Organized labor agenda gains steam with turn in Minnesota Capitol politics

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Jim Ragsdale , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 5, 2013 - 10:51 AM

With a new DFL-led Legislature, unions are seizing the initiative, starting with child care.

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JR2010Mar. 4, 13 9:37 PM

Unionization of private in home day cares...stupid, unnecessary, major over reach. Everything that defines the modern labor movement.

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fiveofusMar. 4, 13 9:43 PM

"Gov. Mark Dayton says his support for labor’s goals has little to do with the political cash they spent in the past two election cycles." Oh. Okay.

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supervon2Mar. 4, 13 9:44 PM

This is just going to cost the taxpayers more and more and more. They ruined Ford. Minneapolis Moline. I know one company that lett 1200 go in one day and never came back. We need working people in Government, not featherbedders.

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wisiagMar. 4, 13 9:45 PM

we are in trouble in this state. Any economic recovery will soon disappear.

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danscMar. 4, 13 9:55 PM

The union movement brings thousands of people out of poverty. Wisconsin will take other's wages out of jealousy, Minnesota will show that higher wages make a better standard of living, and a better Minnesota. More people with cars, stable families, able to fund some retirement, buy houses, send their kids to college. I am a beneficiary of the union movement, and would like to share this with others and see more unions.

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drposterMar. 4, 1310:04 PM

Are you kidding? Private sector still taking hits and these clowns show up to get some more? Yes Walker had it right.

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mamajammaMar. 4, 1310:13 PM

Hallelujah, AMEN, sister. It IS a transformative year when politicians actually give a rip about struggling families and communities. We are actually being led by people who know that a rigged game is not what we are about in Minnesota and we are not idiots. All people want is for their politicians to know a little something about what their lives are like. It's about time.

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honeybooMar. 4, 1310:27 PM

We're rapidly on our way to $50/hour daycare.

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mose0092Mar. 4, 1310:31 PM

Good, becuase child care wasn't expensive enough already. These hyenas are going to cost our state jobs galore. Ever heard of Boeing? The last thing this will do is stabilize Minnesota's economy. Somehow, I don't think Dayton's experience as a trust fund teacher lends itself well to job creation.

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unsinnMar. 4, 1310:32 PM

I don't understand why professionals would want or need to have a third party (union)negotiate their salary and benefits, and otherwise take care of them. Especially with daycare providers - how can you trust them to take care of your children when they can't take care of themselves?

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