34 Officer Elections
FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE CONTESTED:
Chief Steward (1): Mara Ssengendo, Kenneth
at Large (3): Angel Alexander, Remy Huerta-Stemper
Kimberly Jorgensen, Erica Millner, Alexandra
for any contested races will be done by mail-in
ballot in the following manner: Beginning Monday,
April 3rd, a ballot will be mailed to each
member’s last known address. A self addressed
stamped envelope and a balloting envelope will be
provided to return the marked ballot. All offices
will be voted on by the general membership.
Members will have until Monday, April 24th to
return their marked ballot. Any ballots postmarked
after April 24th will not be counted.
will be counted on Thursday April 27, 2017 at 5:30
PM at the Local 34 office, Room 488, United Labor
Center Building, 312 Central Ave. NE.,
about the election can be addressed to Alex
Erickson, at 612-348-7304.
FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE FILLED WITHOUT CONTEST:
Vice President: Grace Baltich
Secretary: David Yang
Secretary: Deb Konechne
Mpls. Regional Labor Federation
Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Grace Baltich, Kay
Powell, Kenneth W. Garnier,
Mpls. Regional Labor Federation
Alternates (6): Maggie Keating
Paul Regional Labor
Federation Delegates (5): Jean Diederich, Kathy
Kelly, Jody Stadler, Deb
Konechne, Tamika Hannah, Laura
Paul Regional Labor
Federation Alternates (6):
trustee (1) remains open.
history series looks back on ‘World in
is labor history month, and for the last 18 years,
the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library have
marked the occasion with a series of labor-related
programs in the city’s libraries and union
Stories” series will
continue this May, with an appropriately severe
theme for the dawn of the Trump era: “A World in
Turmoil: 1917-2017.” All programs are free and
open to the public.
Memorial Event, April 26, 7 p.m., St.
Paul Labor Center,
353 W. 7th St. Panelists will explore workplace
safety issues in advance of the national
commemoration, held April 28. They include labor
historian John Sielaff; workers’ comp attorney
Mike Scully; and Phil Qualy, director of the UTU
Minnesota Legislative Board.
Noble Lecture with Roderick Ferguson, May
2, 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S.,
Minneapolis. Presented by the University of
Minnesota Department of American Studies, the
annual lecture honors a groundbreaking professor
in the field whose work offers fresh perspectives
on our history and culture. Ferguson, a faculty
member at the University of Illinois, will present
“The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora.”
– A Look Back, May 3, 7 p.m., Rice
Street Library, 1011 Rice St. Panelists will
travel back in time to 1917 for a look at politics
and labor, from the nonpartisan league and the
women’s suffrage movement to the Twin Cities
and Resistance – Then and Now, May 9, 7
Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier St. Freedom Library co-director
Peter Rachleff will discuss how business and
political leaders promoted nativism in World War
I-era Minnesota as a means to squelch the labor
movement and its farmer allies, followed by a
conversation about the re-emergence of
anti-immigrant fears today.
in our Hometown,” May
15, 7 p.m., ESFL,
1105 Greenbrier St. Presented by the APWU
Solidarity Kids Theater, this multi-media puppet
show introduces the family of Arthur and Edith
Lee, who moved into an all-white neighborhood in
1931. Arthur’s union coworkers at the
Minneapolis Post Office, most of whom were white,
protected his family when police failed to stop
racist mobs trying to force him from his home.
Years at the Library, May 16, 7 p.m., St.
Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave. Speakers will
describe the St. Paul Public Library as it
appeared 100 years ago, from one of four Carnegie
libraries in the city celebrating a centennial.
of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, May
16, 6 p.m., Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461
N. Dale St. Professors William Jones, Yuichiro
Onishi and James Robinson will paint a portrait of
the early history of the Brotherhood, from the
participation of A. Philip Randolph to the
Brotherhood’s presence in St. Paul.
Avenue Walking Tour and Library Celebration,
May 21, 10:30 a.m., Arlington Hills Community
Center, 1200 Payne Ave. Rachleff will lead a tour
of the East Side artery, ending the walk at
another library celebrating its centennial. Space
is limited; reservations are required at sppl.org/storyfair.
Organizing Days/Labor Lunches
All are welcome! Anyone who wants to learn
more about or get a feel for union organizing or
get more involved in our union.
One day in the months of February, March,
May, June, August, September, November
Konechne know. Ask for the day
off, take Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP) and
our union pays your day’s wages.
last Local 34 Labor Lunch held in February was
very successful! We collected 30 new membership
cards and over 110 people attended.
34 doubled our number of Member Action Team (MAT)
leaders in the past quarter. Contact Deb Konechne
if you may be interested. Local
34 will continue our efforts to develop Member Action
Teams (MAT) during 2017. The structure is aimed at
fostering communication, networking and organizing for
our members. Our goal is to have 80 MAT leaders by the
end of 2017. Contact Deb Konechne, Local 34 Membership
Secretary for more information and to express your
interest in becoming a MAT leader. Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at 612-816-4321.
for Black Trade Unionists
34 will be electing up to three members to attend
the CBTU Convention in New Orleans, May 24 - 29,
2017. Local 34 will cover travel, lodging, lost
time and per diem for the convention.
is April 30
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