Weekly Featured Profile – Mark Froemke

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Mark Froemke

Mark Froemke is a Minnesota/North Dakota Communist Party USA member and has been President of the Western Area Labor Council (AFL-CIO), which represents union members in 11 North Dakota counties and 7 Minnesota counties.

He has close ties to several leading Minnesota politicians, including Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Froemke represents the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union, AFL-CIO. He spent 22 years in the sugar beet industry in the factory in East Grant Forks, Minnesota.

Mark Froemke actively campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and has been a strong advocate for Obamacare.

AFL-CIO delegates from Minnesota unions were enthused by President Obama’s speech to the labor federation’s national convention in September 2009.

“Obama has reached out to labor – and now union members must respond,” said Mark Froemke, a member of the Grain Millers union and delegate from the Western Area Labor Council in Crookston.

“It’s for us in the unions to push hard to make sure the public option (for health care) is there in the end,” he said.

Minnesotans were well-represented at the June 25, 2009 Washington, D.C. rally for health care reform. Among the union members urging Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Collin Peterson to support health care reform that will “offer quality affordable health care to America now” were: Linda Slattengren, President of MNA; Laura Askelin, President of SE MN ALC and Mark Froemke, President of the Western Minnesota ALC.

Mark Froemke and his wife LaVonne Froemke are both also active in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party.

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