Monthly Archives: April 2020

Carpenters take stance in regional negotiations

Members of Carpenters Locals 361 and 606 and Millwrights Local 1348 got notifications on Friday to take their tools home at the end of their daily work shifts in the latest action during negotiations between the North Central States Regional

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Pandemic highlights meat plant conditions

Last week’s closing of Smithfield’s pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has put a spotlight on the dangers facing workers in the food supply industry. When it shut down, the plant had 644 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which

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CLB meeting goes online

The April meeting for the Duluth Central Labor Body was held on an online platform to help keep delegates following the shelter-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic. About 20 people participated. President Beth McCuskey called for donations and volunteers for

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AFL-CIO leads push to save postal service

WASHINGTON (PAI)—With the Postal Service headed for the financial rocks thanks to the impact of coronavirus-caused closures, the AFL-CIO and other progressive groups have launched petitions to pressure lawmakers to save it. Without the USPS and its nationwide service, they

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Workers Memorial Day during the pandemic

The ceremony was a familiar one — there was a tree and members of the Community Services Committee of the Duluth Central Labor Body gathered around. But the masked faces and careful distance among participants made this Workers Memorial Day

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Workers Memorial Day breakfast cancelled

While the Duluth Workers Memorial Day breakfast has been cancelled, organizers are looking for ways to mark the day in a meaningful way even as the state remains on a stay-at-home order from Gov. Walz. Look for more details in

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Building Trades picket at O’Reilly store project

The Duluth Building Trades have held a banner every day this week at the O’Reilly auto parts store project on Hwy. 53 in Hermantown. The company brought in a nonunion contractor from Indiana to do the building. Keith Musolf, with

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