Right To Work: MNA Member Alert – Please Share!

8 Mar

Today Senator Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville), the author of the so-called “Right to Work” bill, took the unusual step of moving his bill from the Jobs Committee (where it had stalled and possibly didn’t have enough votes to pass) to the Judiciary Committee. As you know, “Right to Work” is a deceptive bill aimed at weakening unions and taking away workers’ voices in their worksites. It is unsafe, unnecessary and unfair:

  • Unsafe: This amendment puts public safety at risk by making it harder for nurses, firefighters, police officers to negotiate and advocate for things like better nurse staffing and shorter response times.
  • Unnecessary: This amendment is risky in these economic times. Our state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and our manufacturing sector is the strongest sector of our economy. Forbes rated Minnesota as having the third best quality of life in the nation. Why would we risk lower wages, poorer benefits and possibly layoffs now, just as the economy recovering?
  • Unfair: This amendment tilts the balance even more toward corporations at a time when CEO pay has grown 364 times higher than what the average worker makes. Minnesota workers make our employers profitable and we have to stop this unfair and irresponsible corporate power grab that benefits only the 1%.
  • Unfair: This amendment allows cheaters to game the system at the expense of employees who work hard and play by the rules. It’s wrong that only some union members would pay dues when all workers would by law receive the benefits and representation of the union.
What You Can Do:
  • There will be a Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday, March 12, at 8:00 am inside Room 15 at the State Capitol, and we need to PACK THE ROOM with nurses!
  • Please contact your state senator today and let them know that nurses, patients and working families would be hurt by Right to Work.
  • MOBILE USERS: If you are viewing this page on your iPhone/iPad or Droid, download the MNA App right now – you can call/e-mail your local legislators right from the App!

7 Responses to “Right To Work: MNA Member Alert – Please Share!”

  1. local49 March 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Reblogged this on Operating Engineers Local 49 and commented:
    A sneaky move by Senator Thompson of Lakeville to try to take his bill about jobs (ok, a bad, deceptive bill about worker’s pay) from the Senate Jobs Committee to the Judiciary Committee. Not logical to most of us, but the Senator appears desperate to get this on the ballot in November despite widespread bi-partisan resistance.

  2. local49 March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Crazy parliamentary tricksterism, suggesting the Senator is desperate to keep this alive despite the obviously increasing reluctance on both sides of the aisle to skirt the normal procedures for passing laws.

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