2 AM Attempt To Revive Anti-Union Bill Fails

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Representative Mark Buesgens attempts to revive Anti-Union legislation

Click photo to watch Rep. Mark Buesgens attempt to revive Anti-Union legislation

Click photo to watch Rep. Mark Buesgens attempt to revive Anti-Union legislation

In the dark of night when public TV was no longer broadcasting the Minnesota House session, a Republican tries to revive the anti-union “right to work” constitutional amendment.

Just after 2 AM Friday morning, Representative Mark Buesgens (R-Savage) asks to move the bill to the Rules Committee where it might get a more favorable hearing and “jump start” its passage.

Fellow Republican Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa immediately moves to table the attempt. Buesgen’s motion is tabled by an overwhelming margin.

This is the second attempt to revive the bill since it stalled in Commerce Committee. The previous attempt from Representative Doug Wardlow (R-Eagan) failed after Wardlow didn’t speak to his motion.

While Republicans have been vocal in their support for the anti-union constitutional amendment, it appears they are shying away from taking a vote on it since they fear what it could mean for them in this fall’s election.

Michael McIntee

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