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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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.
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
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.
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.
* Fill out the form:
*Send to: SEIU Local 284, 450 Southview Blvd, South St Paul MN 55075
Fax to- 651-256-9119
* Deadline for forms to be in the office is October 31, 2015, or postmarked by October 31, 2015.
*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).
To the Editor:
Although my job title is “custodian” in Wayzata Public Schools, I am also a counselor, a friend and an advocate. Students call me “Mentor Mike,” and many students who are having problems at school talk to me. Because of that, I see firsthand the much discussed achievement gap between students of color and white students every day. To me, it’s not a statistic. It’s real kids who are failing while watching their peers succeed.
I work hard to try to reduce that gap and support these kids, but there are barriers to success. One barrier is the many stress factors from their environment and home life, while another is institutionalized racism in our school system.
There are a few proposals that have been put forward this legislative session that actually address the problems I see.
The “full service community schools” would address the nonacademic barriers by bringing parents and community members to the table to support our kids. It’s a proven model in helping schools beat the odds for students of color and students in poverty.
Another proposal would help people of color become teachers by offsetting some of the costs. This has been a problem in Minnesota, and kids would benefit from seeing people who look like them in front of the classroom.
In Minnesota, we don’t like to talk much about race. But the more the legislature brings in teachers, staff, parents, and community members to address it together, the more they will change.
There are a lot of proposals flying around the Capitol, but if the legislature is serious about reducing the achievement gap, I hope they listen to Mentor Mike and take these seriously.
Provides voluntary public pre-kindergarten for all four year old children across the state. Aims to close the achievement gap, increase school readiness, create seamless transitions to all day-k, and engage better more meaningful engagement with families.
Status: H46 Awaiting action in Education Innovation Policy & S6 Laid Over in E-12 Division
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FREE BREAKFAST PROGRAM FOR ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
SENATE 344 SPONSOR: JOHNSON
Expands the free breakfast for kindergarten to all elementary students by reimbursing $1.30 for each fully paid breakfast served to students.
Status: Hearing on Tuesday, Feb 10th Room 112 Capitol 8:30am
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FOUR DAY SCHOOL WEEK
H197 &S162 SIMPLIFICATION SPONSOR: REP MILLER
S188 REAUTHORIZATION SPONSOR: SEN KOENEN
These bills reauthorize the 4- day week schedule, and will make it easier for additional districts to move to that model. Four day weeks have proven not to work and are detrimental to student achievement. Last year, seven of the eleven districts that moved to the four day week schedule went back to five days.
Because of divestment in education and inequity in funding, Districts are cutting programs and hours in class – instead we should fully fund education and increase equity in non- metro districts so all students can have access to a quality education.
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Status: Hearing Wednesday Febraury 11th 8:30 AM Room 112 Capitol
EQUITY IN EDUCATION
S76 SCHOOL FACILITIES MAINTENANCE REVENUE SPONSOR: SEN. DAHLE
S75 CAPITAL PROJECTS REFERENDUM EQUALIZATION SPONSOR: SEN. DAHLE
Over the last 20 years, the disparity between metro and non- metro schools has widened- particularly when it comes to funding for facilities and maintenance of buildings. Currently, the largest 25 districts have the “alternative facilities program” – which is the ability maintain facilities without putting a levy or referendum on the ballot.
These bills create an adequate, equitable, sustainable funding stream for all districts, for all schools for all kids by doing two things:
1. Give all school districts access to “alternative facilities funding” so school buildings and grounds can be responsibly and efficiently maintained.
2. Make school facilities levies and bonds more affordable in low-wealth districts by increasing equalization. This ensures tax fairness by making levies affordable in low property wealth districts. For districts whose tax base is lower than the average, the state will contribute a higher share of the per- pupil funding.
Ø This investment in infrastructure will make sure that all students – no matter where they live – are in quality, safe, learning environments; and districts could focus investment in education, programing, and support staff needs.
Ø These bills close the funding inequity for long term maintenance of schools in non- metro districts. We can’t segregate our funding based on zip codes. All students deserve quality facilities.
