SAINT PAUL – Following Governor Walz’s 2020 State of the State address Sunday evening, leaders of the three largest SEIU Locals in Minnesota praised the Governor and Lt. Governor for their leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout our state and country are currently working to address.
“Educators across Minnesota have seen how strong a champion they have in the administration of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. Through this difficult time they have proven that they value the staff who keep our schools running and ensure Minnesota students get a quality education,” said Kelly Gibbons, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284. “As we continue to figure out the best path forward for school staff and students, we hope the Senate leadership will follow the Governor’s lead in making clear that hourly schools workers should be paid during this crisis. As we figure out the best path forward, Minnesota is lucky to have an Educator-in-Chief guiding the way.”
“This has been a scary time for our members, but we have appreciated the steadfast leadership of Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan as they’ve worked tirelessly to keep families in our state safe. Despite all of the challenges, our members have continued their outstanding work to ensure buildings across the Twin Cities are safe,” said Iris Altamirano, President of SEIU Local 26. “The janitors, security officers, airport workers and other property service workers are ready to work with this administration to make sure workers on the front lines of this crisis – no matter who we are or where we were born – are safe both physically and economically as we deal with the challenges so many working families are facing.”
The three Locals represent over 50,000 Minnesotans from every corner of the state who provide care and support for Minnesota families in public schools, hospitals, higher education, nursing homes, schools, home care and property service in the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings.