The following seat was contested and was decided by mail ballot and announced and sworn in 3/18/21 at the General Membership Meeting:
* Member at Large = Cindy Swaim
The following seats were uncontested and won by acclamation:
* Executive Director = Kelly Gibbons
* 1st Vice President = Mark Krey
* Trustee = Steve Miltich
* Member at Large = Cynthia Gross
The above officers were sworn in 2/20/21 at the General Membership Meeting.
Working Partnerships continues to partner with unions and community organizations on USDA “Farmers to Families” Food Box Program distribution events.
April 17th – SEIU Local 26 – 826 18th Ave NE. Mpls. MN 55418 at 9:30 A.M.
April 17th – IBEW Local 292 – 6700 W Broadway Ave. Brooklyn Park, MN. 55428 at 10:00 A.M.
April 24th – Wayman AME Church – 221 7th Ave No. Mpls. MN. 55411 at 9:00 A.M.
Catherine was recognized as the 2021 SEIU Local 284 Member of the Year at the February 20, 2021 Leadership Assembly. Catherine (Cathy) Johnsen meets the challenges of District No. 186 in Pequot Lakes every day as an attendance and discipline secretary. She’s been a fixture in the district for more than two decades. In January of this year, she was nominated by coworker Carrie Chiodi to be named Local 284’s Member of the Year. In typical Minnesota fashion, when Cathy learned of her nomination she remarked, “I’m not even sure why I’m nominated. I feel that others deserve it more.” Cathy though, personifies the dedication of union work.
In the more than twenty years she’s been in the Pequot Lakes School District, the community has experienced growth and change. Expansion included additions to the fifth-grade wing, a new media center, a science wing with labs and classrooms, district and high school offices and an addition at Eagle View Elementary School, where Cathy works. While coming from a family of teachers, Cathy’s head for numbers lead her to a clerical position. That skill allows her to help others, explaining sometimes confusing payroll details to those looking for assistance. It’s a reflection of her strong union background and family ties to organized labor
Cathy has served on the negotiation teams for paras, clerical staff, food service and custodians. When she saw some coworkers were being overlooked in step increases for longevity, she took measures to advance a correction. This year she worked on delivering true benefits compensation for secretaries. Although not a steward, she extends herself to fulfill many of the duties associated with that title.
SEIU Local 284 is pleased and proud to have Cathy Johnsen as a member. She is described by a coworker as someone who is not afraid to fight for what she believes the non-certified staff are entitled to. She is a staple in the lives of the students, with whom she celebrates with each interaction, presenting just the right demeanor to encourage students who may be facing consequences for their actions. Cathy is perhaps, best described in the words of the coworker who nominated her; “Cathy finds ways in our school to bring joy to the daily lives of students and staff, whether it be in the form of decor for seasons or holidays, notes of encouragement, or private conversations. She is a champion in our district and our community.”
Congratulations Cathy Johnsen
SEIU Local 284 Member of the Year
Local 284 member-leader Melissa Grewe: “From all my years of experience, I know how much students benefit from in-person instruction. But no one deserves to have to make this terrible choice between our paycheck and our health” Click here to read her story.
Brooklyn Center support professionals are fighting for #EquityForAll and a fair pay increase in negotiations. Sign their open letter for #EquityForAll now!
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. Candidates must provide an outstanding contribution to the education of students as well as being involved in their union and community. 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.