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Michael Bona, Assistant Executive Director - Michael initially became interested in unions and labor issues while employed as a bus driver, and represented by ATU, while attending the U of M. He later obtained a M.A.I.R. degree from the Carlson School of Mgmt with a concentration in collective bargaining and labor relations. Michael decided to work for a union to help improve employees' overall terms and conditions of employment. For the past 20 years, Michael had a successful career in public sector labor relations working first as a Business Rep and then as Executive Director for an independent union. He believes his labor relations experience, skills and knowledge in dynamically advocating on the behalf of labor unions, match well with MSEA's mission and will prove beneficial to MSEA and its members. Michael looks forward to meeting and working with all of MSEA's members in his position as Assistant Executive Director.
Joe Juaire, Financial Manager - Joe is honored and excited to be working for the officers and members of MSEA as your Financial Manager. His goal is to continue to maintain the financial stability of MSEA by working with the leaders and officers to improve practices and procedures and to ensure that MSEA continues to have the resources needed to achieve its goals and objectives. For the past 19 years, Joe has been extremely involved in union activities at Education Minnesota within the statewide local - the Minnesota State College Faculty. During that time, Joe served the membership in a broad range of elected, appointed and hired positions at the chapter and state level. This provided him with valuable experience in handling local, regional and statewide issues.
The MSEA Board recently approved to send a $100 donation to the Nellie Stone Johnson fund. Then they took it a step further by sending out a challenge to all MSEA units to match the donation. Thanks to the Willmar Paras, who wasted no time before meeting the challenge, followed shortly by the Shakopee Paras & Computer Techs. See the Nellie Stone article to the right to make a contribution. Let's keep it going!
MSEA remembers Barb Smith, a Special Ed. Para who passed away after suffering an aneurysm on Friday, Jan 30th. Barb was a member in good standing of the Windom Paraprofessional unit since 1984 and will be truly missed. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and co-workers during this most difficult time.
MSEA members can now take advantage of Access to Savings - a Member-Only discount program offering members convenient and easily redeemable savings of up to 50% on: dining, shopping, hotel & travel, auto rental & services, movies & entertainment, recreation, home & garden, health & beauty and more. Over 300,000 participating national and local merchants.
All MSEA members were mailed their Members-Only Code with instruction how to log in to the Access to Savings website to register and save!
Did You Know?
WORKDAY MINNESOTA - The Wisconsin State Assembly passed so-called Right to Work legislation Friday and Governor Scott Walker said he will sign it, making Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt this measure that substantially weakens unions. Under Right to Work, employees are allowed to enjoy the benefits of a union contract without paying for the costs of representation. As a result, organized labor is generally weaker and smaller in Right to Work states. read on
We have the opportunity to permanently remind Capitol visitors, including school children, of the important role labor has played in our state. The Legislature and the Governor authorized placing a bust of Nellie Stone Johnson, a nationally renowned labor and civil rights leader, in a prominent spot in the Capitol. But matching funds must be raised for the first bust in our Capitol recognizing Nellie Stone Johnson's legacy:
*The first prominent labor leader
*The first woman activist/leader
*The first education leader
*The first Minnesota-born African-
American civil rights leader
If we all contribute, we can make sure that Nellie Stone Johnson and her legacy are recognized. Please make checks payable to the NSJ Capitol Fund and send them to: Union Bank & Trust, 312 Central Av SE, Mpls MN 55414
Thank you for helping to bring labor history to life!
AFSMCE COUNCIL 5 - Rep Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, has been on the House Higher Education committee for nine years. Her role includes oversight of the U of M. But after sitting in on a forum organized by Univeristy Unions United on Feb. 6, Norton says, "I have never had my eyes opened the way I have today." read on
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship. This scholarship is available to minority students from union families attending or planning to attend one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges and/or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Applicants must be a racial minority and a union member or be the child, grandchild or spouse of a union member. Scholarships are awarded to both full and part-time students attending class in the fall of 2015. Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2015. Click here for more details.
View the entire 2014-15 Skills Courses schedule sponsored by the Labor Education Service. All classes are non-credit and open to all.
Register for the Nancy Crippen Educational Scholarship. Deadline is March 1 of each year. Applications submited after March 1st will be considered for the following year.
Access to Savings - member discount program
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