Metro West UniServ

An Education Minnesota intermediate organization


Metro West Governing Board Meeting

‚ÄčThursday, August 16, 2018

ED MN Southwest Metro Office

7242 Metro Blvd, Suite 200

Edina, MN 55439


Those of Attendance:


Kay Carlson, SLP, President

Rose Korst, SLP, Secretary

Marti Zins, Treasurer

Melissa Benjamin,Orono

Mike Harris, Richfield

Adam Tillotson, Wayzata

Marc Doepner-Hove, Westonka

Ann Hersman, Mtka

Mark Broten, Mtka

Anne Naumann, Wayzata

Adam Janiak,Field Staff

Paula Klinger, Hopkins

Shelli Sutherland, Chaska (ECC)

Chris Commers, Chaska


1. Kay Carlson called the meeting to order at  8:55 am.

  1. Introductions.  Welcome Mark Broten.

  2. Reviewing the past year.

   2. What have we done well:  

  • Having monthly topics in place ( with flexibility to change if necessary)

  • The relicensure cycle

  • Marc Doepner sharing evaluations from relicensure cycle

  • Ability to pick and choose the sessions teachers want to attendance

  • Good dialogue among colleagues, free to express ideas

  • Good videos to share

  • Welcoming attitude towards new people

  • Thankful we stayed within the budget

  • A strength and a challenge for us as how we are adapting to changing times

3.  What could we have done better:

  • Our representative assembly needs to be highlighted more

  • Perhaps a change of date so it won't interfere with conferences, etc

  • Dues issue

  • Delegates to the  assembly. Having a difficult time getting members to attend.  Purpose? Voice? Initiatives?

  • Reflect on the process of why go?  What has been the history? A standing vote last year.  If people don't go, you've given away your voice.

  • How does MWU keep it's positions and views while getting past the frustration our members feel?

  • How do we better answers questions for our members?


4.  Janus – Looking ahead

  • EdMN is finally giving us information on how to deal with the decision. The feeling is the info that came out last week should have been given out the day after the Janus decision came down.   There was a lot of frustration surrounding the issue of lack of planning at the state level.

Why wasn't the state prepared to send out info right away knowing that the Janus issue would most likely not go the way of the union.

  • Marc Doepner went through specific examples from Wisconsin that happened as a result of right to work:  9 hour work days, pay and benefits have gone down 8%, etc. Using data to back up results. Marc wants to take the value of belonging down to the dollar sign.  That's the hook for members.

  • We need statewide data to show the benefits of belonging.  For example: starting in 2010 here's where the dues were, now it's here. Without this data, we feel like we are all on islands spinning our own wheels.  To show the increase in $$ creates a strong statement as to why being part of the union is important. This is especially important for our younger members who are trying to work, raise families, and start 403b accounts.  Younger teachers don't necessarily see the value of the 403b or simply don't have the money to invest at this point in their careers.

  • Three things to consider from Adam Tillotson, Wayzata:  a)EducationMN legal guarantee is not what people think. Make a  proposal to keep all legal benefits in place. b) Members do not like to see EdMN political endorsements as it goes against beliefs of some members.  They will continue not to render endorsements for political positions. C) How to retain services.

  • Is there an insurance policy to cover teachers in legal issues?  What about civil lawsuits?

  • The weak spot of the value of belonging to a union is in what do our dues provide beyond the locals ?  EdMN,? National? There is no problem with political endorsements. The problems lie with the questions we ask to get to these endorsements.

  • Marc D:  You can't chase happiness.  There has been a lot of frustration with EdMN, especially Denise S.  The MWU wanted to see a more proactive approach to the impact of Janus.  EdMN was lazy on this issue. The value of belonging is more described in the local, not the others.  

  • We need to invite Rodney and Monica to one of our meetings this year.

  • We need a simple pie chart showing where the EdMN dues goes towards serving the members.

  • Kay commented on the Lakeville handout as to the value of belonging.

  • EdMN should define itself through election districts.

  • If EdMN can give people specifics on what union dues $$$  are spent on rather than ideas, it will be easier to retain members.

5.  Goals for 2018-2019:

  • How do the reps represent us?

  • How do we get our voices heard?

6.  Marti Zins:  Treasurer's Report

  • Total asset $40,863.50  which reflects $2539.02 in checking ad $38,324.48 in savings.  

  • Actual spent with stipends and food $26,104.26 with IO reimbursement we expended $6,459.26 from our money.

  • IO grant, final payment of $1956.40 received so total for year $19645.00.

  • Confirm your treasurer information and your president and reps to MWU for next year.  

  • Janus and the budget—prioritize , as until November and the new membership we have no idea of number other than the loss of the fair share.  

  • Status of Legal conference, Relicensure cycle, conferences, stipends, reimbursement for local programing.

  • Apply for IO grant for third and final year.

  • MOTION:  to send 2 people per local to  Legal conference. ( instead of the 5 previously)

Moved: Adam T.     Seconded: Chris C.


  • MOTION:  Move the adopt final budget with the change for school law conference.

Moved:  Ann H.    Seconded: Melissa B



7.  Minutes

MOTION to adopt the May minutes

Moved   Marc D.     Seconded Mike S.

    8.   Dates and Topics for 2018-2019:  


September 24  – Governance Structure, Refine what we want from Rodney

October 25  - Rodney to come and do a simple break down budget

(Relicensure Day;  the 10th or the 17th of November)


November 29  - Janus check in.  Our membership and potential membership

No December Mtg

January 24, 2019 – Legislative Action, invite a pac board member

February 28 – Negotiations, collective bargaining

March 14  -  Officer to come and invite all RC delegates and statewide candidates

April 25 - Open

May 23 -  election of MWU officers


Moved  Shelly S.    Seconded Melissa B.



The meeting adjourned at 12:20 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Rose Korst


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