We want you to have a representative union

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By Chet Jorgenson, MAPE President


We know that voting matters here in Minnesota because our voter turnout is the highest in the country. Just like in state and federal elections, we need a high turnout in upcoming union elections to reflect the values and priorities of our members. 

We know that in some states the largest block of voters is the number of those who don’t vote. When you don’t vote, you don’t have representative government, and we want and must have a representative union.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed we need to agitate, organize, legislate and vote to make social and economic progress for everyone.

MAPE’s election process is your opportunity to nominate member representatives who will tackle issues that matter to all of us.

MAPE’s elected officers heard you and we’ve restructured the union so we can better agitate, organize, legislate and vote. But MAPE will not be successful unless you vote and hold your union officers accountable.  


Nominations are now open for MAPE’s 2019 statewide, region and local positions and special elections. A full list of open positions are available on MAPE’s website in the Election Information section.

Members must send their nominations by Thursday, April 11, 2019. Statewide and regional position nominations may be sent to MAPE Central on behalf of the Elections Committee (swelect@mape.org). Local position nominations may be sent to member’s local election committee or to swelect@mape.org.  If you have additional questions, please contact Sierra Plunkett at (651) 287-8763.

After the nomination period closes, candidates will have the opportunity to either accept or decline nomination. If accepted, candidates will submit personal statements by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Voting will open on May 14 and close on May 28. A full timeline is available online.