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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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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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