Congress is pushing legislation right now that would "Fast Track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists.

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As you know, after being stalled for weeks, Fast Track was approved by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House, where the vote is expected to be tight – and we are preparing for a fight that may last through June.

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Job Vacancy FACT SHEET—May 2015


Southeast Minnesota Job Openings Are Up; Wage Offers Are Down

Job openings in Southeast Minnesota are up 30 percent compared with one year ago, according to the latest Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).*  The updated survey shows the region with 6,600 job openings, the most openings in 13 years.**

It’s the little things: the smiles from Minnesota’s top political leaders as they walk in and out of the governor’s residence in St. Paul, a double thumbs-up from a state lawmaker as he exits a meeting, brief glimpses of negotiators sharing lighthearted conversation in the foyer. 

It’s not much, but it’s all reporters got at the end of three full days of negotiations between tight-lipped state leaders as they try to close a deal on the state’s two-year, $40 billion budget and figure out how to spend a nearly $2 billion budget surplus.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable standards.