In one term on the Minneapolis city council, Elizabeth Glidden emerged as a leader for workers’ rights and ally of organized labor. Now running for a second term to represent the city’s Eighth Ward, Glidden says, “I want to continue that strong partnership with Labor. I think it’s been a really good one.”
Glidden is running for re-election as the AFL-CIO endorsed candidate. She also is DFL endorsed. Four years ago, Glidden won the then-open Eighth Ward seat by defeating labor-endorsed Marie Hauser.
But, as an employment law attorney who advocated for workers’ rights, Glidden moved right into a leadership role on the city council advocating for pro-labor policies. She was a chief author of the city’s 2007 labor peace ordinance. “This was a major policy change for the city,” Glidden notes, requiring large city contractors to sign collective bargaining agreements.
Glidden has strong union roots: Both of her parents – teachers – were union members. Glidden was born in St. Paul and grew up in Wichita. She graduated from Augustana College in South Dakota and the University of Iowa Law School.
Glidden lives in Kingfield neighborhood with her husband, Eric Pusey, and one-year old daughter.
For the Eighth Ward, she says, addressing the high number of foreclosures and strengthening neighborhood business districts will be top priorities.
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