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Sartell School Workers Overwhelmingly Authorize Strike

Group Includes Cooks, Bus Drivers and Custodians Who Are Members of SEIU Local 284
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The group is fighting for better schools and better jobs for Sartell families

Sartell, Minn — ISD 748 (Sartell) school employees who are members of SEIU Local 284 overwhelmingly voted Saturday to authorize a strike if there are no improvements in their fight for better schools and better jobs in Sartell. The 83-person bargaining unit includes custodial, grounds, food service, and bus & van drivers at ISD 748 Sartell-St. Stephen School District, Sartell High School, Sartell Middle School, Pine Meadow Elementary and Oak Ridge Elementary. The group has been working under an expired contract since July 1st, 2016, and have had 6 negotiation sessions and an additional 3 mediation sessions. After a year-and-a-half employees are still facing the district asking to undercut these important jobs. No date has been set for a strike and the group would have to give a 10-day notice.

Karen Klein has been a cook in the Sartell schools for 13 years and shared how school workers have been pushed to the point of a strike vote.
 “Our students deserve the best experience possible, and that means the people who work in the school need to know we are valued and that our work matters. I am proud of the work I do making healthy meals for students, but right now the district only seems to care about taking care of those higher up. Without a bus driver or custodian or cook, the school simply wouldn’t run,” said Klein. “We don’t feel like they value us at all. They will save money any way they can, even if it means hurting people who work in the school and live in the community. When they treat us like this, it shows they aren’t valuing the school, families, students and the community.”

Klein shared that the group continues to be ready to reach a deal if the district would be willing to bring a realistic offer to the table.

“We don’t expect to get everything we ask for, but we feel like the district isn’t hearing the issues that are important to families in our community that need to be resolved. All jobs in the school should be valued and treated fairly. If we are sick, we should have the same healthcare as other people who work in the school. Right now we feel like we don’t matter.”IMG951008001 (1)

Jesse Paggen, who has worked in the Sartell schools for 22 years as lead custodian, also shared why the school employees voted to authorize the strike.

“We aren’t doing this to be rich, we just want what is best for families in our community. Some people who do important work in our schools barely make enough to pay for gas to get to and from work. When the district undervalues the people who work in the school — cutting pay and making healthcare virtually unaffordable — it impacts students,” said Paggen.

“We have been fighting for a fair contract for a year-and-a-half when other contracts with the school are settled within months. I wish our work was treated as fairly as other people who work in the schools,” Paggen continued. “People from our community love working here and rely on these jobs to survive, and the district is looking to take more from people who work hard for very little. I hope this helps get the district to take us serious.”

The two sides are currently in mediation because of a lack of progress. 

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White Bear Lake ISD 624 Extended Day

EMPLOYER:White Bear Lake ISD 624
WORKSITE:White Bear Lake ISD 624 Extended Day

4855 Bloom Ave

White Bear Lake MN  55110

CONTRACT:

White Bear Lake 624 ED 2015-2017

STEWARDS:

Barbara Lindemer

Jason Cairl

CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Keith Niemi

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Brooklyn Center 286 Paraprofessionals/Clerical

EMPLOYER:Brooklyn Center ISD 286
WORKSITE:Brooklyn Center ISD 286 Paraprofessional/Clerical
6500 Humboldt Ave. N

Brooklyn Center 286 A 14-16 with 2 MOU’s

Stewards:

Joann Gabrick

Wendy Schultz-McCurdy

Contract Organizer:

Shelly Johnson

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TCU-Montgomery ISD 2905 Paraprofessionals

Employer: TCU-Montgomery ISD 2905; Montgomery-Lonsdale-LeCenter

Worksite: TCU-Montgomery ISD 2905
101 2nd Street NE Ste. 3
Montgomery MN 56069

Phone: 507-364-8100

CONTRACT:

TCU-Montgomery 2905 A 14-16

STEWARD:

Krisita Schwieger

CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Jeff Leys

 

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Forest Lake ISD 831 Food Service

EMPLOYER – Forest Lake ISD 831
WORKSITE – Forest Lake ISD 831 Food Service
6100 N 210th Street
Forest Lake MN 55025

CONTRACT:

Forest Lake 831 CA 2016-2018

STEWARDS:

Joanne Larsen

Betsy Kelley

Ann McMahon

CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Scott Anderson

 

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Cambridge ISD 911 Paraprofessionals

EMPLOYER:Cambridge ISD 911
WORKSITE:Cambridge ISD 911 Paraprofessionals
315 7th Lane NE

CONTRACT:

Cambridge 911 A 2015-2017

STEWARDS:

Chris Dahlquist

Laura Fredenburg

Denise White

Michelle Witzmann

CONTRACT  ORGANIZER:

Scott Anderson

INTERNAL ORGANIZER:

Gabe Berlovtiz

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Wayzata ISD 284 Secretarial/Para

EMPLOYER:Wayzata ISD  284
WORKSITE:Wayzata ISD  284 Secretaries
210 State Highway 101 N
Wayzata, MN 55391

CONTRACT:

Wayzata 284 S 2016-2018

STEWARDS:

Anne Bipes

Donna Roehl

Daneen Usgaard

CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Jeff Leys

INTERNAL ORGANIZER:

Kate Dobson

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Pequot Lakes ISD186 Multiple Unit

EMPLOYER:Pequot Lakes ISD 186
WORKSITE:Pequot Lakes ISD 186 Multiple Unit
Box 368

CONTRACT:

Pequot Lakes 186 MU 2015-2017

STEWARD:

Laura Flowers

CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Scott Anderson

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New Prague ISD 721 Paraprofessionals

EMPLOYER:New Prague ISD 721
WORKSITE:New Prague ISD 721 Paraprofessionals
301 Lexington Ave. S

CONTRACT:

New Prague 721 A 2015-2017

STEWARD:

Lisa Blaschko

CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Jeff Leys

INTERNAL ORGANIZER:

Renee Lundgren

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Minneapolis ISD 1 Food Service

EMPLOYER:MINNEAPOLIS ISD 1 Food Service
WORKSITE:MINNEAPOLIS ISD 1 Food Service
807 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

CONTRACT:

Minneapolis 1 CA 2015 – 2017

STEWARDS:

Lisa Quinnell

Cynthia Gross

James D Brown


CONTRACT ORGANIZER:

Russ Lewis

INTERNAL ORGANIZER:

Renee Lundgren

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