Unions are praising the 2017 Legislature for passing bonding and transportation bills, but express concern about policy actions - some of which were vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton. State workers retained their union contracts and newly won paid parental leave.
The Midwest School for Women Workers, an opportunity to build skills and network with others in the labor movement, runs July 16 – 20 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Registration is open until June 23.
It’s that time of year, when college and university students pack commencement ceremonies to accept their diplomas. Away from this pomp and circumstance, there is a less-visible world of graduates in our midst – a group filling well-paying, in-demand jobs, without the student loan debt and with the on-the-job-training that reinforces their chosen career path.
Governor Mark Dayton signed state budget bills Tuesday, but vetoed funding for the Minnesota Legislature in an effort to force lawmakers back to the bargaining table to rescind policy measures opposed by many Minnesotans.
The Minnesota AFL-CIO, the labor federation representing unions across the state, joined Education Minnesota in calling on Governor Mark Dayton to veto an education funding bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Other organizations urged Dayton to veto finance bills that included provisions harmful to immigrants and low-wage workers.
The legislation coming out of the special session of the 2017 Legislature is "deeply flawed or explicitly hostile to the interests of Minnesota children and their families," Education Minnesota said Wednesday morning. The union called on Governor Mark Dayton to veto the bills.