3. Union fight rattles ranked-choice group
A labor dispute is roiling the campaign to expand ranked-choice voting in Minnesota.
Driving the news: Former FairVote Minnesota staffers are accusing leaders of engaging in "union avoidance strategies" by laying off all five employees who had been involved in the bargaining process for their just-formed union's first contract.
- A petition supporting the terminated employees has gained support from more than 270 people, including local DFL lawmakers, progressive candidates and well-known labor organizers.
The big picture: There's a growing movement on the left to unionize campaign and political organizations from the top of the ticket on down.
Why it matters: Ongoing drama here could hurt FairVote's standing among DFL allies and undermine its efforts to change more elections in Minnesota to the ranked-choice system.
What they're saying: FairVote MN executive director Jeanne Massey said in a statement that the positions were always supposed to be "time-limited," and ended after the legislative session due to budget issues.
The other side: Two of the former employees disputed that account in interviews with Axios, saying they first learned of the layoffs at a bargaining session in June. The entire field team, which is covered by the union, was let go.
What to watch: The former staff released a list of demands that includes reinstating their jobs.
- Massey declined additional comment until after a planned FairVote board meeting.
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