With the new Laborer friendly majorities in the Minnesota House & Senate we start the 2013 session with a lot less anxiety and a lot more optimism. We are four weeks into session and not a word about striping bargaining rights or eliminating the eight hour work day. Rather we have bills seeking to give more workers the right to organize, raise the minimum wage, provide property tax relief, pay back our schools and fully fund the build out and operations of light rail in the metro area.
We are actively working to promote job creation bills that enable expansion and growth for the Mall of America, Rochester Mayo Clinic and improve Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure needs for the future.
We have a Governor who is not afraid to lead and propose a structurally sound, balanced and honest budget rather than playing it politically safe and kicking the states problems down the road.
The opportunity is there to make sure these sound proposals become law. Elected officials need to hear from their constituents; Laborers and Union contractors who support these and other job and project creation measures. We have a great opportunity to meet legislators once again at our Annual Laborers Day on the Hill set for Thursday, March 14th. We encourage all members – current and retirees to come and join us at this important outreach event. Come join your brother and sisters to talk to your legislators about our 2013 legislative priorities.
Support for a transportation funding bill which would provide much needed additional constitutionally dedicated transportation funding and fund thousands of construction related jobs over the next twenty years.
Support for Tax bill which will leverage up to $2B in private economic development and million of work hours for our members revitalizing the MOA and building out the Bloomington Central Station development.
Support for our responsible contractor proposal which will provide public entities a new tool to disqualify non responsible low bid contractors who do not met the definition of a responsible contractor due to their past conduct.
Support for the DOLI proposals which aim to provide resources and additional authority for the DOLI to better enforce labor laws, apprenticeship programs and wage standards in Minnesota.
Support HF748 – SF608 which fixes a loophole in current law which prohibits workers from having standing or being made whole when a contractor has been found in violation of local prevailing wage ordinances or other contract requirements.
Support Governor Dayton’s proposal to restore $220M a year in aid to Counties and Local Governments.
Please register for your 2nd annual Laborers Day on the Hill by calling the District Council @ 651-653-9776 or by registering online here.
Todd T. Pufahl, Legislative Director