Getting to Know…

Greetings MMA members! I would like to introduce you to a new MMA website feature ‘Getting to Know…’

This column will highlight MMA members on a regular basis. This is one of our new attempts to communicate with members and give you a chance to know who is in our association. Our first featured member is –

Gary Kloos (2)

 

Gary Kloos, MMA President

Q: What is your current position with the State of MN?

Gary: I work for the Department of Transportation and have been a supervisor out of St. Cloud since 1992.

Q: How long have you been an employee with the State of MN?

Gary: I have been with the State of Minnesota for 31 years, 28 years with MN Dot and 3 years at the Austin Vocational School.

Q: Were you a member of a union prior to joining MMA?

Gary: Before joining MMA I was with AFSCME for 6 years.

Q: What do you think is the primary purpose of MMA?

Gary: I think our primary purpose is to serve our members, such as bargaining contracts and representing MMA employees with investigations and grievances. We need to protect and improve such items as pay, retirement benefits, and working conditions. Read Full Article

Need a coffee break? Visit the MMA Office

Did you know that MMA’s office is right in the heart of St. Paul, just a short block north of the State Capitol? That’s right, MMA has been representing supervisors since 1981 and we are conveniently located by many State agencies. We invite members to stop by our office to meet the MMA staff, tour MMA’s office, and have a cup of coffee or tea. RSVP for an office tour with Cheryl McClellan at cmcclellan@mmamn.org.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

MMA is a supporter of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign that supports service members and military families. On July 11, 2014 the Department of Corrections at Oak Park Heights and AFSCME Council 5 Veteran’s Initiative, held a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fundraising golf tournament at the Applewood Hills Golf Course in Stillwater, MN.

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MMA contributed to the fundraiser event, thanks to MMA Board of Director Kevin Monio, who extended the invitation to MMA.

MMA’s team, Lieutenant Jason Hills, Lieutenant William Kanotla, MMA Attorney Ron Rollins, and MSRS Executive Director Dave Bergstrom, golfed and proudly took home first place.

MMA thanks our servicemen and military families for serving our country.

First Month on the Job

Greetings MMA members!

It’s hard to believe it has already been one month since I joined MMA as a Business Representative on July 16th. I was very excited about this opportunity to bring my skills and experience to MMA and I have not been disappointed.

When your President Gary Kloos talked about his and the Board’s vision, to focus on member outreach and development, and to engage more with labor management around non-contractual issues, I was quite intrigued and eager to have a role in developing the strategies to accomplish these goals. Read Full Article

MMA’s Executive Director

Mike Bona, MMA’s Executive Director, is no longer with MMA. The Board has appointed Gary Kloos, MMA President as interim Executive Director. The search for a new Executive Director has commenced. Contract questions can be directed to My Lee or Robyn Cousin, MMA’s Business Agents.

MMA-MnSCU Membership Meeting a Great Success!

A total of 22 MMA Supervisors representing 11 institutions attended this initial effort to bring MnSCU members together for networking and information sharing. Shelly Siegel, MMA Board member, brought the suggestion forward to the MMA Executive Committee earlier this year. After their approval, Shelly worked with MMA staff, My Lee and Cheryl McClellan, to plan the event.

After an engaging networking activity, MMA president Gary Kloos articulated the Vision and Mission of MMA as developed by the Board of Directors. Highlights included membership outreach, educating members about MMA and how the Association benefits and represents members. Outreach efforts include hosting more membership meetings, possibly by region, and providing sessions on topics of interest to members. In addition Gary identified goals to engage more with labor management around non-contractual issues seeking to give input into decisions rather than being primarily a recipient of information. Read Full Article