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Commentary
Your calls and e-mails will stop the 'Right to Work' amendment

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, March 23, 2012

By Bill McCarthy, President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

No doubt you saw something in the news: some 1,600 union members turned out March 12 to oppose the “Right to Work” constitutional amendment. The Senate Judiciary Committee met for nearly four hours, while the crowd outside the meeting room chanted. Inside, committee members heard from witness after witness why this amendment is unfair, unsafe, and unnecessary. Speakers opposing the amendment included police officers, firefighters, teachers, business owners.

The committee vote was close: 7 in favor, 6 opposed. Republican Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen joined five DFL senators to vote “no.” The amendment was referred to the Senate Rules Committee. As the Labor  Review went to press March 16, any future committee action on the amendment had not yet been scheduled. What happens next?

Your Minnesota
state senator and
state representative need to hear from you — today!
If you already have contacted them about “Right to Work,” please contact them again.

This is where you come in. Your Minnesota state senator and state representative need to hear from you — today! If you already have contacted them about “Right to Work,” please contact them again.

Tell your state senator and state representative that the “Right to Work” amendment is “unfair, unsafe and unnecessary” and “a bad deal for the middle class.” Urge them to vote “no” on “Right to Work.”

For more information, or to find e-mails and phone numbers for your state senator and representative, you can visit a new website: www.WeAreMinnesota.org.

There you also can sign up for e-mail updates.

You also can find a link for legislator contact information and “Right to Work” updates at  the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation’s website, www.minneapolisunions.org.

Once you’ve made your phone call or sent an e-mail, I encourage you to take another step: come to one of our MRLF labor briefings on the “Right to Work” amendment. We’ve presented some 40 briefings so far  — with a total attendance of about 2,000 union members.

Click here to view the schedule of upcoming briefings.

The one-hour briefing will help you learn more about “Right to Work” and why this amendment is a bad deal and an attack on our collective bargaining rights. You’ll also learn how to spread the word with co-workers, friends and family.

The out-of-state corporate CEOs who are pushing “Right to Work” won’t rest. And neither should you. With your help, it’s not too late to stop “Right to Work” from passing the legislature.

To request a presentation at your local union meeting, contact Adam at 612-321-5672 or e-mail him at adam@minneapolisunions.org.

 

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