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Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation hires Graeme Allen as new community organizer

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, February 22, 2013

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MINNEAPOLIS — Graeme Allen began work January 28 as the new community and political organizer for the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.

He replaces Adam Robinson, who left for a position at Minnesotans for a Fair Economy.

Allen comes to the MRLF fresh from his experience working as a community organizer with Minnesotans United for All Families, the organization which built a broad coalition to defeat the marriage amendment.

“I was one of the original community organizers hired,” he said. Allen began his work for Minnesotans United for All Families in February 2012 and continued through the election. The campaign developed new and creative outreach strategies that focused on engaging voters with personal, in-depth conversations. “It was eye-opening,” he said.

Allen’s other experience includes working for four years as government relations director for the Minnesota State University Student Association. He also has worked as a congressional campaign staff member.

“I’ve been very fortunate and I have tried to work for causes I believe in,” Allen said. “The opportunity to change policy or bring people together really appeals to me.”

Graeme Allen is the MRLF’s new community and political organizer.

Allen was born in Arkansas, lived in Oklahoma until age 11, and then moved to Winona, Minnesota when his father took a job at Winona State University (where his father was a member of the Teamsters union).

Allen graduated from Winona’s Cotter High School in 1996 and from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2002 as a political science major.

Both of Allen’s parents are educators. Towards the end of Allen’s college years, his parents went to work in Egypt and he joined them there for five years, working, attending the American University in Cairo, and travelling throughout the Middle East.

“I knew I wanted to come back to Minnesota from Egypt — It’s where I considered home,” he said.

Allen lives in New Brighton.

“For years I’ve wanted to work in Labor,” Allen said. “I’m really happy to be here, to learn a lot, and to work with the many affiliated unions and their members.”

Contact: Graeme Allen at 612-379-4206 ext. 103 or graeme@minneapolisunions.org.


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