The 22nd Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO will be held on Thursday, September 20 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 Hall, 1681 Cope Avenue, Maplewood, MN. 55109. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and call to order will be at 11 a.m.
President Bill Moore has submitted his resignation effective August 31, 2018, and the Council Board has appointed Vice President Ken McInnis president for the remainder of Bill’s term, which ends in 2019. We are all happy to know Ken is willing to take on the job. Election of a new vice-president for the remainder of Ken’s term will be the first item in the Election of Officers section of the agenda.
Review of the goals of and plans for Minnesota Labor 2018 will be the Convention’s main focus. We expect a number of political candidates to be present and will hear from as many as time allows. There will also be a presentation by Marcia Avner, with the Minnesota Council on Foundations, about ensuring a fair and inclusive count in the approaching 2020 Census. A complete and accurate census is critical to the allocation of federal funds to Minnesota and other states.
Additional work for delegates will include election/re-election of members of the Board Directors. An individual must be a member, in good standing, of an affiliated organization in order to be eligible for election to the Board. The term of service is 2 years. Nomination forms, along with a one-paragraph bio, should be submitted to the Nominations Committee by Friday Aug. 17, and the committee will meet before the Aug. 22 Board meeting to screen candidates. However, there will also be a screening for late candidates between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on the day of the Convention.
It’s expected that some Amendments to Council By-Laws will be proposed for consideration at the Convention. The Council Board will be considering any proposed changes at it’s August meeting. Proposed By-Law changes must be provided to affiliates thirty days prior to the Convention. So watch the mail.
The deadline for submitting delegate credentials is September 16. Registration fee is $25 per delegate, checks payable to the Minnesota AFL-CIO Retiree Council. Awards and Resolutions deadlines were August 17. If any affiliate has not received the convention documents, they are available at the website http://www.mnaflcio.org/state-retiree-council, or by calling 651 227 7647, ext. 121.
In case you think the convention location is wrong in this article, points to you for mental acuity!! Originally the convention was to be at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel, but had to be changed to the Sheet Metal Workers Hall. So we hope to see you there on September 20.