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.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced shortly before the curtain closed on the 2017 legislative session that they had reached an overall budget agreement, but it will take a special session to finish the job.
With the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature winding to a close – and little visible progress toward a budget deal between Republican lawmakers and DFL Governor Mark Dayton – hundreds rallied to make sure education is not forgotten.