Bloomington City Council
‘Always an ally of labor’
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, August 21, 2021
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON— “I’ve always considered myself an ally of labor,” says Nathan Coulter.
Coulter is running for re-election for an At Large seat on the Bloomington City Council with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
During Coulter’s first term on the City Council, he says he has tried to maintain relationships with AFSCME, the Building Trades, and UNITE HERE — “both with the leaders of unions and the on-the-ground members.”
Coulter has helped lead the effort to pass the Earned Sick and Safe leave ordinance in Bloomington, which he says will come to a City Council vote by the end of the year.
Bloomington long has been divided east and west by income and race.
But, Coulter says, “more and more we are seeing our future is tied together. We can’t pretend we are two cities.”
“Being elected city-wide, it gives you a perspective,” Coulter says. “Our job is the entire city.”
A life-long Bloomington resident, Coulter grew up in a union household and graduated from the Bloomington Public Schools. His mother taught at Normandale Community College for 39 years and was a member of Education Minnesota. “From a very young age, she made it clear she had job security and that the benefits she had came from being a union member,” he says.
Coulter earned a BA in Music and Political Science from St. Olaf College, and a master’s degree in Health, Housing, and Education Policy Leadership from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Coulter has worked for the past nine years as a legislative assistant for the Minnesota Senate.
Coulter and his wife Charity have two young daughters. Charity, who works for the Lakeville school district, is an Education Minnesota member.