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Surly announces hall closure after union drive

Early last week, the hospitality and kitchen staff of Surly Beer Hall and Pizza Upstairs in Minneapolis marched on the boss and demanded a union.“Before reopening in June, we voiced concerns about our safety regarding the new counter-service model,” the organizing

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Retirees launch website to boost senior power

A group of retirees recently launched OlderandBolder.Vote to boost the senior-power that will help win the White House, the U.S. Senate and state elections for candidates who will address the needs and concerns of working families.“This is the most important

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Protestors greet Ivanka Trump, Stauber in Canal Park

Protestors gathered outside the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park on Monday during a visit from Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Eighth District U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R), and other administration officials. The president’s daughter and others were in town to

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Picnic is off; Aug. meeting will be outside

There was some hope it wouldn’t have to happen, but it was fading by the day, and attendees to the July Duluth Central Labor Body meeting were told the committee had decided to cancel this year’s Labor Day picnic. The

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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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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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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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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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