Monthly Archives: March 2020

Trump’s Labor Dept. extends anti-union rule

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Brushing aside worker objections, the GOP Trump administration revived and reinstated a past Republican anti-union expense reporting rule, forcing not just unions but allied organizations to spend 530 hours a year – unions say it will be more —

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MN State Fed, unions demand protections

State and local officials are taking unprecedented steps to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading in Minnesota. While the effectiveness of those measures remains to be seen, it’s already clear the COVID-19 pandemic is not just a public health crisis,

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What’s next? ‘Yes, and…’

By Catherine Conlan, Labor World EditorSometimes, in the Labor World production schedule, there is a gap of three weeks instead of two between issues. Every once in awhile I’ll get a call from someone wondering where their paper is, when

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Labor holds front lines of crisis response

As the coronavirus unfolds, unions and their members find themselves in the trenches helping protect the public even as they try to juggle their personal lives and deal with constantly changing — and sometimes contradictory — information from health and

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Grocery workers see increased pay

Cub Foods, Jerry’s, Kowalski’s, and Super One have made the decision to acknowledge union members’ tireless work in keeping stores stocked, clean and running well during the COVID-19 crisis with a $2/hour increase and in some cases increasing overtime rates.

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State Fed highlights priorities during pandemic

The Minnesota AFL-CIO released a letter Thursday it had sent to Gov. Tim Walz, shortly after the governor had signed Emergency Executive Order 20-07, which effectively suspended some collective bargaining rights for state employees, and other executive actions. The letter,

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Gov. Walz orders partial closure of bars, restaurants, other public outlets

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday that bars, restaurants and other public places such as movie theaters, museums and fitness centers in Minnesota will be closed starting Tuesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This does not apply to grocery

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Governor Walz to hold press conference at 5 p.m. today

Governor Tim Walz will announce further action to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota this afternoon at 5 p.m. He will be joined by Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner

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Unions push for worker safety during outbreak

As conditions at the workplace change rapidly during the coronavirus outbreak, unions are on the front lines calling for safer working conditions and more humane policies to help ease the social, economic and health burdens for workers. The Minnesota Nurses

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From the Labor World editor

I will be working from home almost exclusively until further notice. If you need to get a hold of me, you can find my contact information here; please feel free to call or text my cell phone or email me

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