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In 2020 election, GOP agenda has got to go

By Catherine ConlanI’m writing this on Sunday, and I’m sure by the time you read this later in the week, we will have gone through about 17 million new news cycles and anything timely I mention will be outdated. But

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Stauber’s ‘our way of life’ rhetoric doesn’t hold up

By Catherine ConlanI went to the Trump rally last week (here’s hoping I don’t end up getting more than I bargained for). It didn’t offer anything unexpected or unusual, and beyond the historic moment of seeing a sitting president in

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Chasing Biden on his visit

By Catherine Conlan Good news! The Chrysler Newport that seemed to have given up the ghost on Labor Day has been revived (thanks to much tinkering and creative vocabulary, and a new timing chain), and was running again just in time

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Urge senators to vote for HEROES Act

Buddy Robinson, an expert on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in Minnesota, is known for his work educating Union members, their families and the community about how to best receive their benefits, as well as policy issues. He wrote this

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Labor Day 2020

By Catherine ConlanAs I was working on the article about union members’ memories of Labor Day, I was thinking about mine. Growing up in Nebraska and not being really connected to the union movement, Labor Day was a small break

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Labor Day without a picnic

By Catherine ConlanWe’ve already lost so much this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, no matter who you are, what your work is or what you do for fun. It’s hard not to think of the “might-have-beens” as summer ends

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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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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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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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