Let us not be forgotten. The goal of the SEMNALC (South East Minnesota Area Labor Council) Retiree Club is to organize progressive seniors to speak with a unified voice. This may be done by consensus. We may not always agree on everything and that is OK. But we all agree we are tired of being forgotten.
SE RETIREE NEWS
CD-2 Candidate Angie Craig officially kicked off the start of her campaign October 1. She previously announced she was running and held many ‘listening sessions’ in the past months. Imagine candidates listening to us instead of the pushers in DC. Angie’s heart is very close to seniors. One session was held in Red Wing and attended by about 16 progressive seniors who were able to speak and be listened to. Her campaign kick-off video is on-line and one of the best ‘framed’ I have ever seen. Take a look.
A busy few of us are working on the re-development of what will be called the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Education Fund. The membership can include progressive seniors from many different walks of life. We have developed a draft of bylaws that consider the needs of Minnesota seniors. We are hoping for a founding convention early next year.
Last month I attended an ‘Indivisible’ meeting in Cannon Falls that was just great. What a wonderful group of progressives.
The two senior days spent at the State Fair were very successful. Seniors had a front line MN AFL-CIO Retiree Council Kiosk bordered by supporting unions with the State AFL-CIO fair building as a backdrop. The conversations we had with Fair going seniors about healthcare and Social Security were successful.
The Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO held our annual convention September 27th in St. Paul. I am very proud to report we had 9 progressive senior participators from the SE. A special thanks to Tom Huiting who used his many years of electrical experience to switch the lights. The MN State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO, is very close to fulfilling its ‘Strategic Plan’ focusing on organizing and the next election.
It is about time the progressive powers among us restore the lost justice by properly framing the progressive message. Even an old dog like me can change. I attended a short seminar at Rochester’s DFL Headquarters recently. It was about framing our messaging. It was a short 3 hours long and brilliantly presented. Check it out.
“Retirees should be free from worry, fear or want; this is the right for all and our legacy.”
Bruce Yernberg SEALC Retiree Club President 651-388-9309
Letter to The Editor – A Good Example!
The following ‘opinion’ Letter-to -Editor was submitted to the Red Wing Republican Eagle (RWRE) on October 8, 2017. The LTE was printed in the October 11, 2017 edition on the opinion page.. Red Wing is Republican Country (Bluff Country). There is a lot of Republican bluffing going on down here. I tried to define the labor freedom issue and how to improve it. The last sentence is why I care. My guides were the State and National AFL-CIO new messaging narratives (defining principals), the Senior Council’s Strategic Plan and some recent fabulous training I participated in offered by Connections Lab. Old dogs can learn new tricks. Ruff!
Regards: Bruce Yernberg
October 11, 2017
To: Letter to the Editor, Red Wing Republican Eagle
In America we value our freedom. For business, freedom is the free market that gets freer every day by rigging the regulations that are supposed to help consumers. Business ‘freedom’ also includes the chipping away of worker rights by implementing presidential anti-worker regulations.
Real freedom for workers is more than making a living. (Although, it is getting harder every day to make a living, even with two jobs) Freedom for workers is also having time to take a loved one to the doctor, spending time with family and having affordable health care.
How about a clean environment? And let’s not forget good schools. When we get old and frail let’s hope Social Security and Medicare haven’t been cheated away from us, thereby denying us freedom from despair.
Workers can find their lost freedom by joining together. We have the power with our numbers. Together we can negotiate for a fair return on our work and time to spend with family. After all that’s what the CEOs do. They bargain by joining with their boards and political friends for their pay and benefits. What a novel idea.
Freedom opportunity is not equal. Freedom opportunity challenges can be overcome. Someone once said freedom is only freedom when everyone has it.
Working people are the backbone of our country and we must ensure our freedom to prosper.
Red Wing, MN