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Leave it to Minnesota to continue on with the old union ways other states are going against.
Just one more reason business startups are the lowest in the nation!
More proof that the dems are all bought and paid for by the unions. Funny thing is, most the people that are constantly complaining about the Citizens United case have no problem with all the union contributions.
@avejoecon - The study you reference discusses possible reasons for low start-up rates, and the main one they focus on is that start-ups are not a measure of business success, but of desperation. In Minnesota, the unemployment rate is low enough and the economy strong enough that people are not forced into sole-proprietorship businesses in hopes they can contract out enough to feed themselves.
People's ability to collectively bargain is a bulwark against powerful entities that would subjugate them to low pay, poor benefits and unsafe work conditions.
Representative Nelson states, "maybe here in MN we are ahead of the curve". Have you stepped outside of the state in the past 10 years? The world is changing - and this will be looked at as one more reason why MN is slipping in its national and international competitiveness...unbelievable!
So, states around us are trying to barricade and batten down the workplace against an onslaught of unionizing, probably because most unionizing in the past happened during poor economic times as workers banded together in hopes of providing a counterweight to the employers who had the upperhand. In Minnesota, a state with a lower than average unemployment rate and higher than average education, the people voted in Democrats knowing they were pro-labor. Can't we experiment? The entire mythology of today's Republican party is that states are where the action happens. That's where experimentation and new ideas are incubated and brought forth. We, the People, elected as a whole a Democratic legislative body knowing full well that there was a Democratic Governor in who would be able to work together relatively unfettered for the next two years. To our west is the middling economy of South Dakota (they produce food and not much else on a per capita basis) and North Dakota, drunk on petrol-dollars. To the east is a state with a Republicans in charge, but otherwise similar in economy and politics. What better way to find out what works best than to compare the two states in four years? Eight years?
American Hoist and Derrick. Union. Gone. Minneapolis Moline. Union. Gone. ThermoKing. Union. Gone. Ford. Union. Gone. Government. Union. Taxes Rise. Health. Union. Prices Increase faster than inflation. University. Union. Tuition Rises faster than inflation. Does anybody sense a pattern here?
Yes, I see. Unions are really strong here. Crystal Sugar workers lost 20 months pay and 18,500 Hostess Union workers no longer have jobs.----------------------------------------------------------------Published: January 23, 2013 12:16:50 PM CST
Sam Hananel, Associated Press
Union protesters march around the inside of the Wisconsin State Capitol in March 2011 before Gov. Scott Walker signed his budget repair bill in Madison. (2011 file / News Tribune)
WASHINGTON — The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, led by losses in the public sector as cash-strapped state and local governments laid off workers and — in some cases — limited collective bargaining rights.
The union membership rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s. In Minnesota, the percentage of employed wage and salary workers who were union members fell from 15.1 percent in 2011 to 14.2 percent last year, according to BLS numbers. In Wisconsin, the percentage declined from 13.8 percent in 2011 to 12.1 percent last year.
Total membership fell by about 400,000 workers to 14.4 million. More than half the loss — about 234,000 — came from government workers including teachers, firefighters and public administrators.
The losses add another blow to a labor movement already stretched thin by fighting efforts in states like Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan to curb bargaining rights and weaken union
More proof that the dems are all bought and paid for by the unions... That's OK, republicans are bought and paid for with NRA dues, so it's a wash.
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