Stop the Republican Attack on State Employee Rights

The unthinkable has happened.  While negotiating the bill to fund state agencies, Republicans inserted language that would cripple the right of state employees to bargain wage increases and health insurance.

The change would force us to negotiate with the legislature, making it nearly impossible to get a fair contract.  In effect, it would require a pro-worker governor, a pro-worker House and a pro-worker Senate to gain approval of a contract.  We’ve enjoyed that trifecta only once in the last 37 years.  The rest of the time, right-wing politicians have argued that our wages are too high and our benefits are too rich.

This toxic change would weaken the Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA).  Without that strong protection, employers can do just about anything they want to public workers.

Please call Governor Dayton right away at 651-201-3400 or 1-800-657-3717 (toll free).  Ask him to veto the State Government Finance Bill.  Tell him that AFSCME needs a goalie to protect our right to bargain higher wages and health insurance.

In solidarity,

Judy Wahlberg – President, AFSCME Council 5

Eliot Seide – Executive Director, AFSCME Council 5