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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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What’s next? ‘Yes, and…’

By Catherine Conlan, Labor World EditorSometimes, in the Labor World production schedule, there is a gap of three weeks instead of two between issues. Every once in awhile I’ll get a call from someone wondering where their paper is, when

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And then there were…

By Catherine Conlan I’m writing this on Super Tuesday night, watching primary results roll in. It’s been a busy 48 hours with our own Amy Klobuchar suspending her campaign shortly after Pete Buttigieg suspended his. (Her outlasting him was a

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Cold temperatures fueled Teamsters’ resolve

By Catherine Conlan In the summer, we all know it’s not the heat that gets you, but the humidity. For the Teamsters, they say victory came not with the snow, but the cold. As far as timing goes, Teamsters 320

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Elections past and future

By Catherine Conlan Two stories on the front page of this issue remind us that elections matter. Who wins, who loses, how they win or lose and the policies the winners support elect us all in one way or another,

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UAW strike affects us all

By Catherine Conlan The little girl has a big smile as she holds the sign. She’s sitting in a wheelchair in front of a UAW banner, and her sign says, “GM cut our insurance. Now I cannot go to my

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Perspective matters when it comes to reporting on Labor

By Catherine Conlan Journalists have a love-hate relationship with national holidays. Those days off tend to mean that there isn’t much daily news because large institutions shut down, but on the other hand, they happen every year and are easy

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