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LIUNA Minnesota Statement on Adjournment of Special Session


Saint Paul, MN — Today, LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota, Minnesota’s infrastructure union, released the following statement as special session concluded.

Joel Smith, President and Business Manager said, “Adjourning the special session without passing an infrastructure bill is unacceptable. This is a devastating outcome for working Minnesotans.

“We are disappointed Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and the Senate Republican Caucus unnecessarily chose to end without getting the job done. We are profoundly disgusted by Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and the House Republican Caucus for recklessly preventing the creation of 45,000 construction jobs in the last 13 months — at a critical time when we need to meet the need for infrastructure, keep Minnesotans working and stimulate our economy.

“On behalf of more than 28,000 members and family members of LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota, we call on Governor Tim Walz to call a special session for the sole purpose of passing a robust infrastructure bill. Minnesota workers and communities deserve nothing less.”

Chartered in 1968 by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota is based in Saint Paul and serves the members, families and retirees of five Local Unions: Local 563 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro, Mankato & Saint Cloud Areas & North Dakota); Local 405 (Rochester & Southeast Minnesota); Local 1091 (Duluth-Superior, Northeast Minnesota & Northwest Wisconsin); Local 1097 (Iron Range & Northern Minnesota); and Local 363 (City & County Employees Union of Minneapolis-Saint Paul & Greater Minnesota).

This is an independent expenditure prepared and paid for by LIUNA Minnesota, 81 E. Little Canada Road, Saint Paul, MN 55117. It is not coordinated with or approved by any candidate, nor is any candidate responsible for it.


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