2019 Legislative Priorities

On Tuesday, April 10, more than 600 fellow LIUNA members & retirees & our brothers & sisters in the Minnesota Building & Construction Trades turned out to our 2018 LIUNA Minnesota & Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Day on the Hill!

We learned more about our legislative priorities, visited with our elected officials & rallied on the State Capitol steps! Together, we made our voices heard & made a difference on issues that matter to us - such as creating family-supporting jobs, protecting the prevailing wage, investing in infrastructure, & stopping so-called "Right to Work".

Let's keep up the fight to protect our freedom to join together in union & prosper!

Priorities

Because of members like you who give your time, energy and resources, attend Local Union meetings, take action, share your stories and volunteer, LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota wins on our priorities. Together, we build our priorities through one-on-one jobsite and workplace conversations to internet feedback and member surveys. Along with the Building & Construction Trades Councils, other labor and community partners, we bring the fight for our freedom and priorities to City Halls, State & U.S. Capitols.

2017-2018 LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota Priorities

  • PROTECT WORKERS' FREEDOM TO PROSPER, SUPPORT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING & OPPOSE SO-CALLED “RIGHT TO WORK”
  • PROTECT DAVIS-BACON/LITTLE DAVIS-BACON, STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT OF & EXPAND PREVAILING WAGE TO COVER PROJECTS FUNDED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
  • SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS (PLAs) AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
  • PROTECT, ENFORCE & STRENGTHEN MINNESOTA'S RESPONSIBLE CONTRACTOR LAW & ASSIST STATE AGENCIES & LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT WITH IMPLEMENTATION
  • SUPPORT $1 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BONDING BILLS & INCREASED FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING WATER SYSTEMS, SCHOOLS & HOSPITALS
  • SUPPORT A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION BILL & CONSTITUTIONALLY DEDICATE INCREASED GAS & SALES TAXES FOR ROADS, BRIDGES & TRANSIT
  • SUPPORT “ALL OF THE ABOVE” ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE THAT KEEPS MINNESOTA'S POWER & FUEL SUPPLIES SAFE, RELIABLE & AFFORDABLE, INCLUDING TIMELY REPLACEMENT OF ENBRIDGE LINE 3 & RENEWAL OF LICENSES FOR MINNESOTA'S NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
  • SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE MINING PROJECTS, INCLUDING IRON, COPPER, NICKEL & PRECIOUS METALS, THAT MEET MINNESOTA'S STRICT STANDARDS FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
  • SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ENSURE LARGE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT ARE PUBLICLY-FUNDED, SUBSIDIZED OR REGULATED ARE BUILT BY LOCAL WORKERS & OPPOSE THE USE OF GUEST WORKER PROGRAMS, SUCH AS H2-B VISA PROGRAMS, IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
  • SUPPORT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM & DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
  • PROTECT ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL & OPPOSE TAXES ON LIUNA MEMBERS' HEALTHCARE BENEFITS
  • PROTECT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SECURITY, SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE
  • SUPPORT EFFORTS TO END WAGE THEFT, PROTECT IMMIGRANT WORKERS' RIGHTS & HOLD EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABLE WITH FUNDING FOR ENFORCEMENT
  • PROTECT LOCAL CONTROL & OPPOSE "PREEMPTION" OF LOCAL LAWS & POLICIES AFFECTING WORKERS' WAGES, BENEFITS & WORKING CONDITIONS
  • SUPPORT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES & OPPOSE BUDGET CUTS, BUDGET FREEZES, PRIVATIZATION SCHEMES, TABOR-LIKE & SCOTT WALKER-STYLE ATTACKS THAT HURT WORKERS & THE LABOR MOVEMENT