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Labor Day Picnic cancelled

Duluth’s Labor Day picnic, an essential stop for stumping candidates and a staple for anyone who likes free beer and corn-on-the-cob on a late-summer afternoon, will not be held this year. Pandemic restrictions and economic uncertainty make for difficult planning,

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What Happened When Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking Plant, but the Governor Said No

By Michael Grabell On Tuesday, March 31, an emergency room doctor at the main hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, sent an urgent email to the regional health department: “Numerous patients” from the JBS beef packing plant had tested positive for

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Labor must hold politicians accountable

By Catherine Conlan In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, communities are looking for ways to address cop violence. Some of the ideas sound radical, even unworkable; “defund the police” can mean anything from a reallocation

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Nurses say more PPE is needed

ST. PAUL — Five months after the Coronavirus first arrived in the U.S., critical supply shortages persist for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks and gowns. The continuing risks faced by health care workers and the continuing shortages of PPE

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Special session fails to net bonding bill

ST. PAUL — State lawmakers came back to the Capitol for a special session beginning June 12. Eight days later, the legislature adjourned without passing key legislation urged by the state’s labor movement, including a jobs bill left undone from

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Fat Cat, other inflatables visit Superior

Operating Engineers Local 139 has been barnstorming the upper Midwest, following Sunbelt Rentals as the rental company serves contractors and job sites. Recently, the local brought the Fat Cat to Superior at the Central Flats development to call attention to

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July CLB meeting update

The Central Labor Body is expected to meet in person in the back lot of the Labor Temple on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. Please bring your own chair. Masks are required at sign-in and strongly recommended throughout the

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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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