freedom is education, and voting is true citizenship. We must
pick up the challenge that our ancestors have handed to us.
Voting must become synonymous with citizenship, and educating
our children about their history, must become synonymous with
freedom." ~ Dr. Josie Johnson (Minnesota Civil Rights
less than 30 days, Minnesotans can start voting.
This year, Minnesotans will go to the polls to
elect a U.S. Senator, Governor, U.S. and Minnesota
House Representatives, as well as State, County
and Local officers.
we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of
things are on our minds. Even though we're working
harder and harder every year, our incomes have not
kept up with the cost of living. We worry
about setting aside enough for a secure
retirement, health expenses and our children's
educations. We need to elect leaders who care
about working people and side with us, not just
the wealthy and corporations.
month marks the 49th anniversary of the landmark Voting
Rights Act of 1965, a law signed by Pres. Lyndon Johnson
that was intended to enforce the 15th Amendment to the
Constitution, which guarantees all citizens the right to
vote regardless of “race, color, or previous condition
of servitude.” But that law has been undermined during
the last several years by extremist governors,
right-wing legislatures and the U.S. Supreme Court,
making the promise of the Voting Rights Act just that
– a promise without sufficient legal guarantees.
your boss tramples on your right to organize in the
workplace, Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
believes you should be able to sue for damages in
federal court. He introduced a bill in Congress that
would grant you that very right.
"Union busters are on the march and are
aggressive," Ellison, a co-chair of the
Congressional Progressive Caucus. I think the [legal]
options that are offered by the current process are not
adequate." As he explained it, Ellison's plan would
amend the National Labor Relations Act to make labor
organizing something akin to a federal civil right.
of 2013 and 2014 Legislation to Support Working
know that valuing hard work, education and fairness creates
shared prosperity. Let’s give them a chance to continue
moving Minnesota forward."
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are all trade unionists. We are all civil rights activists.
And it’s about time for all of us to get together and
organize America like never before! It’s time to say to
America, ‘We will not turn back now!” ~ Rev. Dr. William
level the playing field when they organize!
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Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
Development Career Fair!
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, August
25, 2014, Minneapolis Central Library.
Employers include: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Doherty
Staffing Solutions, Double Tree Hotel by Hilton,
Dungarvin, Fed Ex Freight, Fed Ex Ground, Hennepin
County, Hilton Hotel Minneapolis, HMS Host,
Legendary Bakery, Lorenz Bus Service, Lyman
Companies, Mainline Transportation, Menards, St.
Paul Midway, Millennium Hotel Minneapolis,
Northern Metal Recycling, Park Adams
Transportation, Super America and Walgreens.
2014 Retiree Day of Action! With
special guest speaker Secretary of State Mark
Ritchie. Thursday September 4, 2014, 2:00 PM,
Room 218, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, 312
Central Avenue, Minneapolis.
Health & Wellness Fitness Event!
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, NorthPoint
will host its third annual Fit-4-Fun Event. Last
year, close to 1,000 community members participated
in this event. This on site event starts at 10 am
and will include a family oriented 1 or 3 mile walk
or run as well as a bike ride through
the Northside neighborhoods. In addition,
participants will be able to try aerobic exercises,
line dancing, and other activities.
Attendees will also make their way through an
obstacle course. There will be music, prizes, and
healthy food options to try. NorthPoint will be
distributing health and wellness information and
most importantly, providing a setting where everyone
can have fun. NorthPoint Health & Wellness
Center has made a strategic decision and priority to
engage our community to make better informed
decisions concerning their health and wellness and
encourage them to simply "get up and
look forward to your participation!
AFSCME at the State Fair!
