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Labor holds front lines of crisis response

As the coronavirus unfolds, unions and their members find themselves in the trenches helping protect the public even as they try to juggle their personal lives and deal with constantly changing — and sometimes contradictory — information from health and

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Grocery workers see increased pay

Cub Foods, Jerry’s, Kowalski’s, and Super One have made the decision to acknowledge union members’ tireless work in keeping stores stocked, clean and running well during the COVID-19 crisis with a $2/hour increase and in some cases increasing overtime rates.

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State Fed highlights priorities during pandemic

The Minnesota AFL-CIO released a letter Thursday it had sent to Gov. Tim Walz, shortly after the governor had signed Emergency Executive Order 20-07, which effectively suspended some collective bargaining rights for state employees, and other executive actions. The letter,

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Gov. Walz orders partial closure of bars, restaurants, other public outlets

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday that bars, restaurants and other public places such as movie theaters, museums and fitness centers in Minnesota will be closed starting Tuesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This does not apply to grocery

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Governor Walz to hold press conference at 5 p.m. today

Governor Tim Walz will announce further action to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota this afternoon at 5 p.m. He will be joined by Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner

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Unions push for worker safety during outbreak

As conditions at the workplace change rapidly during the coronavirus outbreak, unions are on the front lines calling for safer working conditions and more humane policies to help ease the social, economic and health burdens for workers. The Minnesota Nurses

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From the Labor World editor

I will be working from home almost exclusively until further notice. If you need to get a hold of me, you can find my contact information here; please feel free to call or text my cell phone or email me

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Walz orders Minnesota public schools to close

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order on Sunday authorizing the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will be closed

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Construct Tomorrow continues to grow

The Building Trades were out in force last week during the two-plus-day event Construct Tomorrow down at the DECC, making their pitches to high-school students about how these careers can be rewarding in a wide variety of ways. And an

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SEIU sets strike for 4,000 Twin Cities janitors

SEIU Local 26 announced 4,000 commercial janitors will begin their ULP strike starting the second shift on Thursday, February 27. The commercial janitors are part of the 8,000 members of SEIU Local 26 who are subcontracted to clean and protect

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