State Retirees Labor 2022 Campaign

By Carol Freeman, Election Work Coordinator

 

The Retirees Labor 2022 Election Committee is prepared to connect YOU and other retirees to grow or create groups of retirees – from your union and other unions – within your area.  Please let me know [Carol Freeman, Election Work Coordinator, 612-250-7294, freem013@umn.edu] or let your union retiree group know you are interested.

 

What would you do if you joined a group?

  1. Meet and socialize with old friends – and new friends

  2. Eat and drink together

  3. Learn more about issues that are important to you and other retirees

  4. Meet candidates for office from your area

  5. Help with campaign work (at your choice) such as post card writing, phoning, and assisting phoners or door knockers (only a sample of possible tasks)

 

So far, the Minneapolis Regional Retiree Council (MRRC) is highly active in legislative and other issues and is partnering with allies working on retiree issues, e. g. AARP Minnesota (American Association of Retired Persons), Living at Home Network, Elder Voice Family Advocates.  Representatives of these allies attend MRRC meetings, providing information about the work they do and legislative issues they are supporting.  Let me know if you would like to be added to the MRRC list.

Starting up again is the Southeast MN Area Labor Council (SEMNALC) Retiree Club (RC).  Their Kick-Off Retiree Club Meeting will be Thursday May 12, 2022, at 2 PM, at Red Wing Labor Temple, 319 West 3rd St., Red Wing MN. (It’s upstairs.)  Refreshments will be served.  Congratulations to Bruce Yernberg and Mike Murphy, both of Red Wing, and Pommella Wegmann, President, Southeast MN Area Labor Council, office in Rochester.  Let Bruce Yernberg, 651-388-9309, chronicle4u@hotmail.com, know you will be there.

We are working on organizing gatherings in Saint Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Mankato, and any other place you suggest.  Send your name to me!!

Other Work: The Issues Platform Committee has been focused on preparing resolutions for precinct caucuses and for lobbying for state legislation.  The issues include: 1) lowering the cost of prescription drugs, 2) paid family and medical leave (including caregivers), 3) pensions and inflation, 4) food insecurity – lower the eligibility for SNAP, 5) protecting volunteer driver mileage reimbursement from taxation, 6) increased wages for health care workers, and 6) increased reimbursement rates for long-term care.

Next Steps:  Contacting retirees to get feedback.  Who do we want to contact?

  1. We hope to phone everyone who receives this Retiree Bulletin by US Mail or by email.  If we do not have your phone number, you can send it to me at freem013@umn.edu.  We want your suggestions for the bulletin and for the upcoming campaign.  What is important to you?  What would you like to see us work on?

  2. We want to contact people who are not registered to vote.  We want to be sure everyone knows how to register, and we want to be sure everyone knows what legislative and congressional districts they are in so they can study the candidates.

  3. We will also start sending post cards to people, perhaps to those who are not registered, or to those who are in targeted districts – the ones we must win to protect those things important to retirees and their families and friends.

 

You can let us know what you would like to help us with by calling me at 612-250-7294, or emailing me at freem013@umn.edu.