BREAKING! Overnight the Minnesota Legislature passed the Education Omnibus bill, which includes UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR HOURLY SCHOOL WORKERS! The bill is now headed to Governor Walz's desk to sign into law! Click here to read more!
Robin Olson, of Pequot Lakes, was awarded the SEIU Local 284 Member of the Year Award. Robin has shown great dedication and determination to her profession, coworkers, and union. Congratulations Robin!
ST. PAUL - Kelly Gibbons, the Executive Director of SEIU Local 284, the union of over 10,000 school employees across the state who work as paras, school bus drivers, custodians, office staff, food service workers, and more, shared her thoughts on the November forecast from the State of Minnesota announcing a projected 17.6-billion-dollar budget surplus: Click here to read more!
This October, Governor Walz stood alongside workers across industries to pledge his support for organized labor. This November, we’re standing alongside Governor Walz for re-election. He took a moment to pledge his support for a crucial issue to our members: expanding unemployment insurance for hourly school workers. As a former teacher, Walz knows how important it is to have a stable paycheck through the summer months so workers can pay their bills. He also knows schools need this to maintain a workforce and avoid staff shortages.
On June 19, 2022, for the first time, Juneteenth will be celebrated as a national holiday. This is a huge victory not only for foundational black Americans around the nation, but also a win for the unions who supported Juneteenth along the way. Long before Juneteenth was recognized as a National holiday, local unions here in Minneapolis played a large role in supporting our Juneteenth events. For the past several years, under the leadership of the People of Color Union Members (P.O.C.U.M.), Juneteenth was revived as a joyful celebration and welcoming event for all in Minneapolis.
Spring is coming, and as we near the end of the school year I wanted to share some amazing wins our union has seen and update you on our ongoing fight to win Unemployment Insurance. I hope you are staying safe and the last few months of the school year go well. As always, if you have any questions or need anything at all, please reach out to your steward, staff organizer or directly to me. In solidarity – Kelly Gibbons, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284, KellyG@local284.com