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ABC Impact: Making Government Work for Working Families

All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system. Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.

Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore.

ABC turns pocket change into big change for working families by fighting for:

Word from the CEO:  While our busiest time of year is behind us, it’s important to know that MNsure enrolls Minnesotans year-round. If you’re currently without coverage or your life circumstances change, your eligibility to enroll through MNsure might change, too.  Enrollment in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance is open year-round.

How the Proposed Budget from the Trump adminstration affects Hardworking Families

Eliminates funding and ends Community Development Block Grants Programs that helps cities fund such programs as Meals-On-Wheels, fund after school programs, and build parks.

End LIHEAP- the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides funds to help elderly people pay monthly heating bills in the winter.

From goodjobsfirst.org, 3/8/17:  More than half of the nation’s 50 biggest cities and counties still fail to disclose online even the names of the companies receiving property tax abatements or other costly economic development incentives. Even fewer report incentive-deal outcomes: Only 13 of the 50 localities disclose the number of actual jobs created by one of their key incentive programs.  Read more here.

We need members to be alert and know that Big Money Groups are trying to take away paid sick days, a higher minimum wage, and local control.

People shouldn't have to worry about whether they can take time off to care for a child or themselves if sick.

Big business and the MN Grocers Association are pushing for a statewide ban on cities, enacting paid sick days or higher minimum wages.

We need to stop this now!

Call Governor Dayton's office at 651.201.3400 or 800.657.3717 and ask him to VETO any bill that restricts Local Control.

All You Can Eat                                                     10AM-2PM, Sunday, March 12 at 3715 Chicago Avenue, MPLS, MN

Pancake Brunch

Fundraiser to Benefit CTUL

Center of Workers United In Struggle, for more information EMAIL: Jil@CTUL.net or Call 612.322.0663

CTUL has been a partner in organizing workers in the retail cleaning industry.  Come and celebrate their recent victory!

Union Member Mason Nelson signed up for the Active Ballot Club (ABC) and won!! Mason works at Kowalski's Markets in Oak Park Heights.   By signing up to make weekly contributions to the Active Ballot Club (ABC) he became eligible for the monthly drawing of contributors and won $250.  Active Ballot Club (ABC), the UFCW’s political action committee, leads the charge to elect pro-worker candidates–so we don’t end up with anti-worker politicians making decisions that affect our future.

The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) - Office of Medical Cannabis will review written comments regarding medical cannabis products' label contents at the next laboratory rulemaking advisory committee meeting.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: Edina Public Library, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436

If you are interested in sending in written comments, please do so by 12:00 pm (noon) on February 21, 2017 to Health.Cannabis.Regs@state.mn.us.

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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