Want a state that commits to transportation we can
count on – a network that protects our jobs and
provides opportunity and mobility for more
residents? Then visit the AFSCME kiosk at the State
Fair. More than 100 Council 5 members and retirees
are volunteering to collect post cards that urge
legislators to do what it takes to make
transportation work better for everyone. The Fair runs
from Thursday August 21 until Labor Day (September 1).
you’re there check out the Labor Pavilion’s
of unions, education, and music. ~ AFSCME Council 5
34 Changing of the Guard! September
has always felt like the beginning of a new year to
me. I think it is because that is when school starts
and summer is coming to an end. As I write my
column, it is only the middle of August and all
ready the days are getting noticeably shorter. So
this is the beginning of a new year for me. This
will be the last September that I am an employee of
Hennepin County and the last September as one of
Local 34’s Vice Presidents. I am retiring May 31,
2015. Nominations for Vice President will open I
believe in February with the election being held in
April. I have very much enjoyed the support I have
had from our members to do this work. It is rarely
easy but often fulfilling. I would like to take the
next months to talk with people who think that they
might want to be one of Local 34’s Vice
Presidents. Please contact me if you would like my
perspective on the work ahead. ~ Vicki Moore, AFSCME
Local 34 Vice-President
America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People
Out of Poverty! Before
Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates,
she was raising her daughter on public assistance,
shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not
making ends meet. “I earned in a week what my
family spent in a day,” she recalled. After 17
years as a home health aide at Cooperative Home Care
Associates (CHCA), the largest worker-owned co-op in
the United States, Ramos recently celebrated her
daughter’s college graduation. She’s paying half
of her son’s tuition at a Catholic school, and
she’s a worker-owner in a business where she
enjoys flexible hours, steady earnings, health and
dental insurance, plus an annual share in the
profits. She’s not rich, she says, “but I’m
financially independent. I belong to a union, and I
have a chance to make a difference.” Read
Health Care Union Vote Survives Court Challenge!
Minnesota home health care workers seeking union
representation survived a court challenge from
opponents and are looking forward to ballots being
counted Aug. 26.On Wednesday (Aug. 20), U.S.
District Judge Michael Davis refused a request by
the National Right to Work Foundation that he issue
an injunction to halt the vote, which is taking
place by U.S. mail. In a ruling, Davis called the
request “premature,” clearing the way for
ballots to be counted Aug. 26 in what will be the
largest union election in Minnesota history. The
Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services mailed
ballots Aug. 1 to 26,000 eligible voters. They are
defined as "personal care assistants and other
home care workers providing direct support services
through client-directed Medicaid programs including
PCA Choice, Consumer Directed Community Supports
(CDCS), and Consumer Support Grants." If a
majority of those voting choose to unionize, they
will be represented by SEIU Healthcare
Minnesota, which currently is the union for more
than 15,000 healthcare workers in hospitals, clinics
and nursing homes throughout Minnesota. It is part
of the Service Employees International Union,
which has 1.2 million members in the health care
industry nationwide. Read
world is run by those who show up to vote!
McConnell: Republican Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) just laid out the GOP
strategy if it takes over the Senate. In short: if
you think conservative obstruction is grinding
Congress to a halt right now, you ain’t seen
nothing yet. Mitch McConnell has a game plan to
confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice
next year: Accept bills reining in the
administration’s policies or veto them and risk a
government shutdown. In an extensive interview, the
typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest
thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if
Republicans gain control of the chamber. The
emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills
that would limit Obama policies on everything from
the environment to health care, consider using an
arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic
filibusters and force the president to “move to
the center” if he wants to get any new legislation
through Congress. In short, it’s a recipe for a
confrontational end to the Obama presidency.
“We’re going to pass spending bills, and
they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the
activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in
an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling
through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s
something he won’t like, but that will be done. I
McConnell is running for re-election to the U.S.
Boehner: If Republican John
Boehner is so worried about the
president’s executive orders, why
didn’t he sue George W. Bush? What a hoot
to see House Speaker John Boehner up on
his hind legs, braying like a goofy mule
as he declares that by golly he’s filing
a lawsuit against President Barack
Obama for “aggressive
unilateralism.” Or, was it unilateral
running for re-election to the U.S. House pof
Ohio Republican says it’s an outrage
that a president would issue executive
orders to set policy without the approval
of Congress — at least on things that
Boehner doesn’t approve of.
