Al Church Scholarship

2018 AL CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 14TH, 2018

PDF iconAl Church Scholarship Application Due April 14th, 2018

WHO IS AL CHURCH
& WHY IS A SCHOLARSHIP NAMED FOR HIM?

Al Church was the founder and first Director of Council 65.  He began his career in the labor movement in 1947 as a member of the United Public Utilities Workers (UPW) of the CIO. He later was Employed by Range/Duluth Joint Board to service unions.  He was the first individual hired by the newly formed Government & Civic Employees Organizing Committee (GCEOC) of the CIO and worked in Minnesota for GCEOC as an International Representative until the organization merged with AFSCME in 1956.

He then worked as an International AFSCME Representative & served from 1958-1964 on the AFSCME International Executive Board.  The State highway & welfare units within AFSCME Council 6 and some city & county locals on the Iron Range formed the Minnesota Organizing Committee, an informal organization that existed until 1963.  In 1963 AFSCME International chartered Minnesota Arrowhead District Council 65 with
Al Church as its Director. 

In 1963 the Council was primarily made up of city & county local unions on the Iron Range and a half dozen locals in NW Minnesota that had no servicing arrangements, prompting AFSCME International to ask Al Church to provide service to them.  In the mid-60's a group of locals in southern Minnesota, known as Council 71 needed representation and  a merger was negotiated, making Council 65 a statewide organization of local government employees outside the Duluth/Metro area.  Director Church now had four (4) employees who traveled around the state servicing these local unions.

Before PELRA was passed in 1971, Al Church was appointed to chair a committee of public employee representatives under the auspices of the Minnesota State Federation of Labor.  In 1973, Al Church was appointed by AFSCME International President Jerry Wurf to serve on the International Judicial Panel. He remained on the Panel, at the request of President McEntee, after retirement until his term expired in 1987.

Director Church was also a leader in the political environment fighting for workers rights.  Governor Rudy Perpich claimed that he would not have been elected if not for Al Church.  Al Church retired in 1985 after 38 years of service to the labor movement.  Al Church was then hired as a consultant to Council 65 for one dollar per year.

Al Church passed away in 1992 at the age of 71.

The AFSCME COUNCIL 65 EXECUTIVE BOARD established the Scholarship for AL'S retirement in 1985.

2017 AL CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

DISTRICT 1: Katie Knight - Local 1452
                      Sarah Nelson- Local 455

DISTRICT 2: Savannah Larson - Local 1647
                      David Sanbeck - Local 667

DISTRICT 3: Austin Blomme - Local 1687
                      Rhiannan Markegard - 1500

DISTRICT 4: Brandon Beliveau - Local 559
                      Kylee Wrobleski - Local 2053