Yearly Archives: 2020

Help brighten the holidays

The tree is up in the Labor Temple and people can start picking up the tags for gifts right now. Please return unwrapped gifts to Renee Van Nett’s office as soon as possible, before Dec. 11. Questions? Contact her at

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Biden knows unions help

By Catherine ConlanOne of the difficulties of rebuilding public service, policy and official relationships after a regime like Trump’s is that it’s easy to hail the successor a tremendous success for meeting a pretty low bar. But as Joe Biden

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Spyhouse votes down union

Spyhouse Coffee Co., the upscale Twin Cities chain with six locations, won’t become a union shop. An organized labor push that began in August fizzled out on Monday when 14 of 25 workers voted against unionization.“Sadly, it appears management’s deceptive

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Lawsuit: Tyson bosses bet on sick workers

WATERLOO, Iowa (PAI)—Bosses at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, not only didn’t protect their workers against the coronavirus, but set up a betting pool on how many workers would get sick and how many would die.The

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UEA votes on last, best offer from UMD

UMD presented the University Education Association with its last, best and final offer, and voting on the contract started last week. The vote was scheduled to finish at noon on Monday; keep checking back for the latest.“Whether it’s up or

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MNA president’s account of hospital conditions moves Biden to tears

When the president of the Minnesota Nurses Association talked about what front-line workers are facing during the pandemic, the president-elect listened — and wept.Mary Turner participated in an online meeting with President-elect Joe Biden and other healthcare workers from around

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Next CLB meeting will be via Zoom

The November Central Labor Body meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, via Zoom. Please email Beth McCuskey at bmccuskey@hotmail.com to get the link to the meeting.

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In 2020 election, GOP agenda has got to go

By Catherine ConlanI’m writing this on Sunday, and I’m sure by the time you read this later in the week, we will have gone through about 17 million new news cycles and anything timely I mention will be outdated. But

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Prioritize health care with your vote

 Health care remains a top priority of voters. The cost continues to increase, while restrictions on what’s covered and which doctors you can see keep tightening. The COVID pandemic has made the problems in health care access and cost all

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UEA frustrated by slow talks

UEA members at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Crookston have been working without a contract since June, and the union says the institutions are dragging their feet on negotiations for a new one.The membership met recently, said Elizabethada Wright,

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