From the Desk of the President (September, 2007)

Local 34 will elect up to 15 delegates to represent us in the six New Alliance Area Labor Councils (the councils were established to provide region by region support for affiliate work, including organizing, politics and legislation) in Minnesota. The first annual meeting for each ALC will be held in September and October on the dates as listed:   

Minneapolis Regional ALC (Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, McLeod, Meeker, and Scott Counties) delegate strength = 6. Meeting held 5:00 6:00 PM, September 18, 2007, 2nd Floor, United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. 

Northeast ALC (Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St Louis Counties) delegate strength = 1. Meeting held 6:30 7:30 PM, September 18, 2007, Carlton Labor Temple, 1403 Ave C, Cloquet, MN.  

West ALC (all the others not listed elsewhere) ALC delegate strength = 1. Meeting held 10:00 AM 2:00 PM, October 11, 2007, Holiday Inn, 5637 State Hwy 29S, Alexandria, MN.

East Central ALC (Aitkin, Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and Todd Counties) delegate strength = 1. Meeting held 5:30 7:30 PM, October 15, 2007, American Legion, 103 Maple St, Royalton MN.

St Paul Metro ALC (Chisago, Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties) delegate strength = 5. Meeting held 5:30 6:30 PM, October 16, 2007, St Paul Trades & Labor, 411 Main St, St Paul MN.

Southeast ALC (Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona Counties) delegate strength = 1. Meeting held 9:30 Am 4:00 PM, October 20, 2007, Albert Lea Labor Temple, 1407 N Hwy 13, Albert Lea MN.

If you are interested in serving as a Local 34 delegate to any of the above Area Labor Councils, please attend the September 5, 2007 General Assembly when the elections will be held or let me know of your interest by no later than 12:00 noon on that date.

I found the following poem in a bunch of old files of union workshops I have attended over the years and though that the last half was especially apropos for the issues we face this year in negotiations. 


Im Proud to Be Union

Its easy to talk, to complain and cuss,

But our Unions future depends on us!

We can put dignity back in our label.

It wont be easy, but I know were able.

Being strong takes more than a few,

It takes everyone, and that includes you!

Lets all be proud to be Union!

-         Author Unknown


A group of your sisters and brothers from Locals 34 and 2822 met on Friday, August 17, 2007 to discuss how we can effectively build our strength and power in the workplace so that more of us in our bargaining units will be proud to be UNION! The outcome of the meeting is that we will have a concerted effort to meet our fair share fee payers one-on-one and talk to them about the importance of unionism, answer any questions that they might have and encourage them to sign a dues authorization card to join our dues paying members ranks. Vernon Wagner and Kathleen Farber will serve as the coordinators of this Internal Organizing Campaign. They, with the assistance of our stewards, officers and activists, will work hard over the next three months to increase our membership. The result of this drive will be an increase in our power in the workplace. This will lead to our success in our contract campaign this year, which is titled A Full Service County Made Excellent. See the picture below to see who your leaders are as we go forward in this endeavor

Jean Happy Labor Day!