Members of the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee may have gotten a little more information than they asked for on Monday.
As first reported in PIM Confidential, a copy of an e-mail from Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher to local union presidents was accidentally attached to the back of a packet discussing GOP Sen. David Hann’s bill to establish a new state insurance program. Hann also sits on the Senate’s Education Committee.
The email shows the 70,000-member union trying to reach out to its conservative members. Ed Minn is holding a meeting Saturday for “interested Republican members” at its headquarters in St. Paul to discuss things like “building relationships” with legislators, recruiting other Republican members and “getting invovled in the Republican Party process,” the letter reads.
The traditionally DFL-aligned union lost a lot of supporters at the Capitol after election night saw Republicans take control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in nearly 40 years. “It’s more important than ever for our Republican members to start building relationships with their legislators,” the letter reads.
Ed Minn will pay for lunch and gas mileage for anyone who wishes to attend, according to the letter. The union needs at least 15 people to sign up in order to hold the meeting.
Alternative licensure – a bill the union opposed last session – is up for committee hearings in both the House and the Senate this week, and could land on the floor as early as next week, sources say.