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May 8, 2013

Day care, PCA unions bill meets resistance

No bill has faced a more tortuous path this legislative session than a proposal to allow child care workers and personal care assistants to unionize.

May 6, 2013

Child care, PCA unionization bill fails in finance committee

Legislation that would allow child care providers and personal care assistants to unionize was defeated in the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. The surprise legislative setback came in the final committee before the bill would have been taken up on the Senate floor.

Dec 7, 2012

Forecast eases pressures on DFL leadership

For DFLers preparing to take the reins of both legislative chambers, there was good news in Minnesota’s November economic forecast. And the forecast’s bad news — well, that was good news for Democratic leadership too.

Nov 9, 2012

Marriage amendment had big impact in burbs

Rumblings about the marriage amendment’s unpopularity in the western suburbs came early in the campaign season. Orange and blue “vote no” signs vastly outnumbered “vote yes” ones, particularly in places like Edina, and Republican candidates running for the Legislature avoided the issue at the doors and in debates at all cost.

Nov 7, 2012

DFLers exult over reclaiming legislative majorities

Before closing his victory speech after winning back the DFL majority in the Minnesota Senate, a teary-eyed DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk grabbed the arm of one of his first-time candidates and lifted it high. “I want to introduce you to Senator-elect Melisa Franzen,” Bakk shouted to an exuberant crowd of DFLers gathered in downtown St. Paul at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “They didn’t lo[...]

Aug 31, 2012

Labor contract rejection reflects partisan split

The rejection of the new collective bargaining agreement for nearly 28,000 state workers by a House-Senate subcommittee on Thursday is the latest example of the divide between Republicans and DFLers over how to make the state an attractive employer.

Nov 15, 2011

Dayton calls for union vote among child-care providers

Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order on Tuesday calling for an election within 60 days to determine if in-home day-care providers want union representation. The state's roughly 11,000 licensed child-care workers will vote on whether they wish to be represented by the SEIU Kids First Local 284 and AFSCME Council 5.

Nov 4, 2011

Public employee unions fight health care premium increases

Thirteen unions representing approximately 43,000 workers are locked in difficult negotiations with the state over health care insurance premiums for the next two years.

Jun 29, 2011

Public employee unions reach agreement on terms of shutdown

The state's two primary labor unions for public employees have reached an agreement with state officials on what benefits workers will continue to receive if a government shutdown begins on Friday.

Jun 8, 2011

AFSCME and MAPE to run TV ads until shutdown day

The leaders of Minnesota’s two largest public employees unions today announced they’re spending $300,000 on statewide advertising in support of Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget.

Mar 16, 2011

Bill would transfer $50M burden to workers

Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Chairman Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has sidestepped the traditional route for pension legislation - which runs through the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) - and placed on the fast track a proposal to shift more of the cost of pensions onto workers. His move seems all the more bold in light of the fact that the House has not introduced a[...]

Feb 22, 2011

Dayton, unions rally for Wisconsin public employees

Union members and allies rallied in the Capitol to show support for public employees in Wisconsin, who have been staging a week-long protest over Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to restrict collective bargaining rights.

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