All-night battle shows power of unionization issue

  • Article by: Jim Ragsdale , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 15, 2013 - 10:10 PM

All-night debate yields passage, but also political ammunition.

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lordhawhaw1May. 15, 1311:19 PM

Tyranny from the Left.

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upnorth85May. 15, 1311:24 PM

I do not support compulsory unionization. That said when the Republicans held both the house and senate why did they not put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to make MN a right to work state? My state rep (Joyce Peppin) could have spent her energy on this issue rather than on trying to ban gay marriage. Republican when they control the legislature do nothing on the economy or budget. When in opposition they crow about the economy. I will any day take the Democrats.

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potter101May. 15, 1311:46 PM

There is nothing more threatening to the 1% then unions, hence it is the most important issue to the regressivre party, their lackey's.

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potter101May. 15, 1311:52 PM

upnorth85May. 15, 1311:24 PM I do not support compulsory unionization. That said when the Republicans held both the house and senate why did they not put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to make MN a right to work state? My state rep (Joyce Peppin) could have spent her energy on this issue rather than on trying to ban gay marriage. Republican when they control the legislature do nothing on the economy or budget. When in opposition they crow about the economy. I will any day take the Democrats.***********************Regresive love the idea of right to be a slave states. Higher bonuses, higher executive pay. It's simple if you can lean on the account of your business just so much and still keep the stockholder happy, they want that amount to be distributed to the producers of the world not the takers and users (the workers). The markets aren't setting the wages business is, American capitalism is broken.

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jimteacherMay. 16, 1312:09 AM

upnorth85, "That said when the Republicans held both the house and senate why did they not put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to make MN a right to work state?" They perhaps should have but obviously didn't want to overdue their agenda all in one session. They will after winning back the majority in the 2014 mid-terms because this is that big of a game-changer. Potter101, are care providers a part of that proverbial 1% that you reference, because it was them that the Republicans were standing up for. They've said overwhelmingly that they don't want unionization but the DFL forces ot on them regardless. The profession is made up of mostly women -- a critical Democrat-voting bloc. The DFL pulling this garbage on them is political suicide. The unions won't be able to save them in 2014 anymore than they were in 2010. You reap what you sow, folks.

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dlhoff16May. 16, 13 4:00 AM

It's worth noting that no matter the results of the 2014 election, the Democrats will still control the State Senate as they are not up for election next year. I also anticipate Governor Dayton winning easily as no noteworthy Republican has been willing to run against him.

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eljeljMay. 16, 13 7:06 AM

This is the worst bill of the session and is not getting enough attention. In order to unionize these small business owners - that is what they are - they have to classify them as employees of the state. Because they accept an individual who receives assistance from the state, they are classifying them as employees of the state. What is next, grocery store owners, because they accept food stamps? Doctors, because they accept Medicaid patients. This is a huge overreach all because the Unions poured $11 million into the election of democrats. Minnesota wake up!

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basia2186May. 16, 1310:06 AM

I am a union steelworker and an independent/libertarian, and I am nowhere near the 1%. This self-serving, vote buying, joke of a bill proves the need for FORCED term limits. Arrogant part timers giving themselves ridiculous raises, huge per diems with no receipts/proof required, free all day kindergarten, and on and on etc..... Now allowing self-employed independent contractors the right to join a union? To negotiate with whom exwctly? If they don't like their working terms and conditions they should get another job! They are babysitters for cripes sake!! Next- convenience store clerks because they handle EBT payments? I must be careful not to give the socialists any new ideas.

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marathongirlMay. 16, 1310:18 AM

The thing that sucks most about this is it's the taxpayers that are getting hit with this. This is forced unionization of private businesses, only a third of them get a say in the voting and all it will do is force the state to pay more for families that are getting assitance, ie the taxpayers will have to pay more for the kids of people that can't afford daycare without it. And where will that money go? Well, the people will raise their daycare rates (those not getting assitance will have to pay more and probably will put more of them ON assistance) and who gets that raise? The union...because the daycares will have to pay union dues...win for the unions, win for those getting lobby money from the unions.

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briechersMay. 16, 1312:50 PM

Are there any other businesses that we want to unionize...when does this become price fixing?

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