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SEIU Members Across Minnesota Celebrate Election of Tim Walz for Governor & Other SEIU-Endorsed Candidates

Members & staff contacted hundreds of thousands of Minnesota voters leading up to election, proud of work in win that shows state is Greater Than Fear

SAINT PAUL — With news that Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan have been elected as the next Governor and Lt. Governor of Minnesota, SEIU members expressed pride and excitement over their work to help elect these two champions of working people. SEIU members and staff door knocked, phone banked, texted and had worksite conversations with hundreds of thousands of Minnesota voters in the months leading up to the election, making sure they knew which candidates stood with working families.

Walz_SEIU_Member_rsNazra Ahmed, a home care worker who is a member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, shared about the tireless work that SEIU members and staff put in this election in order to make sure our state elects candidates who will fight for our families.

“As a home care worker I know the importance of having people who understand and support our families in office. I’m proud of the thousands of hours that SEIU members in Minnesota have put in door knocking and phone banking supporting candidates who support us,” said Ahmed. “I’ve never been involved in politics before this election, but now I feel like I’ve found my voice as I join others working towards electing people who will work with us to build a state where every family — white, black or brown — have quality care so seniors and people with disabilities, and the people who care for them, can live full and happy lives.”

Seeing an educator running for Governor helped motivate members of SEIU Local 284 like Beverly Tinney, a para-educator in the Mounds View Schools and a member of the union who spent months talking to voters about SEIU-endorsed candidates in her free time.

“I’m one of many SEIU members who has been talking to voters across Minnesota for the last few months. I’m happy our hard work has helped move our state in the right direction. Electing Tim Walz, an educator, as our next Governor, is especially important to me. As a public school employee, I know how important it is to have someone in that office who values education,” said Tinney. “We know that we need to continue our work tomorrow for a more fair and equitable world for all families in our state, but I’m glad to know we will be doing it with so many champions of working families in office.”

SEIU members not only talked to fellow union members and general public voters, but ran campaigns to bring in underrepresented voters to the election process. Abdi Haybe, a security officer with SEIU Local 26, helped reach voters from the East African community both in the Twin Cities and in communities across the state.

“Some politicians and their corporate backers tried to divide us by the color of our color, our religion or where we live, but today, with our vote, we showed them that Minnesotans are greater than fear by electing the candidates who offered hope instead of scapegoating and division,” said Haybe. “We worked hard to make sure we got out the vote to elect candidates who support working families. I’m so excited to we elected candidates like Keith Ellison for Attorney General and Tina Smith for Senate to make sure Minnesota is a state that works for ALL families, not just those at the top.”

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The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to organize unorganized workers in critical sectors of our economy, improve wages, hours and working conditions, and build political and legislative power for all workers and their families.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, SEIU members and staff of the various SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota, and that board, with the active participation and input of our broader membership, determines our endorsements.

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Message to SEIU Voters from Michelle Obama: When We All Vote, We All Do Better

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Job Posting: SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Internal Organizer

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Internal Organizer

 

OVERALL JOB STATEMENT

Internal Organizer at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota carries out a variety of job functions.  An Internal Organizer “IO” will be asked to participate in organizing, legislative and political action, training of members, building worksite leaders, contract negotiations, and other tasks as the need arises.  Any candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours including weekends and evenings when called for.  The IO must also be willing to travel with some possible overnight stays.

The Union IO shall be required to perform services in accordance with the needs of the Local and at such times and places as are necessary.  The Union IO must have a dedication to improve the position of our members and strengthen the role of our Union in every venture.  There must be a willingness to become educated in health care issues, and a desire to lead and inspire our member leaders and rank and file.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Continuous work on internal organizing within facilities.
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop member leaders; assist in defining member leader roles (New Member, Work Site, Political, Grievance); assist in developing plans for work-site campaigns.
  • Create and implement an onsite visit schedule to be posted on the internal shared calendar
  • Support the member leaders in developing a process for new member orientation
  • Develop a program for COPE
  • Support member leaders in processing grievances and carrying out investigations.
  • Create or assist members in creating communication systems; write and edit leaflets, proposals, newsletters, etc.
  • Negotiate contracts and assist other staff in negotiating contracts – from proposals through strike preparation.
  • Train Member leaders to ensure accordance of collective bargaining agreements at your work-sites by management; meeting timelines and procedures related to labor contracts.
  • Participate in organizing campaigns when requested, lead residual organizing campaigns in existing jurisdictions.
  • Monitor policies in work sites, concerning members, ensuring contract compliance.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • High School Diploma or GED, Secondary Education preferred.
  • Previous work experience in Union setting required.
  • Ability to communicate well in writing and orally.
  • Good personal organizational skills; good record keeping.
  • Must be computer literate; advanced computer skills a plus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle in good working condition.  Must have proof of auto insurance.

