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Bakk announces retirement

Sen. Tom Bakk, the Democratic senator turned Independent from Cook, is retiring from state politics, nearly 30 years after he was first elected to the Legislature.One of the staunchest supporters of the Iron Range, its mining and its idiosyncratic culture,

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Workers Memorial Day coming up

Please contact Community Services Liaison Corey Cusick at ccusick@hlunitedway.org with any names for the Central Labor Body’s Workers Memorial Day ceremony. In the meantime, make plans to be at the pancake breakfast, free and open to the public, at the

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State Fed endorses in statewide races

The Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) kicked off the Labor Federation’s “Labor 2022” political program by endorsing Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon, and State Auditor Julie Blaha

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Friends, colleagues remember Dennis Frazier

Longtime AFSCME leader Dennis Frazier died earlier this month, shortly after retirement. Frazier was a leader in both AFSCME and the Labor movement as a whole. He had delayed retirement from his decades of work in St. Louis County in

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Report: MN’s Amazon facilities have high injury rate

As the U.S. grapples with a shortage of workers in the warehousing industry, a new analysis from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveals extreme worker injury rates, high turnover, racial pay inequities, and harmful surveillance and discipline practices at

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Kellogg’s workers reject TA

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (PAI)—By “an overwhelming margin,” the 1,400 Kellogg’s workers who were forced to strike on October 5, voted down a proposed contract exactly two months later, the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) announced on

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State Fed releases leg report, scorecard

The Minnesota AFL-CIO recently released its legislative report and scorecard for individual representatives and how they voted with Labor’s interest over the past term. Scores for Northeastern Minnesota representatives were strong, with some notable exceptions.According to the report, legislative priorities

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Holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 11

On Saturday, December 11, the Kids Holiday Party will be held at the Labor Temple from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. This year will be an outdoor drive-through event because of the pandemic; please follow current masking/distancing guidance at the time.

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BCTGM: Conditions aren’t great in MN, either

Members of Bakery Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Local 22 who work at Old Dutch are gearing up for contract talks this fall, in which they intend to push the company to ease increasingly taxing workloads.That’s the same rallying cry

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NLRB: College athletes can organize

WASHINGTON (PAI)—National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo has told agency officials that athletes at private colleges and universities are “employees” who can organize and bargain collectively — blasting the concept of a “student-athlete.”And not only their colleges would

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