The ECM Post Review: State aid the ‘best economic news’ in decades for NBAPS

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2013 Session Truly Historic, Moves Minnesota Forward to a Brighter Future

Legislators, Governor Dayton make crucial investments in education and health care while expanding rights for workers

St. Paul, MN – As the dust settles on the 2013 legislative session, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) say it will go down in history as one of the most successful legislative sessions, providing a balanced approach to making key investments in our middle class, while expanding the rights of collective bargaining for workers. (more…)

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Governor Dayton’s Revised Budget Shows Balance, Measured Approach to Investing in Working Families

Minnesota Working Families Stand Behind Fair Revenue, Investments in Schools, Seniors and Middle Class

St. Paul, MN – After weeks of public debate over the best budget to move Minnesota forward, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are standing behind the Governor in his plan to restore fairness to our state by asking big corporations to give up tax loopholes and the richest two percent to pay their fair share. (more…)

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Budget Proposal Shows Balance, Focus on Priorities for a Better Future

SEIU applauds Governor Dayton for responsible and fair budget proposal

St. Paul, MN – Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are applauding Governor Mark Dayton today for his honest approach to a fair and balanced budget after decades of a broken system.

Governor Mark Dayton

“For too long, the system has been rigged to benefit elite corporations and the wealthy,” said Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Healthcare. “Our state’s budget has been wildly unbalanced, giving tax breaks to wealthy corporations while our schools and seniors are forced to endure more and more cuts. Elite corporations and the wealthy must pay their fair share to make the crucial investments in education and care for our seniors.”

“This budget finally strikes a balance in our state which will allow us to invest in our priorities,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26. “The 1% continues to make its wea
lth off the backs of working families, locking people out of the middle class. We need to pay workers living wages so they can support their families. I am proud this budget puts an emphasis on rebuilding the middle class and investing in our communities.

“I am pleased to see Governor Dayton recognize the sacrifices our children have been forced to make,” said Carol Nieters, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284. “Investments in education – from early education through college – are critical to helping our state move forward. We look forward to talking with legislators about the need for a general education levy to solve the problems of investing in our children’s education. A child’s opportunity for a quality education should not be dependent on where a child lives.”

“The Governor’s plan is a fair one,” continued Gulley. “As the population ages, programs for the elderly continue to be cut. Investments in healthcare for seniors now will help us address the looming workforce crisis. We need to invest in workers through better wages and benefits to improve the quality of care for our seniors. We are all concerned about providing care and dignity to our seniors, and investing in better care now will help keep seniors out of nursing homes and save the state money down the road.”

SEIU supports the Governor’s responsible and fair plan, and thanks him for this critical first step in getting our economy back on track. With a renewed emphasis on our state’s priorities like education and care for our seniors, Minnesota will be able to strengthen the state’s economy, restore fairness and invest in a brighter future.





SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child care, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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President Obama Leads The Way On Tax Cuts For The 99%

“We tried what they’re selling,” Obama said of the tax cuts that Romney and Republicans want to leave in place for all income levels. “It didn’t work and somehow they think you don’t remember.”

President Barrack Obama on the 2012 campaign trail

After the President delivered his speech, this week, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

“Today, President Obama showed the leadership we need to restore fairness to our tax system. By calling on Congress to extend tax cuts for families making $250,000 or less, the President is standing up for the 99 percent and insisting that the wealthy pay their fair share.

“We all must pay our fair share in taxes. The President is leading the way, now it is time for Congress to take up the tax debate in a serious manner, extend tax cuts for middle class families and end tax giveaways to those who don’t need them.”

What might an alternative look like?  Well, if Mitt Romney is elected, it’s likely the American public would see him and Republicans in Congress cut taxes for their wealthy 1% friends by reinstating Bush’s tax breaks for them.  We need to work toward electing leaders, not panderers, who will represent the interests of the 99% in America, not the richest 1%.

Before his speech on Monday, he said during his weekly Saturday radio address that the United States needs to do more than just reclaim jobs lost to the recession, as he called for rebuilding the economy to make it secure for future generations. “Our mission isn’t just to put people back to work – it’s to rebuild an economy where that work pays; an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead,” said Saturday the United States needs to do more than just reclaim jobs lost to the recession, as he called for rebuilding the economy to make it secure for future generations.

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New SEIU Report: Banks Shortchanged Schools

SEIU Minnesota has issued a report titled I.O.U.: How Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank Have Shortchanged Minnesota Schools that lays some of the blame for a $2.4 billion school shift and other shortfalls in school funding on the practices of the state’s largest banks and their executives. (more…)

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SEIU members among Minnesotans at Wells Fargo shareholders meeting in San Francisco to press for economic justice

San Francisco Wells Fargo & Co. braced for revolts at its annual shareholder meeting this week as well as outside in the streets of San Francisco. Demonstrators from around the country poured into town to complain about its lofty executive pay, alleged disregard for troubled homeowners and a host of other issues. (more…)

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Direct new investments towards frontline caregivers so that we preserve quality of care!

SEIU POSITION: Increase state funding for long-term care reimbursement rates by 5% in the next fiscal year. The new resources must be directed to caregivers
so that facilities can improve the quality of care they provide to Minnesota’s sick,
elderly and disabled adults.

BACKGROUND: For the past five years, long-term care workers
have struggled to maintain an adequate level of care for residents and clients
despite flat or minimal funding increases (0% in FY04, 0% in FY05, 2.26% in FY06,
and 2.25% in FY07). As the industry faces this financial crisis, it has begun to cut into the most important element of quality care – front-line caregivers. Low pay, unaffordable health insurance, and high rates of workplace injury all lead to high rates of employee burn out and turnover throughout the industry. Not only do workers in nursing homes suffer the impact of inadequate funding, but so do their residents and consumers, who are the elderly, disabled and sick members of our society. Inadequate funding means fewer staff working longer hours for less pay.

Current law calls for no across-the-board COLA increase in FY09. Instead, money was set aside to begin a process of bringing nursing home rates up to date with actual costs. This is called “rebasing.” Unfortunately, the money set aside wouldn’t even buy a 2% increase if it were spread across all homes, and worse, the rebasing formula leaves some homes with no increase at all. Until a good formula is developed, money should be dedicated to COLAs.

Instead of going forward with a flawed rebalancing process, we say delay the process for a year to give stakeholders a year to put a better plan together. The FY09 funding increase of 1.87% should be a straight across-the-board COLA funding increase. In addition, we propose that the COLA be increased by 3.13% to produce a total 5% COLA rate increase in the coming year. Finally, the legislature should continue its policy of directing 75% of the new money to hands on staff and giving workers the information and leverage (e.g. union sign-off clauses) to ensure that the dollars targeted to workers actually go to workers.

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