 

SKILLS NEEDED

  • Knowledge of labor rights and contract language.
  • Ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreements and develop and execute contract campaign plans.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and present statistical data.
  • Ability to establish rapport with members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Ability to mobilize membership around issues.
  • Ability to maintain a commitment to educating the members on the Union and their contract.


BEHAVIORAL QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Ability to handle very negative situations where in fact, you may be the target of the negativity; and turn the situation around to have the best outcome.
  • Manage conflicting demands.
  • Maintain rapport and be able to deal with difficult members.
  • Show extreme amounts of patience.
  • Reassure members, by your actions, that you are for them and will not take management’s word over theirs or “favor” management.
  • Work under pressure independently.
  • Maintain HIGH degree of confidentiality, both for your members and internal Local issues.
  • Show professional demeanor at work-sites and in the community.
  • Maintain respectful, professional relationship with Union member leaders; monitoring and supporting them in their roles.
  • History of high level of proven leadership.

 

Candidate will be assigned to meet the needs of SEIU Healthcare and management may alter assignment as those needs change.

Compensation and benefits as set forth in contract with USW Local 7263-21 for “Union Representative and Organizer.”

Qualified Applicants may send resume and cover letter to Brenda Hilbrich:  brenda.hilbrich@seiuhcmn.org or fax to 651-294-8200

 

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Speak up. Stop the Hate! Trump Administration’s Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

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Today, the Trump administration officially published its proposed “public charge” rule that  would force families to choose between the well-being of their children and a secure future in America. If it goes through, it could force families to forego needed healthcare or go hungry or become homeless in order to secure a future in America.

Your voice matters. Help us fight back and stop this rule from taking effect! Working families have 60 days (until Dec. 10) to speak up and speak out on the impact this proposed rule will have on all of us.

Go to SEIU.org/TakeCharge and raise your voice to oppose this attack on working people who are struggling to make ends meet.

This proposed rule is the first step in an attack on all public services-an attack aimed at all Americans.  By cutting healthcare, nutrition and housing assistance for new Americans, the administration is undermining vital programs for all communities.

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SEIU Healthcare MN Night at the TIMBERWOLVES

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85 Years Strong: 2018 Member Convention and Leadership Assembly

IMG_9510In September, our Union celebrated our 85 year anniversary as a Health Care Workers Union! As the oldest Union of health care workers in the United States, there was much to celebrate.

On Friday, September 14 leaders from across the Union came together for a day of workshops and learning at the Hilton DouIMG_9803bleTree hotel in Bloomington. Members spent time educating each other on the history of the labor movement and our Union, on public policy issues that affect our health care system, and attended workshops on equity and inclusion in our Union and how we can work together to prevent harassment of all forms in our workplaces and our community.

In the evening, members celebrated our 85 years as a union, and recognized member leaders for oustanding work in their respective leaders rules. Members recognized included Barb Andrew, Grievance Leader, Leslie Kaup, Worksite Leader, Brenda Kessler, Orientation Leader and Cleveland Donazal, Political Leader.

On Saturday, September 15th the fifth annual SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Member Convention was held. Throughout the  mornIMG_0691ing, three resolutions were presented and voted on that shaped the course our Union will take over the coming year. These resolutions included: 85 Years Strong, Leading Strong in an Open Shop Environment, and Health Care for All. For a copy of the full resolutions go to seiuhcmn.org/member-resources/convention/. Additionally,  members discussed and decided on important changes to our Union’s Constitution and Bylaws.

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EMPLOYER: Monarch Healthcare Management
WORKSITE: Estates at St. Louis Park
3201 Virginia Avenue S
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, MN 55426
PHONE: 952-935-0333
WEBSITE: https://monarchmn.com/the-estates-at-st-louis-park/

CONTRACTS
Estates at St. Louis Park 2018-February 2021
Healthcare Services Group Master 2016-February 2019

Internal Organizer: Steven Hunt

Steward:
Charles Singleton, Housekeeping Aide

Worksite Leader:
Handy McKenzie, Housekeeping Aide
Saadia Kuku, Housekeeping Aide

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JOB POSTING: SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Organizing Director

JOB STATEMENT

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota  unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota. We are a leader in the progressive community and use a bold and creative approach to politics and organizing. Our daily work is designed to build and reflect member strength and to hold politicians and employers accountable for quality care and quality jobs.

