Please Take The Teacher’s Union Up On This Offer!

February 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm 1 comment

by Jason Bradley

If you belong to the Teacher’s Union in MN, and are upset about the bullying tactics that will be endorsed by the Safe & Supportive MN Schools Act, or how the implementation of Common Core is destroying our children’s future (i.e. my children are not assigned and are not graded on homework, in lieu of 100% of grades coming from tests and quizzes), I would ask you to take advantage of this offer from Education MN to go lobby at the capitol. This is a great opportunity for you to go tell our lawmakers how you feel about these important issues, because I assure you that they are only hearing from the union. They need another voice in their ear. Don’t wait until these things are unfixable. Help us to help you by setting up some time this week. (We’d love to see the materials you get from the union too!)

Thank you in advance for your concern and participation. Let us know how it goes!

Changes to lobby days for the 2014 legislative session

The most effective advocates for public schools in Minnesota are the front-line educators who guide our students toward successful lives every day, which is why Education Minnesota has made it even easier for its members to participate in lobby days.

Local presidents should send the following information to both Paul Winkelaar ( and Megan McKeen ( at least 10 days before members arrive in St. Paul for their lobby day.

  • Date you would like to visit; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are best.
  • List of members and email contact information, if possible
  • Names of legislators who will be visited and time of visit, if possible

Also, please indicate whether your members want an Education Minnesota lobbyist to go to legislator’s offices and provide introductions.

Within 48 hours of receiving the information about your planned visit, we will send the following:

  • Issue papers
  • Feedback we need from each visit with legislators
  • Ground intelligence for the visit
  • Lobby day video

We will provide a day-of briefing for members at our headquarters on your lobby day. The briefing will include the items below:

  • A brief review of bills to be lobbied, our position on those bills, status of the legislation and intelligence about the legislators members will visit
  • An example of how to tell your story to a legislator
  • Editing help, if requested, for the stories to be shared during the lobby visit
  • Information we need from legislator visits before members go home for the day

We will apply the new lobby day reimbursement rules from the official “Education Minnesota Financial Policies” to increase the amount of money your local receives for participating in a lobby day. The official policies read as follows:

  • “Locals may be reimbursed for substitute costs for up to two (2) members for each lobby day they attend. This policy will be in effect when local negotiated leaves are not available or when a local has a limited number of union leave days and needs them for local union business.
  • “Mileage will be reimbursed at .20 per mile for one round trip per vehicle. Meals will be reimbursed up to $10 per member attending.
  • “In addition, locals will be reimbursed for one (1) standard hotel room, per local, when member lobbyists travel 125 miles or more one way. Meal reimbursements will be up to an additional $25 per member.”

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. wants2know  |  February 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    What is wrong with this picture? The average citizen takes time away from their job and pays their own way to go talk to their legislator at the Capitol. Another reason public employee unions should be abolished.


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