Bloomington City Council
‘Unions built the middle class’
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, August 21, 2021
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON— “Unions helped build the middle class in this country,” says Patrick Martin. He saw that dynamic benefit his own family, where his mother was a member of the flight attendants union and his uncles were members of the airline mechanics union. “It helped give me the shot I had to get started,” he says.
Running for a second term on the Bloomington City Council, Martin represents District IV in the city’s northeast corner. He is running with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Martin grew up in east Bloomington in the Versailles Apartments — the same development where, years later as a city council member, he was involved in supporting the apartments’ renovation through the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund in partnership with nonprofit developer Aeon. (The apartments now are called Blooming Meadows South).
Martin sees investing in east Bloomington as key to the city’s future. Diverse east Bloomington, he says, will be the heart of the city’s population growth and “it’s going to be the heart of our economic driver in the future.”
Martin also has been a strong advocate for Bloomington’s parks, helping to create the city’s new Parks and Recreation Division and lead the city’s first Parks Master Planning process. He previously served on the Bloomington Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission and Board of Health.
Martin graduated from Holy Angels, then earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in Political Science and Philosophy.
Martin has worked in the social services sector and currently works in fundraising at Second Harvest Heartland, a nonprofit which supplies the region’s emergency foodshelves.