We strongly encourage people of color and women to apply.

 

OVERALL JOB STATEMENT

The Organizing Director oversees the local’s work related to external organizing activities. As part of the senior staff body, the Director collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the strategic organizing plan for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

The Organizing Director at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota must carry out a variety of job functions that entail many different areas. An Organizing Director, besides managing the organizing department, is required to develop organizing strategies, organize the community to support SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s organizing efforts, work closely with international organizing staff, and develop and maintain an SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Member Organizing Team. Any candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours including weekends and evenings when called for. The Organizing Director must also be willing to travel with some overnight stays.

The Organizing Director shall be required to perform services in accordance with the needs of the Local and at such times and places as are necessary. The Organizing Director must have a dedication to improve the position of our members and strengthen the role of our Union in every venture. There must be a willingness to become educated in health care issues, and a desire to lead and inspire our member leaders and rank and file.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Directs External Organizers in developing and executing the strategic organizing plan for the local including the design and implementation of leadership identification, recruitment, development, and training.
  • The Organizing Director oversees and directs the work of all organizing staff, including the development and training of Organizing Committee members.
  • Develops organizing campaigns for unrepresented facilities and sectors of workers and works closely with the leadership team members, International Union Division Director, and SEIU local union Organizing Directors when needed to ensure that the targets are aligned with SEIU and local union priorities.
  • Develops uniform standards for review and evaluation of campaigns.
  • Develops overall industry strategies and action-based campaigns that are industry specific and union-wide on issues that engage workers and members, that are opportunities to build the organization and that are aligned with industry and national objectives within SEIU.
  • Ensures the tracking, reporting and analysis on all campaigns in her/his purview.
  • Ensures the handling of elections are consistent with SEIU HCMN standards.
  • Provides direction, staff development and disciplinary action (if needed) to staff in his/her Department
  • Develops recommended budgets, allocates resources effectively and plans and implements program activities as appropriate.
  • Coordinates with internal Directors to conduct surveys, job audits, investigation and related activities to and in development of Union policies, bargaining positions and development of effective representation programs consistent with internal industry standards and goals.
  • Testifies as expert witness before various agencies
  • Evaluates and initiates requests for ULPs and other third party proceedings.
  • Answers questions from members; respond to members’ calls in a timely manner.
  • Develops organizing budget proposal for organizing year.
  • Support and lead organizing staff in all organizing campaign needs.
  • Makes organizing decisions in consultation with the designated leadership of Healthcare Minnesota; when to pass cards, file, pull petition, or when to go to hearing on all campaigns.
  • Creates a strong community support base through organizing and communication systems; public speaking, leafleting, campaign newsletters and site visits.
  • Identifies, recruits, and trains members for Healthcare Minnesota Member Organizing Team.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or GED, Secondary Education preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience leading large teams of organizing staff/members and demonstrated experience in developing and successfully executing large scale organizing campaigns.
  • In depth knowledge of relevant special body of knowledge including labor law like .
  • Knowledge of workers, the workplace, labor, and political issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Adept at leading and motivating workers in necessary struggles
  • Dedication to workers’ rights and social justice
  • Skilled at managing and meeting many and varying deadlines
  • Effective informal and formal negotiating skills
  • Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills highly desirable
  • Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically
  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills showing flexibility as needed; adept at dealing with conflicting/changing priorities
  • Effective facilitating and organizing meeting skills
  • Experience organizing independently and as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of computer programs including Word, e-mail, accessing the Internet, and databases
  • Program planning and administrative skills
  • Previous staff supervisory experience
  • Ability to work long and varying hours including weekends, nights and holidays. Driving long distances for extended periods of time is also required. * * *Travel both statewide and out of state with overnights and periods away from home may be required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a working automobile.

 

SKILLS NEEDED

  • Knowledge of labor rights and contract language.
  • Ability to create and execute campaign plans.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and present statistical data.
  • Ability to establish rapport with members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Ability to mobilize membership around issues.
  • Ability to maintain a commitment to educating the members on the Union and their contract.

