A letter signed by more than 100 faith leaders asks Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson to have a community-wide dialog about race instead of prosecuting people.
Republicans controlling the U.S. Senate are trying to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union’s request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union.
The measure passed on a 53-45 party-line vote. But President Obama has said he will veto it if it reaches his desk.
Senator Al Franken (DFL-Minnesota) expressed his disapproval of striking down NLRB reforms which he said modernize and streamline the election process in which workers choose whether or not to form a union.
“The resolution before us today is not only misplaced, it is also misguided. This resolution would do the opposite of empowering workers.
“The purpose of this resolution is to block rules that will modernize a broken election process. Because that election process is broken, it’s preventing workers from exercising a basic right that they’re supposed to have in the workplace – the right to have a seat at the bargaining table.
“Too often, loopholes are being exploited to prevent workers the freedom to decide if they want to form a union. Today, thirty-five percent of the time that workers file a petition for a union election, they never even get to have an election. The ten percent of litigated cases that this rule targets for reform take over six months on average to get to an election, and some elections can be delayed for years.”
Franken noted that he has been a member of three unions himself. “I’ve seen first-hand how important it is for workers to have a voice in their workplace.”
Republicans say the new policy would allow unions to force “ambush elections” that limit the ability of employers to make the case against a union.
Text of Franken’s floor speech
Minnesota has a budget surplus of $1.86 billion, an $832 million increase since the last forecast. How it should be spent and who is responsible for creating it made for a lively news conference with Governor Dayton, DFL legislative leaders and Republican legislative leaders.
Minnesota Senate Republicans don't like a compromise that gives Governor Dayton a one day window to reinstate or give larger raises to his commissioners. But they are overruled by House Republicans, Democrats and the governor who signed the measure into law shortly after it was passed on Thursday.