From the Desk of the President (September, 2007)
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proud to Be Union
easy to talk, to complain and cuss,
our Union’s future depends on us!
can put dignity back in our label.
won’t be easy, but I know we’re able.
strong takes more than a few,
takes everyone, and that includes you!
all be proud to be Union!
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