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From 2018 election year to 2019: organizing, politics and policy work

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, April 19, 2019

By Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President,
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

Coming off of an election year like 2018, it’s important to reflect on our work. In 2018, Minnesota’s labor movement did some of our best work ever to mobilize union members across the state, both in their neighborhoods and at their workplaces. Not only did we come out of the Janus ruling stronger than ever, we also won at the ballot box in November. Despite the environment we are operating in shifting wildly under our feet, we are adapting and thriving as organizations advocating for workers.

In 2018, we at the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation saw more volunteers than ever before and worked in cities and towns where we hadn’t been active in many years. We also learned that we need to be doing much more with our members year-round on issues that directly impact them. While union members remain confident in their unions, we do need to improve our communication with them. These lessons from 2018 are setting the stage for our 2019 planning.

And we are planning big things for 2019. In 2019, we will focus our work on three main priorities: organizing and growth, politics and local policy.

Despite the environment we are operating in shifting wildly under our feet, we are adapting and thriving as an organization advocating for workers… In 2019, we will focus our work on three main priorities: organizing and growth, politics and local policy.

For organizing, we will support our affiliated unions as they take on massive contract campaigns in an increasingly anti-union environment being fueled by Trump’s ideology. We are going to grow our organizing efforts in Scott County to help our unions take on organizing at Amazon. And, we are going to help prepare for the future of work by promoting a union workforce and looking closely at the rules of the gig economy. To grow, we are going to be asking all of you to show up in these organizing campaigns in cross-union solidarity like we never have seen before. 

When it comes to politics, we will prioritize the upcoming city council elections in Bloomington, a city that is critical to driving our local and regional economy. We also will be working with our new suburban and urban legislators in their home districts to advance our legislative priorities and build lasting relationships with union members. And, while the 2020 elections may seem far away, the groundwork — particularly in those battleground districts—  starts now.

Finally, while we have many local policy issues we work on, 2019 is going to be a banner year for our work on wage theft and housing. In Minneapolis, we are on the precipice of moving a ground-breaking wage theft policy that will put real power in the hands of workers who are systematically exploited in our economy. The affordable housing crisis that is gripping this country is very present in our region.

Together with our affiliated unions, we are going to be taking on local initiatives to make sure that all workers have access to affordable housing. This agenda will include building more housing and protecting existing housing options. As the affordable housing industry booms, we need to ensure that adequate labor standards and renter protections are applied.

These are big efforts for 2019. We will need all of you to make it happen. When the call to action comes, please join your union brothers and sisters in solidarity.

Contact MRLF president Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou at 612-321-5670 or chelsie@minneapolisunions.org.

 



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