To stop cycle of cuts, St. Paul educators back levy referendum

The state’s failure to keep school funding steady has forced most school districts to seek local levies.

Proposal to slash special ed stuns Cambridge-Isanti parents, staff

“It was basically a slap in the face to us, that we don’t mean anything,” special-ed para Melanie Custer said.

Voters back labor-endorsed candidates, referendums in local elections

Labor-endorsed candidates performed well in municipal and school-board elections across the East Metro area Nov. 7, while voters in four large suburban school districts approved major school-funding requests that drew support from local unions. Kera Peterson, political director of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, which issues unified labor endorsements in local races, credited endorsed […]

Solidarity puts historic referendum campaign in North Branch over the top

We all do better when we work together. That’s the lesson teachers and support staff in the North Branch Area Schools learned from the district’s first successful referendum campaign in at least 15 years. And it was a valuable lesson, as voters in a special election May 23 approved all three of District 138’s funding […]

Students, teachers, unions urge lawmakers to invest state budget surplus

  The projected $1.2 billion state budget surplus, announced by state officials today, creates an opportunity for lawmakers to strengthen communities and continue growing Minnesota’s middle class in the 2016 legislative session, union members and allies said. And the first place lawmakers should look to invest is education. That’s the message three Metro-area legislators heard […]

‘Vote Yes’ campaigns in school districts across East Metro win labor support

Voters in the Forest Lake Area School District last year rejected a $176 million levy request, leaving the district’s facilities in critical need of updates and repair. Now, the district is back with another request on the Nov. 3 ballot, seeking $161 million over two unique referendums. Supporters of the local “Vote Yes” campaign, including […]

For working families, 2015 session yields mixed results – and uncertainty

The frenzied finish at the Capitol yielded mixed – and uncertain – results for Minnesota’s working families. Although the Legislature approved a record investment in long-term care before adjourning last night, unions said lawmakers squandered an opportunity to use the state’s $1.9 billion budget surplus to restore cuts to public schools, expand access to pre-kindergarten […]

On lobby day, Service Employees find bipartisan support

  A bipartisan group of Minnesota legislators lined up on the Capitol steps today to show support for a bill to ratify and fully fund home care workers’ first contract with the state. Winning legislative approval for the contract, ratified by members of the newly organized unit in voting last month, is one of a […]