www.identitytheft.gov.  The website will assist in developing a recovery plan if your identity is stolen.
  1. You should file a police report with your local police department and report the possible fraud.

On-Going Protection of Your Financial Security:

Once a person has your Social Security number and date of birth, that person can begin opening up new credit accounts in your name.  If you do not monitor your credit reports, you may find yourself in challenging economic straits.  You might want to apply for a new car loan, or buy a house using a mortgage, or rent a new apartment or house.  If your identity is stolen, your credit could be ruined, and you might not be able to do any of these things.

Fortunately, because of federal regulations and laws, it is easier to monitor your credit reports and to control access to your credit reports.  Three main credit reporting agencies exist; all are accessible on-line.  Each is required to provide you with a free credit report one time every year (if you request it).

Now, through the federal government’s Federal Trade Commission website, you can receive a credit report from each credit reporting agency once per week through April 2021.

You may want to do the following:

  1. Request and review your credit reports from Experian, Transunion and Equifax credit reporting agencies at the website: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action

(note that this is the website that the Federal Trade Commission directs you to).

  1. Learn more about credit, debt, home loans and are consumer related matters at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports
  1. You can put a “freeze” on your credit at each of the 3 credit reporting agencies. This “freeze” means that you are able to control if and when your credit information is released to another person or business.  You can “freeze” your report now, and then “unfreeze” it if you need to apply for a credit card, a loan, an apartment, or something else in the future.

To create a “freeze” at Experian, go to:  https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html#content-01

To create a “freeze” at Equifax, go to:  https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/credit-freeze/

To create a “freeze” at Transunion, go to:  https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze

Your Union’s Member Only Benefits:

As an SEIU Local 284 union member, many financial benefits are available to you.  We encourage you to learn more at our Union’s website, https://www.seiumb.com and at the AFL-CIO website:  https://www.unionplus.org

A few notable financial benefits are:

  1. Credit counseling:  https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/credit-counseling
  2. Debt management:  https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/debt-management
  3. Life, Homeowners, Renters and Auto Insurance: https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/insurance
  4. Auto Buying and Goodyear Tire Discount: https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/auto
  5. Mortgages, Cell phone discounts, shopping discounts: https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/home
  6. A legal services plan: https://www.seiumb.com/insurance/us-legal-services
  7. Free 2 year Associate’s Degree (for the member and her / his family): https://www.seiumb.com/education/seiu-free-college-benefit

Keeping Our Union Strong

We’ll continue to work together to keep our Union strong.  Please be in contact with us about how, together, we can build power in our workplaces and continue to fight for strong contracts that protect worker rights, wages, and benefits.

 

In Solidarity,

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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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