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Greater Minnesota Worker Center 3rd Annual Gala

 

The Greater Minnesota Worker Center 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Please join us for the opportunity to learn more about our GMWC efforts, trainings, growth and development of leaders in the Poultry, Super America and Democracy 2050 campaigns. Meet the new Executive Director, staff, board of directors, and the members of GMWC. There will be dinner, dancing, fun, and entertainment! We will also highlight workers from the GMWC campaigns and they will share their stories.

Theme: Multi-Cultural Night (so please feel free to come in cultural dress).

Dinner will be food from around the globe

Time: Program will begin promptly at 6 pm

Location: St Cloud State University Atwood Memorial Center – Cascade Room

720 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56303

 

Ticket and sponsorship Levels*

Individual tickets $25

Friend $150 -At the Friend level guest will receive up to two seats and be seated at a reserved table hosted by a GMWC member.

Bronze $300-At the Bronze level guest will receive up to 5 seats and be seated at a reserved table hosted by a GMWC member. Guest will also receive recognition in the program.

Silver $500-At the Silver level guest will receive up to 10 seats and be seated at a reserved table hosted by a GMWC member, receive recognition in our program, be highlighted in our slideshow, and receive an honorary plaque from GMWC.

Gold $1000-At the Gold level guest will receive up to 20 seats and be seated at a reserved table hosted by a GMWC member, receive recognition in our program, be highlighted in our slideshow, and receive an honorary plaque from GMWC. Guest/Organization name with logo and photo will be added to GMWC Wall of Worker Justice Champions in our office.

Buy tickets through EventBrite 

or contact one of our organizers.

We appreciate your support that allows us to continue our work for social and economic justice.

* Seats can be donated to workers who cannot afford to purchase tickets.

Greater MInnesota Worker Center 3rd Annual Gala

Workers walk out at Sauk Rapids Coleman Co. facility.

by GMWC staff:

Something remarkable happened this week in Sauk Rapids. An entire shift of workers walked out of Coleman Co. on Monday,  May 15th. Immediately after they contacted GMWC to update us on what has happened.

The workers have had growing concerns for the past six months. This concern came from an HR personnel who the workers alleged was overstepping her boundaries by coming to the production line to harass workers by pulling their clothes, pushing them physically, following them to the restrooms or threatening to fire workers who voiced their concerns. Some workers have been fired under questionable circumstances as well.

A couple of times before the walkout, workers have shared with us their concerns and we have been monitoring the plant while providing support to workers.

Interestingly, workers have consistently asked the unbecoming behavior to stop and when it didn’t have asked to meet with the senior management which has been stonewalled apparently by the power structures at the plant level.

On Monday morning some of the worker leaders came to GMWC’s office to seek counsel and GMWC  provided appropriate advice.

Around 4 pm workers walked out united because the plant management has not fulfilled their part of the ‘agreement’ to take the workers’ concerns up the chain of the command.

GMWC board members and staff got involved, conducted broad consultations with community leaders to build support for workers and have invited worker leaders to our office to map their concerns.

GMWC then drafted an issue memo that spoke to the workers’ concerns and has provided copies to the senior management at Coleman Co. including the VP and additional copies to the workers and their leaders. Workers have also presented the issue memo to the senior plant management at a meeting on Tuesday.

In the end, the situation has been resolved to the satisfaction of the workers as the Coleman Co. senior management took full responsibility for the improper behavior of the HR Manager. The senior management has also promised to fully address other concerns, including unfair firing, threats of firing workers coming from other employees, and evident prejudicial treatment workers have been concerned about for over the six months.

Management has promised to look into the files of workers who have been fired in the past six months and to bring back workers who have been unfairly fired.

GMWC exists to stand in solidarity with workers in their struggle for improved workplace conditions and we are deeply encouraged by the faith they placed in our organization by reaching out to us with their concerns.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has additional information on your legal rights as workers , including concerted action.  You can also add an app to your smartphone here.