Thank you for all your volunteer work in this year’s election cycle! We’re first in the nation again for voter turnout with 64.25%!! Much of that is due to your efforts.
Minneapolis Regional Retiree Council members worked tirelessly to encourage Third Congressional District voters who had not voted in 2016 to do their part in this year’s election. Their efforts helped the 3rd CD reach the number 1 spot nationally in percent of voter turnout with 73%! It also propelled the 5th CD to place 7th nationally with 69% voter turnout.
The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Retirees helped to “flip” the 2nd CD and propelled the voter turnout to 6th place nationally with 69%.
Now that the election is history, what’s next? Glad you asked. Our Statement of Purpose reads:
“The Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO, seeks a good life for all in retirement. Retirees shall have affordable and accessible quality housing and health care. Retirement income shall be sufficient for ‘bread and roses, too.’ Retirees should be free from worry, fear, or want; this is a right for all and our legacy.
To this end, we organize ourselves and others to remain engaged, to attain respect and recognition of the years of experience we have, and to achieve power to realize our vision.”
Incorporated as part of our Strategic Plan are five core goals to lead us in pursuit of our purpose:
- Increase the number of union retirees engaged in labor retiree organizations.
- Build a campaign to grow retiree organization membership and advance issue and electoral organizing.
- Strengthen the State Retiree Council’s core internal structures and organize the resources needed to meet goals.
- Expand and enhance communication efforts to advance and sustain the organizing on issues and elections.
- Develop working relationships with other civic action organizations.
Implementing our goals to achieve our purpose is what’s next. In the coming months we will continue to build structure into our goals. Part of that will be accomplished by an Organizing and Growth Team assisted by the full Council in a drive to increase affiliation with the Council by unaffiliated groups and to retain the current affiliates and expand their participation.
Putting on our annual fun(d)raiser, planning for a conference later in the year and preparing for the elections in 2020 are also on next year’s agenda.
On behalf of the Council, I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, another religious holiday, or just celebrate winter in Minnesota! Best wishes for a Healthy Happy New Year! See you then!!
In solidarity, Ken McInnis, President