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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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June CLB meeting to be held online

The Duluth Central Labor Body monthly meeting is expected to be held virtually again in June. Candidate screenings are scheduled to be held at before the meeting for state House districts 3B, 7A and 7B, as well as county commissioner.

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Letter: Simonson counts on Labor support in primary

Dear Friends: In 2012, I was proud to earn the endorsement of the Duluth Central Labor Body that in turn led to support from the Minnesota AFL-CIO, and several individual labor unions in my first run for the State Legislature.

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Solidarity through change

By Catherine Conlan Change is hard. It can be painful, sudden, unexpected. The changes we’ve faced in how we work, how we interact with each other, how we go to school and out with our friends have been disorienting at best

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Union leaders back vote-by-mail initiatives

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Top union leaders, marshalled by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, are backing the $3.6 billion in the House Democrats’ stimulus bill to pay states to establish vote-by-mail systems – and the measure’s mandate they do so. But whether the unionists’

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DFL endorsement sets up primary in SD7

State Sen. Erik Simonson, who garnered Labor’s endorsement earlier this election cycle, will be facing a primary challenge from Jen McEwen after the DFL endorsed her at a virtual convention. Simonson, whose Labor vote rating is more than 90 percent,

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Mixed reactions to Walz ‘turning the dial’

As Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz “turns the dial” on some restrictions on business and socializing, unions are trying to keep up with changing regulations and recommendations to keep workers safe. For many, the main concern is ensuring personal protective equipment

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May CLB meeting will be online

The May 14 meeting for the Duluth Central Labor Body will be held via Zoom as the April meeting was to comply with ongoing shelter-at-home. Contact Katie Humphrey at katie@nealc.org for information on how to participate.

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