Status: Amended and Laid over in E-12 Division
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H175 & S96 EQUITY REVENUE FOR EXURBAN DISTRICT SEN KIFFENMEYER AND REP LUCERO
The disparity in educational opportunities is especially striking in the districts surrounding the borders of the seven- county metro area. Many districts have thousands of students residing in metro counties, are paying vendors, staff, at the same rates as the metro districts, but receive no metro equity revenue from the state. Teachers and support staff should not have lower pay and fewer benefits because of their zip code.
These bills address this inequitable funding model by allowing any district in the 11 county metro to receive metro equity revenue—a 25% boost in per- pupil funding. The districts eligible for metro equity revenue would increase from 48 to 75- including twenty schools with Local 284 contracts:
138- NORTH BRANCH
727- BIG LAKE
728- ELK RIVER
742- ST. CLOUD
881- MAPLE LAKE
885- ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE
2144- CHISAGO LAKES
2687- HOWARD LAKE
2859- GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE
Status: H175 & S96 Awaiting action in Education Finance & E12 Divisions- on the Senate agenda Feb 3rd
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FORMULA ALLOWANCE INCREASE
H350 & S153 SPONSOR: REP UGLEM AND S HOFFMAN
All schools need stable and reliable funding, yet school funding has not kept pace with inflation for decades. Both bills keep up with inflation and allow schools to make additional investments to improve student achievements. S541 creates a more predictable and sustainable form of funding that adjusts automatically to inflation over time.
Proposes a 5% increase to the basic revenue formula allowance in 2016 ($6,131) and later.
Status: Introduced 1/26 in House & 1/20 in Senate Awaiting action in Education Finance & E12 Divisions
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SEN 541 SPONSOR: SEN CLAUSEN
Proposes a 4% increase to the basic revenue formula allowance in both 2016 ($6,064) and 2017 ($6,307). In 2018 and later, the formula allowance increase would automatically increase by the Consumer Price Index- inflation- plus 1%.
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Hamline University Adjuncts Vote to Join SEIU in Landmark Union Election
Overwhelming victory builds momentum for upcoming vote at the University of St. Thomas, marks first vote for private school in Minnesota as adjuncts join rapidly growing national union movement
St. Paul – In a victory for adjunct faculty across the nation, Hamline University adjuncts in St. Paul have voted overwhemlingly to join part-time faculty at Northeastern University, Georgetown University and thousands of instructors nationwide in a rapidly growing union movement.
The victory marks the first time that adjunct faculty at a private Twin Cities-area university have formed a union in their quest to improve higher education for students and faculty. Hamline adjuncts will join SEIU Local 284 as part of the Adjunct Action campaign after votes for the all-mail ballot election were counted at the Minneapolis office of the National Labor Relations Board this morning. 72% of the valid ballots counted voted yes to forming the union.
David Weiss is an adjunct faculty in the Religion department at Hamline and spoke about why the win reflects a victory for the entire Hamline community.
After the vote count was announced, he stated, “This is a great day for faculty, students, and the whole Hamline community. It was clear in this campaign that for adjuncts in Minnesota, our time is now. By coming together to address the low pay and lack of benefits and stability for adjunct faculty, we are taking steps to strengthen all of higher education for students and faculty alike. I’m confident that our success today will help empower other workers, including adjunct faculty like ourselves at schools like St. Thomas, to change working and learning conditions in higher education.”
Jennifer Beckham teaches in the English department and spoke about the great opportunity this provides Hamline.
“We sent a letter to Provost Jensen expressing our interest in building a productive relationship that reflects our shared value in making Hamline a great place for faculty and students. Adjuncts have been energized by the support of tenured faculty, students, alumni, and community supporters throughout this process, and we look forward to continuing this important work.”
Minnesota adjuncts are joining a fast-growing union movement, as adjuncts come together to take on this crisis in higher education that has turned what was once a good middle-class profession into a low-wage, no-benefits job without any job security from semester to semester. Now their vision is to take this work a step further – to unite adjunct faculty market wide, and across the country – because this crisis in higher education will not be solved one school at a time.
Adjunct Action is a project of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s largest and fastest growing union and home to over 20,000 unionized part-time and contingent college and university faculty who have won improvements in pay, job security, evaluation processes, and access to retirement benefits.