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Help brighten the holidays

The tree is up in the Labor Temple and people can start picking up the tags for gifts right now. Please return unwrapped gifts to Renee Van Nett’s office as soon as possible, before Dec. 11. Questions? Contact her at

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MNA president’s account of hospital conditions moves Biden to tears

When the president of the Minnesota Nurses Association talked about what front-line workers are facing during the pandemic, the president-elect listened — and wept.Mary Turner participated in an online meeting with President-elect Joe Biden and other healthcare workers from around

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Why are you reading this? Go vote!

Nov. 3 isn’t the day the election begins; it’s when the election is over. Visit mnvotes.org to get information on how to vote early, where your polling place is to vote on Election Day, and other important information. To help

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Biden talks union on trip to Duluth

Joe Biden, former vice president and current Democratic candidate for president, made a fast, busy stop in Duluth last week, anchored by a trip to the Carpenters Training Institute and highlighted by quick stops in Canal Park and at the

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Community calls for support of Postal Service, workers

Postal Service employees say some of the actions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have affected their work, and the moves are frustrating.“When the Postmaster General testified Friday that there were unintended consequences that slowed the mail, that’s true, I can attest

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Pandemic adds to homelessness crisis

It’s not always a highly visible issue, but the number of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth has been rising, and it’s likely about to get much higher.“It’s hard to get an accurate count, but those of us who are on

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Today is Primary Day

If you haven’t gotten your primary ballot in, you can still drop it off at your county auditor’s office or vote in person before 8 p.m. Voters in Duluth have a rare DFL primary to get through, as incumbent state Sen.

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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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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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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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