Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN


The Free college Benefit has been placed on hold for new enrollees. Hopefully, this will not be affecting current students.

The department of Education has asked the college to put the program on hold while they work out some issues with how paperwork and admissions gets processed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and stress this puts on our members and their families, unfortunately we are at the mercy of the Department of education and the College’s lawyers while they handle this issue at hand and hopefully quickly.

As soon as we know more, we will post an update.

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BCTGM Union Members on Strike at Kellogg's Could Use Your Help.

Brothers and Sisters,

Please consider helping out our BCTGM Local 50G brothers and sisters on strike at Kellogg's. The strike has entered it's 43rd day. As you know, groceries are one of the first areas that people cut back on when income is tight. Please consider helping supply the strikers in need with the items listed on the attached Food Drive flyer. There are two drop points:

  • BCTGM Local 50G offices, 8984 J Street, Omaha
  • United Steel Workers Local 286, 5724 Seward Ave., Lincoln.

The 2021 Union Plus Scholarship is now available

Over 3,200 students in union families have received nearly $5 million in money for college through the Union Plus Scholarship. Awards are based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need, and commitment to the values of organized. At a time when many families have been financially impacted by the COVID - 19 pandemic, Union Plus is especially glad to support hardworking students as they further their educations and pave the path for future success.

  • Who can apply? Current and retired participating union members, their spouse s and their dependent children. 
  • What schools are eligible? Awards are granted to students attending any U.S. accredited two - year college, four - year college, graduate school, or recognized technical or trade 
  • What school years are included? The current 2021 application is open to students attending college during the 2021 – 2022 school year, for any year of college, from freshmen undergraduates to the final year of graduate school. 
  • What are the award amounts? One time grants of $500 to $4,000, but students may reapply each year. A total of over $150,000 in awards are made each year. 

The 2021 Union Plus Scholarship is now available. The application is entirely online, allowing students to complete the application in stages and save answers before submitting. S tart your application today! Deadline: January 31, 2021.

OPEIU's New Medicare Advantage Plans Might Be Right For You

Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 7

If you’re at or nearing 65, OPEIU has an exciting new option to help save you money and provide dependable health care benefits during your retirement.

OPEIU is pleased to now offer our Medicare-eligible union retirees comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans through a trusted national partner, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. These plans are available exclusively to retired OPEIU members and their spouses/partners and cannot be found or bought on the open Medicare market.

Holiday shopping just got easier with this limited time offer from AT&T and Union Plus!

Learn how union members can get $150 in bill credits when you switch and buy o n a qualifying installment plan with an eligible AT&T wireless plan.*Plus, enroll in the AT&T Signature Program and enjoy exclusive savings on wireless.

*Ends 11/30/20. Avail. only to UNION members enrolled in AT&T Signature Program. Req’s port - in of new line. Well - qualified customers only. $150 in bill credit over 30 months. Credits start w/in 3 bills. If svc cancelled, credits stop & device balance due. Credit card may be req’d (except MA, PA, ND). Add’l fees, taxes & other charges, & restr’s apply.

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Statement to HealthPartner’s Management from Local 12 Bargaining Team Member Sue Kolias regarding their Opening Proposals:

Hearing your proposal last week was very disheartening.

Regarding the healthcare proposal, it is so geared towards a business standpoint to bring in more business vs care for the employee. Members live around the entire Metro area; however, HealthPartners does not cover the entire metro area. A lot of the northern suburbs are not covered. Using myself as an example, the nearest HP clinic is 20+ miles away. The nearest hospital 30+ miles away. If an emergency were to happen, I wouldn’t be brought to all the way to an HP hospital. They wouldn’t pass by 2-3 hospitals to take me to an HP hospital.

When COVID hit we all stepped up to keep the company going. People working in the clinics risked their own health to care for the community. People moved to working at home took on a financial burden by using or purchasing their own computer equipment, furniture and supplies. The arrival of COVID is yet another example where we stepped up. It is time for HealthPartners to step up and show appreciation.

The Local 12 Bargaining Team’s Responses to HealthPartner’s Proposals.

Hello Local 12 Members at HealthPartners! 

This week, the Local 12 bargaining team continued the process of contract negotiations with HealthPartners.  After working through the Employer’s proposals last week, we gave a comprehensive response to almost all their proposals on October 26th.  There is a PDF included in this post labeled “Local 12 Responses to the Employer Opening Proposals October 26 2021”, that includes HealthPartner’s proposals and the Local 12 bargaining team’s response in PURPLE below each proposal.  Also included are several opening statements made by members of the bargaining team to management prior to giving our responses.  Further updates, including HealthPartner’s responses to our proposals and more of our opening statements will be posted in a separate update.

In Solidarity,

The Local 12 Bargaining Team for Negotiations with HealthPartners

Team Members: Betty Jones, Mary Brown, Kelsie Anderson, Sue Kolias, Heather Neil, Peg Ledel, Donna Schnegelberger, Connie Brown, Stefanie Olson, Nile Mills, Andrea Crist and Janell Kelly.  With Local staff support from Traci Murphy, Molly Thul, and Lance Lindeman.


General Membership Meeting

Going forward we will no longer be emailing meeting links to our members. Members will be expected to come to our website to register and receive the meeting link. You can find our meeting dates under Member Resources>Meetings. Thank you.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Sep 21, 2022 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


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September meeting will be hybrid. (In person and zoom) join us in person at our office: 2277 Hwy 36W Ste 301 Roseville, MN for snacks and a celebration during our meeting for our newly organized and ratified units!