Action Alert! Ask your legislators to support penalizing public fund grant recipients who lock out their employees

3/11/13 Update:

According to the Legislature’s “bill tracker” page, HF 602 (which incorporates the former HF 601) was passed in its amended form by the House Labor, Workplace & Regulated Industries Committee today and referred to the Jobs & Economic Development Finance & Policy Committee.  It isn’t listed on the JEDFP committee’s agendas yet.

The bill tracker page is here:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?view=chrono&f=HF602&y=2013&ssn=0&b=house#actions

Membership and agendas for the JEDFP committee can be found here:  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/committeemembers.asp?comm=88018

And here are email addresses for the JEDFP committee members:

rep.tim.mahoney@house.mn; rep.john.persell@house.mn; rep.bob.gunther@house.mn; rep.tony.albright@house.mn; rep.karen.clark@house.mn; rep.dan.fabian@house.mn; rep.jason.isaacson@house.mn; rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn; rep.ernie.leidiger@house.mn; rep.kathy.lohmer@house.mn; rep.jason.metsa@house.mn; rep.joe.mullery@house.mn; rep.jerry.newton@house.mn; rep.kim.norton@house.mn; rep.shannon.savick@house.mn; rep.mark.uglem@house.mn; rep.john.ward@house.mn; rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn

 

BACKGROUND:

Bills have been introduced in the Minnesota legislature to penalize organizations that receive public subsidies (such as Legacy Fund grants) and then engage in employee lockouts.

  • House File 601: The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries.
  • Senate File 507: The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development

Please email your legislators today encouraging them to support this bill. Also, please ask all members of the House and Senate Committees to support this bill. Information on how to find your legislators’ addresses is below, together with the e-mail addresses all members of the House and Senate Committees.

Sample message:

SPCO Only:

Subject line: Please support HF601/SF507!

As a long-time season ticket holder and supporter of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, I am very troubled by the fact that this organization has received public funding and has then turned around and locked out the musicians in an effort to force them to accept significantly reduced salaries and benefits. I believe that an organization like The SPCO should treat its world-class musicians fairly, especially when they receive funding from the taxpayers of Minnesota. Please help us end this lockout which is threatening to destroy The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Also, please support House File 601 and Senate File 507 to send the message that lockouts are not an acceptable labor practice by recipients of State of Minnesota arts grants.

Thank you,

[Include your name and address]

SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra

Subject line: Please support HF601/SF507!

As a long-time season ticket holder and supporter of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, I am very troubled by the fact that these organizations have received public funding and have then turned around and locked out their musicians in an effort to force them to accept significantly reduced salaries and benefits. I feel that organizations like The SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra should treat their world-class musicians fairly, especially when they receive funding from the taxpayers of Minnesota. Please help us end these lockouts, which are threatening to destroy The SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra, and please support House File 601 and Senate File 507 to send the message that lockouts are not an acceptable labor practice by recipients of State of Minnesota arts grants.

Thank you,

[Include your name and address]

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Find Your Representatives’ Names and E-Mail Addresses:

To locate the Senator and Representative who represent you, please enter your address into this district finder:

http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

On the search results, click on your Senator and Representative’s names to find their email addresses.

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Background Information:

House File 601

Description: Public subsidies restricted for organizations that engage in lockouts.

Text of the bill: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H0601.0.html&session=ls88 (new material added to the law by this bill is underscored)

Authors: Atkins ; Johnson, S. ; Sundin ; Anzelc ; Hausman ; Hansen ; Metsa ; Hornstein ; Isaacson ; Davnie ; Mullery; Melin; Schoen; Loeffler ; Fritz; Kahn

Bill information and tracker:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?f=HF0601&y=2013&ssn=0&b=house#actions

Membership of the House Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/committeemembers.asp?comm=88020

E-mail addresses of all members of the House Committee on LW&RI (copy and paste these into your e-mail cc line):

rep.mike.sundin@house.mn; rep.tim.odriscoll@house.mn; rep.mike.benson@house.mn; rep.peter.fischer@house.mn; rep.joe.hoppe@house.mn; rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn; rep.carolyn.laine@house.mn; rep.sandra.masin@house.mn; rep.jason.metsa@house.mn; rep.marion.oneill@house.mn; rep.shannon.savick@house.mn; rep.erik.simonson@house.mn; rep.mark.uglem@house.mn;

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Senate File 507

Description: Public subsidies for organizations engaged in employee lockouts restrictions and penalties

Text of the bill: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H0601.0.html&session=ls88 (new material added to the law by this bill is underscored)

Authors: Tomassoni; Schmit; Goodwin; Wiger; Koenen

Bill information and tracker: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?f=SF507&y=2013&ssn=0&b=senate

Membership of the Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?f=SF507&y=2013&ssn=0&b=senate

E-mails addresses of committee members (copy and paste these into your e-mail cc line):

sen.dan.sparks@senate.mn; sen.matt.schmit@senate.mn; sen.gary.dahms@senate.mn; sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn; sen.kent.eken@senate.mn; sen.foung.hawj@senate.mn; sen.lyle.koenen@senate.mn; sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn; sen.carrie.ruud@senate.mn; sen.bill.weber@senate.mn;

If you would like to print out a copy of this action alert to give to a friend, click here:  Legacy Funding Penalties 2013-03-01

 

 

2 Responses to “Action Alert! Ask your legislators to support penalizing public fund grant recipients who lock out their employees”

  1. Maryann Goldstein March 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Just wanted everyone to know that Bill HR 601 has been merged with Bill 602, and the committee hearing will be tomorrow morning (Wednesday March 6th) at 8:15 AM. I spoke with the committee administrator and the public is welcome for the hearing, and people are allowed to testify briefly ( couple of minutes) as long as Rep Sheldon Johnson is notified by 3pm today (Tuesday, 5th). Thanks!

  2. Mike Rabe March 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I just received a reply to my e-mail actions to the legislators from Senator Terri Bonoff:

    Michael,

    Thank you for writing. I am a strong proponent for the Arts in Minnesota. It
    troubles me to see that the SPCO has not yet worked out the contract
    negotiations. You can count on me to support our Arts.

    Best,
    Terri

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