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Guest Speaker Peter Benner Pete Benner served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota State Employee Union, AFSCME Council 6, which represents 24,000 employees of the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, from 1982 through 2004. In that role, he was chief labor negotiator on health benefits for the State Employee Group Insurance Plan.

He also served as an AFSCME International Union Vice President from 1992 through 2006. Benner is now semi-retired. Benner currently serves as a Board member for the Institute for Clinical Systems Integration and Minnesota Community Measurement. He also has served on the Boards of the Minnesota Coalition on Health and the Minnesota Health Data Institute, and was a member of the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, the Minnesota Health Care Commission, and the Minnesota Citizens Forum.