Solicitor General Alan Gilbert argued that the plaintiffs in the case do not have standing to bring their claim.
Legislation allowing day care providers and personal care assistants to join labor unions was arguably the most contentious issue of the legislative session. The proposal was debated for 27 hours on the House and Senate floors, longer than any other bill considered in 2013. Ultimately, the proposal cleared the House by the narrowest of margins, 68-66, on the final day of session.
by Paul Demko
Published: May 8, 2013
Tags: AFSCME, child care, day care, Doug Seaton, Eliot Seide, Michael Nelson, Minnesota House of Representatives, Minnesota Senate, Paul Thissen, personal care assistants, Sandy Pappas, Sean Nienow, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Tom Bakk, unions
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.
Legislation that would give day care workers and personal care assistants a path to unionization passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Policy Committee on Monday after lengthy testimony and numerous amendments.
A short tour of four potential scenarios as the Dayton administration and the DFL Legislature weigh the next Minnesota budget.
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.
by Paul Demko
Published: September 28, 2012
Tags: AFSCME, Alida Messinger, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Bernie Hesse, Brian Elliott, Dave Hancock, Doug Wardlow, Jennifer Munt, Jim Niland, Keith Downey, MAPE, Mark Dayton, Molly Pederson, Patti Fritz, Ted Lillie, UFCW
On Tuesday afternoon, officials from the United Food and Commercial Workers union met at the DFL headquarters in St. Paul with Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen.
The Apple Valley-area seat is open due to Chris Gerlach’s retirement.
by Charley Shaw
Published: August 31, 2012
Tags: AFSCME, Arne Carlson, Eliot Seide, Jim Monroe, MAPE, Mark Dayton, Michelle Benson, Mike Parry, Ryan Winkler, Schowalter, Steve Drazkowski, Wayne Simoneau
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.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: August 1, 2012
Tags: 2012 fund, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alida Messinger, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Carrie Lucking, Education Minnesota, Justine Haselow, Ken Martin, Mark Dayton, Minnesota DFL Party, Republican Party of Minnesot, Robert Haselow, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, Steve Simon, Tom Bakk, Vance Opperman, Win Minnesota
Despite their minority status in both the state House and Senate, the DFL caucuses significantly outperformed Republicans in fundraising from the beginning of January until the end of July.