Yesterday’s election was another turning point in Minnesota politics. Teamsters Local 320’s political team will do its best to address the implications for members. We broke it down into three categories: the good, the bad and the ugly!
Minnesota returned Mark Dayton to the governor’s office for four more years. Governor Dayton has been a champion for workers’ rights and public services. Furthermore, all the Teamster endorsed candidates for statewide constitutional offices were elected or re-elected. Many of the federal and local races also saw Teamster endorsed candidates win competitive races. With Governor Dayton and DFL control in the State Senate we can rest easily knowing that our collective bargaining rights are respected and protected.
The GOP took control of the State House of Representatives and we foresee many challenges for Teamster members going forward. We make this assumption from what we have already seen. The current House GOP Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) unsuccessfully proposed an amendment to cut $250 million from the state budget in 2014. These cuts were designed to cheapen health and human services, K-12 and higher education, public safety and transportation funding. We fully intend to see additional proposals to reduce funding for state and local public services.
The makeup of important legislative committees such as “Judiciary,” “Higher Education,” and “Joint State Employee Relations” (JSER) will change and not likely for the better. In fact, we predict significant challenges with institutional funding for members’ wages and benefits. We also fear that future state labor contracts will face considerable opposition from JSER. Lastly, we anticipate attacks on the funding formula for Local Government Aid (LGA), County Program Aid (CPA) and state aid to school districts.
Teamsters Local 320 will make every attempt to find common ground with the newly elected House leadership. We will lobby and educate on the importance of public services and fully funding institutional budget requests. But make no mistake; Teamsters Local 320 will never shy away from defending Minnesota’s public servants from any and all attacks.
Teamster Local 320 members have undoubtedly witnessed economic improvement in the last two years. If you want to see this trend continue please consider encouraging your co-workers to sign up for the Teamsters Local 320 action alerts. (If you receiving this message you are currently signed up for actions alerts.) Secondly, consider joining Teamsters Local 320’s Volunteer Legislative Committee (VLC) and become more involved in crafting and implementing Teamsters Local 320’s legislative positions. Finally, join us for our third annual Lobby Day, March 2015, and make your voice heard at the State Capitol.
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For questions and comments regarding the VLC pleased contact Gus Froemke at email@example.com
Open enrollment for Lobby Day 2015 will begin in December, 1st 2014