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