The following email shows the coordination and planning between the Governor Dayton’s office and the Correctional Policy Committee (CPC). Further it reveals their political aims of having the shutdown give them a boost in their 2012 election campaigns”. Political Hack
From: Keapproth, Mike (DOC)
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 11:31 AM
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Subject: State shut down process
During the most recent meeting of the CPC, the issue of the state shut down was discussed. During this discussion the issue of who made decisions and how many people were laid off was discussed and who made these decisions. I would like to bring clarity to this issue.
Early in the process when it was becoming clearer that the shutdown was going to happen there was discussion between the governors office and the coalition group ( a group made up of a wide variety of unions including AFSCME, MAPE ,Teamsters, and others who discussed on how broad the shutdown should be. All parties agreed that for the shutdown to be most effective, that the public had to feel the pain and realize what state workers do for this State. The best way for this to happen would be a real shutdown involving many state workers, in lieu of a partial shutdown. There was no one party who came to this conclusion. The shutdown was necessary to place focus on the top 2% of Minnesotans to pay their fair share in taxes. This was explained at a statewide meeting of all local presidents.
Governor Dayton supported this shutdown because he could not agree to the massive cuts to state workers and state programs, and although we did not have success with taxing the top 2% he did succeed in saving 5 thousand state jobs which were going to be lost under the Republican backed plan, and many provisions which would have ended our collective bargaining rights as we know them were removed from bills.
There was much disappointment when the Governor made his decision to compromise and end the shutdown. Elliot Seide was asked to speak to our group so we could better understand the Governors decision. Elliot stated that the Governor did not take this decision lightly and was burdened by the effects the shutdown was having on state workers and the entire state on Minnesota. Elliot stated that Governor Dayton did not believe that continuing the shutdown would result in Republicans agreeing to raise taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans. Elliot and other did attempt to convince the Governor, without success to continue the shutdown as he felt we were gaining momentum and gaining Public support
AFSCME council 5, intends to stick with Governor Dayton’s tax the rich plan and is convinced we can take control of the House, and Senate with labor friendly legislators in the 2012 elections. This is the only way we can assure our jobs, and collective bargaining right will be protected.
Mike Keapproth President Local 915, and the Correctional Policy Committee