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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

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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

1132 County Road E EAST, Vadnais Heights, MN  5511

St. Paul Police Federation, Minnesota Emerald Society, & IPA US Section Region 47 MN-ND-SD presents… Shades of Ireland

St. Paul Police Federation, Minnesota Emerald Society, & IPA US Section Region 47 MN-ND-SD presents… Shades of Ireland

April 17 – 26, 2019

Ireland IPA


Information for Corrections Officers

LELS is Minnesota’s largest labor union specializing only in the representation of Law Enforcement Personnel.
Dues stay in Minnesota, working for you! LELS is NOT affiliated with a national organization.

We Represent:

  • 4752 Licensed Peace Officers
  • 1339 Non-Licensed Corrections and 911 Dispatchers
  • 367 union locals across the state of Minnesota

What We Offer That You Can’t Get Anywhere Else:

  • Legal Defense Fund (LDF) which provides legal representation in criminal and civil matters which arise in the course and scope of your employment.
  • Membership with the Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) which looks out for the interests of our members by lobbying and advocating for members’ economic, social and professional advancement at the state legislature and in Washington D.C.
  • Local in-house staff attorneys, business agents and support staff that focus exclusively on your behalf.

Accomplishments Past & Future

  1. View the settlements we reached
  2. View the contracts we negotiated
  3. Continue to propose changes to the Corrections Officer Bill of Rights. 

Membership Comes with Responsibility

  1. Ask questions.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Vote