Region 3 – Local 301- Meeting Minutes
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Paul, MN – Room 2A
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
President Jason Moran called the meeting to order at 12:06 pm.
President’s Report: Jason Moran
- Information about teacher’s strike and PELRA.
- MOTION made, seconded and passed to approve minutes of the March meeting.
- Contract Negotiations Update.
- Update on MAPE Day on the Hill.
- Member Mark Snyder won $10 gift card for participating in MAPE Day on the Hill.
- The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library “Untold Labor Stories” series in April-May is free. Details are at www.thefriends.org (also check Union Bulletin Boards on each floor).
- Safety update: At March Labor Management Committee meeting, management said they will be installing additional security equipment and security access changes.
- MAPE is conducting a pilot project on relational organizing with our local and two others – we need people who care/are passionate about something (doesn’t have to be union-related) to build community partnerships.
- Delegate Assembly – Sept 20 and 21st in Bloomington. 4 delegates and an alternate from our local will attend. DA is the highest governing body of MAPE. We would like volunteers. If you have resolutions to propose, deadline is July 5, 2013.
- Other Local updates: nominations open for Delegates and alternates to the 2013 Delegate Assembly and also for the office of Region 3 Director.
- MOTION made, seconded and passed (Good and Welfare) to donate $50 to Local 0301 Member John Gegen, whose child has neuroblastoma.
Secretary Update: Tina Patton (for leadership)
- Local Leadership has submitted an application for a MAPE Scholarship asking for $2,000 to receive some training from the University of Minnesota’s Labor Education Service. The training would be two days, focusing the first day on an introduction to the labor movement, some labor history, and discussing the importance of unions, and then the second day would be a session on building membership. If we are awarded the scholarship, we would invite any other members to attend. Awards will be announced at Delegate Assembly in September.
Treasurer’s Report: Joey Lee
- March and April reports were given. MOTION made, seconded, and passed to approve budgets.
- Audit committee is in process of performing annual audit.
Executive Update: Mary Baker
- Meeting was changed to this Thursday, so no report.
Board of Directors Update: Char Sokatch
- Board of Directors Meeting of March 15, 2013 - Highlights Delegate Assembly to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington on September 20-21, 2013; Resolutions due by July 5, 2013.
- Next Steward Seminar scheduled for May 9, 2013, on Bullying.
- Board approved the “Building Strong Locals” Pilot Plan to increase members activism in their workplace and the community (initial locals identified: 301, 1304, and 2001)
- Some of the legislative items MAPE is watching are: Whistleblower Legislation - H.F. 542/S.F. 443; Pension Legislation - S.F. 696/H.F. 628; Minimum Wage - H.F. 92; Affordable Care Act (Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange) S.F.1/H.F.5; and the Governor’s Budget.
- Board approved amendments to the following Bylaws and policies: Article III Membership, Hiring Policy, Interim Local Governance Policy, Statewide Reimbursement Policy, and the Phone or Electronic Voting Policy.
- Two Business Agent (BA) openings: one BA position filled in March (Dave Kamper); second position was re-advertised to be filled by a MAPE member (application period just closed Monday – 4/8/13).
- Administrative Specialist position filled by Davia Curran.
Membership Secretary: Sally Pinski
- Membership surprise gift drawing at monthly meetings. First winner: Troy Johnson (MAPE USB drive)
- Asking for food committee volunteers. Sally is stepping down as chair and food committee member as of June 1. If we don’t get 3 to 4 volunteers for the food committee, there will be no lunch in June. Sally can help train in members. Contact Sally if interested. The Food Committee chooses the food type, location, calls in orders, arranges for delivery/pick-up, sets up the room, and are the first in line to get food!
Chief Stewards Report: Jason Moran
- Update on steward issues.
- In news: Duluth teachers’ pensions are short. They are asking the state for money, putting spotlight on public employee pensions. Our pension is well-funded, one of the top in the nation. We have defined benefit, which is stable and predictable, and allows good retirement planning without being a burden on taxpayers. It is part of state workers’ compensation package (salaries of public workers are less than private sector at same level).
April Birthday Drawing: Sally Pinski
- Winner: John Gilkeson (MAPE bag)
Next meeting: May 14, 2013
Minutes submitted by Tina Patton, Local 301 Secretary