‘I believe in collective bargaining’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 28, 2018
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MAPLE GROVE — “We can sit on the sidelines and complain… or we can literally stand up and do something about it,” says Kristin Bahner. That’s why she ran for the Minnesota House District 34B seat in Maple Grove two years ago “and it’s why I’m running today,” she says.
Bahner is running with the endorsement of the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the DFL Party.
The two-term incumbent, Republican Dennis Smith, has earned only an 11 percent lifetime voting record on issues tracked by the AFL-CIO.
Bahner notes that Clinton, Klobuchar and Franken all have won the district.
Bahner comes from a family of union members. Her grandfather worked for the railroads and was a union treasurer. Her dad was an SEIU member. And her mother currently is a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association.
“I always just grew up around hard-working folks who believed in fairness, who believed in treating other people right, making sure we take care of each other each and every day,” Bahner says.
Bahner grew up in Richfield and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
“My first job right out of college, I worked for the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic,” she says, where she was a member of AFSCME.
Bahner today works as an IT consultant and team manager.
“I am a big believer in collective bargaining,” Bahner says. “I believe that gives the workers the ability to negotiate better salaries and better benefits… We need to do all we can to ensure those rights continue.”
“Labor forms the backbone of our community,” Bahner believes. “Those hard-working folks keep our community running every day.”
Echoing other labor-endorsed suburban House candidates this year, Bahner says, “we’re really focused on how do we work together, how do we uplift each other, how do we find solutions that help build Minnesota?”