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2019 Steward Training

Len McFarland

2019 LELS Annual Meeting

The 42nd Annual Meeting of Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN.   

Attendance at the Conference was excellent. The Business Meeting was effective and productive.

The conference sponsors provided excellent gifts for the LELS attendees. We are extremely grateful for their support for Law Enforcement.

Thank you for all who attended. We are looking forward to next year!

2019 Distinguished Service Award: Thomas Pacholl and Michael Turnbom
2019 LELS Scholarship Winners: McKenna Schreier ($1500) Donald Cebula ($1000)

LELS prevails in Minnesota Supreme Court decision involving Richfield Police Officer – Statement from Sean Gormley, executive director

February 13, 2019

We are pleased with today’s opinion issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding Richfield police officer Nate Kinsey.

This decision reinforces the validity and importance of binding arbitration—a relied-upon tool that employers and unions agree upon through good-faith bargaining as a means to resolve their disputes.

Binding arbitration is a pillar of collective bargaining; it is imperative that employers and unions respect and abide by these decisions, even when the outcome is unfavorable to one side or the other.

In this case, the City of Richfield chose to challenge the decision of an experienced, neutral arbitrator that would have allowed Officer Kinsey to return to his job with the Richfield Police Department.

As a 10-year veteran of the department, Officer Kinsey is held in high regard by his fellow officers and is known for his honesty, commitment and dedication. We are glad he will now have the opportunity to continue his chosen career in law enforcement.

Congratulations to Officer Nate Kinsey and the LELS Legal Team!

MN Supreme Court Ruling

2019 MPPOA Legislative Conference

Friday, February 8 & Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Legislative Conference of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association will be held in Two Harbors, MN on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Headquarters will be Superior Shores Resort.

The cost of the event will be $175 (or $225 with a non-member guest).

All registrations to attend as well as to select preferred accommodations will be done online. If you intend to come but will not be staying at the resort you should still go online to register.

All registrations for the conference must be done electronically and directly with the resort. No phone or fax requests will be taken. You will have a selection of accommodations to choose from but remember you should act soon to ensure that your choice can be met.

Register by following the link: and using the password MPPOA19

Monthly Dues Increase

The Law Enforcement Labor Services Board of Directors has approved the increase of monthly union dues.

The increase in dues will be effective January 1, 2019.

The new monthly union dues are as follows:

Full-time Employee Membership    $51.00
Part-time Employee Membership   $30.05

Isaac Kaufman, General Counsel for LELS Presents Case to the MN Supreme Court

Case Name: City of Richfield v. Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc.
Case Number: A17-1275

2019 Conference Dates

2019 Legislative Conference:  February 8-9, 2019

2019 LELS Annual Membership Meeting:  June 7-10, 2019

LELS Endorsement Policy

LELS Endorsement Policy for LELS Locals that would like to endorse a candidate:  POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT POLICY

2018 Steward Training

LELS Steward Training
October 9-10, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018  (9:00am – 4:00pm)  MPPOA Presents Will Aitchinson
Wednesday, October 10, 2018  (8:00am – 4:00pm)  LELS Steward Update Training

Thank you to all those who attended!

Thank you Sponsors:  Meuser Law, Fidelity Blueline Mortgage, Osseo Gun Club, Wings Financial

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