From St. Paul Union Advocate, 7/7/17: He is gruff and often combative, principled and usually blunt. But above all else, Bernie Hesse is a trade unionist.From his days as a grocery clerk to his current work as director of special projects for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, Hesse has made himself ubiquitous in St. Paul’s labor community.
As a member of our Union family, it is important that you are aware of how the President's budget cuts could impact people you care about.Social Security cut by $72 billion: People who can no longer work due to serious injury or illness rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to survive. This cut will jeopardize the ability of millions of families to eat and pay rent.Food Stamps cut by $193 billion: Food stamps are spent primarily in grocery stores and help countless families feed their children and loved ones.
From nytimes.com, 6/22/17: New York Times reporter Margot Sanger-Katz examines how the Republican health plan aims to roll back a program that insures one in five Americans. Click here to watch the video.
UFCW Legislative and Political Department Newsletter 5/30/17:
From MN House of Representatives, 5/26/17: Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol. Legislators finished a tax bill that includes extended bar close times for next year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, an omnibus education bill that includes $483 million in new money, and a transportation bill with $300 million in new General Fund dollars.
From minnpost.com, 5/26/17: President Lyndon Johnson declared food stamps to “be one of our most valuable weapons for the war on poverty” when he signed The Food Stamps Act of 1964. Unfortunately, that fight persists with one in 10 Minnesotans lacking enough food to feed themselves and their families. These hungry Minnesotans go to school with our kids, live down the street and work at many of the places we frequent daily.
It’s official. After repeatedly saying that he will make NAFTA “a lot better” or scrap the deal, Donald Trump just officially informed Congress he plans to renegotiate this notoriously disastrous trade pact with Canada and Mexico. Of course, Trump hasn’t exactly been true to his word on much of anything. He uses grandiose proclamations about creating jobs and a new trade policy to distract Minnesotans from his daily disasters.
The White House just gave Congress official notice of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — and, already, corporations are trying dictate how NAFTA is rewritten, further padding their pockets at the expense of working families, public health and the environment.
DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY: Help ensure that newly-announced trade negotiations put people over profits by ending back-room deal-making and giving the public a seat at the table.
Last week, Republican legislative leadership slipped in bad language into the Judiciary/Public Safety Omnibus Bill, SF803, with no public testimony. This language would slam the door on immigrant Driver’s Licenses. It would prohibit the Commissioner of Public Safety from changing the rule – adopted under Gov. Pawlenty – that stripped the ability of immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses without regard to immigration status.
Provided by MN Fair Trade Coalition: A key theme throughout the 2016 election season was voter anger about U.S. trade policy failing them, including status-quo-trade deals negotiated to favor corporate interests ahead of working families.