Unity Day brings bargaining, legislative issues together

St. Paul. Lake Crystal. Maple Lake. Orono. Educators across the state raised their voices in union on March 13, Education Minnesota Bargaining Unity Day.

Educators created and handed out public proclamations and intent to bargain filings, starting the work to bargain their 2019-21 contracts. 

These two actions were done together because educators know what happens at the state level directly impacts what we can do in our local school districts and at the bargaining table.

Educators also came to St. Paul from all over the state to meet with their local legislators and have a public meeting with Gov. Tim Walz and DFL legislative leaders. The lawmakers listened to member stories, pledged to fully fund education and protect collective bargaining. See a video of the full program with the governor and legislative leaders at www.youtube.com/EducationMinnesota.

The calls for legislative action included:

  • $4.3 billion to fully fund our schools
  • A living wage, guaranteed training and safety for ESPs
  • High licensure standards
  • Student-centered bargaining
  • Union freedoms
  • An equitable tax system

$4.3 billion 
Education Minnesota did the math and calculated it would take at least an additional $4.3 billion over the next two years to fully fund our public schools. This includes proven strategies like smaller class sizes, filling the state’s huge special education funding gap, hiring more support staff and more. Learn more about what really fully funding our schools looks like, and how you can contact your lawmakers and ask for their support, at www.educationminnesota.org/policyactioncenter.

See more Unity Day photos on our Flickr page!