If there’s one issue where the GOP-led Legislature has dropped the ball this session, it’s in letting the “Right To Work” Amendment (henceforth RTW) proposal languish, apparently to die, in committee.
Rumor coming from the Legislature is that the leadership is afraid that the unions will dump a ton of money into Minnesota to fight legislators who support RTW. The fact is that the unions are facing a full-court press, with RTW legislation or related campaigns (like the Walker recall) going on in more states than ever before; they’re playing whack-a-mole, and while they have a lot of extorted dues money to spend (just less than half on union members are Republicans; about 8% of unions’ political money goes to GOP candidates), they’re spread thinner than ever before; putting one more piece of legislation out there will spread them thinner.
It’s not like the unions aren’t going to go after swing-y candidates in Minnesota – they already co-own the DFL along with Alita Messinger, and they will conduct a merciless, no-holds-barred, no-boundaries-respected smear campaign of every Republican in this state no matter what’s on the ballot this year. And in a year or two or three? The DFL and unions will have re-filled their coffers, and have many, many fewer challenges to deal with, for better or worse.
So if not now, when? If not here, where?
The fact is, according to sources on Capitol Hill, we are three votes shy of passing this thing, and there are six GOP Senate holdouts.
Leadership can do something about this. I’m going to urge you to contact the leadership of the House and Senate:
- Rep. Kurt Zellers – Speaker of the House (firstname.lastname@example.org / 651-296-5502)
- Sen. David Senjem – Senate Majority Leader (email@example.com / 651.296.3903)
Tell them – politely but firmly – that 2/3 of the people in Minnesota, including liberals, including union members, support this legislation. And so do you. And you’re a voter.
Later this week, we’ll start talking about the reported holdouts.