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Mark Dayton on Jobs

Democratic Governor; previously Senator


Freedom To Farm Bill causes falling farm prices

We need to immediately pass a new farm bill! I will work hard to put profits and market prices back into American agriculture. I believe in reinstating an equitable system of price supports to give farmers the assistance they need to compete with heavily subsidized grains from overseas. Commodity prices are falling because of drastic oversupply due to Freedom To Farm. I will target price support toward family-sized farms, not large corporate farms. And, I will raise loan rates and couple them with deficiency payments to a set level, in order to provide price floors and income security for family farms. I will put value-added enterprises in place in local communities as supplements to help increase market prices and profits, allowing family farmers to sell their crops in the form of higher-priced commodities like oil and meal. If elected, my first choice for a committee seat would be the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire , Jul 2, 2000

Supports living wage law & mandatory employee insurance

    I would take several actions to boost family incomes.
  1. We need a Living Wage Law requiring all state and local government agencies and all organizations that receive public funds to pay living wages. A living wage should be enable one wage earner, working a 40 hour week, to support a family of four above the poverty level.

    We should require every Minnesota employer to offer health insurance to every Minnesota employee, with full coverage for full-time workers and pro-rated coverage for part-time employees. I would establish a state fund which utilizes the purchasing power of a large state system to make low-cost insurance available to small employers.

  2. State and local governments need to provide the best possible education systems, highways and public infrastructure, and essential public services. These ingredients attract and retain the good and growing businesses upon which any state must depend to provide the majority of desirable jobs in a healthy economy.
Source: Campaign Central Survey , Jul 2, 1998

Problem isn’t lack of jobs, but lack of GOOD jobs

Minnesota’s pressing economic problem today is not lack of jobs--it’s lack of good jobs. A good job provides affordable health insurance. A good job provides a pension. A good job provides safe working conditions. A good job provides the chance to advance professionally.

Far too many Minnesotans are being forced to work menial jobs, in substandard conditions, for lousy wages, and with no benefits or security. Many are forced to work two or more of these jobs, trying to survive financially.

Source: Campaign Central Survey , Jul 2, 1998

Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25.

Vote to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour, over a two-year time period, in three incremental stages. Without the amendment, the minimum wage would increase to $6.25 per hour.
Reference: Amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938; Bill S AMDT 44 to S 256 ; vote number 2005-26 on Mar 7, 2005

Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress.

Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority to ergonomics rules submitted by the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration. These rules would force businesses to take steps to prevent work-related repetitive stress disorders
Reference: Bill S J Res 6 ; vote number 2001-15 on Mar 6, 2001

Protect overtime pay protections.

Dayton signed a letter from 43 Senators to the Secretary of Labor

To: Labor Secretary Elaine Chao

Dear Secretary Chao:

We write to express our serious concerns about the Department's proposed regulation on white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act. These sweeping changes could eliminate overtime pay protections for millions of American workers.

We urge you not to implement this new regulation that will end overtime protections for those currently eligible. Under current law, the FLSA discourages employers from scheduling overtime by making overtime more expensive. According to a GAO study, employees exempt from overtime pay are twice as likely to work overtime as those covered by the protections. Our citizens are working longer hours than ever before – longer than in any other industrial nation. At least one in five employees now has a work week that exceeds 50 hours. Protecting the 40-hour work week is vital to balancing work responsibilities and family needs. It is certainly not family friendly to require employees to work more hours for less pay.

Overtime protections clearly make an immense difference in preserving the 40-hour work week. Millions of employees depend on overtime pay to make ends meet and pay their bills for housing, food, and health care. Overtime pay often constitutes 20-25% of their wages. These workers will face an unfair reduction in their take-home pay if they can no longer receive their overtime pay.

We urge you not to go forward with any regulation that denies overtime pay protections to any of America's currently eligible hard-working men and women.

Source: Letter from 43 Senators to the Secretary of Labor 03-SEN4 on Jun 30, 2003

Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record.

Dayton scores 100% by the AFL-CIO on union issues

As the federation of America’s unions, the AFL-CIO includes more than 13 million of America’s workers in 60 member unions working in virtually every part of the economy. The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement.

The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.

Source: AFL-CIO website 03n-AFLCIO on Dec 31, 2003

Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union.

Dayton co-sponsored allowing an Air Traffic Controller's Union

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Federal Aviation Administration Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006: Prohibits the FAA from implementing any proposed change to the FAA personnel management system in cases where the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service do not lead to an agreement between the Administrator and FAA employees, unless Congress authorizes the change during the 60-day period. Requires binding arbitration if Congress does not enact a bill into law within the 60-day period.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: Because what air traffic controllers do is vital to our safety, I became very concerned by a letter I received from Illinois air traffic controller Michael Hannigan. He wrote that "the air traffic controllers are not being allowed to negotiate in good faith with the FAA."

What was clear in Michael's plea was the sense that he and his colleagues felt that they were being treated unfairly. I looked into it and came to the conclusion that if we did not restore a fair negotiation procedure, it would threaten agency morale and effectiveness.

The problem is this: the FAA Administrator currently has the extraordinary authority to impose wages and working conditions on her workers without arbitration. In order to do that, she merely has to declare an impasse in negotiations and if Congress does not stop her from imposing her terms and conditions within 60 days, the Administrator can go ahead and act unilaterally. That authority denies air traffic controllers and all other FAA employees the opportunity to engage in and conclude negotiations in good faith.

It is in the best interest of the agency and public safety to have management and labor cooperate in contract negotiations.

EXCERPTS OF BILL:

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; never came to a vote.

Source: FAA Dispute Resolution Act (S.2201/H.R.4755) 06-S2201 on Jan 26, 2006

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Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
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NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
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IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
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MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
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