Precinct Caucuses Are Important
Minnesota’s Precinct Caucuses are Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. at locations near your home determined by each political party. It’s important for union members to show up and be represented in Minnesota’s political parties. Here’s why:
Drive the Party’s Agenda
Union members can drive a party’s agenda through resolutions. Precinct Caucuses are the first step. Labor unions and federations (like the Minnesota AFL-CIO) and other organizations create sample resolutions that can be introduced throughout the state. In 2018, for example, we successfully added opposition to so-called “Right to Work” legislation to the DFL party platform. Many union members introducing resolutions at caucuses increases Labor’s power.
Lead the Party
Just like in your union, leaders are people who show up. It is vital to have as many union members as possible become delegates to support pro-labor candidates and resolutions. Your caucus will elect delegates to your State Senate District’s party convention. Senate District convention delegates will have the opportunity to vote on the party’s legislative candidate endorsements, elect local officers, and delegates to the State and Congressional District Conventions. Specific process information is available from the individual political parties.
How to Participate
Close to caucus day, find your location using the Secretary of State’s caucus finder. You can also call 651-201-1399 in the Twin Cities or 1-866- 723-3035 in Greater Minnesota.
Make sure you can participate. The DFL Party allows any Minnesota resident age 16 or older. The Republican Party requires you to be eligible to vote in the November 2020 general election.
Recruit your union siblings to attend their caucuses.
Download and print sample resolutions (see below).
Arrive early, chat with your neighbors, introduce your resolutions and get elected as a delegate!
We have created pro-labor sample caucus resolutions formatted with both DFL and GOP forms. These resolutions are based official policy positions adopted by the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s General & Executive Boards and past conventions.