From minnpost.com, 2/8/17: Last Thursday, Feb. 2, a basement hearing room of the State Office Building was packed. The overflow room was overflowing, so a third room had to be opened (and was soon filled too). Starting at 4:09 p.m. the hearing ran till almost 9 p.m. as one testifier after another weighed in on House File 600, an innocuous-sounding restriction on local government authority. What was this new proposal? And why the passion?
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It has only been one month since the beginning of the state legislative session, and a lot has happened in that time — both good and bad. Last week, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that'll provide immediate financial assistance to over 100,000 Minnesotans who cannot afford the prices being charged by Minnesota’s non-profit health insurance companies in the individual market. People buying individual coverage will see a one-time 25% premium reduction for 2017.
UFCW Local 1189 reached an agreement with SuperValu to amend their St. Paul area contracts and increase the starting rates for new hires to $11.00 per hour. Current part-time employees who are below this rate will move to the nearest higher rate in the contract ($11.10), receive credit for the hours at that step and will progress from there on the appropriate wage scale.
From UFCW Legislative Department, 2/1/17: Breaking News...
Members at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls unanimously ratified a two year contract January 30, 2017. Members will receive an increase in each year of the contract towards their health insurance. Members also will receive premium pay for working on their scheduled days off on the weekend. LPNs will receive $.75 per hour each year and all other members will receive $.50 per hour each year retroactive to January 2, 2017. Congratulations!