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MPELRA Awards Program:




Award of Excellence & Pacesetter Award Program


The Minnesota Public Employer Labor Relations Association (MPELRA) has created a new program to acknowledge the accomplishments of its members.



This annual award is to be given to individuals who during their career have made an outstanding contribution to management's role in public sector labor relations. The Excellence in Labor Relations Award represents MPELRA's highest acknowledgement of the recipient's dedication and achievement in the development of positive labor-management relations. It signifies professional efforts resulting in successful labor relations over an extended period of time.

MPELRA Congratulates...

Tony Brown, 2019 Excellence in Labor Relations Award Recipient!




2019 Excellence in Labor Relations Award - Criteria




This annual award is presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated particularly innovative leadership in public sector labor relations. The PACESETTER AWARD recognizes those individuals, who, through their professional achievements, have successfully developed a new tool or technique for use in resolving conflicts, addressing new challenges or assisting others in their growth in public sector labor relations and human resources. PACESETTERS are role models who serve as resources to others in the field.

                                                  2019 Pacesetter Award


Awards will be presented each year at the MPELRA Winter conference.


Take the initiative today and nominate a leader in your organization!

For more information on each of the awards and for nomination forms, click on the links below.







Historical Award Winners:

Excellence in Labor Relations Award:


Carolyn Trevis, 2017 
State of Minnesota


Kay McAloney, 2016 
City of Edina


Jim Genellie, 2015
City of Hopkins


Roxanne Chmielewski, 2014
Sherburne County



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Becky Wodziak, 2013
Ramsey County







Frank Madden, 2012
Ramsey County


Kent Michaelson, 2011
City of Bloomington


Jeanette Sobania, 2010
City of Plymouth


Bill Peters, 2009
Hennepin County


Paul Larson, 2008
Minnesota, Management & Budget




Pacesetter Award:






David Lindberg, 2012
HR Director for St. Francis independent School District 15


Bureau of Mediation Services, 2010


Krista Amos, 2009
City of Mankato & Blue Earth County








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