Bloomington City Council
Union goals benefit all families
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 16, 2021
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON— “I have a strong belief that fighting for living wages, workplace safety, ongoing training, these are things that are critically important to working families,” says Lona Dallessandro. “I’m grateful to the unions for fighting for those things for their families.”
Dallessandro is running with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO for the District III seat on the Bloomington City Council. District III is in the northwest corner of the city, west of Lyndale Ave. Incumbent Jack Baloga not running for re-election.
Talking with voters while doorknocking for the campaign, Dallessandro reports, “the concerns are very widespread” — including issues like traffic and city regulatory practices.
If elected, Dallessandro says, a focus will be to address the needs of senior homeowners who want the option downsize and remain in Bloomington, but who face a lack of affordable housing options.
Another priority will be to highlight Bloomington’s central location, green spaces, and the potential to make the city a location for the development of green jobs in technology and manufacturing. “We in Bloomington have a very strong reason to claim we should have that in Bloomington,” she says.
Dallessandro grew up on the east coast, graduated with a science degree from Penn State, and has worked in the technology sector.
Although she hasn’t ever been a union member, she says, “I’ve had a chance to work with union members and I’ve had them in my family,” including a grandfather who worked in a railroad engine shop, and cousins in SEIU and the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.
“The things that unions fight for and secure for their members are the things every family should have,” Dallessandro says. “I’m happy to be in partnership with you.”