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From mnpACT.org 3/19/16:  The Minnesota legislature is going to be another political battleground. Here in the South Metro, it could be ground zero for Democratic control.  Some top caliber candidates have emerged to challenge the GOP incumbents that dominate this area. These candidates are not looking back - they are looking forward to a better Minnesota future. They are focused on clean energy. Job growth. Education at all levels. Sustainable transportation (the key to future growth). Health care that gets fixed and works for every single Minnesotan.

From Star Tribune, 3/11/16:  Overall, Minnesota is doing better — much better — than in recent years. We have a $900 million budget surplus; unemployment is at a 15-year low, and businesses are creating jobs. Still, too many Minnesotans are feeling left behind in an economy that too often favors the wealthy few.  Republicans will say the answer is big tax cuts for the wealthy, corporations and special interests. But that choice threatens to put our state back into deficit and will not address the economic challenges facing Minnesota families.

The Minnesota Legislature is back in session. In this short session, lawmakers need to address key priorities like rebuilding our transportation infrastructure, paid family leave, providing kids with universal Pre-K, and extending unemployment benefits for working families on the Iron Range.  Sadly, House Republicans are already demanding more than a quarter million dollars in corporate tax giveaways in exchange for granting an unemployment insurance extension to working families.

SAINT PAUL – As the Saint Paul City Council considers the Development and Use agreements for the Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, there are questions about the future of the rest of the Snelling Midway site. City leaders have talked with a Rainbow Foods employee and the UFCW union representative about the change that is coming, as recent site maps have made clear that the Rainbow Foods grocery store will be impacted by the soccer stadium development.

Hillary Clinton released the following statement about the announcement that the United Food and Commercial Workers have endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Clinton now has the endorsement of 20 national labor unions or labor alliances representing over 12 million American workers.

“I am honored to earn the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers and their more than 1.3 million members.

From Union Advocate 2/18/16:  A union investment fund announced plans today to renovate an aging, eight-story office building in St. Paul’s Lowertown district. The project will create 134 market-rate multifamily housing units and an estimated 190 union construction jobs.  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) unveiled the $42.3 million project, dubbed “333 on the Park,” in a press release.

Janitors with Local 26 have been bargaining a contract for months, and their employers have dug in their heels. Today, February 17, 2016, they are on a ULP strike across the metro for a fair contract for their families. It is going to be very big and very powerful. If you’d like to support on social media, feel free to change your avatar today to the support image. Feel free to share with your organizations/networks/friends as well. The janitors appreciate the support.