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The Retiree Council Fun(d) Raiser had to be cancelled due to COVID, but on Monday, August 17, the Statewide Raffle was held.  Here are the winners:

  • $500 -- Allie Dwyer

  • $300    Engeldorf

  • $300    IBEW 294 Hibbing

  • $150    Tom Edwards

  • $150     Carrie Brandsoy

  • $100      Painters 106 Duluth

  • $100     Don Mullin

Thanks to all who bought tickets and who donated money or gifts.  Tickets were also drawn for donated gift cards.  You can see a video of the drawing here.  Thank you!


CONVENTIONS/CONFERENCES. Even-numbered years there is a full convention with resolution consideration, reports and speakers.  Odd numbered years there is a conference – 2019 the theme is “20/20: Eyes On The Election”, also with election of Officers and Board members. 

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER.  Every year major work goes into the Annual Fundraiser.  This features raffles, silent auctions, free food and music, and lots of fun.  The funds raised are essential to continue basic functions and do election campaign work.  

ELECTION CAMPAIGN WORK.  Each election cycle the Retiree Council participates in the Labor program of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.  Labor 2018 was the best retiree effort yet under the leadership of Election Work Coordinator Carol Freeman.  Retirees excelled in phone-banking, door-knocking, post card writing, attending training and conferences and did more than our share.   

COMMUNICATIONS WORK.  To keep union retirees informed, the Council puts out bi-monthly newsletters, both print and email versions, keeps a Facebook and Website page and produces videos on important subjects.  The last 2 years, workshops to train retirees in social media use which is crucial in election activity have been held with the Labor Education Service.

MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS.  Tying things all together, keeping up enthusiasm and camaraderie, are 10 “monthly” meetings with varying mix of speakers, committee reports, pleas for volunteers and issue discussions and decisions.  Attendance is always impressive.