 

BEHAVIORAL QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

  • High level of experience in leading union programs, including representation and bargaining, member engagement and leadership development and organizing and ally work.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire others and participate in key union organizing activities even in the face of employer opposition and intimidation
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Desire to learn about labor history, collective bargaining, organizing models and other relevant information, and ability to support others in doing the same
  • Must be able to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines and remain accountable to leaders, senior staff, and organizational goals
  • Good and ethical judgment. Willingness to take initiative, to work with a team
  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Manage conflicting demands.
  • Show extreme amounts of patience.
  • Work under pressure independently.
  • Maintain high degree of confidentiality, both for the health care workers being organized and on internal Local and International issues.
  • Show professional demeanor at work-sites and in the community.
  • Maintain respectful, professional relationship with Union members and leaders.
  • History of high level of proven leadership.

Qualified applicants should email a résumé, cover letter, and references to Chief of Staff, Brenda Hilbrich at Brenda.hilbrich@seiuhcmn.org stating clearly that they are applying for the “Organizing Director” position.

 

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SEIU Minnesota State Council Endorses Tim Walz for Governor & Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor

SAINT PAUL — The SEIU Minnesota State Council, which brings together over 50,000 working people across the state, announced today the endorsement of Congressman Tim Walz for governor and State Representative Peggy Flanagan for lieutenant governor. SEIU members are on the front lines of the fight for good union jobs, quality affordable healthcare, fully-funded public schools and communities that are safe and welcoming for all families. Members from all three of the largest SEIU locals in Minnesota shared their excitement in supporting the Walz/Flanagan ticket.Congrats_Tim_Peggy_rs

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LaDonna Meinecke, a clinical social worker who is a member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, shared why she is excited to support Walz/Flanagan this fall.
“In the 10 years I have known Tim Walz, I have been impressed with how he speaks truth to power on behalf of working families in Congress. I look forward to him continuing this practice in St. Paul,” said Meinecke. “Our state needs a governor who will stand up to Republicans like Jeff Johnson who will try to use fear-mongering gimmicks to make us afraid of people who look different than us or live in a different part of the state. Such divisiveness does not reflect Minnesota values and it does not move us forward in finding solutions to real problems. I unequivocally support Tim Walz to be the next governor of Minnesota. He will work tirelessly to unify Minnesotans in our efforts to improve the well being of all families in our state by focusing on the things that really matter: good jobs, affordable healthcare, quality public schools, and safe, livable communities.”

Val Rolstad, a special education school worker and member of SEIU Local 284, spoke about why she was excited for the team of Walz and Flanagan to continue Governor Mark Dayton’s legacy.

“I know that Tim and Peggy are going to be a dynamic team in the governor’s office. Having Peggy Flanagan as lieutenant governor alongside Tim means that the governor’s office will always be a place that listens to and fights for all families in our state, not just those at the top,” said Rolstad. “There are so many critical issues at stake in this election, including the need to invest in our public schools, and Tim and Peggy are clearly the best choice to fight alongside working families in Minnesota. I’m excited to spend this fall talking to my friends and neighbors about this critical election and why the Walz/Flanagan ticket are who we need to keep our state moving forward.”

Candy Wright, a security officer and member of SEIU Local 26, joined fellow SEIU members in showing excitement over SEIU’s endorsement of Walz and Flanagan.

“I am so excited my union is supporting Tim and Peggy in this year’s election. Minnesotans deserve leaders who are going to fight for the things that matter to our families like good union jobs, healthcare we can afford and schools that help our students thrive. Tim and Peggy are the clear choice to keep our state moving forward,” said Wright. “Despite our differences, Minnesotans are united in our belief that all families, no matter the color of our skin or where we live, should be able to live safe, healthy and happy lives. I’ll be working hard to elect Tim and Peggy this fall because I know they share our values and are the best choice to make our state a place that works for every family in Minnesota, not just the rich and powerful.”

SEIU is Minnesota’s third largest and fastest-growing labor union, representing over 50,000 workers statewide who provide care and support for your family in your homes, hospitals, public schools, nursing homes, hotels, universities and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings, and who make and distribute products used by Minnesotans every day. SEIU members are employed in a variety of occupations, including:

  • Hospital, clinic, nursing home and in-home support workers with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
  • Public school and early childhood workers, and university faculty with SEIU Local 284
  • Commercial and public building maintenance employees and security officers with SEIU Local 26
  • Hospitality, commercial laundry, manufacturing and distribution workers with Workers United

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The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to organize unorganized workers in critical sectors of our economy, improve wages, hours and working conditions, and build political and legislative power for all workers and their families. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, SEIU members and staff of the various SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota, and that board, with the active participation and input of our broader membership, determines our endorsements.

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