Minnesota Public Employees Association "MNPEA"
Director Mike Golen - President Dave Deal - Legal Counsel Rob Fowler
For more than a decade, Mike Golen served as a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 320 in Minnesota. He began as a Business Agent with the union in 1996. Subsequently, Mike Golen held positions of Senior Sergeant At Arms of Joint Council 32 and served as Local 320’s Recording Secretary, Vice President, and President. As the years passed, Mike Golen grew concerned about what he viewed as a reduction in the level of representation provided by the IBT leadership. He successfully ran for election as a delegate for the Local 320 to the IBT Executive Board in 2011. As a candidate, Mike Golen supported a change in the international leadership and presented a number of his reasons for this stance on his website. Mike Golen attended the Teamsters Convention at the end of July 2011. One week after returning, he retired from the Teamsters. He now advocates on behalf of Minnesota Public Employees as the first Director of the Minnesota Public Employees Association (MNPEA). Knowing that unions must update their models in order to represent workers properly in the 21st Century, Mike Golen crafted a series of governing principles for the MNPEA. First, under Mike Golen’s leadership, membership dues for the MNPEA cost just $39 a month. This fee grants members access to a legal plan. Second, funds raised by MNPEA remain in the association and benefit the membership. There is no regional or national organization to demand additional fees or transfer of funds. Third, Mike Golen requires transparency regarding all financial dealings, including perks, salaries, and benefits. Finally, stances on issues such as political endorsements and lobbying agendas will be decided by the members, rather than being imposed by the union leadership.