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Members often ask- why are we involved in politics?  Because we need to be engaged on the local, county, state, and federal level.  Most of the work is centered on the state house and state senate.  Our day-to-day lives are impacted by what they decide, fund, and guide with public policy.  We have helped shape new legislation in the last few years that have improved our members' lives.

For example, a broad coalition of groups worked together to increase funding for nursing homes.  The effect was an increase in wages and benefits for our members.

From thehill.com, 10/11/16:  Our health system is sick. One business executive quipped, “If you tried to design a health care system that didn't work, you couldn't have done a better job.”  High health care costs led to multiple reforms, from the Nixon era to the Obama administration. Those efforts aimed to save money by limiting provider networks, requiring referrals and prior authorizations, and using ever larger co-pays and deductibles.

93 million Americans who were eligible to vote did not vote 4 years ago.  The first step to voting on November 8 is to make sure your registration is updated with your current address before it's too late.  Click here to access Working America's website to help you with this.

Local 1189 is concerned for our members and their families using health care through the Allina system while MNA is on strike.  As the chair and trustee of the UFCW Local 1189 and St. Paul Employers Health & Welfare Fund and trustee of the Northern MN-WI Area Retail Food Health & Welfare Fund, Local 1189 President Jennifer Christensen sent a letter to all Plan participants and Plan trustees citing her concerns about quality control and patient safety.  MNA is on strike against the following Allina hospitals:  United/St.

From aflcio.org, 9/16/16:  Dear Mr. Trump:  My name is Dan Mahoney. I was born and raised in New York. I am a proud member and employee of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union that represents backstage crew and technicians in entertainment.  Working in motion pictures and television, I have worked alongside many celebrities, politicians, actors and other personalities.

SEIU has scheduled a picket against Mayo Clinic as they continue to fight against Mayo's decision to sub-contract 700 dietary worker jobs.  The picket will take place downtown Rochester at the Gonda Building on Friday September 16, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Car pooling will be available at the SEIU office located at 345 Randolph Avenue in St. Paul at 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.

Join your union brothers and sisters for doorknocking in support of Labor-endorsed candidates on August 17, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.. Organized by your local Area Labor Council/Regional Labor Federation. Meet at any of the following locations:

From The Washington Post, 7/28/16:  Whole Foods Market says it's "America's Healthiest Grocery Store."  Now, the grocery chain is looking to update its slogan to reflect a loftier moniker: "World'sHealthiest Grocery Store."  Unfortunately for the grocer's efforts, the U.S.

From Citizens Trade Organization:  Last month, thousands of Citizens Trade Campaign supporters submitted testimony to both the Democratic and Republican Party Platform Committees, urging them to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreemet in their party platforms. Unfortunately, the drafting committee for the Democratic Party has since met, and decided not to include a clear rejection of the TPP in its draft platform.  The full Democratic Platform Committee is meeting later this week, however, and they have the oppo