"It serves the state better" - staff organize in the Minnesota Legislature
We all have frustration with our jobs from time to time. What can we do when the physical layout of our workplace itself - offices in different buildings, on multiple levels, around corners and tucked in basements - hinders our ability to do our jobs well? Can organizing help?
In August, I sat down with Minnesota State Senator John Marty and his Committee Administrator, Laura Blubaugh, to discuss a new staff-driven initiative built using organizing principles.
The vision of the Staff Action Network is of a more connected, more committed, more productive staff - ultimately benefiting the staffers themselves, the senators they serve, the Legislature, and the state as a whole. "There's so much potential and so much talent," Laura says of legislative staff. "This is a way of building up our own ability to contribute."
Do you have similar examples of organizing within your workplace that has led to positive change?