Boehner is suing Obama for his “effort
to erode the power of the legislative
branch.” Let’s check
the numbers. So far, Obama’s White House
has issued 183 presidential orders. Yet
George W. Bush was far more outrageous,
using this power 291 times. Did Boehner
try to sue George W. for aggressive
about Ronald Reagan’s 381 executive
orders, Richard Nixon’s 346, Dwight
Eisenhower’s 484, Herbert Hoover’s
968, and Teddy Roosevelt’s 1,081?
Rick Perry: A grand jury
indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday
for allegedly abusing the powers of his
office by carrying out a threat to veto
funding for state prosecutors
investigating public corruption — making
the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his
state’s first indicted governor in
nearly a century.
special prosecutor spent months calling
witnesses and presenting evidence that
Perry broke the law when he promised
publicly to nix $7.5 million over two
years for the public integrity unit run by
the office of Travis County Democratic
District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving,
but refused Perry’s calls to resign.
unit Lehmberg oversees is the same that
led the investigation against former U.S.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas
Republican who in 2010 was convicted of
money laundering and conspiracy to commit
money laundering for taking part in a
scheme to influence elections in his home
Rick Perry wants to be President.
day after Jeff Johnson won the Minnesota GOP gubernatorial
primary, the American Federation of State, County,
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) came out
see, during a speech to the Southwest Metro Tea
Party earlier this year, Johnson vowed to "go
all Scott Walker on Minnesota" if
he's elected. And AFSCME doesn't much care for
what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin. After
winning a four-way race to become the Republican
nominee for Minnesota’s governor’s mansion, Jeff
Johnson–a former attorney for the agri-giant
Cargill–told reporters that he would slow the
growth in the state’s minimum wage if
elected.“The minimum wage should not be what
anybody aspires to, they should aspire to a
career,” he said. “They should aspire to a job
that allows them to raise a family. The minimum wage
won’t do that.” About 325 thousand workers stand
to benefit from the minimum wage increases. The
increase will especially benefit women and people of
color, who make up the majority of minimum wage
workers in Minnesota. Jeff
Johnson is running for Governor of Minnesota.
Stewart Mills III:
Residents of the 8th Congressional
District stood outside the shuttered Georgia
Pacific plant in Duluth, to hold Stewart Mills III
accountable for his comments that he finds it
"personally offensive" for
multi-millionaires like himself to pay their fair
share. The event kicked off the "Personally
Offensive Tour," where everyday Minnesotans
will share what they find "offensive"
about multi-millionaire Mills running for Congress
while opposing policies that would help strengthen
and protect middle-class families. Stewart Mills III
is running for Congress in the 8th Congressional
District in Minnesota.
McFadden: Iron Range leaders
sounded off on investment banker Mike McFadden's
pro-Chinese steel stance to make sure Minnesotans
know that, if elected, McFadden would continue to
put the interests of corporate shareholders over
working families. McFadden's preference to build
the entire Keystone XL pipeline out of Chinese
Steel, if it were cheaper than American steel,
would undercut an American industry that supports
thousands of jobs in Minnesota.
becoming a politician, Mike McFadden was chief
executive of Lazard Middle Market – a company
that advised bankrupt businesses that laid off
workers, while Lazard pocketed huge sums of money.
McFadden’s company was involved in a deal where
a Duluth NewPage paper mill laid off workers –
while McFadden’s company pocketed an $11 million
bonus from the deal. His company was also involved
in a deal that outsourced jobs from Cannon Falls
to Mexico for a kids clothing company.
McFadden also supports raising the Medicare
eligibility age. In an interview, McFadden
repeatedly dodged questions until finally stating
he believes raising the eligibility age will
preserve the Medicare program. This position is
largely criticized by both parties for impacting
low to middle income seniors and not increasing
the life of the program.
Mike McFadden is running for the U.S.
Senate in Minnesota.
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