Monthly Archives: June 2020

USW 9460 protests Essentia layoffs

Members of USW 9460 and their supporters held a socially distanced protest by caravaning from Miller Hill Mall to the Essentia campus. Essentia Health plans to eliminate 900 health care jobs during a pandemic. Layoffs have begun in Duluth, Ashland and Spooner,

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Job gains don’t mitigate economic pain

After falling by 22.1 million between February and April, payroll employment rose by 2.5 million in May. This is likely due to the fact that 31 states started lifting stay-at-home orders, or easing restrictions, within the reference period. While these

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Hard work, easy changes

By Catherine Conlan If you’ve gone out to lunch with me in the past year, I’ve probably come at you with the concept of police and prison abolition. About a year ago I attended a day-long seminar from the University

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AFL-CIO says Labor must help fight racism

WASHINGTON (PAI)—In a comprehensive statement, the AFL-CIO General Board – heads of all its member unions – recommitted the labor movement to working towards implementing wide-ranging recommendations to tackle systemic racism in the U.S., including police racism. Those recommendations came

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CLB votes on endorsements in online screening

The process was new to many, but it worked: The Duluth Central Labor Body screened several candidates for upcoming races and made recommendations for endorsement earlier this month, all on an online platform. First up was Pat Boyle, the incumbent

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Ironworker gets jobsite tribute

A longtime Ironworker got a special honor at the ongoing Essentia project site recently. Gene “Smitty” Smith, who died at 82 last month, had been a member of Ironworkers 563 for 65 years. Ironworkers honored him by writing his name

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