We have a growing shortage of child care across Winona County and its consequences are widespread.
There are already only six workers for every 10 job openings across the region, and lack of child care makes this worse.
Thirty percent of parents in a recent survey identified this as a reason they had declined work. Almost 75 percent of responding employers identify that lack of child care leads to worker absences, 58 percent say it leads to tardiness, and 48 percent said it keeps workers from putting in overtime.
Economics and regulations make it hard for new providers to enter the market, but there are solutions.
Join a collaborative of citizens and community groups leading a process to solve the shortage of child care. The Winona County child care town hall will be Tuesday, Jan 7., from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tandeski Center (1200 Storrs Pond Road, Winona, MN 55987). Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the meeting begins at 5:30.
The event is free, but please register for the Winona County Child Care town hall at eventbrite.com or call the Winona Area Public Schools Community Education at 507-494-0900. If you are a parent, child care provider, employer or an individual or organization interested in this issue, please come.
Please note that I am speaking on my own behalf and not for Winona County nor for the Winona County Board of Commissioners.
Dan Feehan is running for Congress in the Minnesota 1st District and his support of the labor movement is a key reason to support him.
The labor movement was born out of a need to balance power between workers and management. Today’s economy doesn’t just need more jobs, it needs more good jobs, the kinds of jobs that unions fight for.
Strong unions are on the front lines of some of the most important issues our communities face.
Labor unions advocate for affordable health care, livable wages, parental leave and sustainable jobs. Education unions, like mine, advocate for equity in educational opportunities, affordable tuition for students and lower student debt loads.
For all the good that unions do, they have been under attack. Recent Supreme Court decisions and the push for “right to work” laws across the country have made it harder for workers to organize, at the very same time that interest in unions is going up among workers.
As a 12-year union member and a leader in my own union, I support Dan Feehan in his efforts to become the 1st District representative in the U.S. House.
I know that Dan will stand with working people striving for better lives. Dan will support legislation that upholds the rights of workers to organize and to collectively bargain.
Dan Feehan has spent his life working for others, whether as a teacher or Army Ranger. With our support, he can continue that service by representing southern Minnesotans in Congress.
I recently joined Team Kaehler and I feel like more people need to get to know him.
We have a stellar candidate in Ralph Kaehler for Congress in District 1 – the district that Tim Walz previously represented.
Ralph did not move back to Minnesota just to run for office. He is committed to our district and state. He is the real deal.
Ralph grew up and raised his family in southeast Minnesota. He and his wife are on their fifth-generation owned and operated family farm. He knows ag business. Not only that, he and his family built a solar company that is working to enrich our world through enhancing our environment and boosting economic development.
He works hard, with all sides, to get solutions. This is unique in the political world.
I believe once you see what Ralph brings to the table, you will also join “Team Kaehler.” You can learn about him on his website: www.KaehlerForCongress.com . He is our best choice.
My family started farming on the Renk and Redig family farms near Winona in 1866.
My farmer son is trying to buy them now to continue that legacy. Sadly, his ability to do that is being threatened because our farm economy is not set up for family farmers.
Corporate agribusiness monopolies are exercising their extractive nature on both sides of the farm produce/input equation, allowing for a few big agribusiness leaders to push prices so low that only operations of their scale can produce a profit.
They are the leaders in a political system that does not allow family farmers to compete. That’s why our farm economy is in such a state and why family farmers are going bankrupt.
We are following the will of executives who do not have our best interests at heart. We need to become the leaders.
Everyone who wants a stable rural economy needs to take action. Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Crisis statement is a good place to start. Read it and sign the petition that comes with it on the website.
Pull together as the majority to take the lead and formulate a way to market our produce at a fair rate as the demand arises, as well as set our own market prices at production cost plus a reliable profit.
Our survival depends on this and cannot wait. Our co-operative love is the power we need to build this into a culture of life. It’s our move.